Afghanistan held their batting decently well to post 115 for 8 after being asked to bat first by MS Dhoni. Opener Noor Ali batted responsibly to score 50 with 4 fours in an innings that lasted 48 balls. Asghar Stanikzai, coming in at no.5 scored 30 from 33 balls with 3 sixes to help Noor Ali put on a partnership of 68 for the fourth wicket.
It was a good show from Ashish Nehra who picked up 3 for 19 in four overs with all his victims being bounced out. The pitch at Gros Islet looks good compared to the sluggish ones yesterday at Guyana. Batting is certainly not a tough job here at St Lucia with the pitch having some good pace and most importantly true bounce.