Few days after India’s and Bangladesh’s players played the first T20I in Delhi’s air pollution, West Indies and Afghanistan’s players also had their fair share of difficulty while playing an international match. The West Indies’ player were seen wearing face masks, albeit for a different reason. The moths at the Ekana Cricket Stadium forced the players to wear masks and the West Indies’ players were clearly struggling to get the things done.
At one stage it also looked the officials might have to stop the match but it continued. WI’s skipper Kieron Pollard, former skipper Jason Holder, Sheldon Cottrell and others sported masks. “I’ve never played with so many flies around. Health is very important, so something’s got to be done about that,” Pollard said after the match.
While the players struggled out there, West Indies finally ended their series drought as it was after five years that the Caribbean team won an ODI series. This is the first series that they are playing under comeback player Pollard, who had replaced Holder as ODI captain and Carlos Brathwaite as their T20I captain.
In the second ODI, West Indies posted 247/9 on the board. After a brilliant 98-run first wicket partnership between Shai Hope (43) and Evin Lewis (54), the visitors suffered a slump and lost half of their side for the next 62 runs. Nicholas Pooran’s 67 saw the team register a defendable total on the board.
Roston Chase was wrecker-in-chief with the ball as he dismissed opener Hazratullah Zazai, Ikram Ali Khil (wk) and Asghar Afghan to stutter the chase.
Najibullah Zadran (56) and Mohammad Nabi (32) tried to drag Afghanistan back into the game with a 68-run partnership for the sixth wicket but in the end, the Rashid Khan and co were dismissed on 200 and lost the match by 47 runs.
The third ODI will be played on November 11 (Monday). Following that, the two teams will play three T20Is and one Test match.