Afghanistan 206 for 3 (Shahzad 84, Shah 51, Gayle 2-38) beat West Indies 204 (Powell 44, Mujeeb 4-43, Naib 2-28) by seven wickets
Harare: Teenager Rashid Khan became the fastest bowler to 100 one-day international wickets as he helped Afghanistan win the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier with a comfortable seven-wicket success against the West Indies.
Afghanistan had been the only side to previously beat the Windies in the competition as both teams secured spots in next year’s World Cup - and when Stuart Law’s side were bowled out for a mediocre 204 on Sunday, a repeat was on the cards.
Mohammad Shahzad thumped 84 from 93 balls to help his side home with 56 deliveries to spare, with Rahmat Shah (51) offering good support.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman was the star performer with the ball for Bangladesh, returning 4-43 as Rovman Powell top-scored for the Windies with 44.
The milestone moment for Khan came when the spinner trapped Shai Hope lbw in the 23rd over, bringing up a century of ODI scalps in only his 44th appearance.
A target of 205 never looked likely to trouble Afghanistan once Shahzad got going and Mohammad Nabi (27 not out) rounded things off in style with three successive sixes off Chris Gayle.
It’s not how you start but how you finish – Afghanistan proved the old maxim right as they clinched the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 title at a canter
Both teams had already qualified for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, which was the main objective, but there were bragging rights and good silverware on offer on Sunday 25 March.
Earlier, after opting to bat, Windies lost wickets regularly as Mujeeb ran riot.