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West Indies go two up against Afghanistan


West Indies go two up against Afghanistan

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BASSETERRE – West Indies easily beat an out-of-sorts Afghanistan by 29 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis system in a low-keyed, rain-hit affair, to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series here Saturday night.

In a contest reduced to 15 overs per side at Warner Park, West Indies rallied to 112 for three with Chadwick Walton top-scoring with 29, his opening partner Lewis getting 25 and Marlon Samuels, 22.

Set a revised target of 123, Afghanistan never looked the part and faded quickly without so much as a whimper to end on 93 all out with nine balls remaining.

Seamer Kesrick Williams finished with three for 11 to take Man-of-the-Match honours while captain and medium pacer Carlos Brathwaite claimed two for 26.

West Indies, who won Friday’s opener by six wickets, will now look to make a clean sweep of the series in the final match on Monday at the same venue.

Saturday’s win broke a losing slide for the reigning World champions who had lost back-to-back T20 series to Pakistan in the last 10 months.

Summarised scores: West Indies 112 for three in 15 overs (Chadwick Walton 29, Evin Lewis 25, Marlon Samuels 22). Afghanistan 93 in 13.3 overs (Karim Janat 20; Kesrick Williams 3-11, Carlos Brathwaite 2-26). West Indies won by 29 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis system.

Afghanistan 110 in 20 overs (Rashid Khan 33, Amir Hamza 21; Sunil Narine 3-11, Carlos Brathwaite 2-16, Kesrick Williams 2-19). West Indies 114 for four in 16.3 overs (Marlon Samuels 35, Evin Lewis 26, Chadwick Walton 22; Shapoor Zadran 2-26). West Indies won by six wickets. (CMC)