After restricting Afghanistan to 200 runs in the second ODI, West Indies will be relying on their bowling attack comprising Sheldon Cottrell and Roston Chase to replicate their impressive performance.
Afghanistan is hosting West Indies for a three-match ODI series. Shai Hope was named "Player of the match" for his seventh ODI century, anchoring the run chase till the end. Shepherd scored just six runs in his innings while Pooran scored 67 off 50 balls to take West Indies close to 250.
In the 3rd ODI of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019-20, West Indies will face-off against Afghanistan.
"We've been waiting for this series win for a long time, so it felt good", Hope said.
A large number of crowd who gathered outside the hotel to meet the tall man also added to his suffering and was later transported to the Ekana stadium to watch the match by the police.
Openers Evin Lewis and Shai Hope provided a steady start to the side and stitched a 98-run partnership for the first wicket. At 118 for 5, when the experienced Mohammad Nabi (50 not out) joined forces with Asghar, Afghanistan were in a spot of bother.
We knew we could get few opportunities. An 85-ball 86 from former captain Asghar Afghan who got a good company from the lower order saw the Asians posting a total of 249 for 7 in 50 overs. While his opening partner Ibrahim Zadran lost his wicket at a very early stage of the game.
Nabi, who hit three fours and a six in his 66-ball stay, raised his 15th ODI fifty on the penultimate ball of the innings as Afghanistan managed 54 runs from the last five overs.
"So far, what has gone well is guys are sticking to the plans, sticking to what we actually want to do, and it's actually coming off", Pollard said. "Once we do that, we can win games". "We should always have defended this complete, however Hope performed with out giving us any probabilities".
The first of three Twenty20 match-ups between the two global teams bowls off on Thursday.