Gayle makes his mark as West Indies see off Afghanistan

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Afghanistan beat a star studded West Indian side comprising power hitters like Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite and Shai Hope twice in the World Cup qualifiers, held in Harare past year.

After the early departure of Chris Gayle (7) in the last World Cup innings of his career, West Indies bounced back through half-centuries by Evin Lewis (58) and Shai Hope (77).

Ikram's dismissal saw Afghanistan collapse from 189 for two to 288 all out, which is still their highest ever score in this tournament but they ultimately succumbed to a ninth successive defeat, finishing pointless.

"It's been a privilege and honour to represent West Indies in five World Cups but disappointed to end without making it to the final four", Gayle said after the victory.

He needed just 18 to leapfrog Brian Lara and become the Windies' all-time leading one-day worldwide run-scorer but did not make it out of single figures after toe-ending behind off Dawlat Zadran.

While the West Indies have brought in Kemar Roach and Even Lewis in place of Sunil Ambris and Shannon Gabriel, for Afghanistan, Dawlat Zadran and Sayed Shirzad have replaced Hashmatullah Shahidi and Hamid Hassan.

He leaves with just six wickets at an average of 69 and an economy of 5.79, and just 105 runs in nine innings.

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From there the run-chase faltered and West Indies' out-cricket improved. Gayle needed 18 to leapfrog Brian Lara and become the Windies' leading one-day global run-scorer of all-time, only to be dismissed for 7.

But esteemed voices such as West Indies fast bowling legend Sir Curtly Ambrose have urged the 39-year-old left-hander to "bow out gracefully", allowing the next generation to take its turn.

Evin Lewis was the second batsman to depart, holing out to Mohammad Nabi in the deep off Rashid Khan for 58.

Both the teams have made two changes to their respective playing XIs. Pakistan's vastly inferior net run-rate to fourth-placed New Zealand means they must win the toss, bat first and then secure a record ODI winning margin of at least 316 runs.

Afghanistan have not won a single game in the tournament and rank at the last spot of the team standings.

The Windies were therefore left celebrating a second tournament win - against a side who also had to qualify to reach this stage - and their first since trouncing Pakistan in their opener last month.

Both Afghanistan and West Indies are out of the semifinal race, however, Afghanistan will look to register their maiden win in the tournament.

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