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WT20: West Indies seek to continue momentum; Afghanistan play for pride

Nagpur: They may have secured a semi-final slot with three straight victories but in-form West Indies would like to continue their winning ways when they face a spirited Afghanistan in their final group game of World Twenty20 tournament today.

Afghanistan will hope that the Windies take it easy after making the knockouts and sign off with a consolation victory at the VCA Stadium here.

Afghan all-rounder Mohd Nabi during a practice session in Nagpur on Saturday. PIC/AFP
Afghan all-rounder Mohd Nabi during a practice session in Nagpur on Saturday. Pic/AFP

West Indies captain Darren Sammy said his team would have a party after qualifying for the semi-finals with a nervy last over victory against South Africa. They are already eyeing their next week’s last-four match.

The 2012 champions have been in fine form with convincing wins over England and Sri Lanka though they made a heavy weather of a small chase against the Proteas before eventually pulling off a 3-wicket last over win.

The Afghans, on the other hand, have won hearts in India with their spirited showing in the mega-event, giving tough competition to the other teams in their group, especially against England.

They gave South Africa a fright last weekend when they raced to 105-2 in pursuit of the Proteas’ total of 210, although they were ultimately beaten after a flurry of wickets.

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