ICC World Twenty20 Warm-up Matches, 2021

Afghanistan vs West Indies - Match 16

Venue: ICC Academy, Dubai

Date & Time: 20 October 2021

West Indies 133/5

RR: 6.65 | Afghanistan beat West Indies by 56 runs

commentary

Right then. That is all that we have from this game. The warm-up games are done but we will have the two group stage games on Thursday, 21st October 2021. First, we will have the clash between Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea at 2 pm local (10 am GMT), followed by the game between Scotland and Oman at 6 pm local (2 pm GMT). Do join us then. Cheers!

Earlier on in the first innings. After deciding to bat, the Afghanistan batters did well to put up an above par score on the board, with 189/5. All thanks to the half-century knocks by their opening pair, followed by some handy cameos by the middle order. Their bowlers stepped up to the task and defended the score successfully in the end.

The batters did not turn up to the occasion for West Indies. Mohammad Nabi managed to spin the web around the top-order and got rid of three batsmen early on. Lendl Simmons was sent back on a duck. While, Lewis and Hetmyer went cheaply. Then Roston Chase and Pooran stitched a crucial partnership to take their team to safer shores. After 10 overs, Afghanistan were 100/1, while West Indies saw themselves at 50/3. They were already 50 runs behind, and some dot balls and some rare boundaries meant that the run rate kept creeping up. Pooran skittled out, as he looked to go big and cool down the run rate. Chase and Russell knocked some runs in the end, but the latter fell short. In the end, West Indies were defeated by 56 runs.

It was the NABI show with his magic arm. He got rid of both the openers, Lendl Simmons and Evin Lewis as well as the hard-hitting Shimron Hetmyer. After 6.3 overs, West Indies were at a teetering position at 27/3. While, Mohammad Nabi ended with the figures of (4-2-2-3), which included two maiden-wicket overs. He was in some top-notch form. He was supported well by Mujeeb Ur Rahman during the Powerplay and kept the run rate within control. There was a patch when a partnership was brewing, but Karim Janat made sure to get the breakthrough. Naveen picked up a wicket in the final over to get rid of Andre Russell. It was a demanding victory for the Afghans.

Another disappointing show by the defending champions and this will be their second defeat in the warm-up games. They would hope their fortune to turn around at the mega event. Afghanistan, on the other hand, have certainly managed to iron the chink of their last game, as their batters did the job for them in this game. It was a tremendous performance by Afghanistan. 

19.6
0
Naveen-ul-Haq to Hayden Walsh, A slower short ball on middle, Hayden Walsh looks to pull but misses. Afghanistan win by 56 runs!
19.5
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Roston Chase, Around off, hit over covers for a single.
19.4
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Hayden Walsh, Full toss, around middle, Walsh pushes this to the mid off region. They go for the single but this is hit straight to Gulbadin Naib there. He collects and has a shy at the non-striker's end, but misses. Had he hit, Walsh would be running all the way back to the hut.
19.3
2
Naveen-ul-Haq to Hayden Walsh, Full and straight, Hayden Walsh does well to jam this one out through square leg for a couple of runs.

Hayden Walsh comes out at number 7.

19.2
0
Naveen-ul-Haq to Andre Russell, OUT! CAUGHT! Andre Russell's struggle comes to a close. Good-length delivery, around off, Andre Russell stays deep in the crease and looks to clear the long on fence, but he does not quite time it well. An easy take for Gulbadin Naib in the deep.
19.1
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Roston Chase, Slower, short, around off, flat-batted over mid off for a single.

Naveen-ul-Haq comes back into the attack to bowl the final over. He has given away only 7 runs off his two overs.

18.6
0
Karim Janat to Andre Russell, A pacy short ball now, on middle, Andre Russell looks for the pull shot but misses yet again.
18.5
0
Karim Janat to Andre Russell, Slower ball, around off on a length, Andre wants to smack this over the leg side but fails to connect.
18.4
1
Karim Janat to Roston Chase, On middle, heaved through mid-wicket for a run.
18.3
1
Karim Janat to Andre Russell, On a length on off, hit down to long on for a single.
18.2
4
Karim Janat to Andre Russell, FOUR! Around off, on a length, Andre Russell looks to heave this to the leg side but he gets the inside edge and the ball runs away to the fine leg fence.
18.1
0
Karim Janat to Andre Russell, Good-length ball around off, Russell bunts this to the leg side.

Karim Janat (2-0-24-1) comes back into the attack to bowl the penultimate over. 

17.6
1
Gulbadin Naib to Andre Russell, Around off, played through covers for one.
17.5
1
Gulbadin Naib to Roston Chase, This is played to deep mid-wicket for a single.
17.4
4
Gulbadin Naib to Roston Chase, FOUR! Fifty for Roston Chase! It has taken him a while but he has batted with some patience out in the middle. Short and wide outside off, Roston Chase frees his arms and slams this one over the cover region for a boundary.
17.3
1
Gulbadin Naib to Andre Russell, Short, on off, pulled down to long on for one.
17.2
0
Gulbadin Naib to Andre Russell, Short and wide outside off, AR looks to slash it away but misses.
17.1
0
Gulbadin Naib to Andre Russell, Slower, short, around off, Russell looks to pull but then does not go for the shot this time.

Gulbadin Naib (1-0-8-0) is back into the attack.

16.6
0
Rashid Khan to Roston Chase, Fuller again, on middle and leg, Chase misses his slog to the leg side and is hit on the pad. Another excited appeal for LBW from Rashid but the umpire says no. 75 more needed in 18 balls!
16.5
0
Rashid Khan to Andre Russell, Flatter, around middle and leg, angling down, Russell misses his heave again and the keeper fails to stop it too. A bye is stolen.
16.4
0
Rashid Khan to Andre Russell, Around off and middle, Andre Russell gets low and looks to heave it away to the leg side but misses and the ball takes the body and goes to the off side.
16.3
0
Rashid Khan to Andre Russell, Floated, around middle and leg, Andre Russell prods forward looking to defend but misses and gets pinged on the pad. An appeal for LBW but turned down.
16.2
1
Rashid Khan to Roston Chase, Flatter, shorter, on middle, knocked through mid-wicket for one.
16.1
0
Rashid Khan to Roston Chase, Darted on the leg pole, Chase looks to heave it away but misses.
16.1
0
Rashid Khan to Roston Chase, WIDE! Full and down leg. Chase looks to sweep it away but misses. Wide called by the umpire.
16.1
0
Rashid Khan to Roston Chase, WIDE! Full and down leg. Chase looks to flick it away but misses. Wide called.
15.6
1
Hamid Hassan to Roston Chase, Just a single off the Free Hit! Around off and middle, fuller, dug out through square leg and a run is taken.

Rashid Khan is back into the attack.

15.6
0
Hamid Hassan to Roston Chase, OUT? Nopes. It is a NO BALL! That was very well bowled but Hamid Hassan had overstepped and hence, will be not out. A laser-guided yorker, on middle, Roston Chase tries to dig this one out but he fails to do so and the middle stump is uprooted. Will not matter as this was a no ball. Free Hit coming up...
15.5
0
Hamid Hassan to Roston Chase, A good bumper, around off, Roston looks to pull but misses.
15.4
1
Hamid Hassan to Andre Russell, Around off, pulled to the leg side for one.
15.3
2
Hamid Hassan to Andre Russell, Short ball, around off, Andre Russell flat-bats it over covers this time. They take one and decide to take the second. The throw comes from the deep to the keeper, who collects and whips the bails off. An appeal for run out but the umpire thinks that Russell was in. Replays show that Andre Russell was actually short of the crease. Should have been out.
15.2
1
Hamid Hassan to Roston Chase, Fuller, on middle, hit down to long off for one.
15.1
6
Hamid Hassan to Roston Chase, SIX! Good hit! Short, around off, at a decent height and Roston Chase latches onto this by smacking it well over deep mid-wicket.
14.6
1
Karim Janat to Roston Chase, Slower length ball, wide outside off, Roston Chase reaches it and slaps it to long off for a single.
14.5
1
Karim Janat to Andre Russell, Back of a length, on off, Andre Russell slaps it towards long off for a single.
14.4
0
Karim Janat to Nicholas Pooran, OUT!  Gone this time! Full, on the stumps, Nicholas Pooran looks to get under it and smash it over long on. But fails to get the elevation and hits it straight to Mohammad Nabi at long on. He takes a fine catch.
14.3
4
Karim Janat to Nicholas Pooran, FOUR! Short ball and Nicholas Pooran rocks back quickly to pull this away towards the mid-wicket fence for a boundary.
14.2
1
Karim Janat to Roston Chase, Fuller, on the stumps, Chase drills it to long on for a single.

Andre Russell strides out into the middle! 

14.2
0
Karim Janat to Roston Chase, FIVE WIDES! Karim Janat bowls this way down the leg side.  The wicketkeeper dives to his left but fails to stop it and the ball races away towards the boundary at fine leg. Roston Chase the batter there decides to not go after that ball as it is way too wide.
14.1
1
Karim Janat to Nicholas Pooran, Full ball, around off, Pooran drills it hard towards long off. The fielder there fumbles a little but in the end stops it to just a single.
13.6
0
Hamid Hassan to Nicholas Pooran, Fuller, on the pads, Nicholas Pooran looks to flick it away. But misses. The ball hits his pads and rolls away towards square leg. The batters take a leg bye.
13.5
1
Hamid Hassan to Roston Chase, Slower, length ball, on off, Roston Chase makes room and hits this to sweeper cover for a single.
13.4
4
Hamid Hassan to Roston Chase, FOUR! Roston Chase gets a lucky boundary this time! On a length, outside off, Chase looks to cut it hard but gets an outside edge towards third man for a boundary.
13.3
1
Hamid Hassan to Nicholas Pooran, Fuller, on off, Nicholas Pooran drills it to long off for a single.
13.2
6
Hamid Hassan to Nicholas Pooran, SIX! Dispatched! Length ball, on the pads, Nicholas Pooran whips this off his pads over deep square leg for a biggie.
13.1
4
Hamid Hassan to Nicholas Pooran, FOUR! Shorter length and pulled away! Short ball, around leg. Nicholas Pooran gets back and pulls it to backward square leg for a boundary.
12.6
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Nicholas Pooran, Floated and on off. Pooran pushes it to long off for another single. 7 runs off it. But there singles won't hurt Afghanistan. The run rate is creeping up for West Indies. They need to hunt down some boundaries now.

Hamid Hassan to bowl! 

12.5
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Roston Chase, A single as this is worked towards mid on.
12.4
2
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Roston Chase, In the air... safe! Loopy ball, full and on off. Chase throws his bat at it. The ball flies high in the air and it lands safely between long on and long off. The batters pick two runs.
12.3
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Nicholas Pooran, Darted, on the pads. Pooran clips it to square leg for a single.
12.2
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Roston Chase, Flatter and on off. Chase pushes it to cover for a single.
12.1
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Nicholas Pooran, Short and on off. Pooran hangs back and pulls it towards mid on, he does not middle it. The ball lands safely and the batters take a single.
11.6
0
Gulbadin Naib to Roston Chase, Full delivery, on off, Roston Chase drives it to the extra cover fielder in the ring.
11.5
2
Gulbadin Naib to Roston Chase, Length ball, on off, Chase looks to heave it away across the line but gets the inside half of his blade towards fine leg for a couple.
11.4
4
Gulbadin Naib to Roston Chase, FOUR! Roston Chase finally gets one away! Short ball, on off, Roston Chase pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a boundary.
11.3
1
Gulbadin Naib to Nicholas Pooran, Back of a length, Pooran pulls it hard to mid-wicket for a single.
11.2
1
Gulbadin Naib to Roston Chase, Length ball, on off, Chase punches it towards long on for just a single. Good fielding at the deep there.
11.1
0
Gulbadin Naib to Roston Chase, On a length, outside off, Chase looks to cut but misses.
10.6
2
Rashid Khan to Nicholas Pooran, Shorter, outside off, slashed through backward point for a couple of runs.
10.5
0
Rashid Khan to Nicholas Pooran, Tossed up, around off, defended out.
10.4
1
Rashid Khan to Roston Chase, Fuller, on the pads, Chase clips it to mid on for a single.
10.3
0
Rashid Khan to Roston Chase, Fuller, on middle and leg, Chase sweeps but gets hit on the pads. The ball rolls away towards fine leg.
10.2
0
Rashid Khan to Roston Chase, Fuller, on off, Roston Chase looks to drive but fails to get any timing.
10.1
0
Rashid Khan to Roston Chase, On the pads, flatter, Roston Chase nudges it towards the on side.
10.1
0
Rashid Khan to Roston Chase, WIDE! Rashid delivers this down the leg side. Roston Chase looks to nudge it away but misses. Wide called.

Gulbadin Naib comes into the attack now.

9.6
4
Karim Janat to Nicholas Pooran, FOUR! A poor delivery and it has been dispatched. Brings up the 50 for the Windies as well. A half-volley on the pads, nicely flicked away by Pooran to the fine leg fence. 140 more needed in 60 balls!

DRINKS! After the 10 over mark, Afghanistan had crossed 100 runs but all West Indies could put up is half of what the opposition did. They have a steep chase in the remaining phase of play. Afghanistan bowlers did well with the ball and kept things tight. It was all about Nabi who scalped three wickets. They would hope to chip more wickets and take the game away from the Men in Maroon.

9.6
0
Karim Janat to Nicholas Pooran, WIDE. Down the leg side on a length, NP gets low and looks to hit it to the leg side but misses.
9.5
0
Karim Janat to Nicholas Pooran, Back of a length, around off, punched to the cover region.
9.4
1
Karim Janat to Roston Chase, Short, around off, Chase looks to pull but gets the inside edge to the square leg region for one.
9.3
0
Karim Janat to Roston Chase, Slower, length ball, outside off, Chase swings but misses.
9.2
1
Karim Janat to Nicholas Pooran, Outside off, slapped to sweeper cover for a run.
9.1
4
Karim Janat to Nicholas Pooran, FOUR! Naveen-ul-Haq completely misjudges this one and makes a meal of it. Around middle, on a length, Nicholas Pooran walks forward and hits this towards long on. Naveen-ul-Haq runs in, realizes he should have stayed back, tries to leap to take it but misses and the ball goes past the ropes on the bounce.

Karim Janat comes into the attack now.

8.6
4
Rashid Khan to Roston Chase, FOUR! That's a very good hit. Fuller, tossed up, around off, Roston Chase slams this one over the bowler and bags a boundary. 151 more needed in 66 balls!
8.6
0
Rashid Khan to Roston Chase, WIDE. Down the leg side, the flick is missed.
8.5
0
Rashid Khan to Roston Chase, Another beauty! It lands around off and spins away nicely, Roston Chase chases after this one but gets beaten.
8.4
1
Rashid Khan to Nicholas Pooran, A quicker and flatter ball on the pads, worked behind square leg for a run.
8.3
0
Rashid Khan to Nicholas Pooran, Shorter around off, bunted back to Rashid by Pooran.
8.2
1
Rashid Khan to Roston Chase, Flatter and quicker on middle, worked through square leg for one.
8.1
0
Rashid Khan to Roston Chase, Tossed up, fuller outside off, it lands and spins away, Chase looks to have a poke but he misses.

Rashid Khan the other master of spin, comes into the attack. He replaces Mohammad Nabi.

7.6
2
Naveen-ul-Haq to Nicholas Pooran, 5 from this over! On middle, flicked nicely in between fine leg and deep square leg. Two taken comfortably.
7.5
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Roston Chase, Slower, around off, length, this is chipped through the vacant cover-point region for a single.
7.4
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Nicholas Pooran, Short, around middle, pulled to deep square leg for one.
7.3
0
Naveen-ul-Haq to Nicholas Pooran, Good-length on off, Pooran taps this to the off side.
7.2
0
Naveen-ul-Haq to Nicholas Pooran, On the pads, nudged to mid-wicket.
7.1
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Roston Chase, Around off, on a length, pushed to the cover fielder.
6.6
0
Mohammad Nabi to Nicholas Pooran, Quicker, through the air again, outside off, Nicholas Pooran pushes it to point. Dot ball again. End of a brilliant spell by Mohammad Nabi 4-2-2-3!
6.5
0
Mohammad Nabi to Nicholas Pooran, Flatter, on off, Nicholas Pooran pushes it back to the bowler.
6.4
0
Mohammad Nabi to Nicholas Pooran, Ohhh another good delivery! Fuller, on off, Nicholas Pooran gets forward and looks to block it but the ball turns away sharply. Beaten!
6.3
0
Mohammad Nabi to Shimron Hetmyer, OUT! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! Mohammad Nabi gets another one! Fuller, on off, Shimron Hetmyer goes for a drive but is early on the shot. Hits it in the air straight to Nabi. He dropped a one earlier but not this one.
6.2
0
Mohammad Nabi to Shimron Hetmyer, Flatter, shorter, Shimron Hetmyer hits this straight to the fielder at covers in the ring.
6.1
0
Mohammad Nabi to Shimron Hetmyer, Mohammad Nabi darts this quicker, on the pads, Shimron Hetmyer pushes it to mid-wicket.
5.6
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Shimron Hetmyer, Full, on off, Shimron Hetmyer pushes it to mid off for just a single. 27/2 after the Powerplay.
5.5
0
Naveen-ul-Haq to Shimron Hetmyer, GOOD DELIVERY! Fuller, shaping away, around off, Shimron Hetmyer looks to push at it but the ball misses the outside edge of his blade.
5.4
0
Naveen-ul-Haq to Shimron Hetmyer, On a length, on middle, Shimron Hetmyer blocks it back to the bowler.
5.3
0
Naveen-ul-Haq to Shimron Hetmyer, FOUR LEG BYES! Fuller, on the pads, Shimron Hetmyer looks to flick it away but misses. The ball hits his pads and races away towards fine leg for a boundary.
5.2
1
Naveen-ul-Haq to Roston Chase, Naveen-ul-Haq delivers this on a length again, around off, Roston Chase pushes it off the back foot towards sweeper cover for a single.
5.1
0
Naveen-ul-Haq to Roston Chase, On a length, outside off, Roston Chase looks to push it off the back foot but misses.
4.6
0
Mohammad Nabi to Shimron Hetmyer, A loud appeal for lbw turned down. Loopy ball, full and on middle and leg. Hetmyer prods and looks to defend it out but misses. He gets rapped on his pads. Nabi appeals but the umpire says no. Probably, going down leg.
4.5
0
Mohammad Nabi to Roston Chase, LEG BYE! Floated, on the pads. Chase misses his flick. The ball goes towards square leg off the pads. They collect a leg bye.

Change of bowling. Naveen-ul-Haq to bowl now. 

4.4
0
Mohammad Nabi to Roston Chase, Flatter and on middle. Chase works it to mid-wicket off the inner half.
4.3
1
Mohammad Nabi to Shimron Hetmyer, Full and on the pads. Hetmyer flicks it to square leg for a single.
4.2
0
Mohammad Nabi to Shimron Hetmyer, Tossed up, outside off. The ball moves away. Hetmyer looks to push it out but misses.
4.1
0
Mohammad Nabi to Evin Lewis, OUT! TIMBER! Nabi is working his magic with the ball here. He redeems himself of the dropped catch earlier. Tossed up, around off. The ball grips and turns away. Lewis looks to defend it out but misses. The ball goes through to come in contact with the off stump. West Indies are two down in no time.
3.6
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Roston Chase, Full and on off, kept out solidly.

In walks Shimron Hetmyer. 

3.5
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Evin Lewis, Full and on off. Lewis works it to long on for another single.
3.4
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Roston Chase, Flatter and on the stumps. Chase works it to long on for a single.
3.3
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Roston Chase, Tossed up, on the stumps. Chase plays it back to the bowler.
3.2
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Roston Chase, Flatter and outside off. Chase taps it to cover-point.
3.1
4
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Roston Chase, FOUR! Top shot. Short and outside off. Chase hangs back and pushes it through cover-point for a boundary.
3.1
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Evin Lewis, TWO WIDES! Full and down leg. Lewis looks to sweep it away but misses. The batters sneak a single. Wide called.
2.6
0
Mohammad Nabi to Roston Chase, Slower, full and on leg. Chase defends it to the leg side.
2.5
0
Mohammad Nabi to Roston Chase, Floated, outside off. Chase blocks it out watchfully.
2.4
0
Mohammad Nabi to Roston Chase, On off, kept out solidly.
2.3
1
Mohammad Nabi to Evin Lewis, Short and on the pads. Lewis flicks it to deep square leg for a single.
2.2
0
Mohammad Nabi to Evin Lewis, DROPPED! This was a sitter and Nabi makes a mess of it. Flighted, around middle and off. Lewis ends up chipping it back to the bowler. He had his eyes on the ball, but as he was about to collect the same, he spills it out. He blames some disturbance from the background.
2.1
0
Mohammad Nabi to Evin Lewis, Darted on the pads, Lewis blocks it back to the bowler.
1.6
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Roston Chase, Outside off, Chase misses his attempt to push it to the off side.
1.6
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Roston Chase, WIDE! Outside off. Chase looks to chase it but misses. Wide called.
1.5
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Roston Chase, Full and outside off. Chase leaves it alone.
1.4
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Roston Chase, Floated, full and on off. Chase looks to push it away but misses.
1.3
4
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Roston Chase, FOUR! Nicely played. Chase gets off the mark with a boundary. Full and outside off. Chase leans in and lifts it to the left of mid off. Nabi there dives to his left but the ball goes past him into the boundary.
1.2
0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Roston Chase, Full and on middle, Chase tucks it to mid-wicket.
1.1
1
Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Evin Lewis, DROPPED! Lewis gets lucky this time. Loopy ball, outside off. The ball moves away a bit. Lewis looks to defend it out, the ball takes the outside edge and goes towards first slip. The fielder there fails to grab the ball and the batters cross for a single.
0.6
0
Mohammad Nabi to Roston Chase, Another appeal for lbw but turned down yet again. Flighted, full and on off. Chase looks to flick it away but misses. He gets rapped on the pads. Nabi appeals but the finger stays down. Going down leg.
0.5
0
Mohammad Nabi to Roston Chase, Close, so close! It ends up as FOUR BYES! Floated, around off. The ball turns in and gets an extra bounce off the pitch. The ball goes over the stumps and past the keeper into the boundary at fine leg.

Mujeeb Ur Rahman to bowl from the other end. 

0.4
0
Mohammad Nabi to Roston Chase, An half appeal for lbw turned down! Quicker, flatter and on off. Chase looks to defend it out, but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
0.3
0
Mohammad Nabi to Roston Chase, Swing and a miss! Loopy ball, outside off, the ball turns away a bit. Chase looks to go for the booming drive but misses.
0.2
0
Mohammad Nabi to Lendl Simmons, OUT! CAUGHT! Mohammad Nabi, the skipper rises to the occasion and sents back Lendl Simmons on a 2-ball duck. Floated, full and on off. Simmons gets low and slog-sweeps it towards deep mid-wicket. There is a fielder stationed in the deep. Najibullah Zadran comes forward and takes a sharp low catch. Early success for Afghanistan.

Roston Chase walks out. 

0.1
0
Mohammad Nabi to Lendl Simmons, Tossed up, full and on middle. Lendl Simmons plays it back to the bowler.