All-round Chase takes West Indies to opening-ODI win over Afghanistan

    Roston Chase (File photo credit: AFP)

    Roston Chase and Shai Hope have led the West Indies to a 7-wicket win on a tricky pitch in the opening ODI against Afghanistan.

    Both batsmen provided much need stability after the regional side lost Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer with just 25 runs on the board in pursuit of 195.

    Chase lost his wicket just 6 runs shy of his maiden century but Hope carried on and took the West Indies to victory with his 77 not out.

    Earlier, half-centuries by Rahmat Shah (61) and Ikram Alikhil (58) were countered by tight bowling from the visitors.

    Jason Holder led with 2/21 in 10 overs, while debutant Romario Shepherd took 2/32 (6.2 overs), Chase grabbed 2/31 (10 overs) and Sheldon Cottrell and Hayden Walsh Jr picked up 1 wicket apiece.

    Newly appointed captain Kieron Pollard says, “Two guys showed the way – Hope and Chase. Both of them are class batsmen, kudos to them for batting well and getting us victory. We’ve been talking about how we want to play cricket. Express ourselves, who better than Jason Holder, who continues to prove he wants to be the No. 1 format. Supported well by Sheldon. Then Shepherd and Hayden Walsh were superb. We want to play every game with the same intensity.”