In the ICC World Cup match, West Indies beat Afghanistan by 23 runs. It was the second victory in the West Indies tournament. Afghanistan is returning home with no victory in the tournament. Afghanistan played two brilliant matches in the tournament and could not get the victory even though it came close to victory.
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West Indies captain Jason Holder won the toss and decided to bat first at the Headingly Cricket Ground in Leeds. The pair of Chris Gayle and Eun Lewis landed on the field but Chris Gayle was caught by the wicketkeeper at the ball of medium pace bowler Dawlat Zardan, playing only 18 balls. Chris Gayle’s performance in this World Cup was extremely disappointing and he was able to score 155 runs in nine matches at an average of seventeen runs per innings. Chris Gayle’s only half-century was against Pakistan. West Indies defeated Pakistan in this match.
After Chris Gayle was out, Evan Lewis and wicketkeeper Shay Hoop formed an excellent partnership and pushed the team’s score to 109. The West Indies were able to score 311 runs thanks to half-centuries from Shay Hoop, Evan Lewis and Nicholas Poorn. Afghanistan started chasing a target of 312 to win its first match in the tournament, and suffered losses in the opening over. Captain Gulbuddin Naib was dismissed for just five runs, while 20-year-old Ikram Ali Khel and Rehmat Shah contributed 133 runs. At one point, it looked like Afghanistan might win its first World Cup victory. After the dismissals of Ikram Ali Khel and Rahmat Shah, Najibullah and Asghar Afghan tried their best to win the match, but they failed to do so and the wickets continued to fall.
Moin Ali and Adil Rashid:
The English team also has two Pakistani-born players. Moin Ali’s grandfather emigrated from Mirpur area of Kashmir, Pakistan, to England but Moin Ali himself was born in Birmingham.
Apart from Moin Ali, the other name in the winning squad is Adil Rashid. It was Adil Rasheed who said that Morgan had told him, ‘Allah is with the English team.’
Adil Rasheed’s ancestors are also from Pakistan. Adil played a crucial role in reaching his team’s final by taking three wickets in the semifinals. He was part of the English team in all matches of the tournament and took 11 wickets.
Jofra Archer, who threw a super over in the World Cup final, is from Barbados, the West Indies island. Jofra also represented the West Indies U-19 team and later decided to play for England, which has been very useful not only for him but for England. Jofra Archer took 20 wickets in the tournament and finished third behind Mitchell Starc (27) of Australia and Ferguson (21) of New Zealand.
Interestingly, Archer was not in the starting squad for the England World Cup and was made a part of the squad, seeing his performance in the series against Pakistan before the World Cup.
All-rounder Tom Curran was included in the English squad for the World Cup but did not get a chance. He is the son of former Zimbabwean star Kevin Curran but was born in South Africa and played cricket there early. On the beauty of Evan Morgan’s diversity on social media and God is with us, there is talk of Moin Ali and Adil Rasheed escaping when a bottle of champagne was traditionally opened for the celebration.
Apart from Stokes, another English team player who was known for his smoke-batting at the World Cup was opener Jason Roy. Interestingly, the birthplace of Jason Roy is not even England. He was originally born in South Africa. In this World Cup, he scored 443 runs in seven innings of eight matches at a strike rate of 115.
His lack of English was felt in some matches, but when he joined the team. So he changed the course of the game and strengthened his aggressive innings with England, who at one time had difficulty reaching the semi-finals.