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Shai Hope ton powers West Indies to whitewash Afghanistan

With this win, West Indies recorded their first ODI whitewash since 2014.

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Shai Hope ton powers West Indies to whitewash Afghanistan
Shai Hope registers 7th ODI hundred. Photo: Cricket West Indies

Opener Shai Hope smashed an unbeaten century guiding West Indies to crush hosts Afghanistan by five wickets in the third and last ODI of the series at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium on Monday night. The Caribbeans, thus, imposed a clean sweep over the Afghans.

Chasing 250 for win, Hope slammed three sixes and eight fours in his 145-ball 109 not out as West Indies overhaul the target in 48.4 overs losing 5 wickets. He and Roston Chase put up 71 run partnership in the sixth wicket. Chase remained there with 42.

West Indies, earlier, were reduced to 4 for 2 with Mujeeb Ur Rahman striking twice in the third over.

It was Hope’s seventh ODI hundred. Meanwhile West Indies recorded their first ODI whitewash since 2014.

During the Afghanistan innings, Asghar Afghan and Mohammad Nabi shared a 127-run partnership for the sixth wicket after the team side slipped to 118 for 5 ultimately provided them a fighting total of 249 from languishing in 118 for 5.

Opener Hazratullah Zazai hit an attacking 50; Afghan made 86 off 85 balls and Nabi remained unbeaten on 50.

For the West Indies, Keemo Paul (3/44) snapped three wickets, Alzarri Joseph (2/59) took two, while Romario Shepherd (1/47) and Roston Chase (1/24) accounted for one each.

Keiron Pollard said, “We came here with a mission and specific roles for players, and all the players deserve credit.

“Winning is a habit, and anything that we want to do as a team is a process, and it’s something we had to improve in a period of time.

“This was an opportunity for us to show we have that kind of venom inside us. We knew we had to rally as a team, and we proved we can bat 50 overs, and once we do that, we can win games,” he added.

The two teams will now play three T20 internationals starting 14 November in Lucknow.

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