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Samuels batters Afghans in Windies romp

Marlon Samuels was at his most imperious with an unbeaten 89 to guide the West Indies to a seven-wicket victory over Afghanistan in the final fixture of the three-match T20 International series at Warner Park in St Kitts on Monday.

Replying to the tourists' total of 146 for six, the right-hander's highest-ever T20 International innings took the home side to the target with four balls to spare and completed a 3-0 series sweep.

Samuels' innings occupied 66 deliveries and was embellished with three sixes and nine fours.

He deservedly won both the "Man of the Match" and "Man of the Series" awards in a format of the game in which he has excelled in the latter stage of his long international career.

"I know my role in this team and it was important to stay out there and ensure we got the target," he said after victory was completed in partnership with Jason Mohammed.

"Partnerships are important to any run chase and it was good that a couple of us worked together effectively."

Afghanistan, who now prepare to take on the West Indies in three One-Day Internationals in St Lucia starting on Friday, were left to rue a costly miss by their most experienced player that allowed Samuels to be the match- winner.

Having topscored with 38 after his team chose to bat first, Mohammad Nabi dropped a sharp caught-and-bowled chance offered by the batsman when he was just on 40. Thereafter his batting was flawless and not even the belated introduction of the main bowling threat, leg-spinner Rashid Khan, could contain him.

Samuels featured in half-century partnerships with opening batsman Evin Lewis and Mohammed, whose unbeaten 23 ensured there was no middle-order wobble that could have opened the door to a consolation win for the visitors.
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