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Roston Chase scored a career-best 94 and Shai Hope made an unbeaten 77 as the West Indies downed Afghanistan by seven wickets in the first ODI in Lucknow.
Choosing to bowl first, the West Indies got the early breakthrough they were looking for when Afghanistan opener Hazratullah Zazai was clean bowled by Sheldon Cottrell for nine runs.
Javed Ahmadi only made five runs before he was dismissed by Jason Holder.
Rahmat Shah and Ikram Alikhil stabilised the innings with a 111-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Ikram was run out by Evin Lewis for 58, which came off 62 balls and included six boundaries and a six.
Najibullah Zadran was taken out by Chase for a duck, while Rahmat went on to make an 80-ball 61, which included six boundaries and a six, before he was caught by Holder at square leg off the bowling of Chase.
Once Rahmat was gone, Afghanistan collapsed as they went on from 152/5 to being bowled out for 194.
Holder, Chase and debutant Romario Shepherd picked up two wickets apiece, while Cottrell and Hayden Walsh chipped in with one wicket each.
Chasing 195 to win, the West Indies lost Evin Lewis in the fifth over as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Mujeeb Ur Rahman for seven runs.
Shimron Hetmyer only made three runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Naveen-ul-Haq.
Hope and Chase nearly finished things off for the West Indies as they forged a 163-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries, before Chase was clean bowled by Mujeeb for 94, which came off 115 balls and included 11 boundaries.
Hope went on to score a 133-ball 77, which included five boundaries, as the West Indies won the match with 21 balls to spare.
Mujeeb was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Naveen claimed one.
Chase was named Man of the Match.