Afghanistan and West Indies in India, 3 ODI Series, 2019

Afghanistan vs West Indies - 2nd ODI

Venue: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow

Date & Time: 09 November 2019

Afghanistan 200/10

RR: 4.37 | West Indies beat Afghanistan by 47 runs

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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.

45.4
0
H Walsh to S Ashraf, OUT! CAUGHT! Flighted delivery on middle, Ashraf plays a slog sweep over mid-wicket but does not get the distance on it. It goes towards Hetmyer who takes a comfortable catch in the deep. WEST INDIES WIN BY 47 RUNS AND TAKE AN UNASSAILABLE 2-0 SERIES LEAD!
45.3
0
H Walsh to S Ashraf, Tossed up delivery on off, Ashraf plays it to point.
45.2
0
H Walsh to S Ashraf, BEATEN! Flighted delivery outside off, Ashraf looks to cut but misses it.
45.1
4
H Walsh to S Ashraf, FOUR! Good shot. Full toss on leg, Ashraf lofts it over mid on for a boundary.
44.6
0
S Cottrell to Naveen, Good length delivery on off, Naveen defends it out.
44.5
0
S Cottrell to Naveen, BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Naveen looks to cut but misses it.
44.4
4
S Cottrell to Naveen, FOUR! Length delivery on leg, Naveen flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary.
44.3
0
S Cottrell to Naveen, Good length delivery on leg, Naveen looks to flick but gets hit on the thigh pad.
44.2
0
S Cottrell to Naveen, On a good length on leg, Ashraf looks to defend but gets hit on the pads. The bowler appeals for lbw but the umpire shakes his head.
44.1
1
S Cottrell to S Ashraf, On a length on middle, Ashraf pushes it through mid on for a single.
43.6
2
H Walsh to Naveen, Floated delivery on middle, Naveen plays a paddle sweep over fine leg. The batsmen pick up a couple.
43.5
1
H Walsh to S Ashraf, Short and outside off, Ashraf cuts it through point for a run.
43.4
1
H Walsh to Naveen, Floated delivery on middle, Naveen flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
43.3
0
H Walsh to Naveen, Flighted delivery on middle, Naveen defends it off the back foot.
43.2
0
H Walsh to Naveen, Tossed up delivery just outside off, Naveen looks to again defend but misses it.
43.1
0
H Walsh to Naveen, BEATEN! Flighted delivery outside off, Naveen looks to defend but misses it due to the turn on this one.
42.6
1
S Cottrell to Naveen, Length delivery on leg, Naveen flicks it towards square leg for a run.
42.5
1
S Cottrell to S Ashraf, On a length on middle, Ashraf flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
42.4
0
S Cottrell to S Ashraf, Play and a miss! Full delivery just outside off, Ashraf looks to go for a big shot but misses it. It just missed the off stump by a whisker.

Naveen-ul-Haq is the last man in.

42.3
0
S Cottrell to Ur Rahman, OUT! Caught! Cottrell has his third and he brings out the salute. A length ball, outside off, Mujeeb swings hard but gets a massive top edge. The ball goes high in the air and down to third man where Romario Shepherd, well, almost loses it in the lights but manages to take it at the last moment. Smiles. All is well that ends well. Not sure he would have smiled if the catch had gone down...
42.2
0
S Cottrell to Ur Rahman, A short ball, pulled towards short mid-wicket.
42.1
1
S Cottrell to S Ashraf, Down the leg side, Ashraf plays it towards fine leg for a single.

Sheldon Cottrell is back on. 7-0-21-0 are his figures so far.

41.6
0
H Walsh to Ur Rahman, Floated delivery on middle, Mujeeb defends it off the back foot. 3 runs and a wicket from the over.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the new batsman in.

41.5
0
H Walsh to R Khan, OUT! STUMPED! Afghanistan lose their 8th wicket. Flighted delivery outside off, Rashid comes down the track and looks to go for a big shot but misses it. Nicholas Pooran whips the bails off in a flash. West Indies are two wickets away from winning the match.
41.4
1
H Walsh to S Ashraf, Full delivery on off, Ashraf drives it through covers for a single.
41.3
0
H Walsh to S Ashraf, BEATEN! Tossed up delivery outside off, Ashraf looks to defend but misses it.
41.2
1
H Walsh to R Khan, Flighted delivery on middle, Rashid plays a sweep over square leg. Cottrell does not go for the catch and picks it on one bounce. The batsmen take a run.
41.1
1
H Walsh to S Ashraf, Short delivery on middle, Ashraf pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.
40.6
0
J Holder to R Khan, Outside off, RK looks to play the upper cut but misses.
40.5
0
J Holder to R Khan, That ball has struck the batsman on the thigh pad.
40.4
0
J Holder to R Khan, Fuller in length, pushed straight to point.
40.3
0
J Holder to R Khan, A bouncer now, Khan ducks under.
40.2
0
J Holder to R Khan, Outside off, played straight to point.
40.1
0
J Holder to R Khan, Run out missed! Oh dear... comedy of errors. Landed outside off, Rashid pushes it towards cover. Now, he just takes a couple of steps but there is no calling. Ashraf though, thinks there is a single and starts running. Now, he has to return from halfway point. Hayden Walsh charges across from point, gets to the ball and first, thinks of a direct hit. But then, he sees Holder getting back and Pollard backing him up. He now lobs the throw to the former skipper but it is slightly off target. However, Holder still has enough time to collect, turn and whip the bails off. He looks to throw the ball but misses. Ashraf dives in but that would not have saved him had Holder connected. Rashid furiously asks his teammate to at least see and run and not run blindly.

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.

39.6
2
H Walsh to S Ashraf, Tossed up delivery outside off, Ashraf punches it through point. The batsmen get two runs. 4 runs and a wicket from the over.
39.5
0
H Walsh to S Ashraf, Floated delivery on off, Ashraf plays it to covers.
39.4
0
H Walsh to S Ashraf, Flighted delivery outside off, Ashraf looks to defend but misses it.
39.3
1
H Walsh to R Khan, Tossed up delivery on off, Rashid looks to cut but gets a bottom edge on this one. It goes to the keeper on one bounce. The batsmen cross ends.
39.2
1
H Walsh to S Ashraf, Flighted delivery on off, Ashraf drives it through mid off for a single.

Sharafuddin Ashraf walks in at number 9, replacing Nabi.

39.1
0
H Walsh to M Nabi, OUT! LBW! Or shall we say, adjudged LBW? Because Nabi is not happy at all. He is walking off, shaking his head and hitting the ground with his bat in frustration. No reviews in this series, remember. Hard to see how that can be out. 1. It is a leg spinner. 2. Nabi got down and across his stumps and one could see two-and-a-half sticks when he attempted that paddle shot. Which means, that when he attempted the stroke, the impact could have been outside off. 3. Given that it is a leggie, couldn't it have been turning away? West Indies won't care. They are 3 wickets away from winning their first ODI series in 5 years...

Rashid Khan is the new batsman in. Hayden Walsh is back on. 3-0-21-0 are his figures so far.

38.6
0
S Cottrell to N Zadran, OUT! CAUGHT! West Indies break the 68-run stand. They finally get the wicket of Najibullah Zadran. Short delivery outside off, Zadran looks to cut but gets an outside edge. It goes towards Nicholas Pooran who is keeping wickets in place of Shai Hope, taking a simple catch. Najibullah Zadran looks to chase the delivery where he could have easily left that. Another batsman who has got set, departs. A fine knock, but it has probably opened the door for the West Indies. 71 more needed from 66 balls.
38.5
0
S Cottrell to N Zadran, Bowls a short delivery outside off, Najibullah lets it sail through to the keeper.
38.4
1
S Cottrell to M Nabi, Full delivery on off, Nabi drives it through mid off. The batsmen take a single.
38.3
0
S Cottrell to M Nabi, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
38.2
0
S Cottrell to M Nabi, Full on middle, pushed towards mid on.
38.2
0
S Cottrell to M Nabi, WIDE. Down the leg side, flick shot missed.
38.1
0
S Cottrell to M Nabi, That has hurt. But Walsh is still smiling. Short and outside off, Nabi cuts it uppishly and Hayden at point dives to his right. The ball lands just in front of him and hits him on the chest. The umpire has a word with him, then comes Pollard but the fielder is fine.
37.6
6
J Holder to N Zadran, SIX! Amazing shot. Short of a length delivery, Zadran pulls it over long on for a maximum. 14 from the over.
37.5
0
J Holder to N Zadran, On a length on off, Zadran plays it to point.
37.4
4
J Holder to N Zadran, FOUR! 50 for Najibullah Zadran. 11th ODI fifty for him. It has been a great innings from him. Full delivery outside off, Zadran drives it through covers for a boundary.
37.3
1
J Holder to M Nabi, On a length on off, Nabi taps it towards point. The batsmen take a run.
37.2
1
J Holder to N Zadran, On a good length on off, Najibullah guides it towards third man for a single.
37.1
2
J Holder to N Zadran, Length delivery outside off, Zadran guides it towards third man. The batsmen pick up a couple.

Jason Holder is back on. 8-0-38-0 are his figures so far.

36.6
0
S Cottrell to M Nabi, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
36.5
0
S Cottrell to M Nabi, Full delivery on middle, Nabi drives it to mid on.
36.4
0
S Cottrell to M Nabi, Length delivery on off, Nabi taps it to point.
36.3
0
S Cottrell to M Nabi, On a good length on leg, Nabi looks to flick but gets hit on the pads. The bowler appeals for lbw but the umpire shakes his head. Probably it was going down leg.
36.2
0
S Cottrell to M Nabi, Good length delivery on off, Nabi defends it out.
36.1
4
S Cottrell to M Nabi, FOUR! Nice shot. Short delivery on middle, Nabi pulls it through mid-wicket. The fielder tries to stop it with a dive but it goes through him for a boundary.
35.6
1
R Shepherd to M Nabi, Length delivery on off, Nabi taps it towards the off side and takes a run.
35.5
0
R Shepherd to M Nabi, Good length delivery on off, Nabi keeps it out.
35.4
4
R Shepherd to M Nabi, FOUR! On a good length and outside off, Nabi looks to guide, gets on top of the bounce and plays it towards the third man region for a boundary.
35.3
1
R Shepherd to N Zadran, Length delivery on off, Zadran plays it towards point where the fielder stops it with a dive. The batsmen still take a run.
35.2
1
R Shepherd to M Nabi, On a length on middle, Nabi flicks it towards mid-wicket for a quick single.
35.1
1
R Shepherd to N Zadran, Short delivery on leg, Zadran rises on his toes and nudges it towards square leg. The batsmen take a single.
34.6
1
S Cottrell to N Zadran, On a length on middle, Najibullah flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen cross ends.
34.5
0
S Cottrell to N Zadran, Good length delivery on off, Zadran defends it off the back foot.
34.4
0
S Cottrell to N Zadran, Bowls a bouncer on leg, Zadran does well to duck under it.

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.

34.3
1
S Cottrell to M Nabi, Short and outside off, Nabi cuts it towards point where the fielder fumbles and then stops it. The batsmen take a single.
34.2
1
S Cottrell to N Zadran, On a length on middle, Zadran flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run.
34.1
0
S Cottrell to N Zadran, Length delivery on off, Zadran taps it to point.

Sheldon Cottrell is back on. 4-0-12-1 are his figures so far.

33.6
2
R Shepherd to M Nabi, On a length and outside off, Nabi punches it through covers. The batsmen get two runs.
33.5
0
R Shepherd to M Nabi, Length delivery on off, Nabi plays it to point.
33.4
0
R Shepherd to M Nabi, BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Nabi looks to cut but misses it.
33.3
0
R Shepherd to M Nabi, On a length on off, Nabi taps it to point.
33.2
1
R Shepherd to N Zadran, Good length delivery on off, Zadran looks to defend but gets an outside edge. It goes towards third man. The batsmen cross ends.
33.1
1
R Shepherd to M Nabi, On a good length on off, Nabi punches it towards point for a run.

Romario Shepherd is back on. 1-0-10-0 are his figures so far.

32.6
0
H Walsh to N Zadran, Tossed up delivery on leg, Zadran looks to sweep but gets hit on the pads. The bowler appeals for lbw but the umpire shakes his head.
32.5
1
H Walsh to M Nabi, Flighted delivery on middle, Nabi flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
32.4
0
H Walsh to M Nabi, Full delivery on off, Nabi drives it to covers.
32.3
0
H Walsh to M Nabi, Tossed up delivery on off, Nabi keeps it out.
32.2
4
H Walsh to M Nabi, FOUR! Flighted delivery on off, Nabi looks to punch but gets an outside edge. It goes through the vacant slip cordon towards third man for a boundary. Extra bounce was the reason.
32.1
1
H Walsh to N Zadran, Flighted delivery on middle, Zadran flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run.
31.6
1
J Holder to N Zadran, On a length on middle, Zadran flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen take a single. Afghanistan need 112 runs in 108 balls to win the match.
31.5
0
J Holder to N Zadran, BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Zadran looks to defend but misses it.
31.4
0
J Holder to N Zadran, Good length delivery on middle, Najibullah defends it out.
31.3
0
J Holder to M Nabi, On a length on leg, Nabi looks to flick but gets hit on the pads. It goes towards the leg side. The batsmen take a single. The umpire gives it as a leg bye.
31.2
0
J Holder to M Nabi, On a good length on middle, Nabi defends it off the back foot.
31.1
1
J Holder to N Zadran, Length delivery on leg, Zadran flicks it through square leg for a single.

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.

30.6
1
H Walsh to N Zadran, Flighted delivery on middle and leg, Zadran sweeps it through square leg for a single. Afghanistan need 115 runs in 114 balls to win the match.
30.5
0
H Walsh to N Zadran, Tossed up delivery on off, Zadran plays it to point.
30.4
0
H Walsh to N Zadran, Floated delivery on middle, Zadran flicks it to the leg side.
30.3
4
H Walsh to N Zadran, FOUR! Good improvisation. Flighted delivery on off, Zadran plays a reverse sweep through covers for a boundary.
30.2
0
H Walsh to N Zadran, Tossed up delivery on leg, Najibullah looks to flick but gets hit on the pads.
30.1
1
H Walsh to M Nabi, Flighted delivery on off, Nabi drives it through mid off. The batsmen cross ends.
29.6
1
J Holder to M Nabi, Length delivery outside off, Nabi taps it through point. The batsmen take a run.
29.5
0
J Holder to M Nabi, Good length delivery on middle, Nabi nudges it to mid-wicket.
29.4
0
J Holder to M Nabi, On a good length on middle, Nabi flicks it to mid-wicket.
29.3
0
J Holder to M Nabi, Length delivery on leg, Nabi looks to flick but gets hit on the thigh pad.
29.2
0
J Holder to M Nabi, On a length on off, Nabi keeps it out.
29.1
0
J Holder to M Nabi, On a good length on off, Nabi defends it off the back foot.

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.

28.6
0
H Walsh to N Zadran, Loopy delivery on middle, Zadran flicks it to short fine leg.
28.5
0
H Walsh to N Zadran, Tossed up delivery on off, Zadran drives it towards mid off where the fielder does well to stop it.
28.4
0
H Walsh to N Zadran, Flighted delivery on off, Najibullah defends it off the front foot.
28.3
1
H Walsh to M Nabi, Floated delivery on off, Nabi drives it towards covers for a run.
28.2
4
H Walsh to M Nabi, FOUR! Consecutive boundaries for Nabi. Tossed up delivery on off, Nabi drives it beautifully through covers for a boundary.
28.1
4
H Walsh to M Nabi, FOUR! Nice shot. Short delivery on middle, Nabi pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Mohammad Nabi gets off the mark in style.

Hayden Walsh is into the attack.

27.6
4
J Holder to N Zadran, FOUR! Cracking shot. Short delivery outside off, Zadran cuts it through point for a boundary.
27.5
0
J Holder to N Zadran, Length delivery on off, Zadran taps it to point.
27.4
0
J Holder to N Zadran, On a length on off, Najibullah plays it to covers.
27.3
0
J Holder to N Zadran, Good length delivery on off, Zadran defends it off the back foot.
27.2
4
J Holder to N Zadran, EDGE AND FOUR! On a good length and outside off, Zadran looks to cut but gets an outside edge. It goes over the first slip fielder and into the third man fence for a boundary.
27.1
0
J Holder to N Zadran, On a good length and outside off, Zadran pushes it to point.

Mohammad Nabi walks in now.

26.6
0
R Chase to Ali Khil, OUT! Edged and taken! A wicket on the final ball of his spell for Roston Chase. A beautiful ball to get that too. First, the flight. Plenty of it. That makes the batsman come forward. Then, the dip. Add to that, a bit of turn as well. Nothing much wrong from the batsman. Ali Khil comes forward to defend but the away-spinning ball takes the outside edge. Simple catch to Jason Holder at first slip. Chase finishes with 3/30, with Afghanistan half their side down. Still 139 needed, from 138 balls. Looking very difficult now.
26.5
1
R Chase to N Zadran, Full and around middle, worked through mid-wicket for one.
26.4
1
R Chase to Ali Khil, Outside off, punched off the back foot for a run.
26.3
1
R Chase to N Zadran, Finally gets it in the gap, through point for a single.
26.2
0
R Chase to N Zadran, Short and outside off, skids through, Zadran looks to cut but is cramped for room. Gets a bit of a bottom edge towards point.
26.1
0
R Chase to N Zadran, Full and around middle, Najibullah gets a big stride forward and defends.
25.6
1
K Pollard to N Zadran, On a good length on off, Zadran guides it towards third man for a run.
25.5
0
K Pollard to N Zadran, Length delivery outside off, Zadran plays it towards the off side.
25.4
0
K Pollard to N Zadran, On a good length on off, Zadran taps it to point.
25.3
0
K Pollard to N Zadran, Good length delivery outside off, Najibullah shoulders arms to this one.
25.2
0
K Pollard to N Zadran, On a length on off, Najibullah taps it to point.
25.1
0
K Pollard to N Zadran, BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Zadran looks to drive but misses it.

Kieron Pollard is into the attack.

24.6
0
R Chase to Ali Khil, Flighted delivery on off, Ali Khil defends it out.
24.5
0
R Chase to Ali Khil, EDGED, OVER SLIP! Extra bounce on this one. Flighted delivery on middle, Ali Khil looks to defend but the ball bounces sharply and surprised him. He looks to fend but gets an outside edge due to the extra bounce. It goes just over first slip, towards short third man.
24.4
1
R Chase to N Zadran, Outside off, tapped through point for one.
24.3
0
R Chase to N Zadran, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
24.2
0
R Chase to Ali Khil, Down the leg side, tucked through fine leg for a run. Leg bye signalled though.
24.1
1
R Chase to N Zadran, Short and outside off, cut through point for a single.
23.6
1
R Shepherd to N Zadran, On a length on off, Zadran plays it towards covers for a single.
23.6
0
R Shepherd to N Zadran, WIDE! Bowls a bouncer, Zadran lets it sail through to the keeper.
23.5
0
R Shepherd to N Zadran, Bowls a bouncer, Zadran does well to duck under it.
23.4
0
R Shepherd to N Zadran, The batsman has punched that ball through the off side.
23.3
4
R Shepherd to N Zadran, FOUR! Second boundary of the over. Fortuitous one. Length delivery on off, Zadran looks to push but gets an inside edge. The ball comes in, takes the inside edge and goes towards fine leg. Roston Chase in the deep tries to stop it with a dive but he slips and it goes past him. 100 up for Afghanistan. Another 148 needed from 159 balls.
23.2
4
R Shepherd to N Zadran, FOUR! Poor delivery from Shepherd. On a length on leg, Zadran flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary.
23.1
0
R Shepherd to Ali Khil, On a length on leg, Ali Khil looks to flick but gets it off the pads. It goes towards fine leg. The batsmen take a single. The umpire gives it as a leg bye.

Romario Shepherd is into the attack.

22.6
1
R Chase to Ali Khil, Tossed up delivery on off, Ikram plays it towards point. The batsmen take a run.
22.5
1
R Chase to N Zadran, Full delivery on off, Zadran drives it through covers for a run.
22.4
0
R Chase to N Zadran, Floated delivery on off, Najibullah plays it to covers.
22.3
4
R Chase to N Zadran, FOUR! Good shot. Flighted delivery on off, Zadran plays a reverse sweep through point and gets a boundary. Nice innovation.
22.2
0
R Chase to N Zadran, Tossed up delivery on off, Zadran keeps it out.
22.1
0
R Chase to N Zadran, Flighted delivery on off, Najibullah defends it off the front foot.
21.6
0
A Joseph to Ali Khil, Short delivery on leg, Ali Khil pulls it to mid-wicket.
21.5
1
A Joseph to N Zadran, Full delivery outside off, Najibullah drives it through covers. The batsmen take a run.
21.4
0
A Joseph to N Zadran, On a length on off, Zadran again taps it to point.
21.3
1
A Joseph to Ali Khil, Length delivery on off, Ikram taps it towards point for a single.
21.2
0
A Joseph to Ali Khil, On a good length and outside off, Ali Khil looks to drive but misses it.
21.1
0
A Joseph to Ali Khil, Short of a length delivery on leg, Ali Khil looks to pull but misses it. It goes to Shai Hope who takes the catch and appeals for caught behind. The umpire shakes his head. Was there some noise? Not sure.
20.6
1
R Chase to Ali Khil, Floated delivery on off, Ikram plays it towards covers for a run.
20.5
0
R Chase to Ali Khil, Loopy delivery on middle, Ali Khil defends it off the back foot.
20.4
0
R Chase to Ali Khil, Flighted delivery on off, Ikram drives it to mid off.
20.3
0
R Chase to Ali Khil, Floated delivery on off, IAK defends it out.
20.2
0
R Chase to Ali Khil, Tossed up delivery on middle, Ikram looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
20.1
0
R Chase to Ali Khil, Flighted delivery on middle, Ali Khil defends it off the back foot.
19.6
0
A Joseph to N Zadran, Bowls a yorker on middle, Zadran does well to dig it out. It is still pretty even-stevens when it comes to the runs. Afghanistan are 82/4 while West Indies are 81/0. They need 166 runs in 180 balls to win the match.
19.5
0
A Joseph to N Zadran, On a length and outside off, Zadran plays it to the off side.
19.4
0
A Joseph to N Zadran, On a good length on off, Najibullah taps it to point.
19.3
0
A Joseph to N Zadran, Good length delivery outside off, NZ taps it to point.
19.2
1
A Joseph to Ali Khil, On a length and outside off, Ali Khil taps it towards point for a single.
19.1
1
A Joseph to N Zadran, Length delivery outside off, Zadran guides it towards third man for a run.
18.6
0
R Chase to Ali Khil, Loopy delivery on middle, IAK keeps it out.
18.5
0
R Chase to Ali Khil, Tossed up delivery on middle, Ikram defends it off the back foot.
18.4
0
R Chase to Ali Khil, Floated delivery on off, Ali Khil plays it to point.
18.3
1
R Chase to N Zadran, Flighted delivery on middle, Zadran flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.

Najibullah Zadran walks out to bat next.

18.2
0
R Chase to A Afghan, OUT! CAUGHT! Afghanistan lose their fourth wicket. This is going downhill now. Asghar, one of the best players of spin in their team, has thrown his wicket away. Flighted delivery on middle, Afghan comes down the track and looks to go big but cannot quite get the distance. He finds Evin Lewis at deep mid-wicket who gobbles it up. 169 more needed now, 190 balls.
18.1
1
R Chase to Ali Khil, Tossed up delivery on middle, Ali Khil drives it towards mid on for a run.
17.6
3
A Joseph to Ali Khil, Plenty of height, but not distance. Full delivery on off, Ali Khil looks to go big, seeing mid off inside the circle. The idea is nice, but the execution is not that great. Luckily for him, the ball eludes the fielder running back and stops near the ropes. Three runs taken.
17.5
4
A Joseph to Ali Khil, FOUR! Nice shot. Short delivery on middle, Ali Khil pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
17.4
0
A Joseph to Ali Khil, Play and a miss! On a good length and outside off, Ikram looks to cut but misses it.
17.3
0
A Joseph to Ali Khil, On a good length on off, Ali Khil blocks it off the back foot.
17.2
1
A Joseph to A Afghan, Length delivery outside off, Afghan guides it towards third man for a single.
17.1
0
A Joseph to A Afghan, BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Afghan looks to drive but misses it.
16.6
0
R Chase to Ali Khil, Tossed up delivery on off, played to covers.
16.5
0
R Chase to Ali Khil, Flighted delivery on middle, Ali Khil defends it off the back foot.
16.4
0
R Chase to Ali Khil, Tossed up delivery on off, Ikram plays it to point.
16.3
0
R Chase to Ali Khil, Floated delivery on middle, Ali Khil defends it off the back foot.
16.2
1
R Chase to A Afghan, Tossed up delivery on middle, Afghan flicks it towards the leg side for a single.
16.1
0
R Chase to A Afghan, Flighted delivery on middle, Afghan looks to sweep but gets it off the pads. It goes towards fine leg. The fielder chases it and does well to stop it just before the ropes. The batsmen get two runs. The umpire gives it as leg byes.
15.6
1
A Joseph to A Afghan, Length delivery on middle, Afghan flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run.
15.5
1
A Joseph to Ali Khil, Full delivery outside off, Ikram looks to drive but gets an outside edge. It goes between second slip and gully towards third man for a single.
15.4
0
A Joseph to Ali Khil, Length delivery on off, Ali Khil taps it to point.
15.3
0
A Joseph to Ali Khil, On a length on off, Ali Khil plays it to point.
15.2
0
A Joseph to Ali Khil, Good length delivery on off, Ali Khil defends it out.
15.1
4
A Joseph to Ali Khil, FOUR! Off the edge! But why is there a gap between keeper and second slip? Why isn't there a first slip? Ahh... only Kieron Pollard can answer that. On a good length and outside off, Ikram looks to guide it but gets an outside edge. It goes towards third man for a boundary. There was gap between the keeper and second slip.
14.6
0
R Chase to A Afghan, Tossed up delivery on middle, Afghan looks to defend but gets hit high on the pads. The bowler appeals for lbw but the umpire shakes his head. Probably height could have been the reason.
14.5
0
R Chase to A Afghan, Flighted delivery on middle, Afghan flicks it to mid-wicket.

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...

14.4
0
R Chase to H Zazai, OUT! Caught this time! Less bottom-hand in that shot. Full and outside off, Zazai gets underneath it and looks to swing it over long on again. But this time, he finds Sheldon Cottrell who takes it calmly at the fence. A bizarre knock from Hazratullah - 23 from 30 balls, with just 3 hits to the fence. The Afghans now need another 187 from 212 balls.
14.3
6
R Chase to H Zazai, SIX! Cracking shot. Full and around middle, Zazai gets underneath it and swings it cleanly over long on! Terrific bottom-hand power.
14.2
0
R Chase to H Zazai, Around off, watchfully defended.
14.1
1
R Chase to Ali Khil, Full and around middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.

Ikram Ali Khil is the new man in.

13.6
0
A Joseph to H Zazai, OUT! RUN OUT! Miscommunication and Rahmat is gone. Tough luck. This is called being sold a dummy down the river. On a good length on off, Zazai taps it towards covers and calls for a single initially. Seeing that, Rahmat takes off from the non-striker's end. But then, Zazai sends him back as he sees Kieron Pollard charging in. The skipper throws it towards Joseph at the bowler's end where Alzarri runs back and takes the bails off. The run out appeal is referred upstairs. Now, here is the scene. When Joseph takes the bails off, they do not come off! It takes a second and then one of the bails gets dislodged! After watching the replays a few times, the third umpire gives it out.

A run out appeal taken upstairs. Rahmat Shah is the man in question.

13.5
0
A Joseph to H Zazai, Length delivery on middle, Zazai flicks it to mid-wicket.

'One wicket boys, one wicket boys, then there will be a crumble!' says Shai Hope to his mates, on the stump mic.

13.4
1
A Joseph to R Shah, On a length and outside off, Shah plays it towards point where Walsh misfields and concedes a single.
13.3
0
A Joseph to R Shah, Another drive towards mid on, obstructed.
13.2
0
A Joseph to R Shah, Fuller in length, pushed straight to mid on this time.
13.1
0
A Joseph to R Shah, A short ball outside off, pulled straight to mid on.
12.6
0
R Chase to H Zazai, Tossed up delivery on off, Zazai blocks it off the front foot.
12.5
1
R Chase to R Shah, Floated delivery on middle, Rahmat flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
12.4
0
R Chase to R Shah, Flighted delivery on middle, Shah drives it back towards the bowler.
12.3
0
R Chase to R Shah, Tossed up delivery on off, Rahmat punches it to point.
12.2
0
R Chase to R Shah, Flighted delivery on middle, Shah keeps it out.
12.1
2
R Chase to R Shah, Short delivery on off, Shah looks to cut but gets an outside edge. It goes towards third man. The batsmen pick up a couple. 50-run stand is up between Rahmat Shah and Hazratullah Zazai.
11.6
1
A Joseph to R Shah, Full delivery on middle, Shah drives it towards mid on for a single.
11.5
0
A Joseph to R Shah, On a length and outside off, Rahmat plays it towards point where the fielder makes a fine stop and saves a run for his team.
11.4
0
A Joseph to R Shah, On a good length on off, Shah plays it to point.
11.3
2
A Joseph to R Shah, Full delivery outside off, Rahmat drives it through point. The batsmen get two runs.
11.2
0
A Joseph to R Shah, Good length delivery on off, Shah keeps it out.
11.1
0
A Joseph to R Shah, On a good length on off, Rahmat defends it off the back foot.

Alzarri Joseph is into the attack.

10.6
1
R Chase to R Shah, Flighted delivery on off, Rahmat drives it towards long off for a single.
10.5
1
R Chase to H Zazai, Full delivery on middle, Zazai drives it towards long on for a single.
10.4
0
R Chase to H Zazai, Flighted delivery on off, Zazai defends it off the back foot.
10.3
0
R Chase to H Zazai, Floated delivery on middle, Zazai keeps it out.
10.2
0
R Chase to H Zazai, Tossed up delivery on leg, Zazai looks to flick but gets hit on the pads. The bowler appeals for lbw but the umpire shakes his head.
10.1
0
R Chase to H Zazai, Flighted delivery on off, Zazai blocks it off the front foot.

Powerplay 2 is signalled. Maximum of 4 fielders will be outside the circle till the 40th over.

9.6
0
J Holder to R Shah, Full delivery on off, Shah drives it to mid off. Afghanistan are 45/1 after 10 overs.
9.5
0
J Holder to R Shah, Short delivery outside off, Shah cuts it to point.
9.4
4
J Holder to R Shah, FOUR! On a good length and just outside off, Rahmat looks to pull but gets an inside edge on this one. It goes off the toe end of the bat and goes past the dive of Shai Hope towards fine leg for a boundary.
9.3
0
J Holder to R Shah, Full delivery outside off, Shah drives it to point.
9.2
0
J Holder to R Shah, Length delivery on off, Shah keeps it out.
9.1
0
J Holder to R Shah, On a good length on off, Shah plays it to covers.
8.6
1
R Chase to R Shah, Flighted delivery on middle, Shah flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
8.5
0
R Chase to H Zazai, Tossed up delivery on leg, Zazai looks to flick but gets it off the pads. It goes towards fine leg. The fielder chases it and does well to stop it before the ropes. The batsmen get three runs. Good running between the wickets. The umpire gives it as leg byes.
8.4
0
R Chase to H Zazai, BEATEN! Floated delivery outside off, Zazai looks to slog at this one but misses it.
8.3
0
R Chase to H Zazai, Flighted delivery on off, Zazai blocks it off the front foot.
8.2
1
R Chase to R Shah, Tossed up delivery on off, Shah plays it towards point for a single.
8.1
1
R Chase to H Zazai, Flighted delivery on middle, Zazai flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run.

Roston Chase is into the attack.

7.6
0
J Holder to R Shah, BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Rahmat looks to drive but misses it.
7.5
0
J Holder to R Shah, On a good length on off, Shah defends it off the front foot.
7.4
0
J Holder to R Shah, Good length delivery on off, Rahmat plays it to the off side.
7.3
1
J Holder to H Zazai, On a length on middle, Zazai flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run.
7.2
6
J Holder to H Zazai, SIX! Zazai makes good use of the Free Hit. Short of a length delivery, Zazai pulls it over mid-wicket for a maximum. That was a very good shot from him.

Free Hit coming up!

7.2
1
J Holder to R Shah, NO BALL! Holder has overstepped. On a length on middle, Shah flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
7.1
0
J Holder to R Shah, On a good length on off, Rahmat defends it off the back foot.
6.6
0
S Cottrell to H Zazai, BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Zazai looks to swing at this one but misses it.
6.5
0
S Cottrell to H Zazai, On a good length on leg, Zazai looks to flick but gets hit on the thigh pad.
6.4
1
S Cottrell to R Shah, Full delivery on off, Rahmat drives it towards covers for a single.
6.3
0
S Cottrell to R Shah, On a length on off, Shah plays it to covers.
6.2
0
S Cottrell to R Shah, On a good length on off, Rahmat plays it to point.
6.1
0
S Cottrell to R Shah, Good length delivery on off, Rahmat defends it out.
5.6
0
J Holder to H Zazai, On a good length on leg, Zazai looks to flick but gets hit on the thigh pad.
5.5
0
J Holder to H Zazai, Full delivery on off, Zazai drives it to mid off.
5.4
4
J Holder to H Zazai, FOUR! That has taken the top edge. A short ball, around off, Zazai looks to pull but there is extra bounce on that one. The ball takes the top edge and flies over the keeper to the fine leg fence.
5.3
1
J Holder to R Shah, Length delivery outside off, Shah guides it towards third man for a single.
5.2
0
J Holder to R Shah, On a length on off, Rahmat plays it to point.
5.1
0
J Holder to R Shah, On a good length and outside off, Shah shoulders arms to this one.
4.6
0
S Cottrell to H Zazai, Full delivery on leg, Zazai looks to flick but gets hit on the pads.
4.5
1
S Cottrell to R Shah, Length delivery on off, Shah dabs it towards third man for a run.
4.4
4
S Cottrell to R Shah, FOUR! Second boundary of the over. On a length and outside off, Rahmat drives it beautifully through covers for a boundary.
4.3
0
S Cottrell to R Shah, On a good length on middle, Shah keeps it out.
4.2
4
S Cottrell to R Shah, FOUR! Nice shot. Full delivery outside off, Shah drives it through point where the fielder dives and tries to stop it but it goes through him for a boundary.
4.1
0
S Cottrell to R Shah, Good length delivery on off, Shah defends it off the back foot.
3.6
3
J Holder to R Shah, Short delivery on middle, Shah pulls it over mid-wicket. Hetmyer chases it and does well to pull it back before the ropes. The batsmen get three runs.
3.5
4
J Holder to R Shah, FOUR! Nice shot. Short delivery on middle, Shah pulls it over fine leg for a boundary.
3.4
0
J Holder to R Shah, On a good length on middle, Rahmat keeps it out.
3.3
0
J Holder to R Shah, Good length delivery on off, Shah defends it out.
3.2
0
J Holder to R Shah, On a good length on off, Rahmat defends it off the back foot.
3.1
1
J Holder to H Zazai, Short of a length delivery on leg, Zazai pulls it towards square leg for a run.
2.6
0
S Cottrell to R Shah, Outside off, pushed towards point.
2.5
0
S Cottrell to R Shah, Landed around off on a good length, Shah defends it out.
2.4
0
S Cottrell to R Shah, Huge appeal this time but it is turned down. Full ball on the pads, Shah looks to flick but misses out.
2.3
1
S Cottrell to H Zazai, Dropped! That should've been taken easily but that is not the case. Joseph has spilled the easiest of chances. This is a short of a length ball outside off, Zazai goes for the pull but gets a top edge which goes high towards square leg. Joseph gets under the ball but makes a mess of it. A single is taken.
2.2
0
S Cottrell to H Zazai, Zazai this time swings hard but misses out. Length ball outside off, Zazai drives but misses.
2.1
0
S Cottrell to H Zazai, Full ball on off, pushed towards mid off by Zazai this time.
1.6
0
J Holder to R Shah, Full around off, tapped towards point. Just a single from this over.
1.5
0
J Holder to R Shah, On middle, blocked onto the pitch.
1.4
0
J Holder to R Shah, In the channel outside off, Shah shoulders arms.
1.3
0
J Holder to R Shah, Shortish length ball outside off, Rahmat blocks it off the front foot towards point.
1.2
1
J Holder to H Zazai, Good length ball on middle, tucked towards mid-wicket for a quick single. There is a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Could've been a risky run that one.
1.1
0
J Holder to H Zazai, Good length ball around off, Zazai blocks it off the back foot.

Jason Holder to bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
S Cottrell to R Shah, Outside off, Shah leaves it alone.

Rahmat Shah is the new batsman in.

0.5
0
S Cottrell to J Ahmadi, OUT! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! Early setback for Afghanistan in the chase. Cottrell bowls it back of a length and on middle, Ahmadi looks to break the shackles but is not in a position to play the pull. He gets a top edge on it and it goes to Sheldon Cottrell who moves to his right and takes a comfortable catch.
0.4
0
S Cottrell to J Ahmadi, Fuller one on the pads, Ahmadi flicks it to square leg.
0.3
0
S Cottrell to J Ahmadi, An appeal but Ahmadi is lucky to get an inside edge on this one. A typical left arm bowler's delivery pitching on off and getting back into the batsman. Ahmadi does well to get his bat down in time. Cottrell appeals, but only for the umpire to shake his head.
0.2
0
S Cottrell to J Ahmadi, On a good length, around off, Ahmadi defends it to covers.
0.1
1
S Cottrell to H Zazai, Afghanistan are underway! Length and on off, Zazai pushes it to the mid-wicket region and gets off the mark.

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.