West Indies win ODI series after five years


Nicholas Pooran struck a Man-of-the-Match half-century as West Indies defied an invasion of moths to brush aside Afghanistan by 47 runs in yesterday's second One-Day International, and clinch their first series in five years. Afghanistan on observe with a 53-run second wicket partnership between Rahmat Shah and Hazratullah Zazai.

In reply, fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell and spinners Roston Chase and Hayden Walsh Jnr all took three wickets to help dismiss Afghanistan for 200 in 45.4 overs.

The groups will meet again at Lucknow in the third and last ODI on Monday.

Batting first, Nicholas Pooran top scored with 67 off 50 deliveries with seven fours and three sixes to guide West Indies to 247/9 in 50 overs.

Tens of thousands of black moths and flies took over the Lucknow stadium for the day-night game and several West Indies players wore masks because of the nuisance that made batting and fielding hard.

Najibullah Zadran (56) and Mohammad Nabi (32) provided some lower-order resistance to extend the contest, but they fell to consecutive balls in separate overs as Afghanistan's hopes faded away.

West Indies did not have a bright start to their chase as they lost Evin Lewis (7) and Shimron Hetmyer (3) at the score of 25 in 7.4 overs.

It was a reply that faltered nearly immediately, Javed Ahmadi out for a duck having faced only four deliveries.

What time is Afghanistan vs West Indies 2nd ODI? Shah lost his wicket at the score of 33 due to miscommunication in running between the wickets with Zazai.Rostan Chase picked Zazai (23) in the 15th over.

Rahmat Shah's run out at the end of the 14th over after stroking four fours in a 54-ball knock, sparked a slide that saw four wickets fall for 55 runs, leaving Afghanistan on 109 five.

But Zadran and Nabi frustrated West Indies in a 68-run, sixth wicket stand, reviving the hosts' hopes of victory.