Back at the last World Twenty20 in March of 2016, Afghanistan ended their tournament with a memorable win against eventual champions the West Indies. It would be yesterday's match - also against the West Indies - before they lost again. When they beat Ireland in the first T20I in Greater Noida in March they went past the previous record of 8 consecutive wins jointly held by England and Ireland, and made it 11 by the end of that series.
However, some of the old Afghan batting frailties raised their head as they looked to make it 12 wins in a row at Warner Park in St Kitts yesterday. Rashid Khan's 33 was the top score in their total of 110 in their 20 overs, but it could have been even worse were it not for him and Amir Hamza putting on 36 for the ninth wicket.
Hamza was the final wicket to fall from the last ball of the innings having scored 21. Sunil Narine was the pick of the West Indies bowlers with 3-11.
The total wasn't all that short of the one Afghanistan defended against the West Indies in that World Twenty20 win, but this West Indies side perhaps had something to prove given their absence from the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy.
They started their reply quickly with Chadwick Walton and Evin Lewis putting on 33 in 3.3 overs. Marlon Samuels was their top scorer with 35 before he was the second batsman bowled by Shapoor Zadran. Rashid Khan, coming off an IPL stint with Sunrisers Hyderabad, bowled an economical spell, going for just 14 runs from his four overs.
The six wicket win was secured with 3.3 overs to spare, and the second match of the three match series will take place today.
West Indies beat Afghanistan by 6 wickets
Warner Park, Basseterre, St Kitts, 2 June
Afghanistan 110 (20 overs, S Narine 3-11)
West Indies 114-4 (16.3 overs, M Samuels 35)