Windies comfortably beat Afghanistan in the first ODI of the three-match ODI series at Lucknow. With this victory, Windies are leading this series by 1-0 with two to go.
After winning the toss, Windies decided to field first. From the very beginning of the match, the Windies bowlers were tight which put the Asian side into the trouble. Both the openers Hazratullah Zazai (9) and Javed Ahmadi (5) failed to reach the double-digit scores.
From struggling on 15/2, Rahmat Shah and the wicketkeeper-batsman Ikram Alikhil put the important century partnership for the third wicket. Their brilliant 111 runs partnership brought them back into the game, but the next batsmen failed to maintain that situation. Both Shah and Alikhil scored 50+ runs as Shah scored 61 runs and Alikhil played the knock of 58 runs.
Apart from them, only Asghar Afghan (35) and Gulbadin Naib (17) reached the double-digit marks in that innings. While Afghanistan were batting on 125/2, they were all out on just 194 runs (45.2 overs). The last four wickets fell for just three runs.
Among the Windies bowlers, Jason Holder (2/21), Romario Shepherd (2/32) and Roston Chase (2/31) all picked up two wickets each.
Shai Hope and Roston Chase played massive roles for the successful chase for Windies
Chasing down that target, Windies lost their first two wickets in just 25 runs on the board. At that time, opener Evin Lewis (7) and the no.3 batsman Shimron Hetmyer (3) went back to the pavilion.
When Chase (94 runs) lost his wicket, he was just six runs behind from his maiden ODI century. In that 115 balls innings, the right-handed batsman hit 11 fours.
On the other hand, Hope remained not out on 77 runs as Windies chased down that target in 46.3 overs after losing three wickets. Also, Nicholas Pooran was not out on eight runs.
Among the Afghanistan bowlers, only Mujeeb Ur Rahman (2/33) and Naveen-ul-Haq (1/30) managed to open their wickets account.
After October 2016, it was the first ODI for Kieron Pollard who has been newly appointed as the limited-overs captain. Also, this match was his third ODI captaincy experience and first since July 2013. Though his only contribution in this game was one successful catch, he has restarted his ODI career with a great result.