Ikram scored 86 runs against West Indies but couldn't help his team win the match. Ikram became the third youth to make a half-century of the World Cup, before him record was held by Sachin. Both the teams West Indies and Afghanistan bowed out of this edition of the World Cup.
Dropped catches, squandered run-out opportunity and misfields marred Afghanistan's fielding, best illustrated in the final over of the West Indies innings.
This game was the last, at the World Cup level, for ex-West Indies captain Chris Gayle, who led the WI team off the field after the final Afghan wicket.
Gulbadin said: "Ali is a youngster, an under-19 boy, but he showed his class today - and we have a lot of talented youngsters back at home". In the same over, Najibullah found himself short at the non-striker's end attempting a second run and when the experienced Mohammad Nabi was taken at deep cover by Allen for two in the 38th over, Afghanistan were wobbling on 201 for five.
Gotta feel sad for West Indies!
West Indies survived a small scare in a 23-run victory over Afghanistan today, as they bade farewell to a disastrous World Cup campaign that yielded an abundance of frustration and a mere two wins. His knock of 86 runs in the losing cause for Afghanistan was also his best-ever score in the One-Day International (ODI) format. The four teams who are practically confirmed to have qualified for the semi-finals are Australia, India, England and most probably New Zealand if Pakistan do not pull off a miracle in their final fixture against Bangladesh which is supposed to be a dead rubber.
"Something that I will never forget".
"We have got to improve from this experience, I am sure we are going to use this is as a platform for the next four years so we can have something stronger and build more momentum", said Hope.
Naib said fitness was a big issue with the team and they needed better preparation to make any impact in an worldwide tournament.
"Regardless of what happens in any team we have to go out there and play cricket", he added. If you muck up you are basically out of the tournament.