Afghanistan secured the biggest win in their history with a six-run victory over the West Indies in their Group 1 game at the World T20 in Nagpur.
Carlos Braithwaite looked as though he might slog the Group 1 winners 11 to win off the final over, but this outstanding catch in the deep from Najibullah Zadran, who top scored for Afghanistan with 48 from 40 balls, secured them a memorable Super 10 scalp.
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The minnows were already eliminated prior to this game, but went out with a bang as they defended their total of 123-7. Chris Gayle was rested by the Windies and Andre Fletcher had to retire hurt, and their lower order could not get them over the line.
A second win over a Test-playing nation was the least that Afghanistan deserved for the enthusiasm and skill that they showed throughout the tournament. They continue to improve. Why would the ICC want to stop them playing at the top level?
The West Indies were embarrassed on this night but still top England in Group 1 and will play the winner of Australia and India in the semi-finals. They will need Gayle to fire, because their batting looked ordinary without him.
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