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Caught Zadran, Bowled Zadran
...Nope, not a c&b. An impressive catch, diving to his right, by Noor Ali Zadran at short midwicket to douse the fire in that pull by Shimron Hetmyer - who flatters to deceive after yet another promising start. Alas, this might only slow Hope down!
Floppy hat? No better time, I say
Current vogue is beyond me. That ship has long sailed. But does it not pose the risk of the cap falling back onto the stumps? Hit wicket? Well, not in the era of zinger "dumb-bails" it doesn't. Heavy AND stupid!
Shai Hope scores a composed half-century
After a string of poor scores, Shai Hope has scored a pragmatic half-century as Shimron Hetmyer has started to cut loose at the other end. The West Indies are still scoring at less than 5 runs per over. Can they propel the Caribbean side to 300 and bat Afghanistan out of the game?
Rashid topples well-set Lewis
After an LBW review by Mujeeb against Lewis, which was upheld due to umpire's call on impact, Rashid coaxed Lewis into handing Nabi a catch in the deep and broke a vital partnership! The DRS disappointment hasn't cost them anything in terms of runs! Can this be the match Rashid redeems himself? Here are his stats against the West Indies.
Rashid Khan vs WI (ODIs before this one):
6 matches | 12 wickets | Avg 9.75 | SR 18.8 | ER 3.11 | Best 7/18
Evin Lewis scores 5th ODI fifty
After the demise of Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis and Shai Hope have done a great job of rebuilding the innings and laying the platform for the West Indies. Evin Lewis has reached his 5th ODI fifty in a largely underwhelming ODI career. Can he make it a big one today?
Rashid's rut reloaded
Afghanistan cricket's pin-up star over the last few years has had a torrid time of it in this World Cup. A dropped catch of Shai Hope, and a regulation misfield by one of the better fielders in the side. Can he make up for it with the ball? He's got sixty balls for a last-ditch effort to leave a mark.
Damn straight he enjoyed it!
If you're making a comeback into the side, you couldn't ask for a bigger wicket than that of the Universe Boss! On top of the world - scratch that last - universe!
Agonisingly short! - But it's not over...
"...And then I'll definitely play the ODIs against India. I won't play the T20s."
Gayle has made it clear that this isn't his last ODI. It may not be his call, though. Will he be picked in the ODI squad again?
Chris Gayle's final World Cup innings ends prematurely
Gayle perishes, attempting a rather typical jail-break (Gayle-break?), and the wicketkeeper does rather well to hold on to a flying edge - and Dawlat Zadran in delighted! The veteran West Indian walks off to a standing ovation at Leeds.
Pre-match speculations, and a forgetful field agent
"Kemar Roach is marking his run-up, so it looks like he has fully recovered from his illness." reckons Kaushik Rangarajan, who's all settled in the press box. "And that big guy. I forgot his name - who hit those four sixes at the Eden." Anyone care to remind him? Tweet away to @_rrroy_, and I'll pass on your comments to him :)
Two changes apiece
Gabriel sits out after a shoddy outing, and Roach comes back in for the West Indies after sitting out due to an illness. Evin Lewis returns to the top of the order, replacing Sunil Ambris. For Afghanistan, Hamid Hassan and Shahidi will sit out - just to give Dawlat Zadran and Sayed Shirzad an outing.
West Indies choose to bat
Holder earns the favour of the coin, and opts to bat first. The pitch is "white, hard and dry" according to Sanjay Manjrekar's pitch report, and "definitely a bat-first pitch." The dryness is likely to bring the spinners into the context, but it's certain to hold up for a good part of the first innings.
Uh oh! A golden chance for Afghanistan!
Personal milestones vs. context
With one win between the two sides at the back-end of the tournament, there is hardly any significance this contest holds at this point. In isolation, however, the two sides have run the top teams close, when given favourable conditions. They have, however, failed to win the big moments and have been subjected to the social media's cringeworthy "winning hearts" shenanigans.
Nevertheless, the game, as a one-off can be one to excite, particularly on a used surface, given the Afghanistan spinners' proclivity on such surfaces, and the West Indies' rejuvenated bowling line-up, which knows only one way - attack! It can all certainly make for some exciting cricket, despite the lack of context.
Moreover, the prospect of Christopher Henry Gayle scaling yet another peak with his team in shambles does echo the majority of the great Brian Lara's career with the team - and here he is - Chris Gayle, 18 runs away from eclipsing Brian Lara's run-tally in ODIs.
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