West Indian cricketers bid adieu to their World Cup 2019 dream after beating Afghanistan on July 4th. On the grounds of Leeds, the West Indian players breeze past the Afghans by 23 runs. Shai Hope (77), Evin Lewis (58), Nicolas Pooran (58), Jason Holder (45), and Shimon Hetmyer (39) all took part in taking the score of the team to 311/6.
Afghanistan tried valiantly to save the game. Ikram Ali Khil (86) and Rahmat Shah (62) gave their team a good lead at 180/2. During their batting spell, it seemed that Afghan side would snatch their maiden victory from the West Indians. However, fate was not on the Afghan side. Once the opening partners lose their wickets, the team could not stop from bleeding out. They got bundled up for 288 on the last ball of the game.
Now, as both the teams are going home with their World Cup ’19 dreams crushed, let’s take a look at the marks they created in this tournament.
9 Losses: In this tournament, Afghanistan lost all nine matches. It is the highest number of matches that any team had lost in a World Cup.
12 Consecutive Matches In World Cups: If you consider the 2015 world cup and the current one, then Afghanistan has lost an astounding consecutive 12 matches. They lost the last three matches of the 2015 World Cup and lost all the nine matches in the current one.
Youngest wicket Keeper To score 50: It does not matter how the Afghan team fared in this World Cup, its young wicketkeeper has made his mark. At 18 years and 278 days of age, Afghan Wicket keeper Ikram Ali Khalil became the youngest wicketkeeper to score a fifty in an ODI match.
3rd Youngest Player to Score a fifty On World Cup: Ikram became the 3rd youngest player to score a fifty in any world cup match as well.
Highest Individual Score as a Teenage in World cup: Toppling Sachin Tendulkar’s 84, Ikram became the highest individual scorer on the World Cup as a teenager.