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West Indies win Lucknow ODI to clinch series, moths invade stadium

West Indies clinched the ODI series vs Afghanistan in Lucknow with a 47-run win on Saturday in a match unusual for the circumstances in which it was played. Moths and flies descended on the stadium in swathes in the 2nd innings.

West Indies players (Jason Holder and Kieron Pollard seen wearing ‘anti-moth masks’) and Afghanistan players after the end of the 2nd ODI in Lucknow on Saturday. West Indies won by 47 runs. (Twitter/ACBOfficials)

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.

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.

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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 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)