Nagpur: Najibullah Zadran broke an aggressive 48 to guide Afghanistan to 123/7 against West Indies, as the underdog pursue a consolation victory in the World Twenty20 in Nagpur on Sunday.
Afghanistan, who have managed to qualify for the semifinals next week, are gunning for an upset against West Indies invicta already qualified for the final four.
After being sent in to bat, top he scored for Afghanistan Najibullah, hitting four fours and six in his unbeaten 40-ball knock to take the applause of the small but vocal crowd.
Afghanistan have lost their three games of Super 10, but have gained new fans in India with its aggressive brand and carefree cricket has caused some anxious moments for their opponents.
Opener Mohammad Shahzad made a confident 24 but was caught with leg-spinner Samuel Badree, trying to lift above the stadium, just as I was looking exciting.
Asghar Stanikzai also made a practical 16. The pattern shuffled through the window to crush a six longer, but was captured by the next ball Dwayne Bravo was Badree try the same shot.
As the windows began to fall thanks to a strong fielding 23-year-old Najibullah remained calm, guiding Afghanistan beyond the 100 mark.