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

Afghanistan vs West Indies - 3rd ODI

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

Date & Time: 11 November 2019

West Indies 253/5

RR: 5.19 | West Indies beat Afghanistan by 5 wickets

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So 3-0 to West Indies! A new captain and a different result. Different because West Indies rarely win and even more rarely win consistently. Given that they are already strong in T20Is, will this ODI series win enhance the chances of successive series whitewashes? Join us on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7 pm local (1330 GMT) for all the action from the first T20I. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Victorious West Indies skipper, Kieron Pollard, thanks the almighty for giving West Indies the opportunity to win 3-0. On the plans, Pollard says that before they set foot from the Caribbean, specific plans were laid for every individual and all performed. On not letting anything away even in a dead rubber, Kieron says that winning is a habit and they have not been in this position for quite a while. Stresses that when other teams have been in this position, they have put their foot on the Windies' throat, so KP did not want to lose that opportunity. On the game here, Pollard says that the advice was only to stay till the end. Adds that the main try is to follow the same processes every game. Praises Hope and Chase and even King for batting well. Lauds the bowlers for keeping the Afghans consistently below 250 in all games. Expects them to come back refreshed in 2 days' time for the next series, which is the T20I one.

ROSTON CHASE HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE SERIES. On his batting demotion in this game, Chase says that he got the information last night and was surprised but quickly says that Pollard told him that the move is just to try new things and that he has done really well. On his batting approach, Chase too, like Hope, says that the aim was to bat watchfully and put the bad balls away. On his bowling, Roston says that he only tried to bowl in the right areas. Is thankful for his skipper to let him bowl 10 overs.

SHAI HOPE HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH for his unbeaten century. On this being as a birthday cake, Hope says that he will take the series win as well, as a replacement for the candles. Then adds that the team has been waiting for a long time to win a series. On the plan in this game, Hope says that it was to stay till the end and read the situation well.

Afghanistan captain, Rashid Khan, first thanks the crowd for its support. Stresses that his team has tried its best in every game. Looking at this match, he praises Afghan and Nabi's partnership and feels that the total should have been defended, but then praises Shai Hope for his knock. On Yamin Ahmadzai's performance, Khan is very happy that he bowled as he usually does in First-Class matches. Believes that this game would give a lot of confidence to him in the T20Is. On the mantra to start winning, Rashid says that it is all about focussing on doing the right things, learning from the mistakes in the ODIs and then enjoying the game.

Earlier in the day, After a poor start, Afghanistan managed to get to 249 courtesy of fifties from Hazratullah Zazai, Asghar Afghan and Mohammad Nabi. Asghar Afghan was the star with the bat for the hosts as it was his 86 that gave them something to bowl at. Keemo Paul was the tormentor-in-chief with the ball picking up a 3-fer. Please stay tuned for the presentation...

A decent bowling performance but Afghanistan looked 20-odd runs short and that proved to be the case in the end. They started off well with the ball but were unable to curtail the budding stands in the middle. Sharafuddin Ashraf, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan all got a wicket apiece. Mujeeb was the pick of the lot with two but in the end dew and the sub-par total were just too much for Afghanistan to avoid their first ever whitewash in an ODI bilateral series.

Chasing 250, West Indies got off to a terrible start losing Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer early on in the same over. Debutant Brandon King showed why there was so much talk about him as he showed his temperament and steadied the ship along with Shai Hope with a solid 64-run stand. But King's promising debut was brought to an end by Rashid Khan. Pooran then gave the innings a much-needed impetus and the duo of Pooran and Hope added another 50-run stand. Nicholas though could not continue his good work and made way for his skipper. Pollard then continued from where Pooran left out. The duo then made it a hat-trick of 50-plus stands. It looked like Pollard's dismissal might open the back door for the hosts to spring a surprise but like a true anchor Hope stayed unbeaten with a solid ton and steered the chase with Chase.

What a start to the Pollard tenure for West Indies! A 10/10 start for the new captain's tenure. It has started with a well-deserved whitewash. Shai Hope has once again showed why he is the glue in this power-hitting Caribbean side.

48.4
4
Y Ahmadzai to R Chase, FOUR! Short delivery on leg, Chase pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary. WEST INDIES WIN BY 5 WICKETS AND TAKE THE SERIES 3-0!
48.3
1
Y Ahmadzai to S Hope, On a length on middle, Hope flicks it towards square leg for a run.
48.2
0
Y Ahmadzai to S Hope, Short delivery outside off, Hope looks to pull but misses it.
48.2
0
Y Ahmadzai to S Hope, WIDE! Bowls it wide outside off, Hope shoulders arms to this one.
48.1
1
Y Ahmadzai to R Chase, Short delivery on off, Chase drives it through covers for a single.

Yamin Ahmadzai is back on. 8-0-42-0 are his figures so far.

47.6
1
R Khan to R Chase, Full delivery on off, Chase drives it through covers. The batsmen take a run. West Indies need just 4 runs to win the match.
47.5
1
R Khan to S Hope, Flighted delivery on off, Hope punches it through point. The batsmen take a run.
47.4
1
R Khan to R Chase, Full delivery on off, Chase drives it through mid off for a single.
47.3
1
R Khan to S Hope, Floated delivery on middle, Hope flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen cross ends.
47.2
1
R Khan to R Chase, Tossed up delivery on off, Chase plays it towards point for a run.
47.1
2
R Khan to R Chase, Flighted delivery on middle, Chase flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen pick up a couple.
46.6
4
Ur Rahman to S Hope, FOUR! Nice shot. Short delivery outside off, Hope cuts it hard through point for a boundary.
46.5
0
Ur Rahman to S Hope, BEATEN! Flighted delivery just outside off, Hope looks to defend but again misses it.
46.4
0
Ur Rahman to S Hope, Play and a miss! Floated delivery outside off, Hope looks to defend but misses it.
46.3
1
Ur Rahman to R Chase, Flighted delivery on off, Chase punches it towards point for a run.
46.2
2
Ur Rahman to R Chase, Tossed up delivery on off, Chase guides it towards third man. The batsmen get two runs.
46.1
0
Ur Rahman to R Chase, Flighted delivery on off, Chase keeps it out.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman is back on.

45.6
0
M Nabi to S Hope, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
45.5
0
M Nabi to S Hope, FOUR BYES! Flighted delivery on leg, Hope looks to flick but misses it. It goes past the keeper towards fine leg for a boundary.
45.4
1
M Nabi to R Chase, Full delivery on middle, Chase drives it through mid on. The batsmen cross ends.
45.3
2
M Nabi to R Chase, Full delivery on middle, Chase drives it through mid on. The batsmen get two runs.
45.2
1
M Nabi to S Hope, Flighted delivery on middle, Hope flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen take a single.
45.1
1
M Nabi to R Chase, Full delivery on off, Chase drives it through covers. The batsmen take a run.
44.6
1
R Khan to R Chase, Floated delivery on off, Chase punches it towards point for a run.
44.5
1
R Khan to S Hope, RUN OUT CHANCE! SAFE! Flighted delivery on middle, Hope flicks it towards mid-wicket. The fielder fires a direct hit at the bowler's end. It is referred upstairs. The third umpire gives it not out.

A run out appeal! It is taken upstairs.

44.4
0
R Khan to S Hope, Tossed up delivery on off, Hope plays it to covers.
44.3
1
R Khan to R Chase, Flighted delivery on middle, Chase flicks it to the leg side for a single.
44.2
1
R Khan to S Hope, 100 for Shai Hope. Brilliant innings from him. Flighted delivery on middle, Hope pushes it through mid on. The batsmen take a single. Shai Hope would look to stay till the end.
44.1
0
R Khan to S Hope, BEATEN! Bowls a leg spinner outside off, Hope looks to defend but misses it.

Rashid Khan is back on. 8-0-35-1 are his figures so far.

43.6
1
Y Ahmadzai to S Hope, Shai Hope moves to 99. On a length on off, Hope taps it towards point for a run. West Indies need 31 runs in 36 balls to win the match.
43.5
1
Y Ahmadzai to R Chase, Full delivery outside off, Chase looks to drive but gets an outside edge. It goes towards third man. The batsmen take a single.
43.5
0
Y Ahmadzai to R Chase, WIDE! Bowls it down the leg side, Chase looks to flick but misses it.
43.4
1
Y Ahmadzai to S Hope, On a good length on off, Hope punches it through point. The batsmen take a run.
43.3
1
Y Ahmadzai to R Chase, Length delivery on middle, Chase pushes it through mid on. The batsmen take a single.
43.2
2
Y Ahmadzai to R Chase, Short and wide outside off, Hope looks to cut but the ball is too wide. The ball goes behind point off the bottom half of the bat, but still races away. Hazratullah Zazai gives it a good chase from third man to his right, slides and manages to keep the batsmen to a couple.
43.1
1
Y Ahmadzai to S Hope, Short and outside off, punched through point for a single.
42.6
1
Ur Rahman to S Hope, Down the leg side, flicked through mid-wicket for one more.
42.5
0
Ur Rahman to S Hope, Around off, punched off the back foot.
42.4
1
Ur Rahman to R Chase, The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
42.3
1
Ur Rahman to S Hope, A short ball, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a run.
42.2
0
Ur Rahman to S Hope, Around middle, flicked straight to short fine leg.
42.1
1
Ur Rahman to R Chase, Full and around middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman returns. 8-1-38-2 so far.

41.6
1
Y Ahmadzai to R Chase, On a good length on off, Chase guides it towards third man for a run.
41.5
4
Y Ahmadzai to R Chase, FOUR! Poor delivery from Ahmadzai. Short delivery on leg, Chase pulls it easily towards fine leg for a boundary.
41.4
1
Y Ahmadzai to S Hope, Short delivery outside off, Hope cuts it through point for a single.
41.3
0
Y Ahmadzai to S Hope, On a good length on off, Hope defends it off the back foot.
41.2
1
Y Ahmadzai to R Chase, Length delivery on off, Chase guides it towards third man for a run.
41.1
4
Y Ahmadzai to R Chase, FOUR! Cracking shot. Short and outside off, Chase cuts it hard through point for a boundary.

Yamin Ahmadzai is back on. 6-0-23-0 are his figures so far.

40.6
0
R Khan to S Hope, Tossed up delivery on off, Hope keeps it out. West Indies need 54 runs in 54 balls to win the match.
40.5
4
R Khan to S Hope, FOUR! Flighted delivery on middle, Hope flicks it towards fine leg. The fielder tries to stop it with a dive but it goes through him for a boundary.
40.4
0
R Khan to S Hope, Loopy delivery on middle, Shai defends it off the back foot.
40.3
0
R Khan to S Hope, Floated delivery on off, Hope punches it to point.
40.2
0
R Khan to S Hope, BEATEN! Tossed up delivery outside off, Hope looks to defend but misses it.
40.1
1
R Khan to R Chase, Flighted delivery on middle, Chase flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen take a single.

Powerplay 3 is signalled. Maximum of 5 fielders will be outside the circle.

39.6
1
M Nabi to R Chase, Flighted delivery on middle, Chase nudges it towards fine leg for a single.
39.5
2
M Nabi to R Chase, Flighted delivery on middle, Chase looks to flick but gets a leading edge. It goes safely towards mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs.
39.4
0
M Nabi to R Chase, Loopy delivery outside off, Chase looks to sweep but misses it and gets hit on the pads.
39.3
0
M Nabi to R Chase, Floated delivery on middle, Chase looks to flick but gets a leading edge. It goes towards Nabi in one bounce.
39.2
1
M Nabi to S Hope, Tossed up delivery on middle, Hope flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen cross ends.
39.1
0
M Nabi to S Hope, Flighted delivery on middle, Hope defends it off the back foot.
38.6
0
S Ashraf to R Chase, Tossed up delivery on middle, Chase defends it off the back foot.
38.5
2
S Ashraf to R Chase, Flighted delivery on off, Chase pushes it towards covers and takes a quick single. The fielder goes for a direct hit at the bowler's end but misses it. It goes as overthrows and the batsmen get an extra run.
38.4
1
S Ashraf to S Hope, Tossed up delivery on off, Hope punches it towards point. The batsmen take a single.
38.3
1
S Ashraf to R Chase, Floated delivery on off, Chase plays it towards covers. The batsmen cross ends.
38.2
1
S Ashraf to S Hope, Full delivery on off, Hope drives it towards mid off. The batsmen cross ends.
38.1
0
S Ashraf to S Hope, Tossed up delivery on off, Hope taps it to point.

Sharafuddin Ashraf is back on. 9-0-52-1 are his figures so far.

37.6
0
M Nabi to R Chase, Tossed up delivery on middle, Chase flicks it to mid-wicket.

DRINKS! Roston Chase is the next batsman in.

37.5
0
M Nabi to K Pollard, OUT! CAUGHT! Massive, massive wicket. The big-hitting Pollard is gone. Flighted delivery on middle, Pollard flicks it away but cannot keep it down. It goes straight to short mid-wicket where Najibullah Zadran takes a sharp catch. Afghanistan get the dangerous Pollard at a crucial time. The skipper looks at the ground in anger, then trudges off. Game on? 68 more needed from 73 balls. 5 wickets in hand.
37.4
0
M Nabi to K Pollard, Tossed up delivery on off, Pollard plays it to point.
37.3
1
M Nabi to S Hope, Full delivery on middle, Hope drives it through mid on. The batsmen take a run.
37.2
1
M Nabi to K Pollard, Full delivery on middle, Pollard drives it towards mid on. The batsmen take a run.
37.1
0
M Nabi to K Pollard, Tossed up delivery on middle, Pollard flicks it to the leg side.

Mohammad Nabi is back on. 7-1-36-0 are his figures so far.

36.6
1
Ur Rahman to K Pollard, Full delivery on middle, Pollard drives it through mid on. The batsmen take a run.
36.5
2
Ur Rahman to K Pollard, Tossed up delivery on middle, Pollard flicks it through square leg. Hazratullah Zazai misfields at short fine leg. The batsmen get two runs.
36.4
1
Ur Rahman to S Hope, Short delivery on middle, Hope pulls it through wide mid on for a run.
36.3
6
Ur Rahman to S Hope, SIX! Poor delivery from Mujeeb. Short delivery on middle, Hope pulls it over mid-wicket for a maximum.
36.2
0
Ur Rahman to S Hope, Tossed up delivery on off, Hope pushes it back to the bowler.
36.1
1
Ur Rahman to K Pollard, Flighted delivery on middle, Pollard flicks it towards square leg for a run.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman is back on. 7-1-27-2 are his figures so far.

35.6
1
R Khan to K Pollard, Tossed up delivery on middle, Pollard flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
35.5
1
R Khan to S Hope, Floated outside off, pushed solidly through the covers for one more.
35.4
1
R Khan to K Pollard, The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
35.3
1
R Khan to S Hope, Full on middle, eased through mid on for a run.
35.2
0
R Khan to S Hope, Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
35.1
0
R Khan to S Hope, Around middle, pushed towards short mid-wicket.
34.6
6
S Ashraf to K Pollard, SIX! 19 runs have come from the over. Bowls full again on middle, Pollard lofts it straight over the bowler's head for a biggie. Expensive over from Ashraf.
34.5
6
S Ashraf to K Pollard, SIX! Amazing shot. Full delivery on middle, Pollard lofts it straight down the ground for a maximum.
34.4
4
S Ashraf to K Pollard, FOUR! Good shot. Flighted delivery on off, Pollard lofts it over mid off for a boundary.
34.3
1
S Ashraf to S Hope, Flighted delivery on middle, Hope flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
34.2
0
S Ashraf to S Hope, Floated delivery on middle, Hope drives it back towards the bowler.
34.1
2
S Ashraf to S Hope, Short delivery outside off, Hope cuts it through point. The batsmen get two runs.
33.6
0
R Khan to K Pollard, Tossed up delivery on middle, Pollard drives it back towards the bowler.
33.5
0
R Khan to K Pollard, Flighted delivery on middle, Pollard looks to flick but gets hit on the thigh pad.
33.4
0
R Khan to K Pollard, Tossed up delivery on middle, Pollard tucks it to mid-wicket.
33.3
0
R Khan to K Pollard, Floated delivery on leg, Pollard looks to flick but gets hit on the pads. The bowler appeals for lbw but the umpire shakes his head. Probably it was pitching outside leg.
33.2
1
R Khan to S Hope, Tossed up delivery on middle, Hope nudges it towards square leg. The batsmen take a single.
33.1
0
R Khan to S Hope, Flighted delivery on off, Hope blocks it well.
32.6
1
S Ashraf to S Hope, Full delivery on off, Shai drives it through mid off for a single.
32.5
0
S Ashraf to S Hope, Flighted delivery on middle, Hope defends it off the front foot.
32.4
0
S Ashraf to S Hope, Short delivery on off, Hope cuts it to point.
32.3
1
S Ashraf to K Pollard, Full and on middle, pushed down to long on for a run.
32.2
1
S Ashraf to S Hope, Short again, this time it is pulled straight to deep mid-wicket for a single.
32.1
4
S Ashraf to S Hope, FOUR! STUPENDOUS! Short and outside off, Hope rocks back and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary!
31.6
0
R Khan to K Pollard, That comes in a long way! The googly, outside off, Pollard lets it go. The wrong' un turns in, nearly flicks his pad and goes to the keeper.
31.5
2
R Khan to K Pollard, Tossed up delivery on off, Pollard looks to drive but gets an outside edge. It goes towards third man. The batsmen get two runs.
31.4
2
R Khan to K Pollard, Flighted delivery on middle, Pollard flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs.
31.3
0
R Khan to K Pollard, Tossed up delivery on off, Kieron defends it off the front foot.
31.2
2
R Khan to K Pollard, Floated delivery on middle, Pollard flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs.
31.1
0
R Khan to K Pollard, BEATEN! Flighted delivery outside off, Pollard looks to defend but misses it.

Rashid Khan is back on. 4-0-19-1 are his figures so far.

30.6
1
S Ashraf to K Pollard, Loopy delivery on middle, Pollard flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
30.5
0
S Ashraf to K Pollard, Tossed up delivery on middle, Pollard defends it off the back foot.
30.4
1
S Ashraf to S Hope, Flighted delivery on off, Hope plays it towards point. The batsmen cross ends.
30.3
0
S Ashraf to S Hope, Floated delivery on off, Hope plays it to covers.
30.2
0
S Ashraf to S Hope, Tossed up delivery on middle, Hope drives it back towards the bowler.
30.1
0
S Ashraf to S Hope, Flighted delivery on off, Shai punches it to point.
29.6
1
Ur Rahman to S Hope, Tossed up delivery on off, Hope taps it through point. The batsmen cross ends.
29.5
0
Ur Rahman to S Hope, Flighted delivery on middle, Hope flicks it to mid-wicket.
29.4
0
Ur Rahman to S Hope, Loopy delivery on off, Shai plays it to point.
29.3
4
Ur Rahman to S Hope, EDGE AND FOUR! Floated delivery on off, Hope looks to drive but gets an outside edge. It goes towards third man for a boundary.
29.2
0
Ur Rahman to S Hope, Tossed up delivery on middle, Hope drives it to mid on.
29.1
0
Ur Rahman to S Hope, Flighted delivery on off, Hope defends it off the front foot.
28.6
1
S Ashraf to S Hope, Tossed up delivery on off, Hope drives it towards long off for a run.
28.5
4
S Ashraf to S Hope, FOUR! That is a really bad ball. Short delivery on middle, Hope rocks back and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
28.4
1
S Ashraf to K Pollard, Full toss on middle, Pollard drives it to long on for a single. He also gets off the mark.

Captain Kieron Pollard walks in at number 6, replacing Pooran.

28.3
0
S Ashraf to N Pooran, OUT! Caught! Pooran has holed out and the Afghans smile once again. Has this opened the door a bit more ajar? Pooran walks back hitting the ground with his bat in disgust. Full and around middle, Nicholas comes down the track and looks to accept the invitation. He is not quite able to get to the pitch of the ball and looks to go wide of long on. But to his dismay, he watches Ibrahim Zadran run across to his left and take a decent catch. Ashraf celebrates. The 51-run stand is broken. 131 more needed from 129 balls.
28.2
1
S Ashraf to S Hope, Around middle, worked past short mid-wicket this time, for a single.
28.1
0
S Ashraf to S Hope, Full and around middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.

Sharafuddin Ashraf is back on. 5-0-17-0 are his figures so far.

27.6
1
Ur Rahman to S Hope, Flighted delivery on off, Hope punches it towards point for a run.
27.5
0
Ur Rahman to S Hope, Tossed up delivery on off, Shai defends it off the back foot.
27.4
1
Ur Rahman to N Pooran, Flighted delivery on middle, Pooran flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen take a single.
27.3
0
Ur Rahman to N Pooran, Floated delivery on middle, Pooran tucks it to mid-wicket.
27.2
0
Ur Rahman to N Pooran, Flighted delivery on off, Pooran defends it off the front foot.
27.1
1
Ur Rahman to S Hope, Tossed up delivery on off, Hope punches it towards point for a single.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman is back on. 5-1-19-2 are his figures so far.

26.6
0
Y Ahmadzai to N Pooran, Short delivery, Pooran looks to pull but gets a bottom edge on this one.
26.5
0
Y Ahmadzai to N Pooran, Full delivery on off, Pooran drives it back towards the bowler.
26.4
1
Y Ahmadzai to S Hope, Short delivery on middle, Hope pulls it through mid-wicket. The batsmen cross ends.
26.3
4
Y Ahmadzai to S Hope, FOUR! 50 for Shai Hope. It has been a great innings from him. Full delivery on off, Hope drives it through mid off for a boundary.
26.2
0
Y Ahmadzai to S Hope, BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Hope looks to defend but misses it.
26.1
0
Y Ahmadzai to S Hope, On a length on off, Hope plays it to the off side.
25.6
6
R Khan to N Pooran, SIX! That is huge! Flighted delivery on off, Pooran lofts it over long off for a maximum. That biggie spoils the over.
25.5
1
R Khan to S Hope, Full delivery on middle, Hope drives it through mid on. The batsmen get a single.
25.4
1
R Khan to N Pooran, Flighted delivery on off, Pooran dabs it towards third man. The batsmen take a run.
25.3
1
R Khan to S Hope, Tossed up delivery on off, Hope drives it through mid off. The batsmen take a run.
25.2
0
R Khan to S Hope, Full delivery on off, Shai drives it to covers.
25.1
1
R Khan to N Pooran, Short delivery on middle, Pooran pulls it over mid-wicket for a single.
24.6
0
Y Ahmadzai to S Hope, On a good length on off, Hope blocks it off the back foot.
24.5
0
Y Ahmadzai to S Hope, Full delivery on middle, Hope flicks it to mid-wicket.
24.4
1
Y Ahmadzai to N Pooran, Length delivery outside off, Pooran lofts it over covers. The batsmen take a single. 100 up for West Indies. 150 more needed from 152 balls.
24.3
4
Y Ahmadzai to N Pooran, FOUR! Good shot. Full delivery outside off, Pooran leans and drives it nicely through mid off. Mohammad Nabi starts to give it a chase to his right but the ball goes away quickly.
24.2
1
Y Ahmadzai to S Hope, Length delivery outside off, Hope punches it towards covers. The batsmen take a run.
24.1
0
Y Ahmadzai to N Pooran, On a good length on leg, Pooran looks to pull but gets hit on the thigh pad. It goes towards the leg side. The batsmen take a run. The umpire gives it as a leg bye.

Yamin Ahmadzai is back on. 4-1-12-0 are his figures so far.

23.6
1
R Khan to N Pooran, Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
23.5
0
R Khan to N Pooran, Huge shout for LBW! Rashid is on his knees in appealing. Excessive appealing. But the umpire does not budge. The leg spinner, pitching in line of the stumps, Pooran goes back and looks to punch but mistimes it. Now, Rashid thinks it is pad first. Replays show that there was no pad involved.
23.4
1
R Khan to S Hope, Full and around off, Hope comes down the track and eases it down the ground to long on for a run.
23.3
1
R Khan to N Pooran, A short ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
23.2
0
R Khan to N Pooran, Outside off, eased straight to cover.
23.1
0
R Khan to N Pooran, Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
22.6
0
M Nabi to S Hope, Floated delivery on middle, Hope flicks it to mid-wicket. 13 runs have come from the over. Big over for West Indies.
22.5
6
M Nabi to S Hope, SIX! Second maximum of the over. Flighted delivery on off, Hope comes down the track and lofts it again over long off for a maximum. The field is up and Hope does not want to get bogged down here. The required run rate is already above 6 and if dew does not arrive, then on a slow pitch, one would never know when the rate creeps up. 160 needed from 163 balls. So after this six, the required rate just comes down below 6 a touch.
22.4
0
M Nabi to S Hope, Tossed up delivery on middle, Hope flicks it to the leg side.
22.3
6
M Nabi to S Hope, SIX! Amazing shot. Flighted delivery on off, Hope comes down the track and lofts it over long off for a biggie.
22.2
1
M Nabi to N Pooran, Short and outside off, Pooran cuts it towards point. The batsmen cross ends.
22.1
0
M Nabi to N Pooran, Tossed up delivery on off, Pooran plays it to covers.
21.6
0
R Khan to S Hope, Flighted delivery on middle, Hope looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
21.5
0
R Khan to S Hope, Floated delivery on off, Hope plays it to covers.
21.4
0
R Khan to S Hope, Tossed up delivery on leg, Hope looks to flick but gets hit on the pads. The bowler appeals for lbw but the umpire shakes his head. Probably doing a bit too much.
21.3
0
R Khan to S Hope, Flighted delivery on middle, Hope blocks it off the back foot.
21.2
1
R Khan to N Pooran, Tossed up delivery on middle, Pooran flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen cross ends.
21.1
1
R Khan to S Hope, Flighted delivery on off, Hope drives it through covers. The batsmen take a run.
20.6
0
M Nabi to N Pooran, Loopy delivery on off, Pooran defends it out.
20.5
0
M Nabi to N Pooran, Flighted delivery on off, Pooran drives it to covers.
20.4
1
M Nabi to S Hope, Full again on middle, Shai drives it to long on for a single.
20.3
1
M Nabi to N Pooran, Full delivery on off, Pooran drives it through mid off. The batsmen take a run.
20.2
0
M Nabi to N Pooran, Tossed up delivery on middle, Pooran defends it off the back foot.
20.1
1
M Nabi to S Hope, Flighted delivery on middle, Hope nudges it towards square leg. The batsmen take a run.
19.6
1
R Khan to S Hope, Floated delivery on middle, Hope drives it through mid on. The batsmen cross ends.
19.5
1
R Khan to N Pooran, Flighted delivery on off, Hope plays it towards covers. The batsmen take a single.
19.4
1
R Khan to S Hope, Tossed up delivery on middle, Hope drives it through mid on. The batsmen cross ends.
19.3
1
R Khan to N Pooran, Flighted delivery on off, Pooran taps it towards point and gets off the mark with a single.

Nicholas Pooran is the new man in.

19.2
0
R Khan to B King, OUT! BOWLED! The Afghanistan skipper strikes in the very second ball of his first over. The partnership was starting to find its run-flowing feet but that has hit a wall here. The googly does the trick. It is slightly quicker as well. It starts around off and turns in. King looks to defend but Rashid dethrones him and hits the stumps. Brandon's promising debut comes to an end. 182 runs more needed here. Afghanistan back on top of this game.
19.1
0
R Khan to B King, Rashid starts with a googly. It is on off and middle, Brandon does well to defend it.

Okay. Big moment in the game. Rashid Khan is into the attack. He has endured a terrible series so far. Could tonight be his time?

18.6
2
M Nabi to S Hope, Short delivery on middle, Hope pulls it through square leg. The batsmen get two runs.
18.5
1
M Nabi to B King, Flighted delivery on middle, King flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen take a single.
18.4
1
M Nabi to S Hope, Floated delivery on middle, Hope drives it to long on for a run.
18.3
1
M Nabi to B King, Tossed up delivery on off, King punches it towards point for a single.
18.2
0
M Nabi to B King, Flighted delivery on middle, King plays it to point.
18.1
1
M Nabi to S Hope, Full delivery on middle, Hope drives it through mid on. The batsmen take a run.
17.6
0
S Ashraf to B King, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
17.5
0
S Ashraf to B King, Floated delivery on off, King taps it to point.
17.4
0
S Ashraf to B King, Tossed up delivery on off, King plays it to covers.
17.3
4
S Ashraf to B King, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Brandon King. Flighted delivery on off, King drives it beautifully through covers for a boundary.
17.2
4
S Ashraf to B King, FOUR! Tossed up delivery outside off, King looks to cut but gets an outside edge. It goes towards third man for a boundary. There was no slip in place.
17.1
0
S Ashraf to B King, Short on off, King cuts it to point.
16.6
1
M Nabi to B King, Flighted delivery on off, King plays it towards point. The batsmen take a single. 10 runs have come from the over. 50-run stand between Brandon King and Shai Hope.
16.5
0
M Nabi to B King, Loopy delivery on middle, King flicks it to mid-wicket.
16.4
1
M Nabi to S Hope, Floated delivery on off, Hope taps it through point. The batsmen cross ends.
16.3
1
M Nabi to B King, Flighted delivery on off, King plays it towards point. The batsmen take a run.
16.2
6
M Nabi to B King, SIX! Amazing shot. Short delivery on middle, King pulls it over mid-wicket for a maximum.
16.1
1
M Nabi to S Hope, Flighted delivery on middle, Hope comes down the track and flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen take a single.
15.6
1
S Ashraf to S Hope, Tossed up delivery on off, Hope taps it through point. The batsmen take a single.
15.5
0
S Ashraf to S Hope, Flighted delivery on middle, Shai defends it off the back foot.
15.4
0
S Ashraf to S Hope, Loopy delivery on middle, Hope blocks it off the front foot.
15.3
0
S Ashraf to S Hope, Floated delivery on off, Shai defends it off the back foot.
15.2
1
S Ashraf to B King, Flighted delivery on off, King punches it towards point. The batsmen cross ends.
15.1
1
S Ashraf to S Hope, Tossed up delivery on off, Hope guides it towards third man. The batsmen take a run.
14.6
0
M Nabi to B King, Tossed up delivery on middle, King defends it off the back foot.
14.5
0
M Nabi to B King, Flighted delivery on off, Brandon keeps it out.
14.4
0
M Nabi to B King, Short delivery outside off, King cuts it to point.
14.3
0
M Nabi to B King, Floated delivery on middle, King flicks it to mid-wicket.
14.2
0
M Nabi to B King, Flighted delivery on off, King punches it to the off side.
14.1
0
M Nabi to B King, Tossed up delivery on middle, King defends it off the back foot.
13.6
0
S Ashraf to S Hope, Flighted delivery on off, Shai taps it to point.
13.5
0
S Ashraf to S Hope, Tossed up delivery on off, Hope dabs it to short third man.
13.4
0
S Ashraf to S Hope, Floated delivery on off, Shai plays it to the off side.
13.3
0
S Ashraf to S Hope, Flighted delivery on off, Hope defends it off the front foot.
13.2
1
S Ashraf to B King, Tossed up delivery on middle, King drives it towards mid on for a run.
13.1
0
S Ashraf to B King, Short delivery outside off, King slaps it to covers.
12.6
0
M Nabi to S Hope, Tossed up delivery on off, Hope plays it to covers.
12.5
0
M Nabi to S Hope, Flighted delivery on off, Shai keeps it out.
12.4
1
M Nabi to B King, Short delivery on middle, King pulls it through mid-wicket. It goes to the fielder in the deep in one bounce. The batsmen take a single.
12.3
2
M Nabi to B King, Full delivery on middle, Brandon drives it through mid on. The batsmen pick up a couple.
12.2
0
M Nabi to B King, Tossed up delivery on middle, King flicks it to mid-wicket again.
12.1
0
M Nabi to B King, Flighted delivery on middle, King flicks it to mid-wicket.
11.6
1
S Ashraf to B King, Full delivery on off, King drives it to long off for a single.
11.5
0
S Ashraf to B King, Flighted delivery on off, King plays it to point once more. To the fielder this time.
11.4
1
S Ashraf to S Hope, Another one in that region. Tossed up delivery on off, Shai punches it towards point. The batsmen take a run.
11.3
1
S Ashraf to B King, Short and outside off, King cuts it through point again. The batsmen cross ends.
11.2
1
S Ashraf to S Hope, Flighted delivery on off, Hope plays it towards point now. The batsmen take a run.
11.1
0
S Ashraf to S Hope, Short delivery outside off, Hope cuts it to point.
10.6
0
M Nabi to B King, Flighted delivery on middle, King blocks it off the back foot.
10.5
0
M Nabi to B King, Tossed up delivery on off, Brandon defends it off the back foot.
10.4
0
M Nabi to B King, Floated delivery on off, King keeps it out.
10.3
1
M Nabi to S Hope, Tossed up delivery on off, Hope plays it towards point for a run.
10.2
0
M Nabi to S Hope, ALMOST! Flighted delivery on middle, Hope comes down the track and chips it uppishly towards the bowler. It falls short of Nabi who gathers the ball and fires a wild throw, well wide of the keeper, but he collects.
10.1
0
M Nabi to S Hope, Tossed up delivery on off, Hope blocks it well.

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

9.6
1
S Ashraf to S Hope, Flighted delivery on off, Hope drives it through mid off for a single. West Indies are 32/2 after 10 overs. Afghanistan were 45/2 at the same stage.
9.5
0
S Ashraf to S Hope, Full delivery on middle, Shai drives it back towards the bowler.
9.4
0
S Ashraf to S Hope, Flighted delivery on middle, Hope looks to defend but gets a bottom edge on this one.
9.3
0
S Ashraf to S Hope, Floated delivery on off, Hope drives it to mid off.
9.2
0
S Ashraf to S Hope, Tossed up delivery on middle, Hope blocks it off the back foot.
9.1
0
S Ashraf to S Hope, Flighted delivery on off, Hope drives it to covers.

Sharafuddin Ashraf is into the attack. Looks like he has recovered from the ankle niggle.

8.6
0
Ur Rahman to B King, Tossed up delivery on off, King taps it to point.
8.5
0
Ur Rahman to B King, Floated delivery on off, King plays it to covers.
8.4
0
Ur Rahman to B King, Flighted delivery on off, Brandon defends it off the front foot.
8.3
4
Ur Rahman to B King, FOUR! Short on off, King looks to cut but gets an outside edge. There is no one at slip and the ball goes towards third man for a boundary.
8.2
1
Ur Rahman to S Hope, Flighted delivery on off, Hope plays it towards covers. The batsmen cross ends.
8.1
0
Ur Rahman to S Hope, Tossed up delivery on off, Shai drives it to covers.
7.6
0
Y Ahmadzai to B King, Finally, something different to write. On a good length and outside off, King looks to cut but misses it. Maiden over from Yamin Ahmadzai.
7.5
0
Y Ahmadzai to B King, There you go. Four in a row now. Length delivery outside off, King taps it to point. Again. Again. Again.
7.4
0
Y Ahmadzai to B King, Another one which finds the point fielder. On a good length and outside off, King plays it once more from the crease.
7.3
0
Y Ahmadzai to B King, Length delivery outside off, Brandon taps it to point again.
7.2
0
Y Ahmadzai to B King, On a good length on off, King plays it to point.
7.1
0
Y Ahmadzai to B King, Full delivery on middle, King drives it to mid on.
6.6
0
Ur Rahman to S Hope, On a good length on off, Hope plays it to the off side.
6.5
1
Ur Rahman to B King, Short delivery on middle, King pulls it through mid-wicket. The batsmen cross ends.
6.5
0
Ur Rahman to B King, WIDE! Bowls it down the leg side, King looks to go after it but misses it.
6.4
0
Ur Rahman to B King, Full delivery on off, King drives it to mid off.
6.3
4
Ur Rahman to B King, FOUR! Nice shot. Short delivery outside off, King cuts it hard through point for a boundary.

What has happened here? Sharafuddin Ashraf is walking off the field. While fielding the previous ball, he seemed to have stretched his ankle. Gautam Bhimani on air informs us that in the Shpageeza League, Ashraf had a problem with his knee as well. He is hobbling off the field.

6.2
1
Ur Rahman to S Hope, Flighted delivery on off, Shai punches it towards point. The batsmen take a run.
6.1
0
Ur Rahman to S Hope, Tossed up delivery on off, Hope plays it to point.
5.6
0
Y Ahmadzai to B King, Good length delivery on middle, King keeps it out. 10 runs have come from the over.
5.5
1
Y Ahmadzai to S Hope, On a good length on off, Hope looks to drive but gets it off the inner half of the bat. It goes towards square leg. The batsmen take a run.
5.4
4
Y Ahmadzai to S Hope, FOUR! Second boundary of the over. Full delivery outside off, Hope drives it through covers for a boundary.
5.3
1
Y Ahmadzai to B King, On a length on off, King guides it towards third man for a single.
5.2
0
Y Ahmadzai to B King, Good length delivery on off, King defends it off the back foot.
5.1
4
Y Ahmadzai to B King, FOUR! Excellent shot. Full delivery outside off, King drives it beautifully through covers where the fielder gets a hand to it but it goes through him for a boundary. Brandon King gets off the mark in style in international cricket.
4.6
4
Ur Rahman to S Hope, FOUR! Bad ball. On a length on leg, Hope flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary. That is the first of the run chase.
4.5
0
Ur Rahman to S Hope, Full delivery on off, Hope drives it to mid off.
4.4
0
Ur Rahman to S Hope, Loopy delivery on off, Shai defends it off the front foot.
4.3
0
Ur Rahman to S Hope, Floated delivery outside off, Hope looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. The bowler appeals for lbw but the umpire shakes his head.
4.2
0
Ur Rahman to S Hope, Flighted delivery on middle, Hope flicks it to square leg.
4.1
0
Ur Rahman to S Hope, Tossed up delivery on off, Hope plays it to point.
3.6
0
Y Ahmadzai to B King, Full delivery on middle, King drives it back towards the bowler.
3.5
0
Y Ahmadzai to B King, On a good length and outside off, King taps it to point.
3.4
0
Y Ahmadzai to B King, Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
3.3
1
Y Ahmadzai to S Hope, Around off, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
3.2
0
Y Ahmadzai to S Hope, Outside off, moving away, Hope shoulders arms.
3.1
0
Y Ahmadzai to S Hope, Full and around off, watchfully defended down the ground towards mid on.
2.6
0
Ur Rahman to B King, Floated delivery on off, King plays it to point. 2 wickets and a maiden over for Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
2.5
0
Ur Rahman to B King, Flighted delivery on middle, King looks to defend but gets hit on the thigh pad.

Brandon King is the next batsman in.

2.4
0
Ur Rahman to S Hetmyer, OUT! Another LBW! Oh dear... the man promoted to number 3 has lasted only three balls. The carrom ball, around off and middle, Hetmyer does not pick it at all. Just plays outside the line, expecting it to come straight on but the ball just skids through, goes past the inside edge and hits him on the pads. An appeal and the umpire does not have any problem.
2.3
0
Ur Rahman to S Hetmyer, Tossed up delivery on off, Hetmyer plays it to the off side.
2.2
0
Ur Rahman to S Hetmyer, Flighted delivery on middle, Hetmyer flicks it to mid-wicket.

Shimron Hetmyer is the new man in.

2.1
0
Ur Rahman to E Lewis, OUT! LBW! Afghanistan get their first breakthrough. Flighted delivery on middle and leg, Lewis looks to flick off the back foot but misses it and gets hit on the pads. The bowler appeals for lbw and the umpire raises his finger immediately. This always happens with Lewis. He does not like to come forward and hence, has been sent back. Not the start West Indies would have wanted. It was hitting the middle and leg stump.
1.6
0
Y Ahmadzai to S Hope, Good length delivery on middle, Hope defends it out.
1.5
0
Y Ahmadzai to S Hope, On a good length on off, Shai defends it off the back foot.
1.4
0
Y Ahmadzai to S Hope, Good length delivery on middle, Shai defends it off the back foot.
1.4
0
Y Ahmadzai to S Hope, WIDE! Bowls it wide outside off, Hope shoulders arms to this one.
1.3
0
Y Ahmadzai to S Hope, BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Hope looks to defend but misses it. Pronounced seam position on that ball. Pitched and moved away.
1.2
0
Y Ahmadzai to S Hope, Full on off, Shai drives it to mid off.
1.1
0
Y Ahmadzai to S Hope, On a good length on leg, Hope looks to flick but gets hit on the pads.

Yamin Ahmadzai to bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
Ur Rahman to E Lewis, Flighted delivery on off, Lewis defends it out. 3 runs have come from the first over.
0.5
1
Ur Rahman to S Hope, Loopy delivery on middle, Hope flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen take a run.
0.4
0
Ur Rahman to S Hope, Floated delivery on middle, Hope keeps it out.
0.3
1
Ur Rahman to E Lewis, Short and outside off, Lewis cuts it towards point where Asghar Afghan makes a half stop. The batsmen manage to take a single.
0.2
0
Ur Rahman to E Lewis, Tossed up delivery on middle, Lewis defends it off the back foot.
0.1
1
Ur Rahman to S Hope, Starts with a flighted delivery on middle, Hope flicks it through mid-wicket and gets off the mark with a single.

We are back for the chase. The Afghanistan players are out in the middle. Shai Hope and Evin Lewis will open the batting for West Indies. Mujeeb Ur Rahman will start the proceedings for the hosts.