Afghanistan and West Indies in India, 3 T20I Series, 2019
Venue: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
Date & Time: 17 November 2019
RR: 6.35 | Afghanistan beat West Indies by 29 runs
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.
Khary Pierre is the next batsman in.
Keemo Paul is the new batsman in.
Gulbadin Naib to bowl out. 3-0-21-0 are his figures so far.
Jason Holder is the new man in.
Naveen-ul-Haq is back on. 2-0-13-1 are his figures so far.
Karim Janat to finish off. 3-0-25-1 are his figures so far.
Gulbadin Naib is back. 12 runs off his 2 overs so far. He has been excellent.
Kieron Pollard walks out to bat. He needs to play a skipper's knock here. Can he do so?
Rashid Khan, the skipper, has introduced himself into the attack.
Mohammad Nabi is into the attack.
Shimron Hetmyer is the new batsman in.
Rashid has almost pulled off a stunner. Moreover it looks like he has saved a six but this looks to be a bigger blow for Afghanistan. The Afghanistan skipper is down holding his rib. The physio is out in the middle to have a look. He is lying down. In the meantime, replay show us that Rashid has indeed saved a definite six. Afghanistan will hope he is fine to continue. Rashid takes his time but then just like the warrior he is, he gets up and goes to his fielding position holding his rib. That would make all the Afghanistan fans happy as he looks fine to continue.
Gulbadin Naib is into the attack.
Free Hit time!
The star from Saturday night, Karim Janat is into the attack. Can he repeat the heroics?
Shai Hope is the new man in.
Nice dissection of Naveen-ul-Haq's action and holding of the seam. So the fast bowler comes running in, showing the upright or the cross seam to the batsman - until he reaches the umpire. Then, he slightly covers it a bit and delivers. So a good batsman will be watching the seam till the very last moment, right from the time it comes into visibility. Rest assured, I will never be able to pick the change from that far and in this smoggy environment.
Brandon King is the next batsman in.
Okay... another injury worry for the visitors! Evin Lewis is down on the ground and the physio has come out. There is some wailing from Lewis due to the pain but after some treatment and a bit of magic spray, he is back on his feet ready to go again!
Naveen-ul-Haq to bowl from the other end.
The Afghanistan fielders are out in the middle. They are followed by the West Indies openers, Evin Lewis and a fit again, Lendl Simmons. The latter will be taking strike. Mujeeb Ur Rahman to start the proceedings with the ball.