PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
West Indies completed a series drubbing of Afghanistan as Shai Hope slammed an unbeaten century to win the match for the Windies by five wickets in Lucknow. This completed a 3-0 whitewash of the Rashid Khan-led Afghanistan in the three-match ODI series. The last time they whitewashed a team was against Bangladesh in 2014. While batting first, the Afghans gave West Indies a target of 250 runs on the back of Asghar Afghan’s 85-ball 86 runs, opener Hazratullah Zazai scored completed his half-century from 59 deliveries and Mohammad Nabi remain not out, he scored 50 from 66 deliveries. However, the Windies took 48.4 overs to reach the target and win the match. Paul enjoyed his return to the side, he took 3 wickets and gave 44 runs, whereas fellow pacer Alzarri Joseph finished with 59 for 2. Romario Shepherd and Roston Chase both took one wicket each. But the target didn't prove big enough for West Indies. Shai Hope continued his good form and anchored the chase with 109 not out off 145 balls and saw the side home in the company of Roston Chase, with eight balls to spare.
This run-chase has been all about Shai Hope. He anchored the innings to perfection and guided his team home like a true champion. Windies were off to a horrible start(4/2) as they lost Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer very early in the innings. But that didn't affect the composure of Hope one bit, he kept finding partners - King first, Pollard next and Chase, in the end, to chase down the total. Pollard decided to promote himself and added 63 valuable runs with Hope in just 56 balls. Afghanistan would have fancied their chances when Mujeeb Ur Rahman dismissed Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer in a double-wicket maiden in the third over. Captain Rashi Khan took one wicket. To Afghanistan's credit, they put up their best performance of the series but it still wasn't good enough to fetch them a win. They have now lost their last 12 ODIs, a streak that had begun with the 2019 World Cup.
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