Afghanistan and West Indies in India, 3 ODI Series, 2019
Venue: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
Date & Time: 09 November 2019
RR: 4.37 | West Indies beat Afghanistan by 47 runs
2-0 up then, go the West Indies, with a game to go. Will we expect the bench to play a part in the third game? Or is the fruit of a whitewash too hard to ignore? What can Afghanistan do to avoid a whitewash? Batted first, lost. Bowled first, lost again. Probably, the absence of pressure in the third game might just help them to do well, whatever they do. Join us on Monday, 11th November, 2019 at 2 pm local (0830 GMT) for all The action from the final ODI at this same venue. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
NICHOLAS POORAN HAS BEEN ADJUDGED THE MAN OF THE MATCH for his flamboyant innings. Thanks the almighty for giving him the opportunity to play well here. On his innings, Pooran says that he just stuck to his basics and then concentrated on playing his strokes. Promises that there is definitely more to come from him in future.
Victorious West Indies skipper, Kieron Pollard smiles on the reminder that West Indies have finally won an ODI series after 5 years. Praises his team for sticking to the plans which were laid out when they set foot from the Caribbean. On the pitch, Pollard says that it was on the slower side and they believed it will turn in the evening. Praises the openers for setting up a fine platform, though also admits that there was a collapse in the middle order. Wants to celebrate with the guys and soak in the atmosphere. Stresses that winning is a habit and they would like to keep winning. On the flies while playing, Kieron says that he has never played in such an environment and stresses that health too, is equally important. Hopes that in the final game, there are no such insects.
Afghanistan captain, Rashid Khan, feels that his team started well with the ball in the first 40 overs but then the momentum got snatched away. Praises Pooran for his knock. Although, he says that 248 was chaseable on this wicket, given the line-up that they have. On his bowling plans, in spite of the strong opening stand, Rashid says that the plan was to only keep bowling dots and wait for the batsmen to commit mistakes, which eventually happened, due to the sustained pressure. Lauds Najibullah and Nabi for putting their hands up but laments about his team not finishing off the job, which was the case in the first ODI as well. On the plans to break their losing rut in ODIs, Khan says that the focus only has to be on playing positive cricket and believing in themselves, as he adds that once that happens, they can get back to winning ways.
248 to chase. With dew present. Easy? Should have been. But it wasn't. Afghanistan never got set in this chase and struggled to cope with the slowing track. Only Najibullah Zadran crossed 50 while the next highest scorer was Rahmat with 33. Sheldon Cottrell did the damage with the new ball, keeping the pressure uptight and finishing with 3 wickets overall. But how good was Roston Chase? His 3/30 in 10 overs was what choked Afghanistan and they could not find a way. Hayden Walsh then cleaned up the tail with a 3-fer, which also included the wicket of Nabi (albeit a lucky one). Please stay tuned for the presentation...
2 matches, 2 different types of victories for West Indies. In the first game, Afghanistan were told to be unlucky, because dew hampered them in the second innings. If that was the case, what can be told about this game? Without a doubt, the pitch was difficult to bat on in the first innings but the Windies batted really well. Hope and Lewis played sensibly, not trying to go too hard and their 98-run opening stand set the platform. There was a collapse thereon but Nicholas Pooran's 67 took the 'visitors' close to 250, which looked to be a competitive total. And by and large, it indeed was.
At last. An ODI series win for West Indies. August 2014 was the last time when the Men from the Caribbean tasted a series victory in this format. Boy, has it been a long time coming.
Naveen-ul-Haq is the last man in.
Sheldon Cottrell is back on. 7-0-21-0 are his figures so far.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the new batsman in.
Powerplay 3 is signalled. Maximum of 5 fielders will be outside the circle. Jason Holder is back on. 9-0-51-0 are his figures so far.
Sharafuddin Ashraf walks in at number 9, replacing Nabi.
Rashid Khan is the new batsman in. Hayden Walsh is back on. 3-0-21-0 are his figures so far.
Jason Holder is back on. 8-0-38-0 are his figures so far.
A slight delay. Pollard and Holder are into the ears of the umpire and Mohammad Nabi joins in the party as well. They seem to be complaining about the difficult playing conditions with so many wasps, moths and bees around. They are not wrong entirely. But what can the umpires do? Will they stop the game? Because this is not something which will just disappear on its own. They might get the insecticide spray on but they have already done that and it has not been much of a help. The game goes on.
Sheldon Cottrell is back on. 4-0-12-1 are his figures so far.
Romario Shepherd is back on. 1-0-10-0 are his figures so far.
DRINKS BREAK! Afghanistan are just trying to hang in there. But they are simply struggling. The batsmen are trying to guts it out in the middle, but the moment they get settled, they are losing wickets.
Something wrong? Shai Hope is going off the park, not sure why. Seems to be some illness because don't remember any niggle or injury. NICHOLAS POORAN will don the gloves in his absence. He already scored a vital half century with the bat. A catch or two might just make his day even better.
Hayden Walsh is into the attack.
Mohammad Nabi walks in now.
Kieron Pollard is into the attack.
Romario Shepherd is into the attack.
Najibullah Zadran walks out to bat next.
Asghar Afghan walks in at number 5, replacing Zazai. But looks like something has gone into Asghar Afghan's eyes. Seems like a fly. He is calling for the physio and the umpires call for the Drinks Break. The insecticide spray is being used, so that will be a relief. One more important thing to note is - no dew wiping being done with the rope. So does that mean dew has not made its presence felt yet? Last game, it came around the 10th over of the second innings...
Ikram Ali Khil is the new man in.
A run out appeal taken upstairs. Rahmat Shah is the man in question.
'One wicket boys, one wicket boys, then there will be a crumble!' says Shai Hope to his mates, on the stump mic.
Alzarri Joseph is into the attack.
Powerplay 2 is signalled. Maximum of 4 fielders will be outside the circle till the 40th over.
Roston Chase is into the attack.
Free Hit coming up!
Jason Holder to bowl from the other end.
Rahmat Shah is the new batsman in.
Welcome back for the chase. West Indies players are out on the field taking their respective fielding positions. Out come the two Afghanistan openers, Hazratullah Zazai and Javed Ahmadi. Sheldon Cottrell to start the proceedings with the ball.