Afghanistan posted an easy seven-wicket win over West Indies in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers final at Harare on Sunday. It was a fairytale title win for Afghanistan who won the ICC World Cup Qualifiers despite losing their first three group stage matches.
Luck favoured Afghanistan who first made it to Super Six, thanks to Nepal beating Hong Kong, and then to the final after both Zimbabwe and Scotland lost their last Super Six games. The final berth helped Afghanistan qualify for 2019 World Cup. West Indies were the first team to qualify for 2019 World Cup.
West Indies elected to bat first on winning the toss in the final. West Indies were bowled out for 204 in 46.5 overs. Rovman Powell was the top-scorer for West Indies with 44. Mujeeb Zadran was the star performer for Afghanistan, taking 4/43.
Afghanistan spinners comprising Mujeeb, Mohammad Nabi, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Rashid Khan bowled 34.5 overs to take 6 wickets and concede 148 runs @ 4.29 to demolish West Indies batting.
Rashid Khan created history when he took 1/42 as he became the fastest to take 100 ODI wickets in 44 games, breaking the previous record of 52 games held by Mitchell Starc.
Afghanistan had a great start to the chase, with Mohammad Nabi and Gulbadin Naib stitching a stand of 58 runs for the first wicket. Shahzad was in his elements, hitting fours at will. He slammed 84 off 93 balls with 11 fours and 2 sixes to help Afghanistan chase down the target. Nabi played 12-ball 27 with three sixes to finish off the games.
Afghanistan qualified for the 2019 World Cup and feature in group A along with other Asian teams such as India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.