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

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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.
14.2
6
R Khan to K Paul, SIX! SMASH! What a start to the innings! Full and outside off, Paul gets down on a knee and nails the slog sweep over mid-wicket!

Keemo Paul is the next man in.

14.1
0
R Khan to J Holder, OUT! STUMPED! Rashid works his magic now. Spots Holder coming down the track and floats a ball wide outside off. It turns away and Holder completely misses it. He swings wildly but is nowhere near the ball. Easy stumping for Rahmanullah Gurbaz. 79 needed from 35 balls now. Game over?
13.6
1
G Naib to J Holder, It's a clean strike over mid wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
13.5
4
G Naib to J Holder, FOUR! Handy runs! Bouncer down the leg side, Holder looks to hook but is too early into the shot. However, the ball goes off the back of his bat over short fine leg for a boundary. Not how Holder wanted it but the result is the same.
13.4
1
G Naib to D Ramdin, Another short ball but this stays very low. Ramdin awkwardly pulls this one towards mid-wicket for a single.
13.3
1
G Naib to J Holder, Length ball outside off, Holder pulls it towards mid-wicket for a single.
13.2
1
G Naib to D Ramdin, Ramdin flicks this one towards mid-wicket for one.
13.1
1
G Naib to J Holder, Length ball outside off, Holder guides this one towards third man for one.

Gulbadin Naib comes on to bowl now.

12.6
0
R Khan to D Ramdin, Outside off, pushed straight to point.
12.5
0
R Khan to D Ramdin, Full and wide outside off, Ramdin reaches out to slash but gets a bottom edge, which bounces over the stumps! Good take by the keeper.
12.4
0
R Khan to D Ramdin, Outside off, punched back down the ground. Rashid is running to his left but adjusts well to get across to his right to stop it.
12.3
1
R Khan to J Holder, Around off, worked through mid on for a single.
12.2
0
R Khan to J Holder, Around off, punched back to the bowler.
12.1
4
R Khan to J Holder, FOUR! SUBLIME! Long levers and the usage is seen to good effect. Tossed up outside off, Holder reaches out, gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it through the covers. Najibullah Zadran is present at short extra cover but he misfields. Costly one. 89 more needed from 47 balls.
11.6
1
K Janat to J Holder, Outside off, Holder pushes this one towards cover. The man there, Nabi, dives to his right and stops the ball. However, he throws it towards the bowler's end for a direct hit but misses and due to no backup, the batters steal a run.

Jason Holder walks out next to bat. Will we see some fireworks from the former West Indies skipper?

11.5
0
K Janat to K Pollard, OUT! LBW! HUGE WICKET! Maybe the biggest of them all as the skipper departs! Janat bowls another cutter from outside off, angling in. Pollard shuffles and looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. Karim along with his whole team puts in a loud shout and the umpire raises his finger. Huge breakthrough and half the Windies side back in the hut now.
11.4
1
K Janat to D Ramdin, On middle and off, Ramdin pushes this one towards mid on for one.
11.3
0
K Janat to D Ramdin, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
11.2
1
K Janat to K Pollard, NOT OUT! Good fielding by the Afghanistan players. Pollard pushes this one towards mid-wicket for a single and sets off. The man there dives and grabs the ball. Pollard continues to run. The fielder goes for the direct hit and hits the stumps at the bowler's end but Pollard is well in. Good backup too by the other fielder not allowing the batters to take extra runs. The appeal is taken upstairs but replays confirm the result pretty quickly.

Run out appeal taken upstairs. Pollard is the man in question. Looks safe though.

11.1
0
K Janat to K Pollard, Length ball outside off, Pollard pushes it towards mid off.
10.6
1
R Khan to K Pollard, Outside off, stays low, Pollard looks to punch it through the off side but the low bounce takes the inside edge and goes through mid-wicket for a run.
10.5
1
R Khan to D Ramdin, Short and outside off, cut through the covers for a single.
10.4
0
R Khan to D Ramdin, Outside off, pushed straight to point.
10.3
1
R Khan to K Pollard, Around middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
10.2
4
R Khan to K Pollard, FOUR! Cracking shot. Full and outside off, tossed up, Pollard leans and lofts it over cover. Naveen-ul-Haq races to his left from long off and dives valiantly, but after the ball crosses the boundary. Too far from him.
10.1
0
R Khan to K Pollard, Landed outside off, punched towards the bowler.

Denesh Ramdin walks out next to bat. There is also a bowling change. Afghanistan skipper Rashid Khan finally takes the ball in his hand. Can he weave his magic around?

9.6
0
K Janat to S Rutherford, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Another one goes down for the Windies and looks like Afghanistan are getting their mojo back. Length ball on off, angling away from Rutherford. He looks to push it straight down the ground but only manages to get a faint outside edge on it. The ball carries to Gurbaz and he takes an easy catch. Can this be the turning point? West Indies need 103 off 60 balls now!
9.5
0
K Janat to S Rutherford, Fuller ball on off, Rutherford pushes it back to the bowler.

Kieron Pollard, the hard-hitting West Indian skipper comes out to bat.

9.4
0
K Janat to E Lewis, OUT! CAUGHT! The destructive opener, Evin Lewis returns to the hut and Afghanistan in with a really strong shout now. Janat bowls a length ball outside off, Lewis looks to pull it towards the on side but the slowness on the ball deceives him. The ball comes off the top edge of the bat and skies towards long on. Ibrahim Zadran runs in and takes in a very good catch. Big setback for West Indies.
9.3
1
K Janat to S Rutherford, Fuller on off, pushed towards cover for a single.
9.2
0
K Janat to S Rutherford, Outside off, Rutherford plays this one towards the man at point.
9.1
2
K Janat to S Rutherford, On the pads, Rutherford flicks this one towards square leg for a couple.
8.6
1
M Nabi to S Rutherford, Rutherford cuts this one towards the man at point for a single. Retains strike for the next over.
8.5
1
M Nabi to E Lewis, Lewis plays the same sweep shot again but this time there is a man in the deep. Only a single taken.
8.4
0
M Nabi to E Lewis, Shortish outside off, Lewis cuts this one but the man at point dives to his left and saves runs for his team.
8.3
4
M Nabi to E Lewis, FOUR! Swept away! On the pads, Lewis gets down on one knee and powerfully sweeps it behind square for a boundary.
8.2
1
M Nabi to S Rutherford, On the pads of Rutherford, he flicks this one towards square leg for one.
8.1
0
M Nabi to S Rutherford, Floated on off, pushed back towards the bowler.
7.6
0
K Janat to E Lewis, Length delivery on off, Lewis plays it to covers.
7.5
1
K Janat to S Rutherford, On a length on middle, Rutherford flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen cross ends.
7.4
0
K Janat to S Rutherford, Length delivery on middle, Rutherford flicks it to the leg side.
7.3
0
K Janat to S Rutherford, BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Rutherford looks to defend but misses it.

Sherfane Rutherford walks out to bat early than expected.

7.2
0
K Janat to S Hetmyer, OUT! LBW! West Indies lose their second wicket. But was that a harsh call? Good length delivery on leg, Hetmyer looked to flick but missed and got hit on the pads. The bowler appealed for lbw and the umpire raised his finger! Now, Afghanistan are cock-a-hoop. Here comes the replay with the pitching map. PITCHED OUTSIDE LEG! When form is not on your side, luck deserts you as well. Tough luck for Hetmyer.
7.1
0
K Janat to S Hetmyer, On a good length on middle, Hetmyer defends it out.

Karim Janat comes on now.

6.6
1
M Nabi to S Hetmyer, Tossed up delivery on middle, Hetmyer drives it through mid on. The batsmen take a run.
6.5
1
M Nabi to E Lewis, Short delivery on middle, Lewis pulls it over square leg. The batsmen take a single.
6.4
0
M Nabi to E Lewis, Flighted delivery on off, Evin plays it to point.
6.3
1
M Nabi to S Hetmyer, Short delivery outside off, Hetmyer cuts it through point. The batsmen take a single.
6.2
1
M Nabi to E Lewis, Tossed up delivery on off, Lewis guides it towards third man. The batsmen cross ends.
6.1
1
M Nabi to S Hetmyer, Flighted delivery on middle, Hetmyer drives it through mid on. The batsmen take a run.
5.6
0
Ur Rahman to E Lewis, Mujeeb angles one into the batter, Lewis pushes it back to the bowler. End of the Powerplay and the Windies are 29/1. At the same stage, Afghanistan were 52/2. Huge difference!
5.5
1
Ur Rahman to S Hetmyer, Hetmyer flicks this one towards short fine leg and takes a single.
5.4
0
Ur Rahman to E Lewis, Loud appeal this time but no luck for Afghanistan. Lewis shuffles across and looks to paddle this one down towards fine leg. Lewis misses and is hit on the pads. Mujeeb appeals loudly but the umpire shakes his head. Replays roll in and it seems like a close call. In the meantime, the batters sneak through for a leg bye.
5.3
1
Ur Rahman to S Hetmyer, Lewis works this one down the leg side for a single.
5.2
0
Ur Rahman to S Hetmyer, Dragged back by Mujeeb, Lewis pushes this one towards mid off.
5.2
0
Ur Rahman to S Hetmyer, Wide! Down the leg side, Lewis looks to flick but misses.
5.1
1
Ur Rahman to E Lewis, Almost onto the stumps! Shortish on off, Lewis looks to push this one towards the off side but gets an inside edge on it. The ball rolls towards fine leg, just missing the leg pole and the batters take one.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman has a change of ends. 2-0-6-0 are his figures so far.

4.6
1
M Nabi to E Lewis, Floated on off, Lewis plays the sweep shot towards square leg for one.
4.5
0
M Nabi to E Lewis, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
4.4
1
M Nabi to S Hetmyer, On the pads, flicked towards mid-wicket for single.
4.3
4
M Nabi to S Hetmyer, FOUR! Punched! Shortish and wide outside off, Hetmyer punches it through covers for a boundary.
4.2
0
M Nabi to S Hetmyer, On the pads this time, flicked towards the mid-wicket region.
4.1
0
M Nabi to S Hetmyer, Floated on middle, pushed back to the left of the bowler.

Mohammad Nabi is into the attack.

3.6
1
Naveen to S Hetmyer, On the pads of Hetmyer, he flicks this one towards mid-wicket for a single.

Shimron Hetmyer is the new batsman in.

3.5
0
Naveen to B King, OUT! TIMBER! King departs and Naveen-ul-Haq strikes! Length ball outside off, Naveen bowls a cutter. The ball stays a touch low after pitching and angles back in. King looks to go for a wild heave again, misses again, but Naveen hits and the Windies lose their first wicket.
3.4
2
Naveen to B King, Good length ball on middle and off, Brandon drives it straight back past the bowler. Asghar runs across to his right from mid off, slides and parries it towards mid on. The batters take a couple.
3.3
0
Naveen to B King, Length ball outside off, King guides this one towards short third man.
3.2
0
Naveen to B King, Length ball wide outside off, King goes for a wild heave but misses the ball completely.
3.1
0
Naveen to B King, Naveen bowls one on the leg side, King flicks it towards mid-wicket.
2.6
1
Ur Rahman to B King, King flicks it away with a wristy shot towards mid-wicket. The batsmen have run through for a single.
2.5
1
Ur Rahman to E Lewis, Lewis punches this one off the back foot towards extra cover for one.
2.4
0
Ur Rahman to E Lewis, Appeal turned down! Floated on leg, Lewis looks to sweep this one but misses. He is hit on the pads and the Afghanistan players appeal. The umpire is unmoved though.
2.3
0
Ur Rahman to E Lewis, Shortish and outside off, Lewis cuts but not powerful enough to beat the man at backward point.
2.2
1
Ur Rahman to B King, On the pads, King works this one towards square leg for a single.
2.1
0
Ur Rahman to B King, King prods forward and defends this floated ball back towards the bowler.
1.6
0
Naveen to E Lewis, Fuller on off, pushed to the man at mid on.
1.5
0
Naveen to E Lewis, Short again, Lewis looks to pull again but this time mistimes it. The ball falls short of the fielder at mid on. Could have easily been a wicket this.
1.4
4
Naveen to E Lewis, FOUR! Short of a length on middle, Evin Lewis rocks back and pulls this one over backward square leg for a boundary.
1.3
1
Naveen to B King, On the pads of King, he flicks this one towards mid-wicket for a single.
1.2
0
Naveen to B King, Outside off again, King cuts but straight to the man this time.
1.1
4
Naveen to B King, FOUR! Stand and deliver! Bad ball to start off by Naveen! Way wide outside off, on a length, King just cuts it past the man at point and the ball races away to the fence.

Naveen-ul-Haq into the attack from the other end.

0.6
0
Ur Rahman to E Lewis, Loopy delivery on off, Lewis defends it off the front foot.
0.5
0
Ur Rahman to E Lewis, Was that a nick? The bowler certainly thinks so. The keeper is downcast. The man at first slip smiles, probably indicating there was an outside edge. Short and outside off, Lewis goes back to cut but misses. The ball hits the keeper's pad and then lobs up. Now, Mujeeb yells towards the keeper to take the catch but Gurbaz has no idea where the ball is. He looks behind but the ball is to his left. Then, he realizes that the ball is catchable and he dives but cannot get to it. Mujeeb feels that the fist slip should have gone for it. Doubtful, whether he would have reached it.
0.4
0
Ur Rahman to E Lewis, Floated delivery on off, Lewis blocks it off the front foot.
0.3
1
Ur Rahman to B King, Full delivery on middle, Brandon drives it through mid on. The batsmen take a single.
0.2
2
Ur Rahman to B King, Flighted delivery on off, King looks to drive but gets a leading edge on it. It goes wide of the bowler past mid off. Rashid Khan gives it a chase from mid off and slides before the boundary to keep the batsmen to a couple.
0.1
0
Ur Rahman to B King, Starts with a tossed up delivery on off, King plays it to covers.

We are back for the chase. The Afghanistan fielders make their way out to the middle and they are followed by the West Indies openers, Evin Lewis and Brandon King. Mujeeb Ur Rahman will start the proceedings for Afghanistan.