Possibly, due to lacking the services of star batsman Chris Gayle, who, contrary to possible assumptions, was not in need of a rest due to fatigue induced by chatting up an attractive commentator, the West Indies found themselves in a state of shock after going down to Afghanistan by six runs in Nagpur.
Batting first, Afghanistan set a target of 124 and had the side rescued by Najibullah Zadran’s unbeaten 48 off 40, when they had found themselves in an unenviable 4-52 after 10.2 overs. Zadran earned man of the match honours for his heroics.
Afghanistan bowlers, spinners all, held the Indies to 117. Amir Hamza posting 1-9 off four overs, Rashid Khan was 2-26 off four and Mohammad Nabi, identical to Khan, gave the Indies’ batsmen fits.
The move to rest Gayle and give a debut to Evin Lewis was, to put it mildly, a catastrophic error in calculation. He lasted only seven balls against Hamza in the third over.
West Indies went into the last over needing 10 runs, but the task was seven runs short when Carlos Brathwaite fell to a highlight reel catch on the ropes.
West Indies was outplayed by Afghanistan with both bat and ball, producing an upset that was foreshadowed earlier in the competition.