West Indies vs Afghanistan 1st ODI: Rashid’s seven-for helps Afghanistan draw first blood

Rashid’s figures of 7-18 are the fourth-best in ODI history

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Rashid Khan literally left the West Indies in a spin as he took a career-best seven wickets to lead Afghanistan to a 63-run win in the first ODI in St Lucia.

Electing to bat first, Afghanistan lost opener Noor Ali Zadran for five runs as he was caught behind off the bowling of West Indies captain Jason Holder.

Javed Ahmadi and Rahmat Shah made up for the loss of Noor Ali with a 55-run partnership before Rahmat was dismissed by Shannon Gabriel for 17.

Captain Asghar Stanikzai fell shortly after, while Ahmadi went on to score 81 off 102 balls, which included eight boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Miguel Cummins.

Ahmadi scored his sixth ODI fifty

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Even though Samiullah Shenwari and Afsar Zazai were removed in quick time, Gulbadin Naib and Mohammad Nabi put together an unbeaten 58-run partnership to guide Afghanistan to 212/6 off their 50 overs.

Naib finished on 41 off 28 balls, which included three boundaries and two sixes, while Nabi remained undefeated on 27 off 30 deliveries, which included two boundaries.

Ashley Nurse was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Holder, Gabriel, Cummins and Alzarri Joseph chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 213 to win, the West Indies got off to a disastrous start as opener Kieran Powell was trapped lbw off the bowling of Dawlat Zadran for just two runs.

Just as the hosts were rebuilding their innings, Evin Lewis was sent packing by Naib for 21.

Rashid took over from that point on as he tore through the West Indies’ middle and lower order like a knife through butter.

Shai Hope did his best to keep the innings together, but he ended up falling to Rashid for 35.

As the wickets continued to tumble, Joseph tried to put up a fight with his knock of 27, but his valiant effort went in vain as his side were skittled out for 149.

Rashid was easily the most successful bowler with seven wickets, while Dawlat snapped up two and Naib claimed one.

Rashid was named Man of the Match.

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