Spirited Afghanistan upset former champions West Indies at the World Twenty20 with a thrilling six-run victory in their last Group 1 match on Sunday.
Afghanistan’s four-pronged spin attack led by 17-year-old Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi, who returned identical figures of 2-26, restricted the West Indies to 117 for 8 on a turning wicket after Najibullah Zadran’s 48 off 40 balls earlier anchored them to 123 for 7.
Despite the defeat, West Indies topped Group 1 on a superior net run-rate than England as both teams finished on six points with one defeat and three victories. West Indies will take on the winner of the India vs. Australia match in the second semifinal at Mumbai next Thursday.
Earlier, after putting into bat, Afghanistan, riding on, Najibullah Zadran’s 48 scored a respectable 123 for 7 in the World T20 championship match against West Indies in Nagpur on Sunday.
For West Indies, Samuel Badree (3 for 14) and Andre Russell (2 for 23) were the pick of the bowlers.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy won the toss and elected to bowl against Afghanistan in their last Super 10 Group 1 match of the ICC World Twenty20 in Nagpur on Sunday.
West Indies, already through to the semifinals, had rested swashbuckling batsman Chris Gayle from Sunday’s inconsequential match.