Disappointed to end without making it to final four: Chris Gayle

Disappointed to end without making it to final four: Chris Gayle

Bowler and fielder celebrated with a series of push-ups to the delight of the crowd before Gayle claimed the key wicket of Ikram, who had the consolation of registering the highest ever World Cup score by an 18-year-old.

West Indies could have been in bigger trouble but Rashid Khan dropped a sitter at mid-wicket off Zadran when Hope was on five.

The West Indies middle order looks packed with players that could stay there for years to come, and young Alikhil delivered a dazzling innings for Afghanistan. Defeat today would have been intolerable - no wonder they were celebrating so effusively at the end after a string of spectacular catches meant they finished a tournament packed with many lows on a rare high.

Having "definitely" played in his last World Cup, big-hitting opener Chris Gayle on Thursday regretted not being able to make the semifinals, but said he will be around to help West Indies cricket.


West Indies failed to kick on from a seven-wicket win in its opening game against Pakistan, which was skittled out for 105 in 21.4 overs.

Hope and Hetmyer were out within 20 runs of each other and West Indies weren't exactly comfortable at 192 for four in the 38th over.

Afghanistan's hopes of pulling off a memorable victory were boosted early on when Chris Gayle chased a wide delivery from Dawlat Zadran and snicked behind for seven in what is likely to be his World Cup swansong.

Earlier in the day, Jason Holder won the toss and opted to bat first on a good pitch at Headingley. "Look forward to the next World Cup as well".


The Windies have made two changes, with opener Evin Lewis and paceman Kemar Roach in for Sunil Ambris and Shannon Gabriel.

Afghan captain Gulbadin Naib got himself under a skier at long-off but flinched at the last moment, possibly losing the ball in sunlight, allowing what would have been a regulation catch to go for a boundary.

Afghanistan: Gulbadin Naib (captain), Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shinwari, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil, Rashid Khan, Dawlat Zadran, Sayed Shirzad and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

Shai Hope top-scored for the West Indies at Headingley with 77 while Nicholas Pooran and captain Jason Holder stepped up the pace as they reached 311-6 in their 50 overs.


Afghanistan won one of its six group matches in the 2015 World Cup, when the country was making its debut.

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