Afghanistan hosted West Indies in the second game of the three-match ODI series at Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Saturday (November 9).
Sent into bat first, West Indies posted 247/9 in 50 overs on the back of Nicholas Pooran’s 67 off 50 balls. Evin Lewis (54 off 75 balls) and Shai Hope (43 off 77 balls) also made notable contributions at the top.
Naveen-ul-Haq was the stand-out bowler for Afghanistan, claiming 3 for 60 in his 9 overs.
Defending the total, West Indies bowlers didn’t allow any substantial partnership to flourish. Sheldon Cottrell (3/29), Roston Chase (3/30) and Hayden Walsh (3/36) were economical with the ball and claimed picked up three wickets each to decimate the Afghan batting line-up.
Apart from Najibullah Zadran (56 off 66 balls), none of the Afghanistan batsmen managed to cross the 50-run mark as West Indies eventually bundled out the hosts to 200 in 45.4 overs, securing a comprehensive 47-run victory.
By virtue of this win, the Calypso Kings also secured an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. The third and final ODI will be played at the same venue on Monday (November 11).
West Indies - 247/9 in 50 overs (Nicholas Pooran 67; Naveen-ul-Haq 3/60) defeated Afghanistan – 200/10 in 45.4 overs (Najibullah Zadran 56; Sheldon Cottrell 3/29) by 47 runs.