Afghanistan stun West Indies to finally record victory
Winning the toss and opting to field, the West Indies stumbled to 117-8 in pursuit of Afghanistan’s 123.
Once at 56-5, Afghanistan managed to post 123-7, with Najib Zadran hitting a composed unbeaten 48.
While bowling, Afghanistan restricted the West Indies to 117-8 to record a historic six-run victory in their ICC World Twenty20 match.
Already out after three defeats in Group One, the Afghans were delighted to finally record a victory against a Test-playing nation.
West Indies, who had won their first three matches, set up a semi-final with Australia or India in Mumbai on Thursday. The result confirms that England will play New Zealand on Wednesday in their semi-final.
Zadran smashed an aggressive 48 to guide Afghanistan to 123/7, striking four fours and one six in his unbeaten 40-ball knock to bring cheers from the small but vocal crowd.
Opener Mohammad Shahzad made a confident 24, but was caught off legspinner Samuel Badree, trying to heave it over the infield, just as he was looking exciting.
Asghar Stanikzai also made a handy 16. The skipper shuffled down the wicket to smash a six over long on, but was caught the next ball by Dwayne Bravo off Badree attempting the same shot.
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