Afghanistan created one of the biggest upsets in T20 history after beating the West Indies by six runs in their Group 1 ICC World Cup T20 2016 encounter on 27 March. Skipper of the Caribbean side, Darren Sammy, brushed off concerns over the loss, calling it just a "blip".
Afghanistan set a target of 124 runs before the West Indies, who managed only 117 runs in 20 overs, eventually falling short of the target by six-runs. The loss, however, has had no impact on West Indies's fortunes, as they have topped Group 1 with six-points, just ahead of second placed England on net run rate.
Speaking to reporters at the post-match press conference, Sammy said, "We lost the match, they didn't win it. We didn't take it lightly, they are a side we are supposed to beat, but we just didn't do that today. But the main objective coming out of the Super 10s was to qualify for the semis and we did that."
"It was a total we should have got, but we just kept losing wickets all through the innings. We're pretty disappointed we lost, but we won't let that define our tournament. Whatever happened today isn't going to affect how we play in the semis."
"The only thing on our mind is to win, that is why we play cricket games. We wanted to come out of this group winning all four, but looking at the history of the tournament no team has done it undefeated. So we'll leave this game here and see it as a blip in the tournament. Now we have two more steps, semi-finals in Mumbai take that step, and then Kolkata here we come," he added.
West Indies are scheduled to play hosts India in the second semi-final on 31 March at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. India cannot afford to take them lightly considering they are ranked number one in the T20 format and won the title in 2012.