Head coach Ottis Gibson leaving South Africa

By Sports Desk August 04, 2019

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    West Indies captain Kieron Pollard is of the belief that the regional side has venom in them and needed to show it against Afghanistan, something they achieved after a 3-0 whitewash in their One-Day International that concluded on Monday in Lucknow, India.

    "We are thankful to God for giving us this opportunity,” said Pollard.

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

    “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,” said Pollard.

    According to the new captain, the team took the chance to show how aggressive they could be and urged them to make that way of playing cricket, habitual.

    “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 said.

    The West Indies destroyed Afghanistan over a three-game ODI series, winning the first by seven wickets thanks to Shai Hope’s unbeaten 77 and Roston Chase’s 94 before claiming a series-winning 47-run victory, this time courtesy of Evin Lewis’ 54 and Nicholas Pooran’s match-saving 67.

    In the final game, playing with Brandon King and Keemo Paul in the line-up, the West Indies restricted Afghanistan to 249-7 despite 50 from Hazratullah Zazai and 86 from Asghar Afghan. In reply the West Indies scored 253-5 with Chase scoring 42, King, 39, Pollard, 32, and Hope, an unbeaten 109.

    Despite Hope’s knocks, Chase was named player of the series.

  • Hope hits unbeaten hundred as West Indies complete Afghanistan whitewash Hope hits unbeaten hundred as West Indies complete Afghanistan whitewash

    Shai Hope marked turning 26 in style as his 109 not out inspired West Indies to a five-wicket ODI victory over Afghanistan, completing a 3-0 series whitewash.

    A day after his birthday, Hope hit eight boundaries and three sixes in a supreme 145-ball innings, though the Windies left it late to secure victory.

    Asghar Afghan (86), ably supported by Hazratullah Zazai (50) and Mohammad Nabi (50 no) gave Afghanistan hope of salvaging some pride in the series as they set 249-7 from their innings in Lucknow.

    Afghanistan looked well set three overs into West Indies' innings - Mujeeb Ur Rahman taking the wickets of Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer in the space of four deliveries.

    But Hope came to the fore, anchoring himself at the crease, with debutant Brandon King (39) providing support before Nicholas Pooran offered a quickfire 21 as the Windies' remaining opener moved beyond 50.

    Captain Kieron Pollard provided a useful 32, with Roston Chase (42 no) then coming in to up the run rate.

    Hope brought up his seventh ODI century with a tidy single off Rashid Khan, with Chase on hand to wrap up the series in style with a four over short leg with eight deliveries to spare.

  • Bairstow sanctioned for reaction to dismissal in T20 decider Bairstow sanctioned for reaction to dismissal in T20 decider

    Jonny Bairstow has been reprimanded by the ICC for his reaction to being dismissed in England's series-clinching Twenty20 International win over New Zealand on Sunday.

    Bairstow has been given one demerit point for using an audible obscenity after edging Jimmy Neesham behind for 47 in the tourists' run chase at Eden Park.

    The batsman admitted breaching 2.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct as he left the field in Auckland.

    England won the series 3-2 after coming out on top in another Super Over thriller.

    Bairstow was last week called up to the Test squad as cover for Joe Denly, who is nursing an ankle injury.

     

     

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