Gayle dances alongside Afghanistan players

It was a historic day for Afghanistan cricket. Just when everybody wrote them off after their 3 lossess in their opening three games, the Afghanistan men came back to surprise everyone with a staggering low-scoring win over the West Indies. One thing is for sure, and that is that Afghanistan cricket is on a massive rise, and in a couple of years we are going to witness the Afghans as a formidable force in World Cricket. The character that they have shown throughout the tournament has been outstanding. The Afghans end their campaign on a high with a stunning win over former Champions West Indies.

For the West Indies, despite the 2012 Champions having already qualified for the semi final stage, the loss against Afghanistan in the final game was bad for many reasons. Firstly, they got complacent and overconfident, and rested Chris Gayle for a clash they thought was not the most important. They might turn up strong in the semifinal but their loss to Afghanistan will be a confidence reducer. Darren Sammy’s men would have hoped for a better performance with the bat. Their batting led them down after the bowlers had done fairly well to restrict Afghanistan to a low total.


One highlight of the Afghanistan win was the attitude of their players despite being already out of the tournament. Everything during their target defense was world class, from the spin bowling to seam bowling to fielding. They took some classy catches in the field to give their side a massive win.

One funny trend from the game was the way the Afghanistan bowlers used to celebrate after every wicket. The celebrations featured the way the West Indian players used to dance. The Afghans would do the Bravo dance after every wicket and after the game, they were joined by the big Jamaican himself. Watch Chris Gayle dance with the Afhanistan players in this video.

As things panned out, West Indies players got overconfident. Chris Gayle was rested for the Afghanistan clash, a move made by the West Indies management to keep their most prized batting asset fit and running for the semi-final clash which will be either against Australia or 2007 Champions India. Their overconfidence ending up haunting them at the end and although they are already through to the semifinals, the West Indians suffered a confidence denting loss to Afghanistan right on the brink of the next round. What does this mean for Darren Sammy’s men? Have they lost their form.

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