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WI win first ODI series in five years

  • Published at 01:09 am November 10th, 2019
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The West Indies' Nicholas Pooran plays a shot during their second ODI against Afghanistan in Lucknow Saturday AFP

Kieron Pollard said it had been a great relief to finally win a one-day series for the first time since August 2014 when Bangladesh were the victims

The West Indies beat Afghanistan by 47 runs Saturday to claim their first one-day series win in more than five years as their bowlers took control amid an invasion of moths.

Sheldon Cottrell, Roston Chase and Hayden Walsh each took three wickets as Kieron Pollard's side wrapped up the three-match series with a game to spare. 

Afghanistan have now lost 11 ODIs in a row.

Wicket-keeper Nicholas Pooran hit 67 off 50 balls to put backbone in the West Indies innings.

Openers Shai Hope (43) and Evin Lewis (54) put on 98 for the first wicket but the batsmen then lost their way until Pooran's man-of-the-match fireworks that included three sixes and seven fours.

Pooran admitted it had been a "critical situation" when he came in. 

He helped take the score from 156/4 to 242/8.

The Afghanistan innings was overshadowed by tens of thousands of black moths and flies that took over the floodlit Ekana Stadium in Lucknow.

Dark clouds of insects rose up every time the ball hit a boundary rope and several West Indies fielders wore masks. 

The moths caused problems for bowlers and batsmen, and Pollard twice spoke to the umpires about the nuisance.

Afghanistan lost Javed Ahmed in the opening over before Hazratullah Zazai (23) and Rahmat Shah (33) steadied in the innings. 

But easy wickets then fell before Najibullah Zadran (56) and Mohammad Nabi (32) put on 66 for the sixth wicket, hitting the insects for six.

No one else could keep up the pace after their departure. 

Captain Rashid Khan scored only two as the eighth man in.

Pollard said it had been a great relief to finally win a one-day series for the first time since August 2014 when Bangladesh were the victims.

2ND ODI

AFGHANISTAN 200 in 45.4 overs (Najibullah 56, Cottrell 3/29) lost to WEST INDIES 247/9 (Pooran 67, Naveen 3/60) by 47 runs