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West Indies spinner Sunil Narine took a three-wicket haul in a highly economical spell to lead his side to a six-wicket win over Afghanistan in the first Twenty20 International in St Kitts.
Choosing to bat first, Afghanistan struggled from the get-go as captain Carlos Brathwaite, Kesrick Williams and Samuel Badree took out their top order.
Having been reduced to 46/6, the tourists were shown no mercy as Narine began his onslaught, removing Samiullah Shenwari, wicketkeeper Shafiqullah and Najibullah Zadran in the process.
However, thanks to Rashid Khan’s 27-ball 33, Afghanistan managed to make 110 before being bowled out.
Narine was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Williams and Brathwaite snapped up two wickets apiece. Badree and Jerome Taylor, meanwhile, chipped in with one wicket each.
Chasing 111 to win, the West Indies got off to a scorching start before opener Chadwick Walton was dismissed by Shapoor Zadran for 22.
Evin Lewis managed to make 26 before he was removed by Karim Janat, while Lendl Simmons only mustered six runs before being clean bowled by Rashid.
Even though Marlon Samuels fell soon after for 35, Jason Mohammed and Rovman Powell mopped up the remaining runs to lead their side to victory with 21 balls to spare.
Shapoor was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Rashid and Janat claimed one wicket each.
Narine was named Man of the Match.