Those almost cliched Afghan batting frailties resurfaced again in yesterday's second ODI against the West Indies in St Lucia, enabling the home side to level the three match ODI series with one game still to come.
Afghanistan batted first after Asghar Stanikzai won the toss, but almost their entire line-up got out cheaply, with only Gulbadin Naib making a decent score. Naib made 51, with the next highest score being the 15 extras conceded by the West Indies. The final total was 135.
The West Indies reply saw another good bowling performance from Rashid Khan, who took 3-26 in his ten overs, but the target was so low that the West Indies were going to need to play really badly to not chase it. They lost six wickets in the process, but completed their win with 10.4 overs to spare.
The series concludes with the deciding match at the same venue on Wednesday.
West Indies beat Afghanistan by 4 wickets
Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia, 11 June
Afghanistan 135 (37.3 overs, Gulbadin Naib 51)
West Indies 138-6 (39.2 overs, S Hope 48*, Rashid Khan 3-26)