164/5 (20.0 ov)WI
VS
AFG 134/9 (20.0 ov)
CRR: 6.7 | West Indies beat Afghanistan by 30 runs

WI beat AFG by 30 runs | Afghanistan vs West Indies, Highlights And Cricket Score 1st T20I Match

Afghanistan and West Indies in India, 3 T20I Series, 2019

Date: Nov 14, 2019 Start Time: 19:00 IST | 13:30 GMT | 19:00 Local
Venue: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow

Afghanistan vs West Indies Highlights And Cricket Score 1st Match - T20I Summary

End of Over : 20.0 AFG: 134/9

Right! That is all from the first Afg-WI T20I. A damp squib, I am afraid. There is not much time for a turnaround. Because the second and third T20Is will be played on successive days - Saturday and Sunday. Afghanistan really do not have enough time to even think what happened here. Good thing is that there is no travel to different venues. Join us on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 7 pm local (1330 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Victorious West Indian skipper, Kieron Pollard, has been named the MAN OF THE MATCH. Feels that it is always good to contribute and even better when it comes in a winning cause. Praises Lewis and Hetmyer for setting up the platform. Then lauds the bowlers for restricting the score well. Admits that it was not the easiest pitches to bat on and hence the conditions dictated of taking one's time, running hard between the wickets and when the ball is not there for shot-making, maneuver the strike well and play smart cricket. On Allen's absence making them a bowler short, Pollard says that in T20 cricket, normally there are plenty of bowling options, so they were used to it. Praises Jason Holder and Sheldon Cottrell for bowling an exceptional opening spell which tightened the noose on the Afghans.

Afghanistan skipper, Rashid Khan, believes that it was a toss which should have been won and they did bowl well in the first 10 overs. Also feels that 165 was a total which should have been chased down. But then, blames the batsmen for not stepping up. Adds that there are 2 more games left, so hopes to learn from the mistakes committed in this game. Agrees that the series is all about giving youngsters an opportunity as there is plenty of upcoming talent in the country. But believes that in spite of the inexperience due to the young guys, which will take some time to gain confidence, it will prove helpful come the Asia Cup and the World Twenty20.

Is it fair to say that Evin Lewis was the differentiator between the two sides? Probably not. West Indies showed more application than the Afghans and this has been a case not only here but right from the ODIs. Who would your Man Of The Match be? Evin Lewis? Kieron Pollard? Kesrick Williams? Please stay tuned for the presenation...

Then, with the ball, the Windies did not let the effect of the dew hamper them at all. They seemed well prepared as they bowled well, managing tight lines and keeping the Afghans quiet. Just 4 batsmen managed double figures and only 2 sixes were hit in the run chase. Everyone bowled well but Kesrick Williams bagged the most wickets with 3/17 in his 4 overs. Mind you, they were a bowler short, losing Fabian Allen due to injury on the field. Yet, had 6 bowlers.

Now, we have got to hand it to the Caribbeans. On a track which was staying low, Lewis took the game away from the 'hosts' while Pollard provided the knockout punch towards the end, even though Afghanistan did manage to come back after Hetmyer's wicket. Lewis' blitz of 68 from 41 balls on a wicket like this was priceless.

Comfortably done in the end. 164 did look 20-30 runs below par at the halfway mark but it turned out to be 20-30 more than par. The 2016 WT20 champions have played like one, batting well on a sluggish track and then bowling exceedingly well in spite of the dew.

19.6 2

Sherfane Rutherford to Fareed Ahmad. That ends the game! Good length ball on off, Ahmad lofts this one over the cover fielder and takes a couple. West Indies defeat Afghanistan by 30 runs and maintain their unbeaten run on this tour.

19.5 0

Sherfane Rutherford to Fareed Ahmad. Ahmad comes down the track to this length ball but misses his swing at it.

19.4 4

Sherfane Rutherford to Fareed Ahmad. FOUR! Shortish in length, Ahmad pulls and pulls powerfully. The ball races away to the mid-wicket fence. Too late for Afghanistan.

19.3 1

Sherfane Rutherford to Mujeeb Ur Rahman. On the pads, Mujeeb flicks this one towards mid-wicket for a single.

19.2 1

Sherfane Rutherford to Fareed Ahmad. Another one on off, Ahmad lofts this one towards long off for one.

19.1 2

Sherfane Rutherford to Fareed Ahmad. Shortish again, Ahmad chips this one down the ground for a couple.

End of Over : 19 11 Runs 20.0: 124/9
18.6 1

Hayden Walsh to Fareed Ahmad. Driven through mid off by the batsman. One run added to the total.

18.5 4

Hayden Walsh to Fareed Ahmad. FOUR! Beautiful shot! Floated on off, lofted over covers for a boundary.

18.4 1

Hayden Walsh to Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Mujeeb slaps this one down to long off for one.

18.3 0

Hayden Walsh to Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Again Mujeeb reverse sweeps but this time straight to Williams.

18.2 4

Hayden Walsh to Mujeeb Ur Rahman. FOUR! Reverse sweep brought out again! Mujeeb connects beautifully to this full ball outside off and lofts it over short third man for a boundary. Williams from short third man gives it a chase, dives but fails to pull it back in.

18.1 1

Hayden Walsh to Fareed Ahmad. Shortish delivery on middle, Ahmad pulls this one towards deep mid-wicket for a single.

Summary

Afghanistan will square off against West Indies in the 1st T20I match of the three-match series on Nov 14, 2019. The game will be held at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow. Afghanistan will be led by Rashid Khan while West Indies will play under the captaincy of Kieron Pollard.

 

Afghanistan lost the recently-concluded three-match ODI series against West Indies by 0-3. Afghanistan ranks at number 8 in T20Is while West Indies are placed on 10th position. Not to forget Windies are two times World T20I Champion and they will indeed looking forward to regaining their lost glory by beginning a fresh positive campaign against Afghanistan.

 

Afghanistan (From): Hazratullah Zazai, Asghar Afghan, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Mohammad Nabi, Javed Ahmadi, Gulbadin Naib, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Rashid Khan(c), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fareed Malik, Karim Janat, Naveen-ul-Haq, Yamin Ahmadzai, Sayed Shirzad

 
West Indies (From): Evin Lewis, Brandon King, Shimron Hetmyer, Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard(c), Denesh Ramdin(w), Sherfane Rutherford, Fabian Allen, Kesrick Williams, Jason Holder, Hayden Walsh, Khary Pierre, Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph

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