Windies ‘Khan-ed’

Afghanistan win the battle of the minnows

GROS ISLET, St Lucia – The fragility of the West Indies team to quality spin was cruelly exposed as they were embarrassed by Afghanistan at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium Friday night.

Afghanistan had won on four previous occasions when leg-spinner Rashid Khan had picked four wickets or more. But Friday night brought him one of his tougher challenges: he had only 212 to defend on a sluggish St Lucia surface but that only seemed to spur him on. The talented 18-year old finished with 7 for 18 – the fourth-best haul in ODI history – and West Indies were bowled out for 149.

The 63-run victory for Afghanistan, their first in this format over a Full Member other than Zimbabwe, exposed the ineptness of a West Indies unit struggling in their quest to qualify directly for the 2019 World Cup.

Khan, introduced in the 23rd over with West Indies looking seemingly steady at 68 for 2, broke open the game by picking up four wickets for one run. And if that wasn’t impressive enough, he was on a hat-trick twice during the course of his first two overs.

Teenager Rashid Khan mesmerised the hapless West Indies batsmen.

Jason Mohammed played for a straight ball when there was turn, debutant Roston Chase fell for a golden duck, completely deceived by a googly, Shai Hope was snaffled courtesy Mohammad Nabi’s brilliance at slip and Jason Holder’s defence was breached by a ripping wrong ‘un. At 70 for 6, West Indies were railroaded, having to switch back to survival mode.

That didn’t prevent Ashley Nurse from trying ungainly slogs and was quickly shown his place by a skiddy googly that gave Rashid his second five-for in ODIs. The upset was sealed in the 45th over as Afghanistan added to the shockwaves that rocked the cricket world Friday night. After all, it was only a few hours previously that another underdog Bangladesh had stunned New Zealand in the Champions Trophy.

While Khan walked away with the plaudits, Javed Ahmadi quietly worked his way through to make 81, his highest ODI score, to set the game up. He showed the resolve to fight through testing spells from Shannon Gabriel and Miguel Cummins and, given he had to face a lot of short-pitched bowling, he also showed that he was particularly strong square of the wicket. Forty of his runs, including four fours and a six, came behind point.

Ahmadi built the platform in a slow, but assured, second-wicket stand of 55 with Rahmat Shah, before West Indies hit back with two quick strikes. They went into a shell against Nurse, who used the strong breeze to drift the ball away from the right-handers. He took out Asghar Stanikzai, who played for turn when there was none, and Samiullah Shenwari, who was unfortunately given out as the ball lobbed to slip off his forearm while trying to reverse sweep.

With Afghanistan at 131 for 5 in the 38th over, and Ahmadi back in the pavilion as well, West Indies had a firm grip over the contest. But Gulbadin Naib used his muscle to pepper the legside boundary and take apart Jason Holder, who conceded 36 off his last three overs. Naib would hammer three fours and two sixes in his unbeaten 28-ball 41. The 58-run stand for the eighth wicket with Mohammad Nabi, who quietly finished 27 not out, would signal the change in momentum for Afghanistan.

West Indies would have hoped for a brisk start from their batsmen but it was not to be and by being diffident and overcautious, they played themselves into a situation where one costly lapse could trigger an alarming slide. And slide they did.

The two teams meet again on Sunday with Afghanistan eyeing a series win and West Indies seeking to avert further shame.

Source: (cricinfo)

15 Responses to Windies ‘Khan-ed’

  1. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn June 10, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Joke team

  2. Leroy Parris June 10, 2017 at 6:48 am

    What a load of crap. Am I reading correctly or am I dreaming. Please Sir Gary, put you whites on and teach them a thing or two. It’s a total disgrace to not only themselves but to West Indians. Time for a change, sack the useless b……s.

  3. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner June 10, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Can WI team or cricket get any lower than this.

  4. Clyde Thompson June 10, 2017 at 7:38 am

    The WICB wanted to present something new but it was not the quality of the players it was the on paper enhancement only “Cricket West Indies”
    The team lack all skills in the game against the Afgans, firstly the team grossly underestimated the Afgans, they lack the killer instinct in their bowling effort and the “top order batting”, they were too many mental lapses.
    Chase though a quality player should have been selected for this team he is best suited for red ball cricket. Those failed younger (Hetmyer and Singh) players from the lost Pakistan series should have been selected to reassure them that they have a future in “Cricket West Indies” ply they are better in the white ball format.
    Why does the ground staff prepare pitches that suit the opposition, this is unheard of in professional sports, quoting Trump again “West Indians First”.
    T can’t even get fans in the stands and I quote Trump “sick very sick”.
    It does not take 25 years to restructure without result, time to and I quote Trump again “drain the swamp”

  5. Peter June 10, 2017 at 8:43 am

    The WI team have many issues. 1. They are not physically fit. 2. They are not focused. 3. they are not disciplined. 4. They have no values nor respect for neither themselves, their followers nor most important, each other. They score three consecutive thirtys or fortys and get selected upon which they consider themselves super stars, as they have “arrived.” They go out and buy the biggest, thickest gold chain which they arrogantly expose and which adds to the interference of their performances. They drive the most expensive vehicles which they buy duty free. Then to crown it all their individual cricket associations honor them and label them as cricketing legends and heroes. We the wishing, paying hoping fan encourage all this, led by a board of management that they themselves are bigger than the game itself. and all this is infused by commentators who call themselves ” authority” on the game, using improper English, sduck up to whomever will buy them lunch or dinner, call themselves selectors, and lobby for the ones they favor. I can go on. This is what West Indies Cricket has evolved into, and the senior management body has become an uncaring pack of hounds, who can care less.

  6. Peter June 10, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Rawle Spooner please let me answer your question facetiously of course… My answer is, to quote Former American President, ” Yes WI can.” Had Aunty Olga been alive, she and a team of old ladies some of them handicapped geriatrics would beat the stuffing out of this WI team. Prof Edwards and the Market Vendor would concur with me. Shucks., Even Trump and Wickham.

  7. BRAD June 10, 2017 at 9:29 am

    a bunch of unfit cricketers we have just look at em..ashley nurse and shannon gabriel they look weak and slow…this team is a joke i bet you gayle and company are laughing at the WICB whilst he make millions playing t20

  8. Golding June 10, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Let me state this in no small term this team is a bunch of no good bush players who should not be representing West Indies. The so call captain is lost don’t know what side is up can you imagine him playing this game in bush somewhere, that’s where he should be.

  9. Alex Alleyne June 10, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Once you are a good “leggie” you will put WI under pressure. Most of the players have very poor foot work. Until WI get the services of BRIAN LARA and GORDON GREENIDGE to coach the players, WI will continue to struggle because the pitches will not be getting any better no time soon.

  10. Donild Trimp June 10, 2017 at 11:23 am

    They were about 20 spectators in the stands watching this game.

    No cricket fan in their right mind would pay money to watch this crap.

    Fans pay money to see stars even if the stars fail. Who in their right mind would pay money to see any of these players?

    The problem is the people running Cricket West Indies and the people selecting players who are seen only as submissive underlings who are expected to tow the line.

  11. Clyde Thompson June 10, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Peter, Brad, Alex and Donild I agree with you whole heartedly, noting that they the players are selected and run off to the nearest jewellery store and by “brek neck” gold chains and flash them. I don’t know about their vehicles but for sure they lack discipline and pride in their job, again I use a Trump that we should consider “your fired” to the whole lot “drain the swamp” and dredge it.

  12. Fan June 10, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Hey why are you people so upset! The West Indies are playing against a team of equal quality. Until you accept that the West Indies is not a first rate team and therefore should be playing only against the associate ICCmembers you will continue to suffer the pain and disappointment which so many of you experienced last night . Not a single member of the present West Indian team would make any of the top teams playing in the ongoing ICC tournament

  13. Milli Watt June 10, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    WASTE INDIES !!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Golding June 10, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    West Indies are really groveling now thanks to Cameron & his cohorts. Holder what kind of skipper is he?

  15. Clint June 10, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Guys, do not blame the cricketers, they didn’t select themselves. Blame the egotistic, arrogant Board selection policies. Half of that team should not have been selected. Why is Samuels in Trenchtown and not playing another master innings in St Lucia? Where is Nanan and Badree? And what is the situation with Darren? Is he going to be forever banished in the wilderness in an infantile power play by the Board? The Board has to work with the players association to get the best West Indian 11 always on the field. West Indies cricket fans must demand this if our cricket is to be restored. Has the Board noticed the wholesale boycott of this St Lucia game?


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