Afghanistan and West Indies share the ODI trophy    AFP
Afghanistan and West Indies share the ODI trophy AFP

The intriguing West Indies and Afghanistan series ended without producing any result as the third and final One-Day International (ODI) ended in a wash out. On Wednesday, Afghanistan faced West Indies in the final ODI in search of a historic victory. The series, levelled 1-1, would have been first successful one for Afghanistan on the Caribbean soil. At the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia, not a single over was bowled. Afghanistan thus ended the West Indies tour with a solitary victory, as they had earlier lost the Twenty20 International (T20I) series by 3-0 margin to the hosts. Full Cricket Scorecard: West Indies vs Afghanistan, 3rd ODI

Though it bore no result, the series will have moments to cherish for both the sides, especially for Afghanistan. The emerging team though have impressed cricket-lovers with their performance. They have not played against many full sides and in different situations. This tour was a test for Afghanistan, playing in challenging conditions. Afghanistan, who have majorly practised on flat tracks back home, got to play against pitches that promote movement. The pacers checked their skills and so did the batsmen, and they improvised walking into the ODI tour, bundling the hosts cheaply to register a 63-run victory in the first game.

This series helped Afghanistan find another good all-rounder in Gulbadin Naib, who scored good runs in both the ODIs, showing his ability to control his nerves in tough times. Another great knock came from Javed Ahmadi (81 off 102) in the first ODI of the series. It was a brilliant knock, given the rest of the team found it very hard to survive on the pitch. Ahmadi took his time and gradually built his innings and those 81 runs were crucial for Afghanistan to post a winning 212.

Among the bowlers, Rashid Khan was at his usual best. A 7-for in the first match and 3 wickets in the second accounted to 10 from two matches for him. Producing turns in challenging conditions for the spinners, Rashid has proved the fact that he can perform in any condition.

The series came as a good practice opportunity for West Indies, who could not qualify for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Talking about their performance, the cricketer who kept on scoring consistently in ODIs is Shai Hope. He performed amidst the West Indies collapse in the first match and was the reason the hosts levelled the series in the second.

The West Indies bowlers did decently throughout the series. 212 was not too big a total for a team of West Indies stature to chase and the bowlers pulled off a terrific job in the second match, restricting the visitors at a mere 135. Pacers Shanon Gabriel, Jason Holder and youngster Alzarri Joseph all contributed while Ashley Nurse produced good turns.