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West Indies Win First ODI Series in 5 Years

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Nicholas Pooran

WEST Indies have won their first One-Day International series in more than five years.

Kieron Pollard and his men beat Afghanistan by 47-runs in the second One Day International (ODI) at Lucknow, India, on Saturday. This gave them an unassailable 2-0 series lead in the three-match series. The next match is on Monday.

Batting first, West Indies put on 247/9 thanks to 67 from 50 balls by Nicholas Pooran who was player of the match. Shai Hope and Evin Lewis put on 98 for the first wicket when Hope as lbw to Rashid Khan for 43.

Lewis made 54 while Shimron Hetmyer got to 34 before holding out in the deep. Naveen-Ul-Haq was the pick of the Afghanistan bowlers with three for 60 runs off his nine overs.

At their turn at the crease, Afghanistan managed exactly 200 and were all out in 45.4 overs. West Indies bowlers Sheldon Cottrell (3/29), Roston Chase (3/30) and Hayden Walsh Jnr (3/36) each got three wickets.

Najibullah Zadran had a knock of 56 off 66 balls with seven fours and one six.

For Afghanistan Rahmat Shah (33) and Mohammad Nabi (32) were also among the runs.

Scores

West Indies 247/9 (50 overs) (Nicholas Pooran 67, Evin Lewis 54, Shai Hope 43, Shimron Hetmyer 34; Naveen-ul-Haq 3/60) vs Afghanistan 200 (45.4 overs) (Najibullah Zadran 56, Rahmat Shah 33; Sheldon Cottrell 3/29, Roston Chase 3/30, Hayden Walsh Jnr 3/36) West Indies won by 47 runs

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