Asghar Stanikzai hails effort to defend modest target
The win was very important as we missed out on two other chances to win. Asghar Stanikzai Afghanistan captain
From the per spective of the tournament, Match 30 of the ICC World T20 2016 didn’t hold much consequence. Afghanistan were eliminated and West In - dies had already qualified for the semifinals. If the postmatch reactions were to be seen in both the dugouts, it suggested something totally different. Having lost all the three matches before Sunday, albeit not without giving a scare to each of their opposition, Afghanistan registered their second win against a Test nation in a World Cup (the only other victory being against Zimbabwe in the qualification round of the ongoing tournament). West Indies, sans Chris Gayle, were handed a sixrun defeat while chasing 124 runs for awin at the Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) Stadium in Nagpur.
Asghar Stanikzai, Afghanistan captain, hailed his side’s effort in defending the modest target. “We were 15 runs short, we knew the conditions but the bowlers and fielders played very well,” he said at the post-match presentation. Even though, it was merely a consolation win for the Asian minnows, Stanikzai is elated at the fact of having finally won a match, after losing a couple of close encounters in the Super 10s. “The win was very important as we missed out on two other chances to win.”