Afghanistan and West Indies in India, 3 T20I Series, 2019
Venue: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
Date & Time: 16 November 2019
RR: 5.3 | Afghanistan beat West Indies by 41 runs
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.
Kesrick Williams comes out to bat.
Gulbadin Naib to bowl the last over of the game.
Naveen-ul-Haq is back on. 2-0-12-1, his figures so far.
Who is in to face the music? Hayden Walsh, by the looks of it.
Karim Janat returns. 3-0-7-4 so far.
Keemo Paul is the next man in.
Gulbadin Naib comes on to bowl now.
Jason Holder walks out next to bat. Will we see some fireworks from the former West Indies skipper?
Run out appeal taken upstairs. Pollard is the man in question. Looks safe though.
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?
Kieron Pollard, the hard-hitting West Indian skipper comes out to bat.
Sherfane Rutherford walks out to bat early than expected.
Karim Janat comes on now.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman has a change of ends. 2-0-6-0 are his figures so far.
Mohammad Nabi is into the attack.
Shimron Hetmyer is the new batsman in.
Naveen-ul-Haq into the attack from the other end.
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.