West Indies have recorded their first collection win, away from house, in ODI cricket since 2011. By beating Afghanistan Three-Zero, the new-look facet underneath Kieron Pollard will need to have gained some much-needed confidence. All three matches have been comparatively one-sided affairs with solely the final sport seeing some form of struggle.
For Afghanistan, nevertheless, the collection is a giant setback. Shedding in Asian situations to a facet infamous for struggling in opposition to the turning ball could be very disappointing. Regardless of having a brand new captain and a formidable spin assault, the Afghans could not cease the Windies.
This is a take a look at the 5 most essential takeaways from the Afghanistan vs West Indies collection, involving each groups.
Hope offers extra hope
Shai Hope as soon as once more got here good for West Indies. Nonetheless, his efficiency in opposition to more durable opposition within the World Cup wasn’t very spectacular. Even his hundred within the final ODI was scored at a a lot steadier tempo than what ODI cricket of modern-day requires.
It has now been conclusively confirmed that Hope has large expertise and may get lots of simply in opposition to weaker opposition. The query of whether or not he may be equally environment friendly in opposition to more durable groups stays to be seen.
All’s not effectively with Windies batting
Whereas the West Indians received all three matches, there may be one main downside that they’re going through. It’s the lack of runs from batsmen aside from Hope and Roston Chase. Shimron Hetmyer as soon as once more confirmed himself to be missing in persistence and calculation.
Evin Lewis struggled in opposition to straight deliveries from Mujeeb-ur-Rahman. Captain Pollard can also be not contributing as a lot. If the Caribbean facet desires to win in India, they want extra contributions from these batsmen.
Afghanistan badly want good quick bowlers
One would have anticipated a rustic of Pathans to supply highly-talented quick bowlers. Alas, Afghanistan appears to be totally reliant on spin bowlers for the time being. This is probably not a nasty factor in Asian situations.
But when they need to develop into facet all-round, they should get some good pacemen. On this collection, we noticed Naveen-ul-Haq. However extra is required if the Afghans are to affix the ranks of prime groups in world cricket.
Progress of Chase as off-spinner
Roston Chase has been billed as an all-rounder for West Indies and in 2016, grew to become the primary participant from the area since Sir Garfield Sobers to attain 100 and decide 5 wickets in the identical Check. However his bowling since then hasn’t been very efficient.
Nonetheless, on this collection, he appeared efficient and picked up key wickets, that too in typical off-spinner’s model – caught at slip off the outside-edge. This will likely sign the arrival of Chase as a correct bowler. After all, his actual check would come when he performs in opposition to India and its devastating batsmen.
One other show of Ikram’s potential
Although he bought just one half-century on this collection, within the first match, Ikram Ali Khil has as soon as once more confirmed that he’s an amazing expertise for Afghanistan and, at 19 years of age, an enormous prospect for the longer term. The best way he batted within the first ODI confirmed abundance of abilities and skill.
It was within the World Cup that his expertise first got here into view when he changed Mohammad Shehzad. Now, it’s clear that he’s a participant that Afghanistan ought to put money into. He could effectively emerge as the primary nice batter for the brand new Check-playing nation.