West Indies produced an all-round effort to record a comprehensive 47-run win over Afghanistan in the second ODI that was threatened by an invasion of thousands of moths and flies on Saturday.
The ‘invasion’ forced many West Indies players to wear masks as batting and fielding became difficult in the day-night game at the city’s Ekana Cricket Stadium.
The West Indies, though, still managed to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. They thus won the series. This is their first ODI series win since 2014.
WI WIN!! It’s the first ODI series WI have won in 5 years! WELL PLAYED BOYS! 🌴🏏
WI win by 47 runs
🌴 🇦🇫 247/9 (50 ov)
🇦🇫 200 all out
🔥Cottrell 3/29 (9.0 ov)
🔥Chase 3/30 (10 ov)#AFGvWI
Scorecard: https://t.co/rmWbXVuPbi zee pic.twitter.com/Qc3A4wKhIv
— Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) November 9, 2019
Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder, Kieron Pollard and Sheldon Cottrell were among the fielders seen wearing masks during the Afghanistan innings in the evening.
“I’ve never played with so many flies around. Health is very important, so something’s got to be done about that,” Pollard said at the presentation ceremony after the match.
Moths stop play? Perhaps one day soon! This is the #AFGvWI day-night ODI in Lucknow. Those fluttering black things (also parked en masse on the turf) aren’t little birds. They’re moths. I wonder if they’ll affect the #INDvsBAN Test in Kolkata. @BCCI, any anti-moth measures? pic.twitter.com/Tdo0E1PyBL
— Tunku Varadarajan (@tunkuv) November 9, 2019
Put into bat, West Indies posted 247 for nine in their stipulated 50 overs, riding on a 50-ball 67 by Nicholas Pooran and a 75-ball 54 from opener Evin Lewis.
Shai Hope (43) and Shimron Hetmyer (34) were the other contributors for West Indies.
Seamer Naveen-ul-Haq claimed three wickets to emerge as the best bowler for Afghanistan.
West Indies returned to dismiss Afghanistan for 200 in 45.4 overs to complete the win.
— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) November 9, 2019
Afghanistan all-rounder Najibullah Zadran emerged as the top-scorer with a 66-ball 56, his knock studded with seven boundaries and a six.
Hazratullah Zazai (23), Rahmat Shah (33) and Mohammad Nabi (32) got starts but failed to stay long enough.
Chasing 248 to win, Afghanistan didn’t have a good start and were reduced to 61 for three in the 15th over.
Afghanistan lost half their side for 109 in 27 overs. Najibullah and Nabi then added 68 runs but both the batsmen left in successive overs as they slipped to 177 for seven in the 40th over.
For West Indies, Sheldon Cottrell (3/25) and Roston Chase (3/30) took three wickets each, while Hayden Walsh (2/32) snapped two.
(With PTI inputs)