Windies surrender T20 series to Afghans
LUCKNOW, India (CMC):
Minnows Afghanistan inflicted Windies with a stunning series defeat here yesterday, after stifling the Caribbean side’s powerful batting line-up to pull off a clinical 29-run victory in the final Twenty20 (T20) International of the three-match series.
Entering the decisive contest at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Stadium with the series level 1-1, the Windies found themselves outplayed for the second time in two days as the hosts completed a remarkable turnaround after losing the opening game by 30 runs on Thursday.
In pursuit of a challenging but hardly insurmountable 157, the Windies found themselves bogged down again and only Shai Hope, a late injury replacement for Denesh Ramdin, managed to defy the Afghan attack with a top score of 52 from 46 deliveries, with three fours and a six.
Opener Evin Lewis struck 24 from 23 balls but no other batsman passed 11 as the Windies paid dearly for a slow start and losing wickets at critical moments during the run chase.
Naveen-ul-Haq, a nerveless 20-year-old seamer who was handed the new ball, undermined the innings with three for 24 and also got the key wicket of captain Kieron Pollard for 11 in the 18th over, to snuff out the Caribbean side’s last realistic hope of victory.
The humbling result came just 24 hours following their 41-run loss at the same venue and marked their fourth defeat to Afghanistan in seven T20 Internationals, but their first-ever series defeat.
More damning for the Windies – the reigning T20 World champions – the series defeat was their third straight following similar results against England and India earlier this year, and was their 17th loss in 21 T20 outings inside the last 20 months.
Hazratullah Zazai c Lewis b Cottrell 0
+Rahmanullah Gurbaz c Paul b Pollard 79
Karim Janat c wkp Hope b Cottrell 2
Ibrahim Zadran run out 1
Asghar Afghan c King b Paul 24
Najibullah Zadran c Pollard b Williams 14
Mohammad Nabi c Holder b Paul 15
*Rashid Khan c Cottrell b Williams 0
Gulbadin Naib not out 4
Naveen-ul-Haq not out 2
Extras (lb4, w11) 15
TOTAL (8 wkts, 20 overs) 157
Did not bat: Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Hazratullah Zazai), 2-12 (Karim Janat), 3-44 (Ibrahim Zadran), 4-94 (Asghar Afghan), 5-120 (Rahmanullah Gurbaz), 6-142 (Najibullah Zadran), 7-149 (Rashid Khan), 8-151 (Mohammad Nabi)
Bowling: Cottrell 4-0-29-2, Holder 4-0-26-0, Williams 4-0-31-2, Pierre 3-0-19-0, Paul 3-0-26-2, Pollard 2-0-21-1.
L Simmons b Mujeeb-ur-Rahman 7
E Lewis lbw b Karim Janat 24
B King b Naveen-ul-Haq 1
+S Hope c Asghar Afghan b Gulbadin Naib 52
S Hetmyer c Asghar Afghan b Rashid Khan 11
*K Pollard c Najibullah Zadran b Naveen-ul-Haq 11
J Holder c Mohammad Nabi b Naveen-ul-Haq 6
K Paul not out 4
K Pierre not out 1
Extras (lb4, w5, nb1) 10
TOTAL (7 wkts, 20 overs) 127
Did not bat: K Williams, S Cottrell.
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Simmons), 2-16 (King), 3-42 (Lewis), 4-80 (Hetmyer), 5-112 (Pollard, 17.2 ov), 6-118 (Hope), 7-124 (Holder)
Bowling: Mujeeb-ur-Rahman 3-0-9-1, Naveen-ul-Haq 4-0-24-3, Karim Janat 4-0-33-1, Gulbadin Naib 4-0-26-1, Mohammed Nabi 1-0-13-0, Rashid Khan 4-0-18-1.
Result: Afghanistan won by 29 runs.
Series: Afghanistan won three-match series 2-1.
Man-of-the-Match: Rahmanullah Gurbaz.
Man-of-the-Series: Karim Janat.
Umpires: Ahmed Shah Pakteen, Izatullah Safi; TV – Ahmed Shah Durrani.