Leeds: With both teams out of the semifinal race, Afghanistan will have the psychological advantage when they continue the search for their maiden victory in the World Cup against West Indies, who are looking to restore pride, here on Thursday.
Afghanistan beat a star studded West Indian side comprising power hitters like Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite and Shai Hope twice in the World Cup qualifiers, held in Harare last year.
And now with their fine show against some of the big teams in the World Cup, the war-torn nation will fancy their chances against the West Indies.
For both Afghanistan and West Indies, the tournament has been a case of so near yet so far.
Afghanistan, who have proved time and again they can’t be written off as minnows, gave heavyweights India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka a run for their money during the tournament. All three sides struggled against the potent Afghan bowling attack that boasts the likes of Mohammed Nabi, Mujeeb ur Rahman and Rashid Khan.
For the West Indies, it was heartbreak for the third time when they came close to another big scalp against Sri Lanka on Monday....