Shai Hope joins Viv Richards, Brian Lara in elite list after achieving unique milestone
Shai Hope joined an elite list of West Indies batsmen as he achieved a unique milestone after his crucial 43-run-knock against Afghanistan in the second ODI of the three-match series in Lucknow on Saturday. West Indies defeated Afghanistan by 47 runs in the match to register their second win on the trot and clinch series 2-0.
West Indies were invited to bat first in the game after Afghanistan skipper Rashid Khan won the toss. Openers Hope and Evin Lewis (54) got their team off to a great start with a 98-run stand for the first wicket. Hope's sensible knock of 43 runs was laced with five fours as he became the fifth West Indies batsman after the likes of Brian Lara and Viv Richards to notch up 1000 ODI runs in a calendar year.
Desmond Haynes (1985, 1989), Viv Richards (1985), Brian Lara (1993) and Chris Gayle (2002, 2006) are the four Windies batsmen who have scored over 1000 runs in ODIs in a calendar year. Hope joined them in the elite list on Saturday after completing 1000 runs in ODIs in the current calendar year. Hope has so far scored 1014 runs in 24 matches this year at an average of over 50.
Talking about the game, after Hope and Lewis got Windies off to a good start, Afghanistan bowlers pulled things back for their side by sending both the openers back in the hut in quick succession. Nicholas Pooran then scored a brilliant 67 runs off 50 balls to help Windies post a fighting total of 247/9 on the board in 50 overs.
Afghanistan, in reply, were bundled out for a paltry 200 in what was a shambolic batting display by the hosts. They were off to a poor start losing opener Javed Ahmadi cheaply on a duck before Hazratullah Zazai (23) and Rahmat Shah (33) posted a 53-run stand for the second wicket. The Afghanistan middle-order failed to deliver before Najibullah Zadran led a fightback with a gritty half-century.
Zadran slammed 56 runs off 66 deliveries and combined with all-rounder Mohammad Nabi to add 68 runs for the sixth wicket. However, after the duo's dismissal, the West Indies pacers ran riot in the lower-middle order and wrapped up the proceedings with 25 balls to spare.