Marlon Samuels was not out on 15. Afghanistan found it increasingly difficult to boost their run rate when it became necessary. Asghar Stanikzai was their star batsman scoring his second half-century in two matches and batting responsibly to guide the innings for the most part. His top score of 53 included five fours and two sixes but before he could boost Afghanistan’s scoring he was caught in the 18th over leaving his side 100 for six.
A few boundaries towards the end took them to 122 but not enough to offset a West Indies run chase. Fidel Edwards grabbed 3 for 24 to be the pick of the West Indies bowlers while Sunil Narine took 2 for 23 and a wicket each went to Darren Sammy and Ravi Rampaul. West Indies face Australia in their first World Twenty/20 game on Saturday at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, while Afghanistan play India at the same venue three days later.
+M Shahzdad c Smith b Sammy 7
K Sadiq c Russell b Edwards 6
*Nawroz Mangal c Samuels b Rampaul 15
A Stanikzai c Smith b Edwards 53
M Nabi c Charles b Narine 11
Shafiqullah c Russell b Narine 1
S Shenwari not out 9
G Naib b Edwards 10
M Nasim Baras not out 1
Exras: (lb4, w4, nb1) 9
TOTAL: (7 wkts; 20 overs) 122
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Karim Sadiq, 1 over), 2-30 (Nawroz Mangal, 4.3), 3-32 (Mohammad Shahzad, 5.2),4-93 (Mohammad Nabi, 15), 5-100 (Shafiqullah, 16.4), 6-100 (Asghar Stanikzai, 17.3),7-114 (Gulbodin Naib, 19.1)
Bowling: Edwards 4-0-24-3, Rampaul 4-0-26-1, Sammy 4-0-26-1, Russell 2-0-12-0, Narine 4-0-23-2, Samuels 3-0-18-0.
WEST INDIES innings
D Smith c Shafiqullah b Nabi 13
C Gayle not out 65
J Charles b Mohammad Nabi 12
M Samuels not out 15
Extras: (lb9, w7, nb4) 20
TOTAL: (2 wkts; 15.5 overs) 125
Fall of wickets: 1-29 (Smith, 5.1 overs), 2-88 (Charles, 11.1)
Bowling: Zadran 2- 0- 9- 0-, Dawlatzai 4- 0-38- 0, Sadiq 3-0- 8-0, Nabi 4-0-29-2, Baras 1-0-13-0, Shenwari 1-0-13- 0, Mangal 0.5-0-6-0.
Result: West Indies won by eight wickets.
Umpires: A de Silva, M Nandiweera.