Evin Lewis (C) of West Indies dismiss lbw by Rashid Khan Arman (L) of Afghanistan during the 2nd ODI match between West Indies and Afghanistan at Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, Gros Islet, St. Lucia, June 11, 2017.
SAINT LUCIA - Afghanistan struggled against the extra pace and bounce of West Indies' fast bowlers and were routed for 135 off 37.3 overs in the second of a three-match One-Day International series in St Lucia on Sunday.
It was the lowest total in ODI's at the Darren Sammy Stadium venue since the first match was played there in 2002.
Choosing to take first strike again on the same pitch used for the first match two days earlier, the visitors found the home side's bowlers to be an entirely different proposition as they adopted a consistent line of short-pitched bowling on the body, which exposed the technical inadequacies of most of the Afghan batsmen to such a barrage.
Only Gulbadin Naib, who was last out for a topscore of 51, offered any meaningful resistance. His enterprising innings off 73 balls included two sixes and two fours, saving his side from complete annihilation as they had slipped to 51 for six when he came to the crease.
All the faster bowlers, Shannon Gabriel, captain Jason Holder and Alzarri Joseph, shared in the wicket feast with two apiece while off-spinner Ashley Nurse wrapped up the innings with two wickets of his own, including Naib to a catch at long-off as he miscued a big hit.
West Indies will be concerned though about Gabriel's fitness as he was forced to leave the field in the course of his sixth over with what appeared to be a side strain. He returned to bowl two more overs but looked to be far from fully fit.
Fresh from a sensational 63-run win in the first match on Friday, the visitors retained an unchanged 11 in pursuit of the win that would give them an historic first ODI series triumph against a Full Member nation of the International Cricket Council.
West Indies were forced into one change with seam bowling all-rounder Rovman Powell replacing the injured Miguel Cummins from the team that capitulated to the bowling of Rashid Khan in the first match, the leg-spinner's haul of seven for 18 being the fourth best-ever bowling figures in the 46-year-history of ODI's.
Despite that success, the hosts opted once more to go into the match without their specialist leg-spinner, Devendra Bishoo.