West Indies Re-Emerge to Level Series vs Afghanistan
West Indies Re-Emerge to Level Series vs Afghanistan, CricketHighlights
by Kristina Newsam, MyCricketHighlights Writer
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The West Indies came up with a most effective strategy in bringing their attack against Afghanistan, in response to the dramatic defeat they had suffered in the first ODI of this series, in St. Lucia.
On the same grounds, short balls and fast bowling would claim the wickets of many an Afghanistan batsman, while their performance with the bat was less than worth writing home about, having set merely a 136-run target for the West Indies to pursue.
Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Holder and Ashley Nurse were the frontburners of the West Indies bowling assault, reducing their opponents to 3 wickets surrendered in just 11 balls. One such dismissal was perhaps the most celebrated, as Mohammad Nabi had contributed to the batting challenge in the first ODI encounter. However, today, he misread a short delivery from Joseph and afforded a simple catch at midwicket by Roston Chase.
His partner in the first match, Gulbadin Naib, suffered a similar fate, as he launched himself anxiously into the wrong positioning based on the delivery that eventually faced him, resulting in a close-range shot, giving his hit far too much height and allowing for a catch from Joseph at long-off.
With the series now level, the ball is in the middle of the pitch, ready for which team will "show up" on the day with their most effective strategy and the will to apply both skill and discernment in directing the course of the action.