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West Indies vs Afghanistan Match Review: T20 World Cup 2024 Points Table [Updated on 18 June] after WI vs AFG Match Number 40


West Indies vs Afghanistan: Match number 40 of the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 ended with two time champions West Indies securing a huge 104 runs win against Afghanistan at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground of St Lucia on 18th June. The co-hosts posted a mammoth total of 218 runs on the board and this was just the third time in the tournament that the 200 runs mark was breached by a team.

West Indies vs Afghanistan Match Review

Afghanistan skipper Rashid Khan won the toss and chose to bowl first as his team had won majority of their matches due to their superb bowling efforts and the thinking was the same in this game as well but it turned out to be the wrong decision as the Windies batting unit went berserk and posted a huge total of 218 runs courtesy of a really entertaining 98 runs knock by Nicholas Pooran along with some quick innings from the trio of Shai Hope, captain Rovman Powell and Johnson Charles.

West Indies vs Afghanistan Match Review: T20 World Cup 2024 Points Table [Updated on 18 June] after WI vs AFG Match Number 40
Nicholas Pooran | Pic: ICC

The bowling attack of the Afghans was not at their best against the hard hitting batters of the Rovman Powell-led team and they wouldn’t have hoped for such a poor performance just before the Super 8 phase of the T20 World Cup.

Gulbadin Naib was the best Afghan bowler of the night as he picked up two important wickets and gave away just 14 runs in the process as well. The duo of Omarzai and Naveen-ul-Haq were on the expensive side but picked up a wicket each while Noor Ahmed bowled in an economical manner as well. Rashid Khan had a really poor outing with the ball as he failed to pick up even a single scalp and gave away 45 runs

During the chase of 219 runs, the Rashid Khan-led team didn’t look comfortable at all in the middle and in the end lost the game by 104 runs. The Asian team were dealt an early blow as the highest run getter of the current edition of the T20 World Cup, Rahmanullah Gurbaz got dismissed for a duck in the very first over of the Afghanistan inning. His opening partner Ibrahim Zadran took matters in his own hands and played some really good looking strokes in his knock of 38 runs but got dismissed at a really wrong time.

Following Zadran’s dismissal, the middle order was expected to keep their side in the chase but except Azmatullah Omarzai, no other batter was able to create a match winning impact with the bat and Afghanistan suffered a middle order collapse which has been a problem for them since a really long time. Rashid Khan did play some lusy blows but by the time he came to the crease, the game was over for the Asian team.

The West Indies bowling unit were outstanding with the ball from ball one as they inflicted an all-out on Afghanistan for a mere total of 114 runs. Left arm spinner Akeal Hosein got the better of Gurbaz in the first over and helped his side get the momentum in the game. The Asian team built a decent partnership of 45 runs for the second wicket but spinner Gudakesh Motie broke the partnership.

Obed Mccoy, playing his first match of the tournament was really good as he chipped in with three scalps while Akeal Hosein from the other added yet another scalp to his wicket tally. Alzarri Joseph finished the match with one wicket next to his name before Andre Rusell applied the finishing touches by getting the final wicket of the match.

T20 World Cup 2024 Points Table

  • Group A
2United States of America421050.127
  • Group B
  • Group C
West Indies vs Afghanistan Match Review: T20 World Cup 2024 Points Table [Updated on 18 June] after WI vs AFG Match Number 40
West Indies vs Afghanistan | Pic: ICC
1West Indies440083.257
3New Zealand422040.415
5Papua New Guinea40400-1.268
  • Group D
1South Africa440080.470
3Sri Lanka412030.863

Super 8 Group 2

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Super 8 Group 1


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