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Afghanistan win by 29 runs

Toss - Afghanistan won the toss and elected to bat.
In over# 20
Runs : 0 Bowler: Keemo Paul Wickets : 1
19.1
W
OUT! Caught. Keemo Paul to Mohammad Nabi. Length ball, outside off stump Deep in crease driving, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to long on, by Holder. Nabi looks to launch the ball into orbit but he had to fetch it from outside off stump so can only drag it to the safe hands of Holder. That could be a crucial moment in the context of the match, Nabi is capable of fireworks at the death.
In over# 19
Runs : 6 Bowler: Kesrick Williams Wickets : 2
18.4
W
OUT! Caught. Kesrick Williams to Rashid Khan. Leg cutter short, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, top edge in the air uncontrolled to short third man, by Cottrell. Carved straight to a fielder, Rashid Khan departs after just one ball faced. He is disappointed because a couple of metres either side and that would've gone for four.
18.2
6
SIX! Kesrick Williams to Mohammad Nabi. Half volley, off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control over deep extra cover for 6 runs. Almost the perfect yorker, Nabi doesn't care as he smites it over the rope. He has license to try and smash everything now with overs running out.
18.1
W
OUT! Caught. Kesrick Williams to Najibullah Zadran. Half volley, to leg on the front foot driving, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to long on, by Pollard. Spooned tamely into the deep, Pollard is never going to miss it with his bucket-hands. Williams continues to take wickets in this series. He celebrates in the style of Megan Rapinoe.
In over# 18
Runs : 10 Bowler: Sheldon Cottrell Wickets : 0
17.5
4
FOUR! Sheldon Cottrell to Mohammad Nabi. Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot pulling, past fine leg for 4 runs, mis-fielded by King. Nabi joins the party in style. King hasn't had the best night in the field, he will have to make up for it with the bat later on.
17.3
6
SIX! Sheldon Cottrell to Najibullah Zadran. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, well timed in the air under control over deep mid wicket for 6 runs. Boom, the crowd is loving this as the carnage continues in Lucknow. Najibullah carts the ball way over mid wicket for his first six of the night.
In over# 17
Runs : 10 Bowler: Kieron Pollard Wickets : 1
16.4
4
FOUR! Kieron Pollard to Najibullah Zadran. Length ball, down leg side on the front foot flick, well timed in the air under control past fine leg for 4 runs. Najibullah is going to look to carry on where Gurbaz left off. Muscled over mid wicket, not the prettiest shot but very effective.
16.2
W
OUT! Caught. Kieron Pollard to Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Off cutter short, wide outside off stump on the back foot cutting, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to deep cover, by Paul. The end of a wonderful innings. Pollard looks to hide the ball way outside off and Gurbaz tries to go with it. There is no pace to work with so it ends up falling into the hands of the fielder positioned out there. Much needed breakthrough for Pollard.
16.1
6
SIX! Kieron Pollard to Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Full toss, outside off stump moves in front Slog, well timed in the air under control over deep mid wicket for 6 runs. Rank delivery given exactly what it deserves. Easy pickings for a man seeing the ball so clearly.
In over# 16
Runs : 6 Bowler: Kesrick Williams Wickets : 0
15.1
6
SIX! Kesrick Williams to Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Leg cutter length ball, outside off stump on the front foot Slog, well timed in the air under control over deep square leg for 6 runs. Smashed miles over square leg, imperious batting. West Indies are desperate to get Gurbaz out, he is the man doing the damage.
In over# 15
Runs : 4 Bowler: Kieron Pollard Wickets : 0
14.4
4
FOUR! Kieron Pollard to Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Leg cutter length ball, outside off stump on the front foot Scoop, well timed in the air under control past fine leg for 4 runs. Helped over short fine leg with an effortless shovel. Runs continue to flow for Afghanistan and they are now approaching a really good total on this pitch.
In over# 14
Runs : 14 Bowler: Keemo Paul Wickets : 1
13.6
4
FOUR! Keemo Paul to Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, well timed past deep backward square leg for 4 runs. Nonchalantly spanked to the fence, Gurbaz just goes from strength to strength. He's closing in on a career best T20I score now.
13.4
W
OUT! Caught. Keemo Paul to Asghar Afghan. Short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to mid wicket, by King. King atones for his mistake, safely pouching this one to send the experienced Afghan on his way. Not many celebrations from the tourists, they know they have some work to do to claw this innings back after some sloppy overs.
13.3
6
SIX! Keemo Paul to Asghar Afghan. Full toss, middle stump moves in front flick, well timed in the air under control over fine leg for 6 runs. No chance for the fielder this time, it's way over the rope and into the crowd. This partnership is putting Afghanistan in a great position.
13.1
4
FOUR! Keemo Paul to Asghar Afghan. Length ball, outside off stump Deep in crease Slog, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled past deep mid wicket for 4 runs, dropped catch by King, mis-fielded by King. King has dropped a sitter in the deep, he had plenty of time to settle underneath it but it seems as though the floodlights caused him issues. Paul is not impressed.
In over# 10
Runs : 8 Bowler: Jason Holder Wickets : 0
9.3
4
FOUR! Jason Holder to Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Off cutter short, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, well timed in the air under control past third man for 4 runs. Manages to clear the keeper by a few inches, just enough pace on the ball to work with. Back to back boundaries puts the pressure back on the West Indies.
9.2
4
FOUR! Jason Holder to Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Half volley, middle stump backing away driving, well timed past long off for 4 runs. Quality stroke, he knows where he wants to hit the ball so shuffles around in the crease to make it much easier. This is a one man show from Afghanistan.
In over# 8
Runs : 0 Bowler: Jason Holder Wickets : 1
7.3
W
OUT! Run Out. Jason Holder to Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Yorker, to leg on the front foot flick, hit pad to silly mid on, direct hit by Holder. Fantastic work by Holder to turn and throw down the non-striker's stumps in one smooth motion. There was confusion between the batsman as Gurbaz set off for a run without really knowing where the ball was. By the time he realised it was too late with Ibrahim committed.
In over# 7
Runs : 6 Bowler: Khary Pierre Wickets : 0
6.2
6
SIX! Khary Pierre to Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Stock length ball, off stump down the track driving, well timed in the air under control over long on for 6 runs. Holder is the tallest man on the field lurking at long on, but he can only stand and watch as this soars over his head and into the crowd. Gurbaz is brimming with confidence this evening.
In over# 6
Runs : 6 Bowler: Kesrick Williams Wickets : 0
5.1
6
SIX! Kesrick Williams to Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Slower length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control over long on for 6 runs. Clubbed over long on, beautifully struck by Gurbaz. Pressure on Williams immediately.
In over# 5
Runs : 4 Bowler: Sheldon Cottrell Wickets : 0
4.3
4
FOUR! Sheldon Cottrell to Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Slower ball short, down leg side backing away pulling, well timed in the air under control past deep mid wicket for 4 runs. Swatted over mid wicket, Gurbaz loves to hit the ball in that area. He's got a decent start now needs to kick on.
In over# 4
Runs : 6 Bowler: Jason Holder Wickets : 0
3.1
6
SIX! Jason Holder to Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Length ball, outside off stump moves in front flick, well timed in the air under control over deep backward square leg for 6 runs. Wow, where did that come from? Gurbaz shovels Holder with complete disdain for the first six of the match. Clean striking.
In over# 3
Runs : 4 Bowler: Sheldon Cottrell Wickets : 1
2.6
W
OUT! Caught. Sheldon Cottrell to Karim Janat. Length ball, middle stump backing away driving, outside edge to wicketkeeper, by Hope. Janat looks to give himself room to free his arms but only succeeds in nicking one through to the keeper. Another salute from Cottrell, he is a beast in the powerplay. Windies on top in Lucknow.
2.2
4
FOUR! Sheldon Cottrell to Rahmanullah Gurbaz. Back of a length, down leg side on the back foot pulling, well timed in the air under control past deep mid wicket for 4 runs. A full extension of the arms from Gurbaz sends this soaring high and handsome over the legside. Slightly too short from Cottrell and he gets punished.
In over# 1
Runs : 0 Bowler: Sheldon Cottrell Wickets : 1
0.5
W
OUT! Caught. Sheldon Cottrell to Hazratullah Zazai. Off cutter back of a length, outside off stump on the front foot cutting, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to cover, by Lewis. An early salute from Cottrell as he grabs the big wicket of Zazai. The left-armer ran his fingers across the ball and got it to stick in the pitch so the opener was through his shot way too early. Great start for the men in maroon.
In over# 20
Runs : 0 Bowler: Naveen-ul-Haq Wickets : 1
19.2
W
OUT! Caught. Naveen-ul-Haq to Jason Holder. Slower length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to long on, by Nabi. Holder tries to use his long levers to clear long on but Nabi is perfectly positioned on the edge and comfortably gobbles it up.
In over# 19
Runs : 0 Bowler: Gulbadin Naib Wickets : 1
18.1
W
OUT! Caught. Gulbadin Naib to Shai Hope. Leg cutter half volley, outside off stump on the front foot driving, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to extra cover, by Afghan. Straight to the fielder, Hope has to trudge off the field. He was the one man keeping things together for the tourists but he hasn't had much support. Afghanistan know they are going to cruise to victory now.
In over# 18
Runs : 4 Bowler: Naveen-ul-Haq Wickets : 1
17.6
4
FOUR! Naveen-ul-Haq to Jason Holder. Slower ball short, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, well timed in the air under control past long on for 4 runs. West Indies aren't giving up just yet. These two are powerful hitters and they will continue to look for the boundaries.
17.2
W
OUT! Caught. Naveen-ul-Haq to Kieron Pollard. Slower length ball, outside off stump on the front foot flick, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to deep mid wicket, by Zadran. This will surely be the final nail in the coffin. Pollard is capable of pulling off miracles but not this evening. Looking to clear the fence but the connection was all wrong. Afghanistan on the cusp of a series win.
In over# 16
Runs : 4 Bowler: Karim Janat Wickets : 0
15.2
4
FOUR! Karim Janat to Shai Hope. Off cutter back of a length, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control past long on for 4 runs. Hope waits for the slower ball and then bludgeons it down the ground, Pollard needed quick reactions to duck underneath it.
In over# 14
Runs : 4 Bowler: Gulbadin Naib Wickets : 0
13.3
4
FOUR! Gulbadin Naib to Shai Hope. Yorker, to leg on the front foot glancing, past fine leg for 4 runs. Fantastic batting. You've got to feel for the bowler a little bit because he has nailed his yorker, but Hope is still able to use the pace by turning his wrists at the perfect moment.
In over# 13
Runs : 0 Bowler: Rashid Khan Wickets : 1
12.3
W
OUT! Caught. Rashid Khan to Shimron Hetmyer. Leg spinner length ball, off stump on the back foot driving, mis-timed in the air uncontrolled to point, by Afghan. It's not an ideal scenario when Rashid Khan has the ball in his hand and the required run rate is rising all the time. The pressure gets too much for Hetmyer and he tamely skews one to former captain Asghar. Pollard strides out with plenty to be done.
In over# 12
Runs : 4 Bowler: Karim Janat Wickets : 0
11.4
4
FOUR! Karim Janat to Shai Hope. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot Steer, past third man for 4 runs, mis-fielded by Naib, fielded by Ur Rahman. Shai Hope is single-handedly keeping the tourists in this contest. If he bats until the end then we are in for a thriller.
In over# 10
Runs : 10 Bowler: Mohammad Nabi Wickets : 0
9.4
6
SIX! Mohammad Nabi to Shai Hope. Off break back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, well timed in the air under control over deep mid wicket for 6 runs. Boom, destructive brilliance from Hope.
9.1
4
FOUR! Mohammad Nabi to Shimron Hetmyer. Off break length ball, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, past deep point for 4 runs, mis-fielded by Janat. The dew might be starting to affect the fielders, they are making costly errors now. Momentum shifting slightly.
In over# 8
Runs : 0 Bowler: Karim Janat Wickets : 1
7.6
W
OUT! L.B.W. Karim Janat to Evin Lewis. Length ball, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, hit pad to. Up goes the finger, Janat strikes for the first time tonight. Lewis walks off shaking his head, he doesn't think it was out. He was looking for his trademark pull shot, it looked a decent appeal so he can't really complain. Afghanistan on fire.
In over# 6
Runs : 4 Bowler: Karim Janat Wickets : 0
5.4
4
FREE HIT. FOUR! Karim Janat to Evin Lewis. Half volley, down leg side on the front foot driving, well timed past long on for 4 runs. Lewis makes the most of the free hit. He will need to bat deep into this innings to keep West Indies in the hunt.
In over# 5
Runs : 4 Bowler: Mujeeb Ur Rahman Wickets : 0
4.6
4
FOUR! Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Evin Lewis. Off break full toss, middle stump on the front foot sweeping, well timed in the air under control past fine leg for 4 runs. A rare loose ball from Mujeeb and Lewis takes advantage of it. Much needed boundary for the men in maroon, this has been a disappointing powerplay for them.
In over# 4
Runs : 0 Bowler: Naveen-ul-Haq Wickets : 1
3.5
W
OUT! Bowled. Naveen-ul-Haq to Brandon King. Off cutter length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, missed to. Almost a carbon-copy of what we saw yesterday. King is completely deceived by the lack of pace on this delivery and he misses it by a distance. Afghanistan right on top now, Windies need something special.
In over# 3
Runs : 0 Bowler: Mujeeb Ur Rahman Wickets : 1
2.1
W
OUT! Bowled. Mujeeb Ur Rahman to Lendl Simmons. Googly back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot driving, missed to. Simmons departs, Mujeeb rearranges his stumps with a well disguised variation. Vital early breakthrough for the hosts, that will ramp up the pressure on the Windies batsmen. It's always dangerous playing Mujeeb from the crease, Simmons will regret that as his first innings for the national team for more than two years ends in failure.
In over# 2
Runs : 8 Bowler: Naveen-ul-Haq Wickets : 0
1.4
4
FOUR! Naveen-ul-Haq to Evin Lewis. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot driving, well timed in the air under control past deep backward point for 4 runs. Carved with disdain, we will probably see plenty more of that from Lewis because he won't be running many quick singles.
1.2
4
FOUR! Naveen-ul-Haq to Lendl Simmons. Slower ball back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot cutting, well timed past deep point for 4 runs. That sat up nicely, Simmons had ample time to rock back and pierce the field with a rasping stroke.

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