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

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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.

19.6
0
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...
19.6
0
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.
19.5
1
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.
19.4
0
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.
19.3
1
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.

19.2
0
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.
19.1
1
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.
18.6
1
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.
18.6
0
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.
18.5
0
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.
18.4
0
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.
18.3
1
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.
18.2
1
G Naib to K Paul, Slower one outside off, this is dragged down to long on for one.
18.2
0
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.

18.1
0
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.

17.6
4
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.
17.5
1
Naveen to S Hope, Fuller on middle, Hope milks it to long on and gets to the other end.
17.4
1
Naveen to J Holder, Around the pads, Holder flicks it through mid-wicket for one.
17.3
0
Naveen to J Holder, Good length ball outside off, Holder looks to cut but misses.

Jason Holder is the new man in.

17.2
0
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?
17.1
1
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.

16.6
2
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.
16.5
0
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.
16.4
0
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.
16.3
1
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.
16.2
0
R Khan to S Hope, One more dot! On off, it is defended towards cover.
16.1
0
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.
15.6
2
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.
15.5
1
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.
15.4
0
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.
15.3
0
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.
15.2
4
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.
15.1
1
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.

14.6
1
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.
14.5
0
R Khan to K Pollard, BEATEN! Lovely delivery! This lands on off and then turns away. Pollard tries to defend but is beaten.
14.4
2
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.
14.3
1
R Khan to S Hope, Shorter and outside off, it is pulled through mid-wicket just for one.
14.2
0
R Khan to S Hope, Flatter and on off, it is pushed towards cover.
14.1
0
R Khan to S Hope, Well bowled! The leg spinner outside off, Hope comes down the track a little but realizes he won't get to the pitch of the ball. Holds his ground, tries to defend but is beaten. He though drags his feet back in.
13.6
1
G Naib to S Hope, In the air but just short! Magnificent effort from the Afghanistan skipper. Length ball on off, Hope flat-bats it to the right of cover. He does so uppishly. Rashid Khan at cover dives to his right and manages to stop the ball as it falls just short of him. He then quickly gathers himself and has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Brilliant from the Afghanistan skipper, saves a certain boundary. He is leading from the front here. Naib runs all the way to Rashid and helps him stand up, shaking his hand and smiling. Now, plenty of Afghan players gather around. Everyone is smiling. Top effort and team grouping. Pollard is also smiling, though not for the effort but in response to something said by Hope.
13.5
1
G Naib to K Pollard, Smart bowling. Naib sees Pollard coming down the track so he bangs it in short. Kieron pulls it towards mid-wicket for one.
13.4
1
G Naib to S Hope, Back of a length on off, Hope pulls it to deep mid-wicket for one.
13.3
4
G Naib to S Hope, FOUR! Good ball but Hope manages to get a boundary. Very full on the pads, it is almost a yorker. Hope manages to flick it fine down the leg side for a boundary.
13.2
1
G Naib to K Pollard, Pollard walks down the track. Naib sees him and bowls it very slow on middle and off. Kieron flicks it towards mid-wicket and gets a single. Gulbadin stares down at Pollard and smiles.
13.1
1
G Naib to S Hope, Full around off, Hope hits it hard but there is a man at sweeper cover so just a single.

Gulbadin Naib is back. 12 runs off his 2 overs so far. He has been excellent.

12.6
1
R Khan to S Hope, Hope punches this one towards long on and retains strike. Successful over for the Afghanistan players.
12.5
1
R Khan to K Pollard, Pollard now flicks this one towards mid-wicket for one. Gets off the mark.
12.4
1
R Khan to S Hope, On the pads of Hope, he flicks this one towards mid-wicket for one.

Kieron Pollard walks out to bat. He needs to play a skipper's knock here. Can he do so?

12.3
0
R Khan to S Hetmyer, OUT! CAUGHT! Hetmyer departs and the floodgates have opened! Rashid Khan bowls a slower one, Hetmyer looks to play this over cover but does not time it well. The ball takes the outside edge and goes towards point where Asghar Afghan takes an easy catch. The budding stand is broken and Afghanistan roaring loudly! The Windies need 77 off 45 balls.
12.2
1
R Khan to S Hope, The batsman works it down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
12.1
1
R Khan to S Hetmyer, Woah! What has happened there? Rashid pitches this one outside leg, gets it to spin away from the batter. Hetmyer heaves at it but misses the ball completely. The ball somehow misses the off pole and the keeper spills it too. The ball rolls towards short third man and the batters take a leg bye. No wait! The umpire has adjudged this as a run as he thinks that this has taken an edge off the outside half.
11.6
2
K Janat to S Hope, On the pads, it is flicked through mid-wicket and two is taken.
11.5
0
K Janat to S Hope, Fuller and around off, this is driven to the man at covers.
11.4
4
K Janat to S Hope, Another misfield AND FOUR! Brilliant effort but to no avail! Good length and outside off, Hope opens the face of the bat and guides it towards point. The fielder there misfields. Afghan runs after it from backward point. He slides and tries to push it back in. The batters take three. It is taken upstairs though to check if it is cleanly stopped. After seeing a few replays, it does seem Afghan has done well but the umpire signals a boundary. Afghan is not happy and has a word with the umpire but the third umpire's decision has been upheld.
11.3
1
K Janat to S Hetmyer, A slower one on middle, the batter looks to flick but is a touch early in the shot. He gets a leading edge back towards mid off for one.
11.2
1
K Janat to S Hope, Top stuff! One more yorker outside off, Hope jams it out on the off side and takes one.
11.2
0
K Janat to S Hope, Landed outside off, Hope swings but misses. Wide signaled. Once again it seemed a harsh call.
11.1
0
K Janat to S Hope, Very full and on middle, Hope looks to go over the bowler's head but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
10.6
1
R Khan to S Hope, Hope flicks this one towards mid-wicket for a single.
10.5
2
R Khan to S Hope, Brilliant fielding! Floated on middle, Hope smashes this one over the bowler's head. Naib from long on runs across to his left, dives and gets to the ball. He parries it back into play and then goes over the fence. The fielder from long off mops it up and the batters take two.
10.4
0
R Khan to S Hope, Floated on off, Hope smashes it but straight back towards the bowler.
10.3
1
R Khan to S Hetmyer, This time Hetmyer flicks it towards mid-wicket for one.
10.2
1
R Khan to S Hope, On middle again, pushed down to long on for a single.
10.1
1
R Khan to S Hetmyer, Floated on middle, Hetmyer slogs this one towards deep mid-wicket but just a single off it.

Rashid Khan, the skipper, has introduced himself into the attack.

9.6
2
M Nabi to S Hope, A couple to end! A low full toss on the pads, it is flicked in the gap in the mid-wicket region. The batters go for the second. Rashid picks the ball up quickly and fires it towards the bowler who looks to deflect it onto the stumps but fails to do so. Had he done so, Hetmyer would have been a goner. 13 from the over. A few more of such overs is what the Windies need.
9.5
0
M Nabi to S Hope, Fires this full and on off, it is hit back to the bowler.
9.4
6
M Nabi to S Hope, SIX! Huge! Is this the momentum changing over? 11 from the first four balls. Slightly short this one, Hope is onto the back foot quickly and pulls it with ease over the mid-wicket fence.
9.3
1
M Nabi to S Hetmyer, Slightly shorter again and outside off, SH slaps it through covers, Janat in the deep stops it this time and just a run.
9.2
0
M Nabi to S Hetmyer, Flatter and on off, this is pushed to covers.
9.1
4
M Nabi to S Hetmyer, MISFIELD AND FOUR! That is very poor, all the pressure was building and this is exactly what the hosts did not need. Shorter and outside off, Hetmyer goes back and slaps it through covers. Janat in the deep runs to his right but lets it through his legs. A welcome boundary for the visitors.

Mohammad Nabi is into the attack.

8.6
2
G Naib to S Hope, A couple to end! On the pads, this is worked wide of the fielder at deep mid-wicket and the batters take two. 8 from the over, still not good enough as the required rate is close to 10.
8.5
1
G Naib to S Hetmyer, On the pads, Hetmyer works it with soft hands towards long on. He calls for two but has to settle for one.
8.4
1
G Naib to S Hope, DROPPED! Naveen puts in a good effort in the deep but spills it. Another slower one on middle, Hope lofts it down the ground. Naveen-ul-Haq from long on runs to his left, seems to have taken it but just as his body hits the ground while diving, the ball spills out. Naib is not happy but it wasn't a very easy chance. Hope would want to make this count now.
8.3
2
G Naib to S Hope, Straight down the ground but only for two! A slower one on middle, Hope lofts it over the bowler's head and takes an easy couple.
8.2
1
G Naib to S Hetmyer, On the shorter side outside off, this is pulled down to long on and a run is taken.
8.1
1
G Naib to S Hope, On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.

Shimron Hetmyer is the new batsman in.

7.6
0
K Janat to E Lewis, OUT! LBW! Janat, the star of yesterday, gets his first. That looked out to the naked eye. Lewis is walking off shaking his head but it seemed to be out. An important breakthrough as Lewis was off to a start and looking to get a move on. Janat bowls this one slightly shorter and on off, it comes in with the angle and also skids through. Lewis looks to pull but the ball does not bounce as much as he anticipated it to. The ball hits the pads, an appeal and up goes the finger. West Indies slip further behind. 115 runs needed in 72 balls.
7.5
1
K Janat to S Hope, Another very good slower one outside off, Hope looks to go over covers but it goes off the inner half down to long on for one.
7.4
1
K Janat to E Lewis, A low full toss on off, Lewis hits it hard but only for a run down to long off.
7.3
2
K Janat to E Lewis, That is outstanding! WOW! Rashid is down in pain but he has just saved four for his side. However, he being down on the ground is more worrying. Janat bowls this one slightly short and around middle, Lewis looks to pull but gets a top edge. It goes towards the deep mid-wicket fence. Rashid there is a few yards inside the ropes, he then takes a few steps back and takes it above the head. He then realizes he is about to fall over the ropes so throws the ball back in. Gets back on his feet, picks the ball up by coming into the field and throws it back before going down onto the ground. Only two in the end for the batters.

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.

7.2
2
K Janat to E Lewis, Excellent delivery but it still costs two! A yorker on middle, this is jammed out through mid-wicket and a couple is taken.
7.1
0
K Janat to E Lewis, Shorter in length and outside off, Lewis looks to cut but it goes off the outside edge to short third man.
6.6
1
G Naib to E Lewis, Short delivery on middle, Lewis pulls it through square leg for a single.
6.5
1
G Naib to S Hope, Bowls full on middle, Hope guides it towards third man for a run.
6.4
1
G Naib to E Lewis, On a length on leg, Lewis nudges it towards short fine leg for a single.
6.3
1
G Naib to S Hope, Full delivery on off, Hope drives it through covers. The batsmen cross ends.
6.2
0
G Naib to S Hope, Short and outside off, Hope slaps it to covers.
6.1
0
G Naib to S Hope, Full delivery on off, Hope drives it to covers.

Gulbadin Naib is into the attack.

5.6
1
K Janat to S Hope, A single to end the Powerplay! On off, Hope guides it towards point. Afghanistan on top after the Powerplay but they were at the same score after the first 6. Windies are 32 for 2. Another 125 needed in 84.
5.5
1
K Janat to E Lewis, Shorter and outside off, Lewis guides it towards point for one. Good batting.
5.4
4
K Janat to E Lewis, FOUR! Evin Lewis makes good use of the Free Hit. He smashes it down the ground. Janat bowls it fuller and on middle, this is powered down to the long on fence. A welcome boundary for the visitors.

Free Hit time!

5.4
0
K Janat to E Lewis, NO BALL! Where did that come from? It surely must have slipped out of the bowler's hand. Janat bowls a beamer, Lewis does well to duck under it. The bowler straightaway apologizes. However, Lewis has a Free Hit coming up now.
5.3
1
K Janat to S Hope, On a length on middle, Hope flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen cross ends.
5.2
1
K Janat to E Lewis, Full delivery on off, Lewis drives it towards covers where the fielder dives to stop it but does not stop it cleanly and concedes a run.
5.1
1
K Janat to S Hope, Full delivery on middle, Hope drives it through mid on. The batsmen take a run.

The star from Saturday night, Karim Janat is into the attack. Can he repeat the heroics?

4.6
4
Ur Rahman to E Lewis, FOUR! Swept away! Full toss on the pads, Lewis lofts his sweep over the short fine leg fielder for a boundary. Poor ball to end the over but still another good over from Mujeeb. Just 5 off this one.
4.5
0
Ur Rahman to E Lewis, Floated on middle and off, pushed back towards Mujeeb.
4.4
0
Ur Rahman to E Lewis, Floated delivery on middle, Evin defends it off the front foot.
4.3
0
Ur Rahman to E Lewis, Flighted delivery on off, Lewis defends it out.
4.2
0
Ur Rahman to E Lewis, Tossed up delivery outside leg, Lewis looks to sweep but misses it. Lewis looks bemused that it has not been called a wide. Maybe the umpire thinks it has clipped Lewis' pads on its way to the keeper.
4.1
1
Ur Rahman to S Hope, Flighted delivery on middle, Hope drives it through mid on. The batsmen take a run.
3.6
1
Naveen to S Hope, Good length and on off, Hope strokes it to the man at covers.

Shai Hope is the new man in.

3.5
0
Naveen to B King, OUT! KABOOM! Is that an action replay of the way King was cleaned up in the second T20I? Well, it does seem so. Another off cutter gets the better of King. It is fuller and on off, King is way too early in the shot, as he looks to work it on the leg side. He misses and the ball hits the stumps. Also, replays seem to indicate slightly low bounce, as was seen in the last game too. West Indies in big, big trouble now.
3.4
0
Naveen to B King, Another length ball outside off, King guides it to the man at cover-point.
3.3
1
Naveen to E Lewis, Direct hit and it would have been close! A short one outside off, Lewis looks to cut but ends up chopping it on the off side. Lewis sets off for a run. The fielder from covers runs in, picks the ball up and has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses.

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.

3.2
0
Naveen to E Lewis, A good slower one outside off, Lewis looks to guide it but ends up chopping it on the off side. Two dots to begin this over.
3.1
0
Naveen to E Lewis, Lewis misses out there! Shorter and on the body, Evin pulls it towards short fine leg. A little to the left or the right and it would have been a boundary.
2.6
0
Ur Rahman to B King, A dot to end! Floats it up on off, the batter drives it to mid off. End of a successful over. 142 needed in 102 balls.
2.5
1
Ur Rahman to E Lewis, Another short ball on off, Evin once again stays back and pushes it down to long on and gets to the other end.
2.4
0
Ur Rahman to E Lewis, The carrom ball now. On off, it darts back in. Lewis plays it to the left of the bowler.
2.3
1
Ur Rahman to B King, Fuller and on off, this is driven towards mid off and a single is taken.
2.2
0
Ur Rahman to B King, Flatter and on off, King keeps it out.

Brandon King is the next batsman in.

2.1
0
Ur Rahman to L Simmons, OUT! TIMBER! Mujeeb, like he has done many a times for Afghanistan, draws first blood for his side. That is not the right shot to play against him. We saw King playing something similar and get cleaned up in the first game and now Simmons. This is slightly shorter and it drifts in from outside off. LS goes back and looks to cut it but misses and the stumps are shattered. Not a good return into the team for the opener and Afghanistan strike early.
1.6
1
Naveen to L Simmons, A single to end an expensive first by Naveen! A dipping slower full toss on off, Simmons hits it towards mid on and a run is taken.
1.5
1
Naveen to E Lewis, Another short one and on middle, Lewis pulls it through square leg and takes one.
1.4
4
Naveen to E Lewis, FOUR! That will ease off the pain a bit! Off the mark in style is Lewis. Short and wide outside off, Lewis slaps it through point and the ball races to the fence. Naveen has not started well here. He has already conceded two boundaries.

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!

1.3
1
Naveen to L Simmons, AAAH! Lewis is down in pain. Never saw that coming. Naveen bowls a slower one on the stumps and Simmons works it towards mid-wicket and takes off. Now, it looks like a simple single. But then, the throw from the fielder at the striker's end hits Lewis instead. His bat is down and so is he, in agony.
1.2
4
Naveen to L Simmons, FOUR! Too short and put away! It is outside off, Simmons waits for it since it is the slower one and then slaps it through cover-point. First boundary of the chase.
1.1
0
Naveen to L Simmons, Back of a length and on off, Simmons pushes it to covers.

Naveen-ul-Haq to bowl from the other end.

0.6
1
Ur Rahman to L Simmons, On the pads, Simmons flicks it towards square leg and gets off the mark with a single. He will keep the strike. Solid start from Mujeeb, just a couple off his first.
0.5
0
Ur Rahman to L Simmons, Oh! Once again beats the edge. Short and just outside off, not wide enough to cut. Simmons tries to do that but misses. Lendl is a lucky man as he does not edge it.
0.4
0
Ur Rahman to L Simmons, Tossed up on off, Simmons keeps it out.
0.3
0
Ur Rahman to L Simmons, Darted on the pads, Simmons looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads. The keeper is a bit excited but he is the only one.
0.2
0
Ur Rahman to L Simmons, Floated on off, Simmons pushes it to mid off.
0.2
0
Ur Rahman to L Simmons, Mujeeb misses his line and sprays one down the leg side. Lendl looks to flick but misses. Wided by the umpire.
0.1
0
Ur Rahman to L Simmons, Oh! Close start from Mujeeb to begin the innings. Mujeeb starts with a flatter delivery outside off, Simmons looks to play but misses. That was not far away from the outside edge.

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.