West Indies Vs Afghanistan

It was a heart-break against Pakistan much like it was against India. — AFP  File

There was a mixture of pride and frustration at producing the highest score by an Afghan at this World Cup for the Ikram.

Afghanistan captain Gulbadin Naib apologised to his team's fans after their winless campaign in the Cricket World Cup, saying the side's big guns had let them down.

West Indies crushed the hopes of Afghanistan squad to clinch victory in ICC World Cup 2019 and finished off their journey in style. But it was Jason Holder who didn't lose hope till the end and finally grabbed the hard-fought victory.

The Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar was holding the record since 1992 when he scored 81 runs against Zimbabwe in a cricket World Cup match.

"There is disappointment in the changing rooms at not making the final four but we're thankful for the good performances", he said.

They fielded Ikram Alikhil between seven to nine in the first few matches, before promoting him to number three on Thursday, when the 18-year-old top-scored for them with a fearless 86.

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Having lost five successive matches, the Windies were only one place above the winless Afghans but Shai Hope, dropped on five, made an assured 77.

With this clinical win, West Indies earned two more points in current World Cup standings but failed to improve its position whereas ill-fated Afghanistan still remains at the last position with no points.

"As a team, we need to regroup", Brathwaite, who almost pulled off a trilling victory against New Zealand with a spectacular century, told reporters.

They will nominate their player of the day, who will probably not be the official man of the match, and will pick one moment or person or incident to go into The Final Word Hall of Fame, with an overall victor to come at the end of the tournament.

Naib said fitness was a big issue with the team and they needed better preparation to make any impact in an worldwide tournament. If you muck up you are basically out of the tournament. His knock of 86 runs in the losing cause for Afghanistan was also his best-ever score in the One-Day International (ODI) format.

"Regardless of what happens in any team we have to go out there and play cricket", he added.

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