Russell takes five as Windies see off Afghanistan
Dubai, United Arab Emirates, CMC – Devon Thomas and Danza Hyatt hit half-centuries, after Andre Russell warmed-up for higher-intensity battles in Bangladesh with a workmanlike spell to give West Indies to a five-wicket victory over Afghanistan in a 50-over day/night match on Monday.
Thomas is in Dubai with the High Performance Centre and is not scheduled to travel to Dhaka, but he hit the top score of 58 off 54 balls with four boundaries and two sixes. Hyatt made 53 with seven boundaries off 79 balls, as West Indies successfully chased 250 for victory with just one ball remaining in a match at the ICC Global Cricket Academy that brought the curtain down on the Carib-Asian Series.
Carlos Brathwaite supported with 40, Kieran Powell got 37, Marlon Samuels gathered 21, and West Indies captain Darren Sammy was not out on 20 off 15 balls in the Caribbean side’s final work-out during their one-week camp before travelling to Bangladesh.
Russell’s star continued to shine, when he collected five wickets for 46 runs from nine overs to be the pick of the West Indies’ bowlers and Kemar Roach snapped up two for 38 from nine overs, as Afghanistan posted 249 for eight from their allocation of 50 overs.
West Indies however, faced stiff resistance from the Afghani batsmen, with Nowroz Mangal leading the way with 97 off 129 balls, Jawed Ahmedi scored 50, Mohammed Shahzad 37, and Karim Sadiq 28 off 19 balls with two fours and two sixes. After Roach gave West Indies an early strike, Nowroz shared two significant stands to put the Caribbean visitors on the back-foot. He added 94 for the second wicket with Ahmedi and put on 101 for the third wicket with Shahzad.
Russell, the Man-of-the-Match, made sure West Indies’ latter was greater than their past when he ran through the rest of the middle order, as Afghanistan lost their last six wickets for 41 runs.
Hyatt and Powell launched West Indies with an opening stand of 93, but the Caribbean side wobbled to 130 for three, when the two of them and Samuels fell. A stand of 85 for the fourth wicket between Thomas and Brathwaite put West Indies back on course before Sammy and Russell ushered them to the finish line.
West Indies leave on Tuesday for Bangladesh, where they face the hosts in a Twenty20 and three One-Day Internationals, as well as two Tests.