On Thursday (4th July), Windies claimed a 23-run victory against Afghanistan at Leeds in the match 42 of the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. It was the last match of this tournament for both these teams.
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Windies batted first in this match and put a total of 311/6 (50 overs) on the scoreboard. In reply, Afghanistan were all out on 288 runs (50 overs).
Brief Scores: Windies – 311/6 in 50 overs (Shai Hope 77, Nicholas Pooran 58; Dawlat Zadran 2/73)
Afghanistan – 288 in 50 overs (Ikram Alikhil 86, Rahmat Shah 62; Carlos Brathwaite 4/63)
Result – Windies won by 23 runs
Here are some of the statistical highlights of the match:
i) In the first innings of this match, Windies scored 311/6 (50 overs). It is the highest total for Windies against Afghanistan in ODI history. The previous record was 204 runs in 46.5 overs (at Harare on 25th March 2018).
i) Chasing down the 312 runs target, Afghanistan were bowled out for 288 runs (50 overs). It is the highest second-innings total for Afghanistan in ODI cricket history. Afghanistan’s previous record in this list was 276/8 (49.4 overs) against the UAE (at ICCA Dubai on 2nd December 2014).
i) Playing his 35th CWC match, Chris Gayle becomes the most-capped CWC player for Windies. The legendary cricketer Brian Lara is in the next position with 34 CWC match for this team.
ii) It was Chris Gayle’s 295th ODI match for Windies. Former cricketer Brian Lara also played 295 ODIs for this team, but no other cricketers have played this number of ODIs for this international side. Gayle needs to play another ODI to create a new record for Windies.
iii) As a wicketkeeper-batsman, Shai Hope has scored 274 runs in CWC career. Shai Hope is now the leading CWC run-scorer for Windies as a wicketkeeper-batsman. Ridley Jacobs was the previous record holder with 270 CWC runs as a Windies wicketkeeper-batsman.
i) Rahmat Shah and Ikram Alikhil provided an incredible second-wicket partnership of 133 runs. It is Afghanistan’s first ever century partnership in CWC history. The previous record in this list was the 94 runs partnership for the fourth-wicket between Hashmatullah Shahidi and Asghar Afghan (against England at Manchester on 18th June 2019).
ii) Wicketkeeper-batsman Ikram Alikhil scored 86 runs in this match. During this match, his age was 18 years and 278 days. In CWC history, Ikram Alikhil is the third youngest cricketer to post a 50+ score. Bangladesh cricketers Tamim Iqbal (17 years and 362 days) and Mohammad Ashraful (18 years and 234 days) are in the top two positions in this list.
iii) On the other hand, Ikram Alikhil is also the youngest wicketkeeper-batsman in ODI history to post a 50+ score. Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim was the previous record holder in this list who achieved this feat at the age of 19 years and 246 days.