When the West Indies fast bowlers eviscerated Pakistan's batting in their opening World Cup game, bundling them out for 105, it seemed inconceivable that they would have to wait 34 days, until their final game, for their next win.
By the time Rashid caught him, at mid-wicket in the 38th over, Hope had laid a strong foundation for a 300-plus total.
Certain to finish in last place in the Cricket World Cup standings, Afghanistan can still sign off on a high note by beating West Indies for its first win of the 2019 tournament. Shai Hope and Evin Lewis then stitched an exciting partnership of 88 runs for the second wicket which laid the foundation for the batsmen to come.
His team-mates were assisted by some poor fielding at times, not least when Carlos Brathwaite launched the last delivery of the innings towards the long-off boundary in front of the pavilion, where Gulbadin Naib, the Afghanistan captain, allowed a straightforward catch to slip through his hands as he completely lost sight of the ball, which trickled away for four.More news: Kate Middleton Makes Surprise Appearance at Wimbledon in White Summer Dress
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Pace bowler Dawlat Zadran claimed two wickets for 73 runs for the Afghans. However, the Afghans will have a mental edge over the Caribbean team in this encounter as they had beaten them in the final of the ICC World Cup Qualifier a year ago.
Standing at midwicket, Afghanistan's star player was in position to gobble up a flicked shot from West Indies batsman Shai Hope - on just 5 at the time - that was well timed but unfortunately hit straight at a fielder. "Words can't explain my feeling at the moment honestly", the 39-year-old veteran said. World Cup wasn't to be but life does go on. Gayle needed 18 to leapfrog Brian Lara and become the Windies' leading one-day worldwide run-scorer of all-time, only to be dismissed for 7.
The big positive from the West Indies game was Ikram Ali Khil, whose footwork and speed between the wickets stood out in his 93-ball 86.
Both teams are out of contention for the semifinals with Afghanistan sitting bottom of the points table and West Indies in the penultimate spot.
Afghanistan won one of its six group matches in the 2015 World Cup, when the country was making its debut. All should be even better than in this tournament, when they were still the West Indies top three run-scorers.