HOPE’S BIG RUNS, CHASE’S GREAT ALL- ROUND SHOW AND A RARE SWEEP

HOPE’S BIG RUNS, CHASE’S GREAT ALL- ROUND SHOW AND A RARE SWEEP

Hope now has an average of 50.63 – the highest for West Indies in their ODI history! And the seventh-highest overall (min. 2000 runs). He finished as the highest run-scorer of the series with 229 runs in 3 matches. Chase was the other standout player in the match and the series for the West Indies. He was the most restrictive bowler in the match conceding just 24 runs in his 10 overs bowling as many as 43 dot deliveries. He then scored a crucial 42 in just 32 deliveries under pressure to see West Indies over the line. He ended the series as the highest wicket-taker with 6 wickets but what stood out was his phenomenal economy rate of 2.83. He was also the second-highest run-scorer of the series.

Earlier, at the start of the match, CricAlgorithmics gave Afghanistan the edge with a 58% chance of winning. Hazratullah Zazai, who badly needed a significant score, recorded the second fifty of his ODI career (the first after 11 innings) and gave Afghanistan the necessary impetus at the top with a 59-ball 50. But West Indies fought back and reduced the home side to 118 for 5 before a brilliant 127-run stand for the sixth-wicket between Asghar Afghan and Mohammad Nabi helped Afghanistan post a challenging 249 for 7 in their allotted 50 overs. At the half-way stage, CricAlgorithmics had given Afghanistan a 91% chance of winning the match.

Ultimately, in the larger analysis, West Indies were the better batting and bowling unit. They ended the series with a collective batting average of 39 whereas Afghanistan was way behind with a corresponding average of just 22.7. The disparity between the two sides was evident in the bowling too. While West Indies had a bowling average and strike rate of 26.2 and 35.2, the corresponding numbers for Afghanistan were 42.62 and 54.4.