Afghanistan vs West Indies World T20: Well deserved victory for Afghanistan

chris gayle world t20Nagpur: Afghanistan won a Super 10 stage match for the first time ever at the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 on Sunday, upsetting the West Indies by six runs in a thrilling match in Nagpur, India.

Samuel Badree was brilliant with the ball for the Caribbean side, taking three wickets, conceding just 14 runs, helping to restrict Afghanistan to 123 for seven after being put in to bat.

It was a total that proved sufficient, though

Even with Chris Gayle absent for this one, the Caribbean team would have been confident of chasing down what was a pretty small total. But any notion that this was going to be a routine win was dispelled pretty quickly, with Afghanistan turning in some quality spin bowling.

While this is an unforgiving format, Afghanistan definitely deserved to emerge from the tournament with at least one victory. They bowled superbly when defending a small total, and in the face of some quality West Indies batsman, they were brilliantly composed.

Johnson Charles (22) fell, before Andre Fletcher was forced to retire hurt on 10. Then when Marlon Samuels was out for just five, the Windies were on 38 for three. Deputising for Gayle, Evin Lewis was very poor, taking up seven deliveries before departing for no score. From there, wickets continued to fall with regularity, allowing none of the West Indies batsmen to establish any rhythm.

If the Windies play like that again in the semi-finals, they'll quickly find themselves on the way home.