The Windies had some of the wind taken from their sails Sunday (27 March) after they were upset by Afghanistan in the Group 1 finale of the ICC World Twenty20 Championships.
The West Indies had won their three previous group games, including a matchup with South Africa on Friday (25 March) that secured a spot in the tournament semifinals.
In this one, Afghanistan batted first and set a total of 124 but the West Indies faltered and fell by six runs. Denesh Ramdin and Dwayne Bravo put together the highest-scoring partnership for the team, totaling 41 runs.
“No we didn’t take it lightly,” West Indies Captain Darren Sammy said afterward. “They’re a side we’re supposed to beat and we just didn’t do that today. But the main objective coming out of the Super 10 was to qualify for the semis and that we did.”
West Indies won Group 1 and now will play host country India in the semifinals on Thursday 31 March. In the other semifinal, Group 1 runner-up England plays Group 2 winner New Zealand Wednesday (30 March).