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

Afghanistan vs West Indies - 3rd T20I

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

Date & Time: 17 November 2019

West Indies 127/7

RR: 6.35 | Afghanistan beat West Indies by 29 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Lendl Simmons bowled Mujeeb Ur Rahman bowled Mujeeb Ur Rahman 71110
Evin Lewis lbw Karim Janat lbw Karim Janat 242330
Brandon King bowled Naveen-ul-Haq bowled Naveen-ul-Haq 1500
Shai Hope c Asghar Afghan & b Gulbadin Naib c Asghar Afghan & b Gulbadin Naib 524631
Shimron Hetmyer c Asghar Afghan & b Rashid Khan (C) c Asghar Afghan & b Rashid Khan (C) 111010
Kieron Pollard c Najibullah Zadran & b Naveen-ul-Haq c Najibullah Zadran & b Naveen-ul-Haq 111200
Jason Holder c Mohammad Nabi & b Naveen-ul-Haq c Mohammad Nabi & b Naveen-ul-Haq 6510
Keemo Paul not out not out 4700
Khary Pierre not out not out 1200
Kesrick Williams
Sheldon Cottrell
Extras 10 (b 0, lb 4, w 5, nb 1)
Total 127 (7 Wkts, 20.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
13-1 (Lendl Simmons,2.1), 16-2 (Brandon King,3.5), 42-3 (Evin Lewis,8), 80-4 (Shimron Hetmyer,12.3), 112-5 (Kieron Pollard,17.2), 118-6 (Shai Hope,18.1), 124-7 (Jason Holder,19.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Mujeeb Ur Rahman3 0 9 1 3.00
Naveen-ul-Haq4 0 24 3 6.00
Karim Janat4 0 33 1 8.25
Gulbadin Naib4 0 26 1 6.50
Mohammad Nabi1 0 13 0 13.00
Rashid Khan4 0 18 1 4.50

That is it from the T20I series. After a humiliating loss in the ODIs, Afghanistan have come from behind to win the T20I series. With the tour level at 1-1, we are not done yet. The action now moves to the longest format of the game for the decider. The one-off Test will be played on 27th November, Wednesday. The game will begin at 0930 local (0400 GMT). Join us for that one. Till then, cheers!

Afghanistan skipper, Rashid Khan, says he is pleased with the series win especially after losing the ODI series. States their strength is bowling and that is what they rely on but they need to bat well too and with anything above 150, they back themselves to defend it. Mentions they need to be smart, cool and calm most of the time and they had a good mindset heading into the T20Is after losing the 50-over format. Admits help from the seniors in captaincy is very good as sometimes he runs out of ideas and their advice is very helpful.

Man of the Series, Karim Janat, thanks the crowd for its support throughout. Ends by saying the team supported him really well and he gave it all with both bat and ball.

Man of the Match, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, says he wanted to bat longer and the coaches gave him the confidence and play his natural game and bat as deep as possible and take his side to a good total.

West Indies skipper, Kieron Pollard, says they found themselves in a hole again and it was difficult to catch up after that. States they have learnt a lot in this series and going forward they need to adapt to the situation quickly. Mentions they have a long term plan but they need to deal with what is in front of them at the moment. Also tells unfortunately they did not get over the line but they need to learn quickly. Ends by saying they need to focus on their strengths and are looking forward to the Test series. Informs that the ones in the Test squad are already here and practicing and are up for the longest format.

Overall a very complete performance from the Afghans to seal the series. First, they put up a total which was above par on this surface courtesy Gurbaz. Later on, their bowlers did not let their batter's effort go in vain as they defended the total quite easily. Need to don a hat to these blokes. Lost the ODI series comprehensively and even the first T20I - but have come back from behind to win the series to turn the tables around. Please stay tuned for the presentation...

For Afghanistan, everybody who bowled more than one over had a wicket to his name. Naveen though was the pick as he finished with a three-fer. Mujeeb like always, was extremely economical. Rashid Khan took the onus of bowling the tough overs on himself and did an excellent job. Karim Janat was a little expensive but he could still give himself a pat on the back.

Once again Afghanistan have managed to defend their target and they have done it convincingly this time too! Anything above 150 was going to be a very tough task on a wicket which was very slow and the Afghan bowlers made complete use of it. Their spinners bowled at the right pace and the pacers varied theirs correctly. They had Windies in trouble in the Powerplay itself by getting rid of King and Simmons. Hope and Lewis then tried to build a partnership but just as the latter looked to get going, he was dismissed. Hetmyer and Pollard once again failed to make an impact. Hope, with a half ton, was the lone fighter but the task was too much of an ask for him.

Naveen to K Pierre, Slower one to end the game. Outside off, Pierre throws his bat at it but misses. Naveen is up in joy and so are the rest of the Afghanistan players. AFGHANISTAN WIN BY 29 RUNS AND THE SERIES 2-1! Remember, they are yet to lose a T20I series since 2018...
Naveen to K Pierre, WIDE! We will have one more ball in this game. Naveen misses his line and sprays it down the leg side. Wided by the umpire.
Naveen to K Paul, Another slower ball. This is on a length, Keemo manages to wait and then pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
Naveen to K Paul, Brilliant ball. Slower one outside off, Keemo swings his bat at it but the ball just won't arrive. He is more than halfway done with the shot and then the ball goes behind on a couple of bounces to the keeper.
Naveen to K Pierre, Full toss on off, Pierre manages to just hit it to deep mid-wicket for one.

Khary Pierre is the next batsman in.

Naveen to J Holder, OUT! Caught! Another wicket for Naveen-ul-Haq. Good length ball outside off, Holder looks to clear the long on fence. He does not time it well and it goes to Mohammad Nabi there who stretches and takes a good catch. This has been a very good bowling display from young Naveen. His 3rd of the game.
Naveen to K Paul, Extremely full and on off, this is hit down to long off for one. So even 5 sixes won't do it now. Afghanistan just don't have to bowl an extra.
G Naib to K Paul, A yorker on middle, this is jammed out to long on for one. Excellent over by Naib. 34 needed in the last 6. Mathematically possible but don't see it happening.
G Naib to K Paul, Goes for another slower one but this is way too wide outside off. Paul once again swings extremely hard but misses. Wided this time though.
G Naib to K Paul, Another swing and a miss! One more slower one outside off, it stays very low again. Paul looks to go over mid-wicket but misses.
G Naib to K Paul, Now shows his variation! A slower one, bangs it into the surface and bowls it outside off. Paul looks to hit it across the line but is foxed by the pace.
G Naib to J Holder, Extremely full again outside off, not easy to hit those out of the park. Holder hits it down to long off for one.
G Naib to K Paul, Slower one outside off, this is dragged down to long on for one.
G Naib to K Paul, Full and wide outside off, Paul lets it be and it has been wided.

Keemo Paul is the new batsman in.

G Naib to S Hope, OUT! Straight to the man! That is probably game, set and match. The well-set Shai Hope is out of here. This is full and outside off, Hope looks to go over covers but the ball is a little too full to get under it. He ends up hitting it straight to Afghan there. It went to him quickly but he hangs on. A good innings by Shai but he was probably Windies' only hope. 39 needed in 11 balls with two new batters out there.

Gulbadin Naib to bowl out. 3-0-21-0 are his figures so far.

Naveen to J Holder, FOUR! Much-needed one for the Men in Maroon. Spoils an otherwise good over. Short ball on off, Holder stays on his back foot and pulls it over cow corner. The fielder from long on runs and stretches to his right but cannot stop the ball from going to the fence. Still a good over. Just 7 runs off it but more importantly the big wicket of Pollard.
Naveen to S Hope, Fuller on middle, Hope milks it to long on and gets to the other end.
Naveen to J Holder, Around the pads, Holder flicks it through mid-wicket for one.
Naveen to J Holder, Good length ball outside off, Holder looks to cut but misses.

Jason Holder is the new man in.

Naveen to K Pollard, OUT! Pollard holes out! Is this the end of West Indies' charge? Pollard went for the big one, he had to go for this one. It is full on off, the ball keeps a bit low. The West Indies skipper looks to heave it over the mid-wicket fence. He cannot get under it and he ends up finding the man in the deep to perfection. Najibullah Zadran there makes no mistake and takes a simple catch. 45 needed off 16. Are West Indies still in it?
Naveen to S Hope, Short delivery on middle, Hope pulls it through mid on. The batsmen take a single.

Naveen-ul-Haq is back on. 2-0-13-1 are his figures so far.

R Khan to K Pollard, That is a tremendous effort in the field! Rashid tosses it up outside off, Pollard drags it towards wide long on. Nabi runs to his right. The ball seems to be going for a boundary but Nabi stretches one hand out and pushes it back in. Saves two for his side. Such efforts can make the difference in the end. Just the 7 from Rashid's last. The skipper bowls a brilliant spell, his figures read 4-0-18-1.
R Khan to K Pollard, FOUR LEG BYES! A welcome boundary, it is not off the bat but the visitors won't care. It is a googly this time on middle, Pollard does not pick it as he goes back to play it on the off side. It turns back in, kisses the pads and goes past the keeper to the fine leg fence.
R Khan to K Pollard, One more dot and this is a rippa. A leggie on off, it pitches and turns away. Pollard is maybe expecting a googly as he defends inside the line. Gets beaten.
R Khan to S Hope, Very full and outside off, this is hit down to long off for one. FIFTY UP FOR HOPE. However, his job is not yet done.
R Khan to S Hope, One more dot! On off, it is defended towards cover.
R Khan to S Hope, Shorter in length and outside off, Hope looks to cut but there is extra bounce and turn which beats the bat.
K Janat to K Pollard, Two taken off the final delivery! Pollard takes a few steps down the track and then flicks it wide of the fielder at deep square leg. 8 runs from the over. 53 needed in 24 balls. Not going to be easy this with Rashid and Mujeeb having one each left.
K Janat to S Hope, A slower delivery wide outside off, Hope flat-bats it down to long off for one. Singles won't harm Afghanistan.
K Janat to S Hope, This is brilliant stuff! Nothing you can do with those deliveries. It is a pin-point yorker on middle, Hope jams it out. Two dots after the boundary.
K Janat to S Hope, A yorker now on middle, this is jammed back to the bowler. An excellent delivery after getting hit for a boundary.
K Janat to S Hope, FOUR! Bludgeoned! Hope is playing a gem here. This is a slower one on middle, Hope powers it down to the long on fence. A boundary early in the over, just what the Windies wanted.
K Janat to K Pollard, Goes wide of the crease and angles it into the off pole, Pollard hits it down to long on and takes one.

Karim Janat to finish off. 3-0-25-1 are his figures so far.

R Khan to K Pollard, A single to end! Shorter in length again and on off, Pollard whips it through mid-wicket and takes one. Just the 4 runs in the over. 61 needed in 30 balls.
R Khan to K Pollard, BEATEN! Lovely delivery! This lands on off and then turns away. Pollard tries to defend but is beaten.
R Khan to K Pollard, Good running! Pollard works it with soft hands through mid-wicket. They take one and go for the second. Complete it.