Shai Hope, Carlos Brathwaite ensure Windies end on high

Shai Hope, Carlos Brathwaite ensure Windies end on high

West Indies began the tournament with a comprehensive seven-wicket win against Pakistan and many tipped them as dark horses for the title, with a power-packed batting line-up and fearsome pace attack.

When Ikram reached 86 he posted the highest score by an 18-year-old in World Cup history, surpassing the record of Sachin Tendulkar.

Gayle took to Instagram on Monday to invite Rihanna to his 40th birthday bash in September and we will likely still be seeing him on the field well after that as scores of 50, 21, 36, 0, 87, 6, 35 and 7 proved unsatisfactory at this World Cup.

West Indies beat Afghanistan by 23 runs in the final group match for both sides at the Cricket World Cup on Thursday.

Some late big-hitting from Nicholas Pooran (58 off 43) and Jason Holder (45 off 34, including four sixes) in the middle order helped take the Windies beyond 300 in the final over, the kind of total that has been beyond Afghanistan this tournament.

While right-hander Rahmat was the more graceful as he found the gaps time times easily, it was exciting to watch 18-year-old left-hander Alikhil, who has beaten Sachin Tendulkar to record highest individual score by the youngest player in World Cup.

"It is disappointing to come so close on a number of stages and not get that win", West Indies captain Jason Holder said after the defeat to Sri Lanka.

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"We have a great bunch, it's for them to uplift West Indies cricket". He ended up nicking it behind.

West Indies made two changes to their playing squad, bringing in Evin Lewis and Evin Lewis and Kemar Roach in place of Sunil Ambris and Shannon Gabriel.

West Indies has won the toss and will bat first against Afghanistan under sunny skies and on a pitch that should be good for batting.

Headingley is bathed in sunshine for the last match for both teams at the tournament. Afghanistan are yet to register a win in this tournament, even after eight matches, whereas West Indies are winless after winning their opening encounter against Pakistan. However, Rahmat Shah and young Ikram Ali Khil came to the rescue.

However, the Windies were left celebrating a 23-run victory courtesy of the influence of Gayle, who took the catch which led to the demise of Rahmat Shah for 62, ending a unsafe 133-run stand alongside teenager Ikram Alikhil. Neither team can progress to the semifinals.

Afghanistan, who have so far been winless at the World Cup despite displaying flashes of brilliance, will look to end their campaign on a high.

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