Chase, Hope fifties hand Windies easy win over Afghans

West Indies beats Afghanistan by seven wickets at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow to go 1-0 up in the three-match ODI series.

Roston Chase in action against Afghanistan in Lucknow on Wednesday.   -  AFP

Roston Chase and Shai Hope struck fine half-centuries as West Indies produced an all-round effort to register a comfortable seven-wicket win over Afghanistan in the first ODI of the three-match series here on Wednesday.

Opting to field, West Indies bowlers bundled out Afghanistan for 194 in 45.2 overs.

Jason Holder (2/21), Chase (2/31) and Romario Shepherd (2/32) shared six wickets among them to rock the Afghans.

Rahmat Shah (61), wicket-keeper batsman Ikram Alikhil (58) and Asghar Afghan (35) were the notable scorers for Afghanistan, which has chosen Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium as its new home venue.

West Indies did not have a bright start to its chase as it lost Evin Lewis (7) and Shimron Hetmyer (3) at the score of 25 in 7.4 overs.

But then, Hope (77 not out) and Chase (94) joined hands and stitched 163 runs for the third wicket to lay the foundation for West Indies victory as it reached 197 for three in 46.3 overs.

Spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman (2/33) picked up two wickets for Afghanistan.

The second ODI of the series will be played at the same venue on Saturday.

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