Afghanistan v West Indies, World Twenty20 warm-ups September 17, 2012

Gayle, bowlers give West Indies win

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West Indies 125 for 2 (Gayle 65*, Samuels 15*) beat Afghanistan 122 for 7 (Stanikzai 53, Edwards 3 -24) by eight wickets
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West Indies opener Chris Gayle scored an unbeaten 65 to take his side to a comfortable eight-wicket win against Afghanistan in Colombo. Gayle, who averages 64.30 in all international matches this year, and 70 in the three T20Is, took his time to get going, but accelerated later as West Indies reached the modest target of 123 with more than five overs to spare.

Gayle and Dwayne Smith put on 29 runs in the first five overs for the first wicket, before Smith was dismissed. Gayle started to hit a few boundaries, and with Johnson Charles added 59 runs in the next six overs, which diminished Afghanistan's hopes of an upset. Offspinner Karim Sadiq, who gave away eight runs in his three overs, and seamer Shapoor Zadran were economical, but the West Indies batsmen scored off other bowlers to secure their chase.

Unlike West Indies, Afghanistan couldn't accelerate their scoring when required. Asghar Stanikzai scored his second half-century in two matches, guiding the innings for the most part. But before he could boost Afghanistan's scoring at the death, he departed in the 18th over to leave them at 100 for six. A couple of sixes towards the end took them to 122, pegging the required run rate at just a little more than six runs per over - that wasn't enough. West Indies bowled well collectively: none of the bowlers went for more than 6.50 runs per overs, with four of them being among the wickets.

Afghanistan face India in their first World Twenty game on September 19 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, and West Indies face Australia at the same venue three days later.

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  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    I am not pleased with the performance guys, seriously u need to play your maximum strength out there, I specially don't want Nowroz as the cap and as a player in ODIs N T20s for Afghanistan, play him in 4&5 days matches I want najibullah in his place. thats golden chance for us to prove ourselves in Int. arena, by performing so poor we just simply waste all that time talents of our cricketers.

  • Hildreth on September 18, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    WELL DONE Windies! Very disciplined performance. However this should not be I hope the line-up for the 1st T20 WC match. SMITH is not a natural opener and has not done well in this position. He hasn't been in good form lately and it'd be hard to see him beating out the other allrounders in the side for a place. Windies must play their strongest 11 in order to beat Australia. RAMPAUL should play as the 1st choise seamer and RUSSELL on the back of his recent form 2nd choice. The team must be BALANCED between genuine batsmen and bowlers and all-rounders to have a WINNING combination. My Team for 1st match vs Australia : 1.GAYLE 2.CHARLES 3.SAMUELS 4.BRAVO (Darr) 5.POLLARD 6.BRAVO(Dw) 7.RAMDIN 8.SAMMY 9.RUSSEL 10.NARINE 11.RAMPAUL. The batting positions of the last five could be adjusted according to the situation of the game. This side has 9 batsmen and 8 bowlers. On paper it looks like a team that can go all the way to the championship with HARD WORK, DISCIPLINE and SELF-BELIEF.

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    Well done Windies. Keep it up!

  • Azooz on September 18, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    The Major prob is our Opening We never had a decent Openers and Credit goes to the middle order,they perform always well. Forget abt warmup ,now time to target Bharat :p

  • Dummy4 on September 17, 2012, 23:06 GMT

    So true. They won a four nation competition in Trinidad recently, they pipped Bangladesh for the trophy on net run rate, maybe their head is getting too big for their hats.

  • Dummy4 on September 17, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Yes Picking not the Full packed side against any Test Nation by any Starting Time like Afghanistan is a crime ..N They must try to give the players much and much chance so that to boost their moral and confidence

  • Dummy4 on September 17, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    You are right Z brother Afghanistan should have played the best players it was there chance to show that they are talented and they can win any team any why they should play really well against India and England now also there is an other request if the Afghan Team should change there batting order bring Naib instead of Karim i think Naib and shahzad will do better. what do you all think about this birng Naib and shahzad as a opener batsman

  • Earlla on September 17, 2012, 17:40 GMT


  • Dave on September 17, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    nice to see the guys with one win in the warm ups. the big game start tomorrow and any mischance and you might be out. GO WINDIES ! show the world what they have been missing

  • Dummy4 on September 17, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    What's the deal with Afghanistan team selectors. Resting players against West Indies??? Must be fancying your chances to win the world cup hey. YOU HARDLY GET 2 OR 3 CHANCES A YEAR TO PLAY A TEST NATION. YOU CAN NOT AFFORD NOT TO PICK YOUR BEST 11 FOR THESE MATCHES.

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