Afghanistan finish on zero as West Indies, Chris Gayle sign off with win
Teenager Ikram Alikhil and Rahmat Shah struck half-centuries, but it was not enough for Afghanistan to earn their first points.
Eighteen-year-old Ikram Alikhil came within three shots of becoming the first teenager to hit a World Cup century, and Rahmat Shah made a velvet-smooth half-century of his own, but it was still not enough for Afghanistan as they exited the World Cup without a single point from nine matches. Three of West Indies’ brightest young batting talents Evin Lewis, Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran made ebullient half-centuries as well, which formed the centerpiece of their 311 for 6.
The target always seemed away from Afghanistan’s reach, but Ikram and Rahmat brought it closer with their 133-run partnership – the highest for the side this World Cup. Once both the set batsmen – and later their best batsman Najibullah Zadran – fell, it was curtains for them.