Afghanistan and West Indies in India, 3 T20I Series, 2019

Afghanistan vs West Indies - 2nd T20I

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

Date & Time: 16 November 2019

West Indies 106/8

RR: 5.3 | Afghanistan beat West Indies by 41 runs

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Brandon King bowled Naveen-ul-Haq bowled Naveen-ul-Haq 121410
Evin Lewis c Ibrahim Zadran & b Karim Janat c Ibrahim Zadran & b Karim Janat 142220
Shimron Hetmyer lbw Karim Janat lbw Karim Janat 111310
Sherfane Rutherford c Rahmanullah Gurbaz (W) & b Karim Janat c Rahmanullah Gurbaz (W) & b Karim Janat 61100
Kieron Pollard lbw Karim Janat lbw Karim Janat 7710
Denesh Ramdin not out not out 242720
Jason Holder stumped Rashid Khan (C) stumped Rashid Khan (C) 13920
Keemo Paul bowled Karim Janat bowled Karim Janat 11901
Hayden Walsh c Rashid Khan (C) & b Gulbadin Naib c Rashid Khan (C) & b Gulbadin Naib 3800
Kesrick Williams not out not out 0000
Sheldon Cottrell
Extras 5 (b 0, lb 1, w 4, nb 0)
Total 106 (8 Wkts, 20.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
17-1 (Brandon King,3.5), 34-2 (Shimron Hetmyer,7.2), 45-3 (Evin Lewis,9.4), 45-4 (Sherfane Rutherford,10), 54-5 (Kieron Pollard,11.5), 69-6 (Jason Holder,14.1), 89-7 (Keemo Paul,17.2), 105-8 (Hayden Walsh,19.5),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Mujeeb Ur Rahman3 0 10 0 3.33
Naveen-ul-Haq3 0 19 1 6.33
Mohammad Nabi3 0 18 0 6.00
Karim Janat4 0 11 5 2.75
Rashid Khan4 0 25 1 6.25
Gulbadin Naib3 0 22 1 7.33

Okay! 1-1 means we have a decider! And not much time to turn around as well. Because the third and final T20I is slotted on Sunday, 17th November 2019, at 7 pm local (1330 GMT) at this very same venue. Bat first because of the slow and low pitch? Or chase, due to the dewy conditions? Let the teams decide. For now, we take your leave. Join us for the decider. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Victorious Afghanistan captain, Rashid Khan, says that dew does not have too much of an effect here. Lauds his world-class bowling team and is proud to have defended 147. On the score they made, Rashid says that it is a difficult ground to bat on, with large boundaries, hence, 140-145 was the plan in mind, before going out to bat. Admits that it was a much-needed win for his side and believes that it has earned some much-needed momentum to go into the final.

KARIM JANAT HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Not only for his 5/11 but also for his crucial cameo of 26 from 18 with the bat. Rashid Khan comes across as a translator. On his performance in this game, Karim thanks the crowd for the support and says that being the 12th man in the previous games was a big learning opportunity for him. Hence, he was ready, as to whenever he got a chance, he could deliver. On the ideal line and length to bowl on this wicket, Janat says that while batting, he got an idea about those and figured out that good length area was the key one.

West Indies captain, Kieron Pollard, is not unhappy at all with his bowlers, praising Kesrick Williams, in spite of the poor Powerplay and a poor couple of overs at the death. Laments a poor show with the bat instead, pointing to a poor Powerplay. Admits that two wickets back-to-back hurt them badly. Quickly says that they have got 24 hours to turn things around and hopes that his team comes out refreshed on Sunday. Also, he wants to see how the guys react in a final. Smilingly says that if it had been 2-0, the players could have been relaxed. On a serious note, Pollard wants his guys to learn from this game's mistakes and sharpen their skills.

West Indies never got going with their batting, which had a similar shape to that of the Afghans. Just the one difference. Hazratullah Zazai. His 15-ball 26 probably shook the Windies' line and length in the first innings and that opening stand of 42 in 26 balls proved to be the decisive factor. Afghanistan made 52 in the Powerplay thanks to the blazing start but then limped to 147. Without a doubt, Karim Janat should be the Man Of The Match, but will Zazai get a thought? Stay tuned for the presentation...

The pitch was already dying down in the first innings and it was never going to get better. West Indies relied heavily on the dew but the Afghans were prepared. Mujeeb and Naveen suffocated the Caribbeans at the top, bowling a combined 20 dots in 6 overs and that showed in a poor Powerplay total of 29/1. Then Karim Janat came along and with his maiden 5-fer, blew the Maroons away. Incidentally, these are the best figures in T20Is against West Indies!

Stand up. Raise your hands and then pat with those hands on your own back, if you believed that 147 was a par, forget winning total, at the innings break. But Afghanistan have made us believe and outclassed the Windies.

Done and dusted. Roles reversed. Afghanistan smile at last. They have beaten the West Indies after 4 unsuccessful attempts in this tour. 2-0 did we say? Cannot say so now. Dew. What dew? A win was due instead.

19.6
1
G Naib to D Ramdin, On the pads of Ramdin, he works this one towards mid-wicket and takes a single. That will be it as AFGHANISTAN WIN BY 41 RUNS!

Kesrick Williams comes out to bat.

19.5
0
G Naib to H Walsh, OUT! CAUGHT! Celebrations are underway and the shirt almost comes off for Naib! He bowls a length ball on off, Walsh goes for a wild heave but skies the ball towards deep mid-wicket. Rashid Khan there runs across to his right, settles under it and completes a very good catch. Delight for Afghanistan.
19.4
0
G Naib to H Walsh, Full and wide outside off, Walsh has a huge swing at it but misses.
19.4
0
G Naib to H Walsh, Wide! Slower one by Naib but way outside off. Walsh tries to make contact but fails.
19.3
1
G Naib to D Ramdin, Another short ball, Ramdin hooks again but this time it goes on the bounce to the man at deep backward square leg for a single.
19.2
4
G Naib to D Ramdin, FOUR! Another bouncer but this time Ramdin pulls this away towards backward square leg for a boundary.
19.1
0
G Naib to D Ramdin, Bouncer outside off, Ramdin pulls this one but straight back towards the bowler.

Gulbadin Naib to bowl the last over of the game.

18.6
2
Naveen to H Walsh, This time Walsh connects. The ball travels to the deep mid-wicket region where the fielder does well to mop it up and keep it down to two.
18.5
0
Naveen to H Walsh, Another length ball on off, Walsh again tries the wild heave but misses.
18.4
0
Naveen to H Walsh, Length ball on middle and off, Walsh pushes it back to the bowler.
18.3
0
Naveen to H Walsh, Length ball outside off, Walsh looks to heave at it but misses.
18.2
1
Naveen to D Ramdin, On the pads of Ramdin, he flicks this one towards deep square leg region for a single.
18.1
4
Naveen to D Ramdin, FOUR! Wide outside off, Ramdin slashes at it and the ball flies to the point fence for a boundary. Runs coming too little too late for the Windies.

Naveen-ul-Haq is back on. 2-0-12-1, his figures so far.

17.6
0
K Janat to H Walsh, Played to the point region by the batsman. No runs taken.
17.5
1
K Janat to D Ramdin, Length ball on off, Ramdin pushes it towards cover and sets off for a single. However, the ball goes straight to the man. He has a shy towards the bowler's end but misses. Had he hit, Ramdin was gone for all money.
17.4
0
K Janat to D Ramdin, Length ball on middle and off, Ramdin looks to push it towards the off side but the ball comes off the inside edge and hits him on the pads.
17.3
1
K Janat to H Walsh, Full and on the off side, Walsh drives this one towards cover for a single to get off the mark.
17.3
0
K Janat to H Walsh, WIDE. Where did that land? Full and miles outside off, almost outside the pitch, left alone. Goes all along the ground to the keeper. Could have been a no ball, it was that wide.

Who is in to face the music? Hayden Walsh, by the looks of it.

17.2
0
K Janat to K Paul, OUT! BOWLED! Dragged on and it is a Michelle for Karim! Well bowled, younger Afghan. He has hit the Windies by storm. Full and outside off, Paul looks to swing hard but there is no bounce on that one. The ball takes the inside edge and hits the timber. 3.2-0-8-5. Take a bow, young man.
17.1
1
K Janat to D Ramdin, Short and outside off, punched through the covers for a single.

Karim Janat returns. 3-0-7-4 so far.

16.6
1
R Khan to D Ramdin, Floated on middle and off, Ramdin pushes this one down towards long on. He retains the strike for the next over. West Indies need 60 runs off 18 balls.
16.6
0
R Khan to D Ramdin, Wide! Down the leg side, Ramdin looks to go for the sweep but misses.
16.5
2
R Khan to D Ramdin, Ramdin punches this one off the back foot towards extra cover for a couple. West Indies need boundaries.
16.4
0
R Khan to D Ramdin, Floated on middle and off, Ramdin sweeps this one towards square leg for one.
16.3
0
R Khan to D Ramdin, On middle and off, Ramdin has smashed that one straight back towards the bowler. Rashid sticks his right hand for a catch but can't hold onto it.
16.2
0
R Khan to D Ramdin, Ramdin goes for a wild heave over long on but misses it completely.
16.1
1
R Khan to K Paul, Floated on off, Paul lofts this one over the covers for a single.
15.6
1
G Naib to K Paul, On off, slammed towards long on for a run. Six singles off the over.
15.5
1
G Naib to D Ramdin, Denesh pulls this time for a single towards deep mid-wicket.
15.4
1
G Naib to K Paul, Shortish in length, Paul pulls this away towards long on for a single.
15.3
1
G Naib to D Ramdin, This time Ramdin turns it towards deep square leg for a run.
15.2
1
G Naib to K Paul, Again on the pads, Paul lofts this one towards mid-wicket for a single.
15.1
1
G Naib to D Ramdin, On the pads of Ramdin, he flicks this one towards mid-wicket and takes a run.
14.6
0
R Khan to K Paul, Floats one on off, defended off the back foot by the batsman.
14.5
0
R Khan to K Paul, Huge appeal for a caught behind! Gurbaz is jumping up and down in excitement while Rashid has almost reached the striker's end in joy. Now, they realize they have to appeal. And they do. But the umpire is unmoved. Full and outside off, turning away, Paul looks to defend but misses. There is a sound as the ball passes the bat and Gurbaz appeals in happiness Replays show that the bat hit the ground. Top decision.
14.4
1
R Khan to D Ramdin, On the pads of Ramdin, he flicks it towards the leg side for a single.
14.3
1
R Khan to K Paul, Around middle, worked through mid on for a single.