Afghanistan held their nerve to beat West Indies by six runs in a World Twenty20 Super 10 stage match in Nagpur on Sunday to register their first win in Group One and ruin their opponents’ 100 percent record.
Asghar Stanikzai had shown his hand when he said they would use spin to restrict West Indies’ big hitters on the eve of the match. Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan backed up their captain’s confidence with figures of 2 for 26 each and bowled West Indies out for 117.
West Indies finished as the No. 1 team in Group 1 and will take on either India or Australia in the semi-final, but they will go to Mumbai with a sobering defeat. West Indies became Afghanistan’s second Full Member scalp after Zimbabwe and the match was another strong reminder that cricket needs to be inclusive.
West Indies opted to field as Afghanistan rode an unbeaten 48 off 40 balls by Najibullah Zadran to post 123-7 and their bowlers then saw the team home, with off-spinner Mohammad Nabi and leg-spinner Rashid Khan taking two wickets each.