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T20 WC Warm-up: Another massive setback for West Indies

T20 WC Warm-up: Another massive setback for West Indies

West Indies Cricket Team has suffered yet another setback losing their second consecutive warm-up match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021.

Kicking off their warm-up matches campaign versus Pakistan, Kieron Pollard and men had to yield a heavy defeat by six wickets following their substandard target, which turned out visibly easy to chase for Babar Azam and co.

Encountering Afghanistan in the second contest could have served them delights according to the lookouts’ expectations but powerful, yet powerless men in maroon progressed with the mediocre and unwanted consistency.

The Mohammad Nabi-led Afghanistan put up a gloomy total of 189. The West Indies, composed of several power hitters, could have easily achieved but Nabi’s bowlers went in action too troubling Pollard’s men to an extent that they fell short of balls on reaching 133.

Notably, Hazratullah Zazai, as expected, added most of the runs during the game’s first inning. He contributed with 56 off 35 whereas, Mohammad Shehzad slammed 54 off 35. Rahmanullah Gurbaz’s score of33 by 26 is worth adding as well.

Ironically, Afghans made sure not to lose more than five men as Pollard’s Obed McCoy, Andre Russell, Hayden Walsh Jnr grasped 2 for 43, 1 for 13, 1 for 24 in four, two, and three overs sequentially.

On the other hand, the West Indies, marching on the ground to chase, were assisted by Roston Chase’s 54* off 48, Nicholas Pooran’s 35 of 26, and Andre Russell 11 off 16. Afghanistan’s bowlers might not have grasped enough wickets but they turned out to be superbly economical.

Nabi remained extraordinary picking a three-wicket-haul yielding only two runs in four overs. Naveen ul Haq was prosperous as well conceding 12 runs from 3 overs clutching a wicket whereas, Karim Jannat acknowledged 30 runs picking a single wicket in 3 overs.

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