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Afghanistan bats first in T20 match against West Indies

Afghanistan bats first in T20 match against West Indies

West Indies lacked the clinical edge but still did enough to breeze past minnows Afghanistan by six wickets in the opening Twenty20 worldwide here Friday night, and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Chadwick Walton (29 off 17), Evin Lewis (25 off 28) and Marlon Samuels (22 off 26) set the tone as Lendl Simmons (17) and Carlos Brathwaite (eight) finished unbeaten in the middle.

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Since that upset win, Afghanistan had won another 10 consecutive T20 Internationals against Associate Member nations while the West Indies won just two of nine matches since defeating England in the World T20 final 14 months ago. Gulbadin Naib started in typical flair, slamming three boundaries through the leg side to get the innings going. The batsmen, including captain Asghar Stanikzai, were guilty of playing reckless shots. Stanikzai then tried to pull his way out of trouble and only succeeded in top edging a return catch to Williams.

Afghanistan's top order, including captain Asghar Stanikzai who had chosen to bat first, showed little responsibility at the crease and a succession of reckless shots saw them slipping to 58 for eight in the 14th over and in danger of falling below their previous lowest T20 global score of 72. Rashid, back in national colours after a successful debut season at the IPL, brought much-needed calm to the innings even as those about them had lost their heads.

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Asked to bowl first at Warner Park, the Windies restricted the Afghans for a paltry 110 off their 20 overs, with off-spinner and Player of the Match Sunil Narine snatching three for 11 and seamers Carlos Brathwaite (2-16) and Kesrick Williams (2-19) picking up two wickets apiece.

Prior to Samuels being dismissed though, the rain came and the match was shortened down to 15 overs per side.

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Lewis and Walton looked at ease as they gave West Indies a handy starting by putting on 33 of 21 balls for the first wicket.

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