The West Indies lost the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup qualifier to Afghanistan by 7 wickets with 9.2 overs to spare in Harare on Sunday. After winning the toss and choosing to bat, the West Indies for the third time in the last three weeks, were bowled out by Afghanistan, this time for 204 inside 46.5 overs. Jamaican all-rounder Rovman Powell top-scored with 44 runs from 75 balls which comprised 2 sixes and a four.
Shimron Hetmyer was the next highest scorer with 38 runs from 51 balls. 16 year old right arm off-break bowler Mujeeb ur Rahman who took 3-33 against the West Indies in the Super Sixes, returned 4-43 in the final in 9.5 overs. In reply Afghanistan serged to victory, thanks to Mohammed Shahzad who top-scored for Afghanistan with 84 runs from 93 balls.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwean batsman Brendan Taylor was the highest run-scorer in the tournament with 457 runs while Rashid Khan, Mujeeb ur Rahman and Safyan Sharif were the highest wicket takers in the tournament with 17 wickets each. The player of the tournament went to 31 year old Pakistani-born Zimbabwean all-rounder Sikandar Raza.