Twitter Reactions: West Indies make short work of Afghanistan to script victory

Twitter Reactions: West Indies make short work of Afghanistan to script victory

The Caribbean team only needed 13.3 overs to finish the match on the third day.

Kemar Roach and Rahkeem Cornwall
Kemar Roach and Rahkeem Cornwall. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Halfway through West Indies’ first batting innings, Afghanistan would have fancied their chances of a victory at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow. But things went downhill for Rashid Khan and Co, and the Caribbean team kept turning the screws. In the end, the visitors, led by Jason Holder, stormed to victory by nine wickets. And it took a tad over a couple of days for them to thump the Afghans.

Hosts’ lower order capitulate  

At the close of play on the second day, the home team was leading by 19 runs with three wickets in hand. Afsar Zazai and skipper Rashid Khan were their overnight batsmen and both had the capability to add some useful runs to delay the inevitable. However, it only took 7.1 overs for Holder’s men to wrap up the Afghan innings, bowling the hosts out for a paltry 120 in 43.1 overs.

On day two, it was Roston Chase and Rahkeem Cornwall, who wreaked havoc. It was a tad different in the third day’s morning session. Speedster Holder brushed off the tail. The pacer nipped out Rashid to start the day. Two overs later, he cleaned up Yamin Ahmadzai. Holder’s third wicket came in the form of Zazai. Afghanistan lost their 10 wickets for 67 runs in a mere 24.1 overs.

All too easy for the Caribbean side

It was only a matter of time before Holder and Co chased down the score of 31. John Campbell started on a positive note and wished to finish things off in a hurry. He smacked four boundaries to take the West Indies closer to victory. Kraigg Brathwaite churned out a couple of fours, but the opener would be dejected as he couldn’t stay unbeaten. He fell prey to spinner Amir Hamza.

Hamza found his outside edge to give the Afghans something to cheer for. Shai Hope failed in the first innings and this time around, he made sure that he finished the task off clinically. Campbell remained not out on 19 off 16 balls, and it took only 6.2 overs for the visiting team to chase down the target. Cornwall was adjudged the Player of the Match for racking up 10 wickets for 121 runs.

Here is how Twitterati lauded West Indies for the thumping victory