Rashid Khan's stock continued to rise yesterday as he recorded the best bowling figures by an associate bowler in ODIs and the fourth best figures ever in Afghanistan's 63 run win over the West Indies in the first of three ODIs in St Lucia.
Afghanistan won the toss and chose to bat first at the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, and whilst opener Noor Ali Zadran was dismissed early, Javed Ahmadi was able to provide something of a platform with 81 before he was caught behind.
On a pitch hardly conducive to good batting, Afghanistan scored slowly but did at least manage to keep all their wickets in hand and avoid collapse, unlike in the T20I series. At 154-6 in the 43rd over, it was looking like they might fail to score 200, but Gulbadin Naib came in at number 8 and scored 41 from just 28 balls.
Naib and Nabi put on an unbroken 58 run partnership for the seventh wicket to take Afghanistan's total to 212-6. Ashley Nurse was the pick of the West Indies bowlers with 2-34.
The West Indies reply was almost all Rashid Khan. Dawlat Zadran took two wickets and Gulbadin Naib took one, but every other batsman fell to a masterful display of leg-spin bowling from the young Afghan. Twice he took two wickets in two balls as he recorded figures of 7-18. The West Indies scored 149.
The figures are the fourth best on ODI cricket behind only Chaminda Vaas, Shahid Afridi and Glenn McGrath. Scotland's Josh Davey previously had the best figures by an associate player with 6-28 against Afghanistan in January 2015. Khan also currently has the best average in ODIs by players who have bowled 1000 balls. The series continues on Saturday.
West Indies lost to Afghanistan by 63 runs
Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia, 9 June
Afghanistan 212-6 (50 overs, Javed Ahmadi 81, Gulbadin Naib 41*)
West Indies 149 (44.4 overs, Rashid Khan 7-18)