Afghanistan thrash West Indies to win ICC World Cup qualifying final

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Afghanistan team with the ICC World Cup Qualifying trophy (Image: ICC)

Harare, March 25: Mohammad Shahzad starred as Afghanistan laid down a marker ahead of next year’s World Cup by romping to a seven-wicket thrashing of the West Indies in Sunday’s’s qualifying final in Harare.
Leg-spin sensation Rashid Khan became the fastest bowler ever to reach 100 one-day international wickets as the West Indies were bowled out for 204, before big-hitting opener Shahzad smashed 84 as Afghanistan knocked off the runs with 9.2 overs to spare.
Both Afghanistan and West Indies had already made sure of their places in the 2019 World Cup by topping the 10-team qualifying tournament in Zimbabwe.
West Indies star Chris Gayle capped a poor personal tournament as he was dismissed for only 10 by 16-year-old leg-spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who finished with 4-43. (AFP)