ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

Afghanistan vs West Indies - Match 42

Venue: Headingley, Leeds

Date & Time: 04 July 2019

Afghanistan 288/10

RR: 5.76 | West Indies beat Afghanistan by 23 runs

commentary

Done with the match. 111 runs were given by the Afghan bowlers in the last 10 overs and that cost them big. Plenty of lessons for both sides as they end their campaign here. We now switch our attention to the next match on Friday at Lord's between Pakistan and Bangladesh which is almost a dead rubber. The action will begin at 1030 local (0930 GMT). Do join us then. Cheers!

Here is what Chris Gayle has to say! Starts by admitting that this World Cup didn't go according to the plan for them. Confirms that this is definitely his last World Cup. Tells that he would have loved to win the trophy. Finds it tough to express his feelings. States that the future is definitely bright for West Indies with the likes of Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran coming through. Informs that next he will be in action in ODIs against India and will be participating in the CPL and the Canadian T20.

West Indies skipper, Jason Holder says it was good to get over the line. Mentions that they have had some close encounters in this tournament but he is happy they got over the line today. States the batters set the tone and 300 was a good total. Further adds they did not start as they wanted with the bat but they kept on building partnerships and finished strongly. Admits they were inconsistent in all the three departments throughout the tournament and they need to get a lot more consistent. He congrats Chris Gayle and says he has been a star for the West Indies. Finishes with a word of praise for Ian Gould who is also in his last World Cup.

Afghanistan skipper, Gulbadin Naib says they did finish with a good score but at once it did look like they will win the game. Credits the way Rahmat Shah and Ikram played. Further adds that Ali Khil, who is very young, played very well but it is not only him and they have a lot of good youngsters back in Afghanistan. Hopes they keep getting stronger. Further adds he has learned a lot from this World Cup. Ends by saying that fitness is a big issue for them and they need to improve. Also wants his team to learn how to handle pressure and keep working on their skills.

SHAI HOPE IS THE MAN OF THE MATCH! Says it was important they get that score on the board. Feels that Afghanistan have some decent spinners and it was necessary for them to have the launching pad heading towards the end. States he is not very happy with his performance in this World Cup but hopes he can go from strength to strength. Ends by saying he is happy he finished on a high and hopes to carry it in the next series.

Post the second wicket stand, Afghanistan tried to maintain the same intensity through Najibullah Zadran and Asghar Afghan but they failed to bat longer and the batsmen who followed fell in a heap. After an ordinary beginning with the ball, West Indies picked themselves up and tightened the screws. Kemar Roach was the best bowler for them in terms of control while Carlos Brathwaite with a 4-fer was the most successful bowler for the Caribbean team. Chris Gayle also bowled some tidy overs and he got the prized scalp of Ali Khil. Both teams were pretty ordinary in the field as we witnessed quite a few chances getting missed.

Coming to the summary of this match, West Indies put up a strong batting show and powered their way to a total in excess of 300. Barring Gayle, all their top batsmen performed and the century partnership between Pooran and Holder provided the real impetus at the death. In the chase, Afghanistan lost their skipper early but the 133-run stand between Ikram Ali Khil and Rahmat Shah kept them on track. Both batted delightfully and till the time they were at the crease, Afghanistan were in with a chance.

Chris Gayle has the match ball in his hand as he waves to the crowd. This is the last of the big man at the biggest stage. Plenty of smiles and hugs. He has always been a likable character and is loved all over the world for his unique style.

Another tale of Afghanistan presenting a good fight but then running out of gas before the chequered flag! They close their campaign win-less but have plenty of positives to take forward. Even towards the end of this chase, their lower order batsmen put up a spirited show and narrowed down the defeat margin.

49.6
0
O Thomas to S Shirzad, OUT! What a catch to end the game! That is a screamer! Fabien Allen, he is a good fielder but this is something extraordinary. It is outside off, Shirzad looks to hit it over the off side but it goes off the toe-end. Loops towards Allen at cover-point, who runs back, dives by stretching his left hand out and takes a one-handed stunner. He is elated and so are the West Indian players. They end the World Cup with a win by beating AFGHANISTAN BY 23 RUNS!
49.5
6
O Thomas to S Shirzad, SIX! This guy can hit the ball really well! Oshane goes full and on off, Shirzad smashes it over the long off fence for a biggie.
49.4
0
O Thomas to S Shirzad, Outside off again, Shirzad swings but misses.
49.3
4
O Thomas to S Shirzad, FOUR! Another boundary for Shirzad! A full toss outside off, he gets bat on ball, clears the in-field and it races away to the fence.
49.2
0
O Thomas to S Shirzad, Shorter now and outside off, Shirzad looks to flat-bat it but misses.
49.1
0
O Thomas to S Shirzad, Yorker outside off, this is jammed out to point.
48.6
0
C Brathwaite to Ur Rahman, He does not! He misses by a whisker. Mujeeb makes room and Brathwaite follows him. Mujeeb swings but misses, the ball just about kisses the leg pole. An excellent day with the ball for Brathwaite. His figures are 9-0-63-4.
48.5
1
C Brathwaite to S Shirzad, On the bounce! Fuller and on off, Shirzad chips it to long off for one. So one ball left for Brathwaite to get a fifer. Can he?
48.4
1
C Brathwaite to Ur Rahman, Fuller and on middle, this is hit through mid-wicket for one.
48.3
1
C Brathwaite to S Shirzad, Make that three now as Shirzad mistimes this down to long on for one.
48.2
0
C Brathwaite to S Shirzad, Slower one outside off, the batter swings but misses. 4 more balls left for Brathwaite to get a fifer.
48.1
0
C Brathwaite to S Shirzad, A yorker on middle, this is jammed out to the bowler.
47.6
1
O Thomas to S Shirzad, A single to end! A yorker on middle, this is jammed out through mid-wicket for one.
47.5
1
O Thomas to Ur Rahman, On the fuller side, Mujeeb smashes it hard but to deep mid-wicket for one.
47.4
4
O Thomas to Ur Rahman, FOUR! Beats the fielder inside the circle and bags a boundary! Mujeeb joins the action. Fuller and on middle, Mujeeb hits it past the diving mid on fielder and a boundary results.
47.3
1
O Thomas to S Shirzad, Fuller this time and on off, Shirzad drags it over mid-wicket for one.
47.2
0
O Thomas to S Shirzad, Length and outside off, Shirzad swings but misses.
47.1
0
O Thomas to S Shirzad, Shorter and outside off, it is flat-batted to mid on for no runs.
46.6
1
C Brathwaite to S Shirzad, Keeps strike now as he guides this through point for one.
46.5
6
C Brathwaite to S Shirzad, SIX! In the air... but over this time! Good shot, this! A low full toss on middle, Shirzad gets low and lofts it over the long on fence for a biggie. He also wants to present a fight.
46.4
1
C Brathwaite to Ur Rahman, He is off the mark as he pulls this through mid-wicket for one.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the last man in!

46.3
0
C Brathwaite to R Khan, OUT! Once again the Brathwaite-Holder partnership combines to hunt down a wicket. West Indies are a wicket away now. CB goes fuller and around off, Rashid hits it flat towards long off. It is hit well but does not get the distance as Holder takes another good catch near the fence. Fourth wicket for CB!
46.2
0
C Brathwaite to R Khan, Another dot as this is just inside the tramline on the off side, Rashid leaves it thinking it is a wide. It is not.
46.1
0
C Brathwaite to R Khan, Swing and a miss! Slower one outside off, Rashid swings across the line and misses.
45.6
4
O Thomas to S Shirzad, FOUR! Wow, Shirzad opens his account with a delightful boundary. Very full in length around leg, Shirzad gets behind it and bludgeons it down to long on for a boundary.
45.5
1
O Thomas to R Khan, Pooran drops! A full toss on off, Rashid gets bat on ball and pumps it through the line. It goes aerial to Pooran at extra cover who puts down a sitter at the edge of the circle. A single taken.
45.4
0
O Thomas to R Khan, Another miss. Good length and wide outside off, Rashid flashes and misses.
45.3
0
O Thomas to R Khan, Big swing and a miss. This time Rashid gives the charge to the fast bowler. Tries dismissing it over the boundary line but is beaten for pace.
45.2
0
O Thomas to R Khan, Beaten! Thomas delivers it on a length outside off, Rashid though is glued inside the crease and ends up pushing and missing inside the line. The last delivery forced him to do that.
45.1
0
O Thomas to R Khan, A bouncer around middle and leg, Rashid ducks to save his life.

Sayed Shirzad to bat next. There is a bowling change as well. As expected, Oshane Thomas to operate from this end.

44.6
0
C Brathwaite to D Zadran, OUT! Sheldon redeems himself this time! This is a very good catch by him. Not sure why Zadran went for that shot though! He needed to hang out there with Rashid but fails to do so. Brathwaite bowls this fuller and on middle, Zadran looks to go big. He does not get the desired elevation and hits it flat towards wide long on. Cottrell runs to his right and takes a tumbling catch. So 11 runs did come off the over but two wickets from it. 57 in 30 needed with only two wickets in hand.
44.5
1
C Brathwaite to R Khan, A yorker outside off, Rashid jams it through point for one.
44.4
6
C Brathwaite to R Khan, SIX! Bowls one inside the tramline and Rashid tonks it over the fence. Khan ain't going down without a fight. Slower one and it is fuller in length. Rashid waits for it and lofts it over the long off fence.
44.4
0
C Brathwaite to R Khan, Three wides in a row! Brathwaite is looking to stay away from Rashid's hitting zone but is bowling it too wide outside off.
44.4
0
C Brathwaite to R Khan, Another wide as once again this is bowled outside the tramline.
44.4
0
C Brathwaite to R Khan, Way too wide outside off, Rashid lets it be. Wided.
44.3
1
C Brathwaite to D Zadran, Fuller and outside off, this is hit through covers for one.

Dawlat Zadran is the new batsman.

44.2
0
C Brathwaite to A Afghan, OUT! Yes, that is clean! This is probably the final nail in the coffin as Afghan is walking back. Brathwaite bowls a slower one and fuller in length outside off. Afghan looks to go downtown but it goes off the toe end. Holder there takes a well-judged catch just inside the ropes. The umpire does go upstairs to check and replays show that Holder has done well to stay away from the boundary line. A good innings by AA but he needed to be there till the end.

Is that caught cleanly? Jason Holder has taken a skier near the long off fence. Has he touched the boundary line? He's sure and is celebrating with his teammates.

44.1
0
C Brathwaite to A Afghan, Well bowled! A yorker just inside the tramline. Afghan fails to put bat on ball.

Carlos Brathwaite is back into the attack. There was an initial thought of giving this over to Oshane Thomas. Maybe, from the other end.

43.6
1
K Roach to A Afghan, Pitches it up and outside off, it's pushed square of the wicket on the off side for a run. Outstanding over to finish an outstanding spell, Roach bowls out with figures of 10-2-37-3!
43.5
0
K Roach to R Khan, Again a grunt is followed by a slower delivery. On a length around middle and leg, Rashid fails to flick and it deflects to point off his pads. They cross for a leg bye.
43.4
0
K Roach to R Khan, Slants in a length ball on off, defended back to the bowler from the crease.
43.3
0
K Roach to R Khan, Roach lets out a grunt and serves a slower short ball outside off. Rashid is early into his flat-batted shot and gets a bottom edge. It goes on one bounce to the keeper.
43.2
0
K Roach to R Khan, Misses out there! Full delivery on the pads, Rashid clips it across the line but finds short fine leg.
43.1
1
K Roach to A Afghan, Short and wide outside off, slapped to sweeper cover for a single.
42.6
1
J Holder to A Afghan, A single to end! 12 from the over. So a good comeback by the bowler in the end but still a good over for Afghanistan. This is on a length and around off, Afghan chops it towards short third man for one. 71 needed in 42.
42.4
1
J Holder to R Khan, Slower one outside off, this is guided through point for one.
42.3
1
J Holder to A Afghan, A single now! Outside off, AA strokes it through covers for one.
42.2
4
J Holder to A Afghan, FOUR! 9 from 2 balls now! This is a poor ball with fine leg up. A full toss on the pads, Afghan flicks it fine on the leg side and finds a boundary.
42.1
4
J Holder to A Afghan, FOUR! Up and over with the angle! Fuller and outside off, Afghan goes back and lofts it over covers and bags a boundary. 5 from the over so far. Good start to the over, need to make it count.
42.1
0
J Holder to A Afghan, Way outside the tramline on the off side, Afghan leaves it and the umpire has wided it.
41.6
0
K Roach to R Khan, A dot to end another successful over for Roach. Fuller and on middle, this is hit back to the bowler. 83 needed in the last 8. Run rate needed above 10.
41.6
0
K Roach to R Khan, A short ball but it is way too short. Wided for height.
41.5
1
K Roach to A Afghan, Good length and on off, Afghan taps it down to covers and steals a quick run.

Rashid Khan's turn to bat. His last opportunity in this World Cup to impress.

41.4
0
K Roach to S Shinwari, OUT! Hetmyer takes a beauty! Another one bites the dust! Roach gets his third. A good comeback for him. It is a slower one, an off cutter outside off and shorter in length. Shinwari looks to drag it from outside off but does not get enough power behind it. It goes towards deep mid-wicket where Hetmyer runs in and takes a good catch diving to his right. The task keeps getting tougher for Afghanistan.
41.3
0
K Roach to S Shinwari, Another dot! Slower one outside off, Shinwari looks to play it late and fine on the off side but misses.
41.2
1
K Roach to A Afghan, This is on the pads, Afghan looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It rolls on the off side for one.
41.1
0
K Roach to A Afghan, Bowls it wide outside off, it is a seam-up delivery. Afghan hangs his bat out but gets beaten.
40.6
0
J Holder to S Shinwari, A dot to end! Very full and outside off, Shinwari looks to carve it but it goes off the inner half back to the bowler. Just the 6 from the over. Afghanistan need a few more than that. 86 needed in 54.
40.5
1
J Holder to A Afghan, Excellent delivery! A yorker outside off, Afghan looks to put bat on ball but it goes off the inner half to the left of the keeper for one.
40.4
1
J Holder to S Shinwari, Full and outside off, bowling to his field is the skipper. Shinwari strokes it through cover-point for one.
40.4
0
J Holder to S Shinwari, WIDE! Way too wide outside off and it has been wided.
40.3
2
J Holder to S Shinwari, Excellent fielding! This is fuller and on off, Shinwari hits it hard down the ground. Brathwaite, at long off, runs to his right and then dives to push it back in. The long on fielder does the mopping up job and the partnership saves two.
40.2
0
J Holder to S Shinwari, Good length and outside off, Shinwari swings but misses.
40.1
1
J Holder to A Afghan, Good running! Fuller and outside off, AA looks to drive but it goes off the inner half towards the keeper. The batters take a quick run.

Powerplay 3 time! The umpire signals for it and now West Indies can have a maximum of 5 fielders outside the ring till the end. Jason Holder returns into the attack and will be bowling from the 'round the wicket angle.

39.6
1
K Roach to A Afghan, One more single! Shorter and outside off, Afghan looks to cut but ends up chopping it on the off side for one. Another top over by Roach. 92 needed in the last 10 overs.
39.5
1
K Roach to S Shinwari, Another single! This is shorter and on middle, Shinwari pulls it through backward square leg for one.
39.4
1
K Roach to A Afghan, Another slower one outside off, Afghan works it behind square on the leg side for one.
39.3
1
K Roach to S Shinwari, This is angled into the batter, Shinwari works it through mid-wicket for one.
39.2
1
K Roach to A Afghan, Lovely delivery! A slow dipping yorker on middle, Afghan jams it out on the leg side and a run is taken.
39.1
0
K Roach to A Afghan, Outside off, Afghan slashes at it but it goes off the inner half to the keeper.
38.6
1
S Cottrell to A Afghan, Once again pushes a full ball with gentle hands towards wide mid on and calls for two. This time though the long on fielder quickly gets to the ball and they have to abort the plan. 14 from the over, 97 needed off 66 balls.
38.5
2
S Cottrell to A Afghan, Goes for the yorker but it turns out to be a full toss. Asghar nudges it through mid-wicket and calls for two. Gets it easily. There is some urgency shown by the current Afghan pair.
38.4
0
S Cottrell to A Afghan, Play and a miss! Afghan is deceived by the slower one. It's short and outside off, Afghan slashes his blade early and misses.
38.3
4
S Cottrell to A Afghan, FOUR! Asghar Afghan is doing it for Afghanistan! Short and wide outside off, Afghan rocks back and smashes it right through the gap between short third man and backward point. No stopping this one.
38.2
6
S Cottrell to A Afghan, SIX! Afghan gets into the position early, rocks back and waits for the ball to arrive. Sheldon serves it in his zone and Asghar launches it over mid-wicket. Muscled.
38.1
1
S Cottrell to S Shinwari, Short in length around off, Shinwari pulls it in front of square leg and picks up a single.
37.6
0
K Roach to A Afghan, Another dot! A wicket maiden by Roach which is tremendous at this stage. Fuller and on off, Afghan strokes it to mid off.
37.5
0
K Roach to A Afghan, This is angled into the pads, Afghan looks to work it on the leg side but misses to get hit on the pads.

Samiullah Shinwari is the new batsman.

37.4
0
K Roach to M Nabi, OUT! Nabi holes out and the wheels for Afghanistan are coming off! This is a big wicket as Nabi is a very, very dangerous player. Roach strikes in the first over of his new spell. He bowls a slower one outside off, Nabi lofts it over covers but straight to the only man out in the deep. Allen there, makes no mistake. Half the side back in the hut for Afghanistan.
37.3
0
K Roach to M Nabi, Another dot! Slower one outside off, Nabi guides it to point.
37.2
0
K Roach to M Nabi, BEATEN! Good length and just outside off, Nabi looks to play it fine on the off side but is beaten.
37.1
0
K Roach to M Nabi, Back of a length on off, Nabi pushes it towards cover and wants one but is sent back.

Kemar Roach is back into the attack!

36.6
1
S Cottrell to M Nabi, Works it with gentle hands towards mid on and scampers across to the other end.
36.5
1
S Cottrell to A Afghan, 200 up for Afghanistan! Too full in length on middle and off, it's drilled down the ground for a run as long on cuts it off.
36.4
0
S Cottrell to A Afghan, Shaping back in from a length around off, some extra bounce as well, Afghan tries working it around but gets an inside edge behind towards the keeper. Looks for a run but is sent back.
36.3
1
S Cottrell to M Nabi, Pitches it up and around off, it's driven confidently off the front foot but straight to mid off. Still a run taken.
36.3
0
S Cottrell to M Nabi, Heading down the leg side, the batsman tries flicking but misses. Given a wide!
36.2
1
S Cottrell to A Afghan, Straighter in line, it's turned to square leg for a run.
36.1
0
S Cottrell to A Afghan, Good length ball on middle and off, Afghan defends it off his back foot to the off side.
35.6
1
C Gayle to A Afghan, Floats it up on middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one. So 9 off the over but two wickets in it as well. Universe Boss has done his job!
35.6
0
C Gayle to A Afghan, WIDE! Down the leg side, Afghan looks to pull but misses.

Mohammad Nabi arrives in the middle. 118 needed off 85 balls.

35.5
1
C Gayle to A Afghan, OUT! Two wickets in this over and this time it is a run out! The last thing Afghanistan would have wanted. The game has turned on its head. West Indies back on top again. This was just not needed. Very poor from Afghan. He works this with soft hands through mid-wicket and the batters take the first one quickly. Afghan wants a second but Zadran is not interested. AA sees that but still keeps going for it. Zadran eventually has to go for it. It is too late till then. Hetmyer from the deep runs in, picks the ball up and throws it to Brathwaite who has come to the stumps at the non-striker's end from covers. He collects it and whips the bails off. No need to go upstairs. Two new batsmen out there now.
35.4
4
C Gayle to A Afghan, FOUR! Gayle fires in a full toss on middle, Afghan sweeps firmly and the square leg fielder fails to stop it. A boundary to open the account for Afghan.

Asghar Afghan comes out to bat.

35.3
0
C Gayle to Ali Khil, OUT! Ikram Ali Khil has to go back! No century for the young man. But what a knock by him, truly showed his class and character. Gayle strikes here after bowling some really tidy overs. A flighted full off spinner, on middle, Ali Khil tries to sweep but misses. He is rapped on the pads, they appeal and the finger goes up. Ikram has a word with his partner and then goes for the DRS. The replays roll in and they find no bat first and then the Ball Tracker shows three reds. The 18-year old walks back to a good ovation from the crowd. 123 needed more.

DRS time! Ikram Ali Khil has been adjudged lbw. He walks up to his partner and decides to take the review at the last moment. Looks quite straight, this. Only an inside edge can save him. No bat on the Ultra Edge. Ball Tracker confirms that everything is right and it's hitting the stumps.

35.2
1
C Gayle to N Zadran, Goes on the back foot and forces it down to long off for a run.
35.1
1
C Gayle to Ali Khil, Full and flighted wide outside off, it's swept through square leg for a run.
34.6
2
S Cottrell to N Zadran, A couple to end another good over for West Indies. This is fuller and on middle, this is hit wide of long on for two.
34.5
1
S Cottrell to Ali Khil, Another slower one. This time Ikram waits for it and works it through mid-wicket for one.
34.4
0
S Cottrell to N Zadran, A swing and a miss! Slower one outside off, Ikram swings across the line but misses.
34.3
0
S Cottrell to Ali Khil, Goes full and on middle, this is hit towards cover.
34.2
1
S Cottrell to N Zadran, A quick bumper on the body of the batsman, Zadran takes his eyes off the ball and looks to pull but it goes off the higher portion towards backward square leg for one.
34.1
1
S Cottrell to Ali Khil, Slower one and shorter in length, Ikram mistimes it towards deep mid-wicket for one.

Sheldon Cottrell is back!

Drinks break. What a chase this is turning out to be! Brave batting by Afghanistan so far. The century stand for the second wicket has really given them a platform and Ikram Ali Khil holds the key. He has got an able partner in Najibullah Zadran and together they are going quite well. The asking rate though is just over 8 now and they will have to keep that under check. Mouthwatering finish on the cards.

33.6
1
C Gayle to Ali Khil, Another single to end! Slower through the air on middle, Ikram works it through mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
33.5
1
C Gayle to N Zadran, Just a single now! A full toss and it is quicker. Zadran hits it down to long on and takes one.
33.4
0
C Gayle to N Zadran, Make that 4 as this very full ball is hit to covers.
33.3
0
C Gayle to N Zadran, A low full toss on off, NZ hits it to covers. 3 dots.
33.2
0
C Gayle to N Zadran, Fuller and on off, Zadran hits it back to the bowler.
33.1
0
C Gayle to N Zadran, Full and outside off, this is jammed out to covers.
32.6
1
C Brathwaite to N Zadran, A single to end a top over for Afghanistan! 13 from it. This is on middle and worked through mid-wicket for one. 132 needed in 102 balls.
32.5
1
C Brathwaite to Ali Khil, A single now as this is worked through mid-wicket.
32.4
2
C Brathwaite to Ali Khil, Another couple! Shorter again on middle, this is pulled through mid-wicket. The long on fielder runs to his left, dives and stops it, although not cleanly. He parries it to his left and by the time gets up to collect and throw, the batsmen complete the second run.
32.3
2
C Brathwaite to Ali Khil, A couple! Shorter and on middle, Ikram pulls it towards deep square leg. The fielder in the deep gets to the ball. However, when Roach looks to throw it, it slips out and the batters take one extra run.
32.2
1
C Brathwaite to N Zadran, This is shorter and outside off, Zadran looks to guide it past backward point but the fielder dives and keeps it to one.
32.1
6
C Brathwaite to N Zadran, SIX! That is straight as an arrow! That will surely release the pressure which was built in the last over. Full and on middle, Zadran extends his arms and lofts it over the long off fence. Brathwaite is leaking runs.
31.6
1
C Gayle to N Zadran, Just a single on the last ball! Another good over by Gayle. This is full and on the pads, it is hit down to long on for one.
31.5
0
C Gayle to N Zadran, Another dot as Zadran this time gets hold of the reverse sweep but can't get it past point.
31.4
0
C Gayle to N Zadran, This is darted into the pads, Zadran works it to square leg.
31.3
0
C Gayle to N Zadran, Zadran now comes down the track and also makes room. Gayle fires it on the body. NZ hits it to covers.
31.2
1
C Gayle to Ali Khil, Ikram comes down the track and makes this into a full toss. It is hit through mid-wicket for one.
31.1
1
C Gayle to N Zadran, Fuller and on off, this is hit through covers for one.
30.6
1
C Brathwaite to N Zadran, 9 from the over! A big one for Afghanistan! This is shorter and outside off, the batter slaps it through covers and takes one.
30.5
4
C Brathwaite to N Zadran, EDGY FOUR! Slower ball and fuller in length outside off, Zadran swings but it goes off the outer half, past the dive of Thomas at short third man and into the fence.
30.4
1
C Brathwaite to Ali Khil, Well bowled! Ikram dances down the track and Brathwaite bowls a yorker. Ikram tries to jam it out but it goes off the bottom part towards short fine leg for one.
30.3
1
C Brathwaite to N Zadran, Shorter in length and that has been pulled powerfully through mid-wicket but for one.
30.2
0
C Brathwaite to N Zadran, Good length on off, Zadran drops it on the off side and tries to run but is sent back.
30.1
0
C Brathwaite to N Zadran, Nothing off the Free Hit! A slower one on the fuller side on off. Zadran is way too early in his shot. It goes off the toe end to mid off.
30.1
1
C Brathwaite to Ali Khil, On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one. It is also a no ball as they have an extra fielder outside the ring. Free Hit coming up.
29.6
0
C Gayle to N Zadran, On the stumps again and Zadran plays it out. Just the one run from the over. 157 needed in the last 20.
29.5
0
C Gayle to N Zadran, Another dot as this is fired on the stumps, NZ pushes it to covers.
29.4
0
C Gayle to N Zadran, Well bowled and well kept! Sees Najibullah go for the reverse sweep so fires it down the leg side. Zadran misses and Hope does well to collect it.
29.3
0
C Gayle to N Zadran, Flatter and on off, this is pushed to covers.
29.2
1
C Gayle to Ali Khil, Shorter and on middle, Ikram pulls it hard but on the bounce to deep mid-wicket for one.
29.1
0
C Gayle to Ali Khil, NOT OUT! Hope has dislodged the bails with his glove without the ball in it. A missed stumping. This is flatter and outside off, Ali Khil looks to sweep but misses. He ends up dragging his feet out of the crease. Hope is in a hurry to take the bails off and does so without collecting the ball. He does ask the question. The umpire takes it upstairs and the replays confirm that it's a clumsy effort by Shai.

Stumping appeal is referred upstairs. It seems that the keeper has not collected the ball cleanly and broken the stumps with his gloves. Oh yes, the replays confirm the same and Ikram Ali Khil gets a lifeline.

28.6
1
C Brathwaite to Ali Khil, Too full in length around leg, Ali Khil flicks it with soft hands towards mid-wicket and runs the first run hard. But that's all he will get.
28.5
1
C Brathwaite to N Zadran, Another slower one, shorter in length and outside off, Zadran connects with his back foot punch and sends it to sweeper cover for a run.
28.4
0
C Brathwaite to N Zadran, Short and outside off, slower in pace, Najibullah stands tall and plays it down to point.
28.3
1
C Brathwaite to Ali Khil, Follows the batsman down the leg side with a slower full ball, Ikram keeps it out off the inner half towards square leg. The bowler runs to the ball and stops Ali Khil from taking the second run.
28.2
4
C Brathwaite to Ali Khil, FOUR! This is good batting from the young man. Picks the shortish length outside off very early and puts it away via a pull shot to the deep mid-wicket fence. 150 comes up for Afghanistan!
28.1
1
C Brathwaite to N Zadran, Angles in a good length delivery on middle, Zadran chops it down in front of cover-point and scoots to the other end.
27.6
3
C Gayle to N Zadran, Three to end! Another good stop! This is full and outside off, Zadran creams it through covers. The fielder in the deep runs to his left, dives and pushes it back in. Saves a run for his side.
27.5
2
C Gayle to N Zadran, Edgy runs! Flatter and outside off, Zadran looks to cut but it goes off the outside edge past short third man who gives it a chase and pulls it back in. Two taken.
27.4
0
C Gayle to N Zadran, Extremely full and quick, this is jammed out to covers.
27.3
0
C Gayle to N Zadran, Quicker and shorter on off, this is pushed to covers.
27.2
2
C Gayle to N Zadran, Fuller this time, Zadran strokes it through extra cover for a brace.
27.1
0
C Gayle to N Zadran, Floats it up on off, it pitches and turns away a little. Zadran pushes at it, it goes off the outer half to point.
26.6
1
C Brathwaite to N Zadran, Shorter and on the body, this is worked through square leg for one. End of successful over by CB.
26.5
0
C Brathwaite to N Zadran, On the off pole, NZ keeps it out.
26.4
0
C Brathwaite to N Zadran, Another good length ball, Zadran defends it out.
26.3
0
C Brathwaite to N Zadran, Back of a length on off, this is kept out.

Promotion for Najibullah Zadran. He has shown decent form in this tournament. In his last knock of 42 against Pakistan, he was involved in a few handy stands. Needs to do exactly that again.

26.2
0
C Brathwaite to R Shah, OUT! Leading edge and taken! Rahmat Shah's charmed life comes to an end. Cottrell will be a relieved man at the moment and this is a much-needed wicket for West Indies as they have broken the 133-run stand which was worrying them. Carlos bowls this on off, it is the slower one. Rahmat plants his front foot across and looks to flick but closes the face of the bat early. It goes off the leading edge towards cover where Gayle takes a good catch diving forward. The Jamaican giant celebrates with push-ups and Carlos also joins him. Funny! Afghanistan need 174 more. Also, with a new batsman out there, Windies have a chance to swell the required run rate.
26.1
0
C Brathwaite to R Shah, Fuller and on off, Shah hits it to covers.
25.6
1
C Gayle to R Shah, Advances down the track and pushes it past the diving old bowler for a run at long on.
25.5
1
C Gayle to Ali Khil, Quicker one outside off, drilled to sweeper cover for one.
25.4
1
C Gayle to R Shah, Walks forward and tickles it past the mid-wicket fielder for a run.
25.3
1
C Gayle to Ali Khil, Nearly sneaks through! Ali Khil jumps out of the crease and almost yorks himself. He digs it out back and Gayle jumps to collect it over his head. Doesn't do so cleanly and they cross for a single.
25.2
1
C Gayle to R Shah, Slower through the air, full and angling down, Rahmat stays back to work it through square leg for a single.
25.1
1
C Gayle to Ali Khil, Flighted delivery, full and on middle, Ikram dances down the track and eases it to long on for a run.

Change in the bowling attack. The Universe Boss, Chris Gayle, is warming up and getting ready to bowl. There is a buzz around the stadium. People just love to see him in action.

24.6
1
C Brathwaite to Ali Khil, Fuller outside off, Ali Khil strokes it through covers for one.
24.5
1
C Brathwaite to R Shah, Fuller and on middle, this is hit down to long on for one.
24.4
1
C Brathwaite to Ali Khil, Direct hit and Shah was a goner! Ali Khil comes down the track but Carlos bowls it short and it is a slower one. Ikram looks to heave it but it goes off the inner half to short fine leg. Shah goes for a run. Roach has a shy but misses.
24.3
0
C Brathwaite to Ali Khil, Another slower one on middle, Ikram works it to mid-wicket.
24.2
0
C Brathwaite to Ali Khil, On the pads, this is worked to short fine leg.
24.1
1
C Brathwaite to R Shah, DROPPED! Sheldon Cottrell has dropped an absolute sitter! West Indies needed a wicket, Brathwaite produces an opportunity but Sheldon spills it. This could prove very costly here. A slower one and on middle, Shah looks to clear long on but it goes off the top edge towards that fielder who does not hang on.
23.6
4
J Holder to Ali Khil, FOUR! Spoils the over! Ends up being a good one for Afghanistan. Ali Khil is on the charge! This is fuller and on the pads, Ikram works it through backward square leg and it races away to the fence.
23.5
1
J Holder to R Shah, Just a single now! This is once again angled into the batter, Shah hits it down to long on for one.
23.4
0
J Holder to R Shah, Three dots in a row now as this length ball is once again played to point.
23.3
0
J Holder to R Shah, Around off again, Shah plays it late and to point.
23.2
0
J Holder to R Shah, Back of a length on off, Shah guides it to point.
23.1
1
J Holder to Ali Khil, Fuller and on middle, Ikram whips it towards deep square leg for one.

Jason Holder to continue from this end...

22.6
1
C Brathwaite to Ali Khil, Ali Khil comes down the track but Carlos smartly bowls it slower. Ikram chips it down through mid on for one.
22.5
1
C Brathwaite to R Shah, Very full and on middle, this is hit down to long on for one.
22.4
0
C Brathwaite to R Shah, Another one on a length and around off, Shah once again defends it out.
22.3
0
C Brathwaite to R Shah, Goes back to bowling length on off, Shah keeps it out.
22.2
4
C Brathwaite to R Shah, FOUR! Too full and a boundary! The Windies are under pressure here. On middle, Shah strokes it past mid on and the ball races to the fence.
22.1
0
C Brathwaite to R Shah, This is angled into the batter, Shah looks to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads.

Carlos Brathwaite is on now!

21.6
0
J Holder to Ali Khil, Shortish and on off, Ikram jumps and cuts it through the line. The point fielder dives across to his left to make the stop. Good cricket all around. 7 from the over, 196 needed off 168 balls.
21.5
0
J Holder to Ali Khil, Back of a length ball on middle and off, Ali Khil taps it down to point and looks for a run. He is sent back.
21.4
2
J Holder to Ali Khil, Turns it off his pads through square leg and immediately calls for two. Gets it with ease in the end.
21.3
0
J Holder to Ali Khil, Slower one this time, around off, Ali Khil keeps it out to mid-wicket.
21.2
4
J Holder to Ali Khil, FOUR! Shade of arrogance in this shot! Mid on is up so it's a safe shot. Latches onto a length ball wide outside off and thumps it over the infield. The mid off fielder runs after it but the ball teasingly goes to the fence.
21.1
1
J Holder to R Shah, Short and wide outside off, guided down to third man for a run.
20.6
0
F Allen to Ali Khil, Brings the sweep shot out but it goes off the inner half to short fine leg. So two boundaries in the over.
20.5
0
F Allen to Ali Khil, Another tossed up ball on off, Ali Khil keeps it out.
20.4
0
F Allen to Ali Khil, This is tossed up outside off, it turns back in. Ikram looks to work it on the leg side but misses to get hit on the pads.
20.3
4
F Allen to Ali Khil, FOUR! Now gets to his fifty in style! Maiden ODI fifty for him. What a knock this has been. He has shown great character and has really fought hard. A big score is on offer here. He gets a freebie to get there. Short and on middle, Ali Khil goes back and pulls it hard through mid-wicket.
20.2
0
F Allen to Ali Khil, Flatter and on middle, it is worked to mid-wicket.
20.1
4
F Allen to Ali Khil, FOUR! This is lovely batting from Ali Khil. Also, this brings up the 100-run stand between the two. The chase is well in the balance here because of the this pair. The milestone is brought up in style. It is short and outside off, Ali Khil goes back and slaps it through covers for a boundary.
19.6
0
J Holder to R Shah, 4 dots in a row to end! A good over by Holder. Shorter and on off, Rahmat hits it back to the bowler.
19.5
0
J Holder to R Shah, Another dot as Rahmat hits this back of a length ball to mid on.
19.4
0
J Holder to R Shah, On a length again but this time it is on middle, Rahmat punches it to mid on off the back foot.
19.3
0
J Holder to R Shah, Back of a length on off, Shah stands tall and pushes it to covers.
19.2
1
J Holder to Ali Khil, On the fuller side, Ali Khil strokes it through covers and takes one.
19.1
0
J Holder to Ali Khil, Outside off, Ali Khil guides it to point.
18.6
1
F Allen to Ali Khil, Fuller and on off, Ali Khil skips down the track and pushes it to mid off where the fielder makes a diving stop. A single to end a 12-run over. 100 up for Afghanistan!
18.5
1
F Allen to R Shah, Fifty for Rahmat Shah, his 15th in ODIs and first in the World Cup! Full and flighted on off, Rahmat drives it down through mid off for a run. It has been a fine knock so far from him but he needs to carry on if Afghanistan want to get a win.
18.4
4
F Allen to R Shah, FOUR! Quicker one, short and wide outside off, Rahmat camps back and slaps it through backward point. The fielder there runs across to his left before putting in the dive but fails to cut it off.
18.3
1
F Allen to Ali Khil, Runs down the track to a full ball and helps it in the gap at mid-wicket for a run.
18.2
4
F Allen to Ali Khil, FOUR! Floated full ball around leg, Ikram skates down the track and lofts it over mid off. Doesn't quite time it well to clear the rope but still will get a boundary.
18.1
1
F Allen to R Shah, Fuller length ball on middle, Shah works it gently to the left of short fine leg and hurries to the other end. The fielder has a shy but misses the stumps at the bowler's end.
17.6
1
J Holder to R Shah, Just the single from the Free Hit! Shorter and around off, this is hit down to long on for one. 8 from the over. 224 needed in 192 balls.
17.6
1
J Holder to Ali Khil, NO BALL! Holder has overstepped! He goes short and on middle, this is pulled through square leg for one. Free Hit coming up.
17.5
1
J Holder to R Shah, Shorter in length and outside off, this is guided down to third man for one.
17.4
4
J Holder to R Shah, FOUR! Rahmat moves into the 40s! This is short and it sits up at a good height. Shah goes back and pulls it through backward square leg for a boundary.

This is a danger period for Rahmat Shah! His last four scores are 35, 24, 36 and 46. This suggests that Rahmat usually throws away his start at this time of his innings. He is on 38 at the moment.

17.3
0
J Holder to R Shah, Bangs it short again, Rahmat punches it but straight to mid off.
17.2
0
J Holder to R Shah, On the shorter side and on off, Shah pushes it to mid off.
17.1
0
J Holder to R Shah, Back of a length and on off, Shah goes back and defends it onto the ground.

Drinks break. So far so good from Afghanistan in this big run chase. After an early blow, they have recovered well through this partnership between Rahmat Shah and Ikram Ali Khil. West Indies have been quite inconsistent with their bowling and have not managed to create enough pressure. 232 needed off 198 balls and this match is still very much in the balance.

16.6
1
F Allen to R Shah, Loopy ball on off, this is hit down to long off for one.
16.5
1
F Allen to Ali Khil, Shorter outside off, this is hit through point for one.
16.4
0
F Allen to Ali Khil, Shorter and on the body, Ikram pulls it towards Gayle at short fine leg.
16.3
2
F Allen to Ali Khil, Just over! Shortish again and on middle, Ikram looks to power it over mid off but he does not get it right off the middle. Still hits it well enough to clear the in-ring fielder. Two taken.
16.2
1
F Allen to R Shah, Shorter and quicker around off, Rahmat looks to pull but mistimes it towards long on for one.
16.1
1
F Allen to Ali Khil, Shorter and on the pads, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.

Time for some spin! Fabian Allen to roll his arm now. He is the only genuine spinner in the XI for West Indies. In the last match against Sri Lanka, he did well to bowl an economical spell and then impressed one and all with his batting prowess. Can he provide the breakthrough here?

15.6
4
J Holder to R Shah, FOUR! All the pressure that was building has been released! Exquisite timing again! This is shorter and outside off, Shah stands tall and guides it past point. Third man runs to his right and looks to stop it with his leg but fails in the attempt.
15.5
0
J Holder to R Shah, On the shorter side again, Shah plays it to mid off.
15.4
0
J Holder to R Shah, This is angled into the batter, Shah hits it to mid on.
15.3
0
J Holder to R Shah, Another back of a length ball on off, Shah pushes it to mid off.
15.2
0
J Holder to R Shah, Back of a length again on off, Shah keeps it out.
15.1
0
J Holder to R Shah, Back of a length on off, Shah punches it to mid on.
14.6
1
O Thomas to R Shah, Good running once more. A length ball outside off, Rahmat presses forward and drives it gently to the right of mid off. They scamper across for a single as the fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end.
14.5
0
O Thomas to R Shah, Around middle and off, blocked from the back foot by Rahmat.
14.4
1
O Thomas to Ali Khil, Direct hit at the striker's end but Rahmat is safely in. Shortish ball on middle and leg, Ikram stays leg side of it and drops it with gentle hands in front of cover-point. Good calling between the two batsmen as they steal a run.
14.3
0
O Thomas to R Shah, Hurries up the batsman with his extra pace. Shah fails to work it around and it goes off his pads at square leg. They cross for a leg bye.
14.2
0
O Thomas to R Shah, Lands it on a length and outside off, Rahmat drives it from the crease to the right of Gayle at extra cover. The big man goes down low to stop the ball and the crowd loves it.
14.1
0
O Thomas to R Shah, Back of a length ball outside off, Shah taps it down from the crease to point.
13.6
0
J Holder to Ali Khil, Nearly edges it to the keeper! Slants across a short of a length ball outside off, Ali Khil attempts to dab it to third man but misses. 2 runs from Jason's first over.
13.5
0
J Holder to Ali Khil, Play and a miss! Short in length and wide outside off, Ikram stays back to pull on the leg side but fails to connect.
13.4
1
J Holder to R Shah, Back of a length ball on middle, Shah turns it off his hips to long leg for a run.
13.3
0
J Holder to R Shah, Good length ball around off, angling in, Shah remains on the back foot and blocks it to covers.
13.2
0
J Holder to R Shah, Beaten! Extra bounce for the tall fast bowler. Shortish delivery around off, holding its line, Shah tries to run it down but is beaten as it bounces over his bat.
13.1
1
J Holder to Ali Khil, Starts his spell with a back of a length ball on off, angling away, Ikram sticks back and runs it down to third man for a run.

Jason Holder is on now!

12.6
4
O Thomas to R Shah, FOUR! Caressed! Delightful! What a shot! On the fuller side, Shah just leans into it and creams it past cover. No stopping those. 11 comes from the over. Afghanistan going along well here.
12.5
1
O Thomas to Ali Khil, Shorter in length and on the body, it is pulled down to fine leg for one.
12.4
1
O Thomas to R Shah, Fuller and on off, Shah strokes it through covers for one.
12.3
4
O Thomas to R Shah, FOUR! Up and over! Picked the length early there! This was fractionally short around off, Rahmat Shah stands tall and pulls it over the mid-wicket fielder and bags another boundary.
12.2
1
O Thomas to Ali Khil, A single and that brings up the 50-run stand between the two. A good one as they lost Naib early. The two need to continue though. this is on the body, Ali Khil works it through square leg for one.
12.1
0
O Thomas to Ali Khil, Shorter and outside off, this is guided to point.
11.6
1
K Roach to Ali Khil, Shorter in length again and on middle, this is worked around the corner for one.
11.5
1
K Roach to R Shah, Shortish and outside off, Shah flashes at it and edges it down to third man for a run.
11.4
1
K Roach to Ali Khil, Another single as Ali Khil plays it with an angled bat down to third man.
11.3
1
K Roach to R Shah, Shorter and outside off, Shah pushes it through covers for one.
11.2
1
K Roach to Ali Khil, On the shorter side, Ali Khil pulls it down to fine leg for one. 50 up for Afghanistan.
11.1
0
K Roach to Ali Khil, Back of a length on middle, Ikram defends it out.
10.6
0
O Thomas to R Shah, On the fuller side on off, Shah jams it out to the bowler.
10.5
4
O Thomas to R Shah, FOUR! How easily has he played that? Yes, it is a poor ball but still. Short and wide outside off, Shah waits for it, uses the pace of the bowler and guides it through cover-point.
10.4
0
O Thomas to R Shah, Back of a length and on off, Shah keeps it out.
10.3
1
O Thomas to Ali Khil, Full and on the pads, this is flicked through square leg for one.
10.2
0
O Thomas to Ali Khil, On the fuller side on middle, Ikram works it to mid on.
10.1
0
O Thomas to Ali Khil, Back of a length on middle, Ikram defends it out.

Powerplay 2 begins! Now, West Indies can have a maximum of 4 fielders outside the circle till the 40th over. At the moment, the maroon team has three.

9.6
0
K Roach to R Shah, Back of a length on off, this is pushed to mid off. 7 from the last over of Powerplay 1! Afghanistan have recovered well after losing an early wicket. They are 44 for 1, needing another 268 in 240 balls.
9.5
1
K Roach to Ali Khil, A single now as Ikram guides it down to third man.
9.4
0
K Roach to Ali Khil, Back of a length on off, Ikram pushes it to covers.
9.3
0
K Roach to Ali Khil, On the pads, this is worked to mid-wicket.
9.2
2
K Roach to Ali Khil, Misfield! Fuller and outside off, Ali Khil hits it towards point where the fielder dives over the ball and the batters take two.
9.1
4
K Roach to Ali Khil, FOUR! One bounce and over the fence! What a shot that is, Ikram says, take that Roach. Fuller in length and around off, Ali Khil lofts it over mid on and bags a boundary.
8.6
0
O Thomas to R Shah, On the body, this is worked towards mid on.
8.5
1
O Thomas to Ali Khil, Goes short this time! Ikram looks to pull but mistimes it towards backward square leg for one.
8.4
0
O Thomas to Ali Khil, Fuller in length again on off, Ikram hits it to covers.
8.3
0
O Thomas to Ali Khil, Shorter in length and just outside off, Ali Khil throws his bat at it but misses.
8.2
0
O Thomas to Ali Khil, Fuller and on off, this is hit to covers.
8.1
2
O Thomas to Ali Khil, Well played! Back of a length ball around off, Ikram guides it past point and takes two.

Oshane Thomas is on now!

7.6
0
K Roach to R Shah, On the middle pole, this is hit back to the bowler.
7.5
0
K Roach to R Shah, Back of a length and on off, Shah defends it out.
7.4
4
K Roach to R Shah, FOUR! Easy-peasy! A half volley on the pads and Shah flicks it through square leg for a boundary. Runs coming thick and fast for Afghanistan now.
7.3
0
K Roach to R Shah, Good length and this is angled into the off pole, Shah blocks it out.
7.2
1
K Roach to Ali Khil, Another length ball around off, Ikram plays it late down to third man for one.
7.1
0
K Roach to Ali Khil, Back of a length on off, this is pushed to covers.
6.6
4
S Cottrell to R Shah, FOUR! Ends the over with a boundary! 10 from the over, a good one for Afghanistan. Once again Sheldon opts for a straighter line. This time Shah works it through mid-wicket and the ball races away to the fence.
6.5
0
S Cottrell to R Shah, A slower one outside off, Shah pushes it to mid on.
6.4
0
S Cottrell to R Shah, A little too straight again, Shah easily works it to mid-wicket.
6.3
0
S Cottrell to R Shah, On middle, this is worked to square leg.
6.3
0
S Cottrell to R Shah, A sharp short ball, it bounces over the batter's head though and it has been wided.
6.2
0
S Cottrell to R Shah, Goes fuller this time and on off, Shah strokes it to mid off.
6.1
4
S Cottrell to R Shah, FOUR! Classy! Slightly shorter and outside off this time. Shah waits for it and then guides it past point for a boundary. Welcome boundary.
6.1
0
S Cottrell to R Shah, WIDE! Short and down the leg side, Shah looks to pull but misses.
5.6
2
K Roach to Ali Khil, Uppish but safe! Fuller and on off, Ali Khil strokes it uppishly but through covers for two.
5.5
0
K Roach to Ali Khil, Another one on a length, Ali Khil guides it to point.
5.4
1
K Roach to R Shah, Another fuller length ball on middle, Shah strokes it towards mid on and takes one.
5.3
0
K Roach to R Shah, Good shot and good fielding! Shorter and on off, Shah gets on top of the bounce and guides it towards point where the fielder dives to his right and stops it.
5.2
0
K Roach to R Shah, Good length and on off, Shah defends it out.
5.1
0
K Roach to R Shah, On the fuller side on off, this is driven back to the bowler.
4.6
0
S Cottrell to Ali Khil, Beaten again! Fuller and wider outside off, Ikram throws his bat at it and misses.
4.5
0
S Cottrell to Ali Khil, Goes for the short one around off, Ikram looks to pull but is beaten by pace. A little fun out there, Gayle is appealing, he also tries to convince his skipper to take the review but Holder is not interested.
4.4
4
S Cottrell to Ali Khil, FOUR! Nicely played! Cottrell fails to adjust to the left-hander. He drifts it on the pads. Ikram works it fine on the leg side and bags a boundary.
4.3
1
S Cottrell to R Shah, Well fielded! Shorter and around off, Shah guides it towards point where Allen dives to his left and stops it. Could not stop the single though.
4.2
0
S Cottrell to R Shah, Another one on a length and around off, Shah defends it.
4.1
0
S Cottrell to R Shah, BEATEN! Shah seems to be worried about the ball coming in. This is fuller and just outside off, Shah looks to drive but plays inside the line and the ball whizzes past the outside edge.
3.6
0
K Roach to Ali Khil, Maiden! Back of a length ball on off, Ali Khil once again remains inside the crease and punches it to mid off. Tidy over by Roach.
3.5
0
K Roach to Ali Khil, Shortish and around leg, Ikram stays back footed and defends it on the leg side. Five dots.
3.4
0
K Roach to Ali Khil, Leans forward to a length ball outside off and pushes it with gentle hands to covers.
3.3
0
K Roach to Ali Khil, Digs in a shortish ball on middle, Ikram pulls across the line but finds the fielder in front of square leg.
3.2
0
K Roach to Ali Khil, Full and outside off, Ikram drives but finds the fielder on the off side.
3.1
0
K Roach to Ali Khil, Good length ball on off, angling away, Ali Khil defends it off his back foot.
2.6
1
S Cottrell to Ali Khil, Lovely delivery! This is fuller and around off, it shapes away. Ikram looks to defend but it goes off the outer half down to third man for one.
2.5
1
S Cottrell to R Shah, Shorter in length and around off, it is dragged towards mid on for one.
2.4
0
S Cottrell to R Shah, Back of a length on off, Shah hops and keeps it out.
2.3
1
S Cottrell to Ali Khil, Back of a length on off, this is guided down to third man for one.
2.2
0
S Cottrell to Ali Khil, Another one on the pads, Ikram looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. It rolls towards the keeper who dives to his right and stops it.
2.1
0
S Cottrell to Ali Khil, Fuller and on middle, this is hit to mid on.
1.6
1
K Roach to Ali Khil, On the pads, this is worked towards square leg for a single. A successful first over by Roach.
1.5
0
K Roach to Ali Khil, On the shorter side again and outside off, Ali Khil looks to cut but misses.
1.4
2
K Roach to Ali Khil, Good fielding! On the shorter side and on the body, Ikram pulls it towards fine leg. Cottrell runs to his right, dives and stops it. Saves two for his side.

Ikram Ali Khil is the number 3 batsman.

1.3
0
K Roach to G Naib, OUT! CAUGHT! Roach has the last laugh and Naib falls. One shot too many by him. It is on the fuller side and around off, Naib looks to heave it over the leg side but it goes off the inner half and straight to mid-wicket. Lewis makes no mistake. Bad start for Afghanistan and the perfect one for West Indies.
1.2
4
K Roach to G Naib, FOUR! Too short and Naib puts it away! It is on the body, bounces at a good height for the batter. Naib pulls it over square leg for a boundary. First of the run chase.
1.1
0
K Roach to G Naib, Back of a length on off, Naib stands tall and guides it to point.

Kemar Roach to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.

0.6
0
S Cottrell to R Shah, Another full ball around off, Shah drives it square on the off side but can't get past point. Just the one run from the first over.
0.5
0
S Cottrell to R Shah, BEATEN! On the fuller side again and outside off, Shah does go after it but misses.
0.4
0
S Cottrell to R Shah, Goes very full now and it is on off, Shah strokes it to covers.
0.3
1
S Cottrell to G Naib, The run chase is underway! Back of a length and around off, Naib look to push at it but gets an inside edge which goes towards short fine leg for one.
0.2
0
S Cottrell to G Naib, A half shout! Back of a length on middle, Naib looks to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads.
0.1
0
S Cottrell to G Naib, Starts off with a back of a length ball on off, Naib pushes it to mid off.

We are back for the chase! The West Indies players are in a huddle as the Afghanistan openers, Gulbadin Naib and Rahmat Shah, pass by them. The Windies players now make their way out to the middle. Naib will be on strike and he will be facing Sheldon Cottrell who has the first new ball in hand. Here we go...