Co-host West Indies crushed previously unbeaten Afghanistan by 104 runs in the final group game of the ICC T20 World Cup at the Darren Sammy Stadium in St. Lucia Monday night.

The West Indies batted first and posted the highest total of the tournament so far, 218 for 5, in their 20 overs.

Nicholas Pooran was the lynch-pin with a brutal 98 off 63 balls with six fours and eight sixes before he was run out. Pooran put on 80 for the second wicket with Johnson Charles who made 43.

Shai Hope, 25, and captain Rovman Powell, 26, also scored well as the West Indies made 92 off the power play.

Afghanistan failed to keep pace with a strong West Indies bowling performance and were blown away for 114 in 16.2 overs in reply.

Ibrahim Zadran, 38, top-scored as Obed McKoy grabbed three wickets while there were two apiece for Akeal Hossien and Gudakesk Motie.

Captain Rovman Powell says he was not surprised with the batting display.

The West Indies will next be in action on Wednesday at the same venue when they face defending champions England in their first Super 8 game and Powell is hoping his team keeps the momentum going.

West Indies captain Rovman Powell.