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Twitter Reactions: Windies end their World Cup campaign on a high; Afghanistan remain winless

04 Jul 2019 CricTracker

Windies Players. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Windies have defeated Afghanistan by 30 runs in their final league match of the 2019 World Cup. The decent crowd at Headingley was treated to some brilliant cricket from both the sides even as Afghanistan ended their campaign winless, unfortunately. They fought bravely and scored their highest total in the tournament but it wasn’t enough in the chase. They fell short of the target, in the end, by 23 runs but must’ve learnt a lot from the tournament.

Afghanistan didn’t get off to a good start in the steep chase with their skipper Gulbadin Naib getting out early. After sending him at four in the previous game, the team management promoted Ikram Ali Khil even further today and the youngster pounced on the opportunity with both the hands. He and Rahmat Shah played some attractive shots and formed a brilliant partnership.

They looked technically perfect to treat the crowd with some elegant shots and added 133 runs for the second wicket. It also kept Afghanistan in the game and finally, they sent Najibullah Zadran up the order. Rahmat Shah got out to Carlos Brathwaite on 62 which brought the left-hander in the middle. Najibullah looked extremely good during his 31-run knock but was involved in a mix-up with Asghar Afghan and got out.

Ikram missed out on a well-deserved ton but was pinned in front of the stumps by none other than Chris Gayle on 86. Soon Mohammad Nabi’s poor tournament with the bat ended and Afghanistan fell apart badly. Afghan threatened to take the game away but his wicket in the 45th over was the final nail in the coffin for Afghanistan. They could eventually get to 288 runs after 50 overs as the last wicket fell on the last ball of the innings. It was a brilliant effort from them but still fell short of the victory.

Windies batting clicks finally

Earlier in the day, Jason Holder won the toss and opted to bat first on a good pitch at Headingley. Chris Gayle couldn’t do much with the bat in his final World Cup but the crowd gave him a standing ovation on his return to the dressing room. Shai Hope and Evin Lewis then stitched an exciting partnership of 88 runs for the second wicket which laid the foundation for the batsmen to come.

While the duo took a little time to get those many runs, Shimron Hetmyer came out and played fearlessly. However, he lived by the sword and died by the sword but not before scoring 39 runs off 31 deliveries. Hope, meanwhile, looked good for a century but threw it away after scoring 77 runs. Mohammad Nabi trapped him with some clever bowling at deep mid-wicket.

However, there was no stopping the Caribbean batsmen on the day as Nicholas Pooran and Jason Holder formed a crucial stand. The duo added 105 runs in just 69 deliveries to take the team close to 300. While Pooran scored 58 runs off just 43 balls, his skipper got missed out on a well-deserved half-century by just five runs. Carlos Brathwaite though ended with a flourish scoring 14 runs off four balls itself to propel the Windies to 311 for the loss of six wickets after 50 overs.

The score was just enough in the end as Afghanistan fell 23 runs short of the target after fighting tooth and nail through the chase.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

No,no, no, Cottrell, can't believe it, normally has safe hands. Important moments. #WIvAFG

— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) July 4, 2019

Chris Gayle leaving the field for the last time in ODI format.What a career this has been and what an entertainer he has been.He will be missed ????????????????????#chrisgayle #Gayle #JasonHolder #MenInMaroon #WIvsAFG

— Aatif… (@AatifAzio) July 4, 2019

Oopppss. Ive still got it @RusselArnold69 ???????????????? . But well played to Ikram. He has a bright future. Well played to him.

— ian bishop (@irbishi) July 4, 2019

Great send off for the one and only @henrygayle #UniverseBoss. This generation is very lucky to able to witness this Legend. #WIGreat #Entertainer #GayleCWC

— Harry (@Srihari_08) July 4, 2019

That's called Intent#CWC19 #wivafg

— ????????pavilionend???????? (@hungrygoat1) July 4, 2019

West Indies finish their #CWC19 campaign on a high!

They beat Afghanistan by 23 runs.#AFGvWI | #CWC19 | #MenInMaroon

— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 4, 2019

Most consecutive losses in World Cups

18 Zimbabwe (1983-92)14 Scotland (1999-15)12 Afghanistan (2015-19) *11 Canada (2003-11)#AFGvWI #CWC19 #AfghanAtalan

— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) July 4, 2019

SUPERB All round game #WIvAFG

— zunaiddoctor (@zunaiddoctor) July 4, 2019

That’s it Afghanistan wins none in this world cup . But I still think they’ve done well . #WIvAFG

— ???? (@whatismisha) July 4, 2019

Though AFG couldn't win a single match this #CWC19 . They still gained alot as compare to others. They fighted which will help in coming matches But i still think Shehzad is their best batsman.#WIvAFG

— Saad (@saadsayys) July 4, 2019

Please please give the last over to #UniverseBoss.#CWC19 #AFGvWI #WIvAFG

— Abhishek Mukherjee (@ovshake42) July 4, 2019

Confession of a West Indies fan. They should have points deducted for the catches dropped even after the win #WorldCup2019 #WIvAFG

— atreyo mukhopadhyay (@atreyom) July 4, 2019

Top game of cricket that – Afghanistan should be proud of their contribution to this World Cup. Chris Gayle #TopSlogger

— Matt Owen (@MJowen174) July 4, 2019

We tribute this game just to @henrygayle for ending a spectacular journey in ODI hatts off legend congratulations to westindies #AFGvWI

— Dr future (@saeedsamii) July 4, 2019

Damn nomore Chris Gayle in the cricket World Cup ????

— Bamsiii (@1asaddd) July 4, 2019

Chris Gayle waves to the fans as his last World Cup match comes to an end. #ICCCricketWorldCup2019 #AFGvWIN @DeccanHerald

— Madhu Jawali (@MadhuJawali) July 4, 2019

Last Worldcup Match For Universe Boss????????it's a Victory End @henrygayle

— JAVID.NTR???????? (@mdjavid111) July 4, 2019

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