25 August 2019

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Afghanistan vs West Indies, World Cup 2019 - Live Score, Full Scorecard, Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019

Headingley, Leeds

Afghanistan
288 (50.0)
VS
West Indies
311/6 (50.0)

Match Ended ( Day - Match 42 ) West Indies beat Afghanistan by 23 runs

02nd InningsAfghanistan
Batting R B 4s 6s
Gulbadin Naib (C)c Evin Lewis b Kemar Roach5610
Rahmat Shahc Chris Gayle b Carlos Brathwaite6278100
Ikram Ali Khillbw b Chris Gayle869380
Najibullah Zadranrun out (Shimron Hetmyer)313811
Asghar Afghanc Jason Holder b Carlos Brathwaite403241
Mohammad Nabic Fabian Allen b Kemar Roach2600
Samiullah Shinwaric Shimron Hetmyer b Kemar Roach6900
Rashid Khanc Jason Holder b Carlos Brathwaite91601
Dawlat Zadranc Sheldon Cottrell b Carlos Brathwaite1200
Sayed Shirzadc Fabian Allen b Oshane Thomas251722
Mujeeb Ur Rahmannot out7510

Fall of Wickets

1-5 (Gulbadin Naib, 1.3ov), 2-138 (Rahmat Shah, 26.2ov), 3-189 (Ikram Ali Khil, 35.3ov), 4-194 (Najibullah Zadran, 35.5ov), 5-201 (Mohammad Nabi, 37.4ov), 6-227 (Samiullah Shinwari, 41.4ov), 7-244 (Asghar Afghan, 44.2ov), 8-255 (Dawlat Zadran, 45ov), 9-260 (Rashid Khan, 46.3ov), 10-288 (Sayed Shirzad, 50ov)
Bowling O M R W
Sheldon Cottrell70430
Kemar Roach102373
Oshane Thomas70431
Jason Holder80460
Fabian Allen30260
Carlos Brathwaite90634
Chris Gayle60281
01st InningsWest Indies
Batting R B 4s 6s
Chris Gaylec Ikram Ali Khil b Dawlat Zadran71810
Evin Lewisc Mohammad Nabi b Rashid Khan587862
Shai Hopec Rashid Khan b Mohammad Nabi779262
Shimron Hetmyerc sub b Dawlat Zadran393132
Nicholas Pooranrun out (Ikram Ali Khil)584361
Jason Holder (C)c Dawlat Zadran b Sayed Shirzad453414
Carlos Brathwaitenot out14421
Fabian Allennot out0000
Kemar Roach
Sheldon Cottrell
Oshane Thomas

Fall of Wickets

1-21 (Chris Gayle, 5.3ov), 2-109 (Evin Lewis, 24.5ov), 3-174 (Shimron Hetmyer, 34.5ov), 4-192 (Shai Hope, 37.4ov), 5-297 (Nicholas Pooran, 49.1ov), 6-297 (Jason Holder, 49.2ov)
Bowling O M R W
Mujeeb Ur Rahman100520
Dawlat Zadran91732
Sayed Shirzad80561
Gulbadin Naib30180
Mohammad Nabi100561
Rashid Khan100521
02nd InningsAfghanistan
Done with the match. 111 runs were given by the Afghan bowlers in the last 10 overs and that cost them big in this match. 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!
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 done leaps and bounds for West Indies' cricket. 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 the 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 chase, Afghanistan lost their skipper early but the 133-run stand between Ikram Ali Khil and Rahmat Shah kept on track. Both played delightfully and till the time they were in, 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
W
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. Lobs over 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
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.
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49.4
0
Outside off again, Shirzad swings but misses.
49.3
4
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
Shorter now and outside off, Shirzad looks to flat-bat it but misses.
49.1
0
Yorker outside off, this is jammed out to point.
49 Over
0 | 3 Runs | HH: 278/9
48.6
0
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
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
Fuller and on middle, this is hit through mid-wicket for one.
48.3
1
Make that three now as Shirzad mistimes this down to long on for one.
48.2
0
Slower one outside off, the batter swings but misses. 4 more balls left for Brathwaite to get a fifer.
48.1
0
A yorker on middle, this is jammed out to the bowler.
48 Over
0 | 7 Runs | HH: 275/9
47.6
1
A single to end! A yorker on middle, this is jammed out through mid-wicket for one.
47.5
1
On the fuller side, Mujeeb smashes it hard but to deep mid-wicket for one.
47.4
4
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
Fuller this time and on off, Shirzad drags it over mid-wicket for one.
47.2
0
Length and outside off, Shirzad swings but misses.
47.1
0
Shorter and outside off, it is flat-batted to mid on for no runs.
47 Over
1 | 8 Runs | HH: 268/9
46.6
1
Keeps strike now as he guides this through point for one.
46.5
6
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
He is off the mark as he pulls this through mid-wicket for one.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman is the last man in!
46.3
W
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
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
Swing and a miss! Slower one outside off, Rashid swings across the line and misses.
46 Over
0 | 5 Runs | HH: 260/8
45.6
4
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
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
Another miss. Good length and wide outside off, Rashid flashes and misses.
45.3
0
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
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
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.
45 Over
2 | 11 Runs | HH: 255/8
44.6
W
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
A yorker outside off, Rashid jams it through point for one.
44.4
6
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
1
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
1
Another wide as once again this is bowled outside the tramline.
44.4
1
Way too wide outside off, Rashid lets it be. Wided.
44.3
1
Fuller and outside off, this is hit through covers for one.
Dawlat Zadran is the new batsman.
44.2
W
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
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.
44 Over
0 | 3 Runs | HH: 244/6
43.6
1
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
1
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
Slants in a length ball on off, defended back to the bowler from the crease.
43.3
0
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
Misses out there! Full delivery on the pads, Rashid clips it across the line but finds short fine leg.
43.1
1
Short and wide outside off, slapped to sweeper cover for a single.
43 Over
0 | 12 Runs | HH: 241/6
42.6
1
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.
42.5
0
DROPPED! But that was nailed! Holder had little time to react but he could not do so in time. He goes fuller and around off, Afghan smashes it back to the bowler. Holder does get his hands in position to take it but can't close his hands in time.
42.4
1
Slower one outside off, this is guided through point for one.
42.3
1
A single now! Outside off, AA strokes it through covers for one.
42.2
4
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
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
1
Way outside the tramline on the off side, Afghan leaves it and the umpire has wided it.
42 Over
1 | 3 Runs | HH: 229/6
41.6
0
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
1
A short ball but it is way too short. Wided for height.
41.5
1
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
W
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
Another dot! Slower one outside off, Shinwari looks to play it late and fine on the off side but misses.
41.2
1
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
Bowls it wide outside off, it is a seam-up delivery. Afghan hangs his bat out but gets beaten.
41 Over
0 | 6 Runs | HH: 226/5
40.6
0
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
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
Full and outside off, bowling to his field is the skipper. Shinwari strokes it through cover-point for one.
40.4
1
WIDE! Way too wide outside off and it has been wided.
40.3
2
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
Good length and outside off, Shinwari swings but misses.
40.1
1
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.
40 Over
0 | 5 Runs | HH: 220/5
39.6
1
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
Another single! This is shorter and on middle, Shinwari pulls it through backward square leg for one.
39.4
1
Another slower one outside off, Afghan works it behind square on the leg side for one.
39.3
1
This is angled into the batter, Shinwari works it through mid-wicket for one.
39.2
1
Lovely delivery! A slow dipping yorker on middle, Afghan jams it out on the leg side and a run is taken.
39.1
0
Outside off, Afghan slashes at it but it goes off the inner half to the keeper.
39 Over
0 | 14 Runs | HH: 215/5
38.6
1
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
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
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
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
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
Short in length around off, Shinwari pulls it in front of square leg and picks up a single.
38 Over
1 | 0 Runs | HH: 201/5
37.6
0
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
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
W
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
Another dot! Slower one outside off, Nabi guides it to point.
37.2
0
BEATEN! Good length and just outside off, Nabi looks to play it fine on the off side but is beaten.
37.1
0
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!
37 Over
0 | 5 Runs | HH: 201/4
36.6
1
Works it with gentle hands towards mid on and scampers across to the other end.
36.5
1
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
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
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
1
Heading down the leg side, the batsman tries flicking but misses. Given a wide!
36.2
1
Straighter in line, it's turned to square leg for a run.
36.1
0
Good length ball on middle and off, Afghan defends it off his back foot to the off side.
36 Over
2 | 9 Runs | HH: 196/4
35.6
1
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
1
WIDE! Down the leg side, Afghan looks to pull but misses.
Mohammad Nabi arrives in the middle. 118 needed off 85 balls.
35.5
W
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
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
W
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
Goes on the back foot and forces it down to long off for a run.
35.1
1
Full and flighted wide outside off, it's swept through square leg for a run.
35 Over
0 | 5 Runs | HH: 187/2
34.6
2
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
Another slower one. This time Ikram waits for it and works it through mid-wicket for one.
34.4
0
A swing and a miss! Slower one outside off, Ikram swings across the line but misses.
34.3
0
Goes full and on middle, this is hit towards cover.
34.2
1
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
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.
34 Over
0 | 2 Runs | HH: 182/2
33.6
1
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
Just a single now! A full toss and it is quicker. Zadran hits it down to long on and takes one.
33.4
0
Make that 4 as this very full ball is hit to covers.
33.3
0
A low full toss on off, NZ hits it to covers. 3 dots.
33.2
0
Fuller and on off, Zadran hits it back to the bowler.
33.1
0
Full and outside off, this is jammed out to covers.
33 Over
0 | 13 Runs | HH: 180/2
32.6
1
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
A single now as this is worked through mid-wicket.
32.4
2
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
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
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
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.
32 Over
0 | 3 Runs | HH: 167/2
31.6
1
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
Another dot as Zadran this time gets hold of the reverse sweep but can't get it past point.
31.4
0
This is darted into the pads, Zadran works it to square leg.
31.3
0
Zadran now comes down the track and also makes room. Gayle fires it on the body. NZ hits it to covers.
31.2
1
Ikram comes down the track and makes this into a full toss. It is hit through mid-wicket for one.
31.1
1
Fuller and on off, this is hit through covers for one.
31 Over
0 | 9 Runs | HH: 164/2
30.6
1
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
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
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
Shorter in length and that has been pulled powerfully through mid-wicket but for one.
30.2
0
Good length on off, Zadran drops it on the off side and tries to run but is sent back.
30.1
0
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
2
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.
30 Over
0 | 1 Runs | HH: 155/2
29.6
0
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
Another dot as this is fired on the stumps, NZ pushes it to covers.
29.4
0
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
Flatter and on off, this is pushed to covers.
29.2
1
Shorter and on middle, Ikram pulls it hard but on the bounce to deep mid-wicket for one.
29.1
0
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.
29 Over
0 | 8 Runs | HH: 154/2
28.6
1
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
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
Short and outside off, slower in pace, Najibullah stands tall and plays it down to point.
28.3
1
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
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
Angles in a good length delivery on middle, Zadran chops it down in front of cover-point and scoots to the other end.
28 Over
0 | 7 Runs | HH: 146/2
27.6
3
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
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
Extremely full and quick, this is jammed out to covers.
27.3
0
Quicker and shorter on off, this is pushed to covers.
27.2
2
Fuller this time, Zadran strokes it through extra cover for a brace.
27.1
0
Floats it up on off, it pitches and turns away a little. Zadran pushes at it, it goes off the outer half to point.
27 Over
1 | 1 Runs | HH: 139/2
26.6
1
Shorter and on the body, this is worked through square leg for one. End of successful over by CB.
26.5
0
On the off pole, NZ keeps it out.
26.4
0
Another good length ball, Zadran defends it out.
26.3
0
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
W
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
Fuller and on off, Shah hits it to covers.
26 Over
0 | 6 Runs | HH: 138/1
25.6
1
Advances down the track and pushes it past the diving old bowler for a run at long on.
25.5
1
Quicker one outside off, drilled to sweeper cover for one.
25.4
1
Walks forward and tickles it past the mid-wicket fielder for a run.
25.3
1
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
Slower through the air, full and angling down, Rahmat stays back to work it through square leg for a single.
25.1
1
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.
25 Over
0 | 4 Runs | HH: 132/1
24.6
1
Fuller outside off, Ali Khil strokes it through covers for one.
24.5
1
Fuller and on middle, this is hit down to long on for one.
24.4
1
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
Another slower one on middle, Ikram works it to mid-wicket.
24.2
0
On the pads, this is worked to short fine leg.
24.1
1
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.
24 Over
0 | 6 Runs | HH: 128/1
23.6
4
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
Just a single now! This is once again angled into the batter, Shah hits it down to long on for one.
23.4
0
Three dots in a row now as this length ball is once again played to point.
23.3
0
Around off again, Shah plays it late and to point.
23.2
0
Back of a length on off, Shah guides it to point.
23.1
1
Fuller and on middle, Ikram whips it towards deep square leg for one.
Jason Holder to continue from this end...
23 Over
0 | 6 Runs | HH: 122/1
22.6
1
Ali Khil comes down the track but Carlos smartly bowls it slower. Ikram chips it down through mid on for one.
22.5
1
Very full and on middle, this is hit down to long on for one.
22.4
0
Another one on a length and around off, Shah once again defends it out.
22.3
0
Goes back to bowling length on off, Shah keeps it out.
22.2
4
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
This is angled into the batter, Shah looks to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads.
Carlos Brathwaite is on now!
22 Over
0 | 7 Runs | HH: 116/1
21.6
0
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
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
Turns it off his pads through square leg and immediately calls for two. Gets it with ease in the end.
21.3
0
Slower one this time, around off, Ali Khil keeps it out to mid-wicket.
21.2
4
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
Short and wide outside off, guided down to third man for a run.
21 Over
0 | 8 Runs | HH: 109/1
20.6
0
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
Another tossed up ball on off, Ali Khil keeps it out.
20.4
0
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
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
Flatter and on middle, it is worked to mid-wicket.
20.1
4
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.
20 Over
0 | 1 Runs | HH: 101/1
19.6
0
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
Another dot as Rahmat hits this back of a length ball to mid on.
19.4
0
On a length again but this time it is on middle, Rahmat punches it to mid on off the back foot.
19.3
0
Back of a length on off, Shah stands tall and pushes it to covers.
19.2
1
On the fuller side, Ali Khil strokes it through covers and takes one.
19.1
0
Outside off, Ali Khil guides it to point.
19 Over
0 | 12 Runs | HH: 100/1
18.6
1
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
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
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
Runs down the track to a full ball and helps it in the gap at mid-wicket for a run.
18.2
4
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
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.
18 Over
0 | 8 Runs | HH: 88/1
17.6
1
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
2
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
Shorter in length and outside off, this is guided down to third man for one.
17.4
4
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
Bangs it short again, Rahmat punches it but straight to mid off.
17.2
0
On the shorter side and on off, Shah pushes it to mid off.
17.1
0
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.
17 Over
0 | 6 Runs | HH: 80/1
16.6
1
Loopy ball on off, this is hit down to long off for one.
16.5
1
Shorter outside off, this is hit through point for one.
16.4
0
Shorter and on the body, Ikram pulls it towards Gayle at short fine leg.
16.3
2
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
Shorter and quicker around off, Rahmat looks to pull but mistimes it towards long on for one.
16.1
1
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?
16 Over
0 | 4 Runs | HH: 74/1
15.6
4
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
On the shorter side again, Shah plays it to mid off.
15.4
0
This is angled into the batter, Shah hits it to mid on.
15.3
0
Another back of a length ball on off, Shah pushes it to mid off.
15.2
0
Back of a length again on off, Shah keeps it out.
15.1
0
Back of a length on off, Shah punches it to mid on.
15 Over
0 | 3 Runs | HH: 70/1
14.6
1
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
Around middle and off, blocked from the back foot by Rahmat.
14.4
1
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
1
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
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
Back of a length ball outside off, Shah taps it down from the crease to point.
14 Over
0 | 2 Runs | HH: 67/1
13.6
0
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
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
Back of a length ball on middle, Shah turns it off his hips to long leg for a run.
13.3
0
Good length ball around off, angling in, Shah remains on the back foot and blocks it to covers.
13.2
0
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
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!
13 Over
0 | 11 Runs | HH: 65/1
12.6
4
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
Shorter in length and on the body, it is pulled down to fine leg for one.
12.4
1
Fuller and on off, Shah strokes it through covers for one.
12.3
4
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
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
Shorter and outside off, this is guided to point.
12 Over
0 | 5 Runs | HH: 54/1
11.6
1
Shorter in length again and on middle, this is worked around the corner for one.
11.5
1
Shortish and outside off, Shah flashes at it and edges it down to third man for a run.
11.4
1
Another single as Ali Khil plays it with an angled bat down to third man.
11.3
1
Shorter and outside off, Shah pushes it through covers for one.
11.2
1
On the shorter side, Ali Khil pulls it down to fine leg for one. 50 up for Afghanistan.
11.1
0
Back of a length on middle, Ikram defends it out.
11 Over
0 | 5 Runs | HH: 49/1
10.6
0
On the fuller side on off, Shah jams it out to the bowler.
10.5
4
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
Back of a length and on off, Shah keeps it out.
10.3
1
Full and on the pads, this is flicked through square leg for one.
10.2
0
On the fuller side on middle, Ikram works it to mid on.
10.1
0
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.
10 Over
0 | 7 Runs | HH: 44/1
9.6
0
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
A single now as Ikram guides it down to third man.
9.4
0
Back of a length on off, Ikram pushes it to covers.
9.3
0
On the pads, this is worked to mid-wicket.
9.2
2
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
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.
9 Over
0 | 3 Runs | HH: 37/1
8.6
0
On the body, this is worked towards mid on.
8.5
1
Goes short this time! Ikram looks to pull but mistimes it towards backward square leg for one.
8.4
0
Fuller in length again on off, Ikram hits it to covers.
8.3
0
Shorter in length and just outside off, Ali Khil throws his bat at it but misses.
8.2
0
Fuller and on off, this is hit to covers.
8.1
2
Well played! Back of a length ball around off, Ikram guides it past point and takes two.
Oshane Thomas is on now!
8 Over
0 | 5 Runs | HH: 34/1
7.6
0
On the middle pole, this is hit back to the bowler.
7.5
0
Back of a length and on off, Shah defends it out.
7.4
4
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
Good length and this is angled into the off pole, Shah blocks it out.
7.2
1
Another length ball around off, Ikram plays it late down to third man for one.
7.1
0
Back of a length on off, this is pushed to covers.
7 Over
0 | 10 Runs | HH: 29/1
6.6
4
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
A slower one outside off, Shah pushes it to mid on.
6.4
0
A little too straight again, Shah easily works it to mid-wicket.
6.3
0
On middle, this is worked to square leg.
6.3
1
A sharp short ball, it bounces over the batter's head though and it has been wided.
6.2
0
Goes fuller this time and on off, Shah strokes it to mid off.
6.1
4
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
1
WIDE! Short and down the leg side, Shah looks to pull but misses.
6 Over
0 | 3 Runs | HH: 19/1
5.6
2
Uppish but safe! Fuller and on off, Ali Khil strokes it uppishly but through covers for two.
5.5
0
Another one on a length, Ali Khil guides it to point.
5.4
1
Another fuller length ball on middle, Shah strokes it towards mid on and takes one.
5.3
0
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
Good length and on off, Shah defends it out.
5.1
0
On the fuller side on off, this is driven back to the bowler.
5 Over
0 | 5 Runs | HH: 16/1
4.6
0
Beaten again! Fuller and wider outside off, Ikram throws his bat at it and misses.
4.5
0
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
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
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
Another one on a length and around off, Shah defends it.
4.1
0
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.
4 Over
0 | 0 Runs | HH: 11/1
3.6
0
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
Shortish and around leg, Ikram stays back footed and defends it on the leg side. Five dots.
3.4
0
Leans forward to a length ball outside off and pushes it with gentle hands to covers.
3.3
0
Digs in a shortish ball on middle, Ikram pulls across the line but finds the fielder in front of square leg.
3.2
0
Full and outside off, Ikram drives but finds the fielder on the off side.
3.1
0
Good length ball on off, angling away, Ali Khil defends it off his back foot.
3 Over
0 | 3 Runs | HH: 11/1
2.6
1
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
Shorter in length and around off, it is dragged towards mid on for one.
2.4
0
Back of a length on off, Shah hops and keeps it out.
2.3
1
Back of a length on off, this is guided down to third man for one.
2.2
0
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
Fuller and on middle, this is hit to mid on.
2 Over
1 | 7 Runs | HH: 8/1
1.6
1
On the pads, this is worked towards square leg for a single. A successful first over by Roach.
1.5
0
On the shorter side again and outside off, Ali Khil looks to cut but misses.
1.4
2
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
W
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
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
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.
1 Over
0 | 1 Runs | HH: 1/0
0.6
0
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
BEATEN! On the fuller side again and outside off, Shah does go after it but misses.
0.4
0
Goes very full now and it is on off, Shah strokes it to covers.
0.3
1
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
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
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...
01st InningsWest Indies
Right then, one final chance for Afghanistan to get a consolation win in this World Cup. But they have a tall task in front of them. Can their batting step up and scale down this big target? Do join us in a short while to find out.
Shai Hope, the top run-scorer of the West Indian innings, says he is pleased they crossed the 300-run mark. Mentions he is happy to get some runs under his belt. Adds that the team score is more important but he feels good to be amongst the runs. Reckons the wicket is a little slow and their plan was to keep wickets in hand so that they can have a launching pad. Jokingly says he won't be telling what lengths their bowlers will be bowling.
Afghanistan were very poor in the field. Plenty of catches went down. They dropped Nicholas Pooran thrice and he really made them pay by putting in a quickfire partnership with Jason Holder. The three Afghan spinners were brilliant today but they failed to pick too many wickets in the middle overs. The rest of the bowling was not consistent and towards the end, it fell completely flat.
14 runs in the last three balls, 111 in the last 10 overs and West Indies have ended up with a big total on the board! A strong batting show by them after losing Chris Gayle cheaply. Evin Lewis, Shai Hope and Shimron Hetmyer played delightful knocks but the real impetus to the innings was provided by the fifth wicket stand. At one stage it looked like Afghanistan will restrict West Indies inside 300 but the pair of Holder and Pooran went bonkers in their partnership and added 105 in very quick time.
49.6
4
FOUR! What happened there? That should have been another wicket for Shirzad but instead, it is a boundary. He bowls a slower one on middle, Brathwaite is once again early into the shot. It hits the bottom part and goes up in the air towards long off. It has really gone high up in the air. Naib seems to settle under it but then tries to protect himself as he loses the ball in the sun. It sails over his head and goes over the ropes on one bounce. Another fortunate boundary for the West Indies. So the over which started terrifically for Afghanistan has ended West Indies' way. THEY END ON 311/6!
49.5
4
EDGY FOUR! West Indies won't mind how they come as long as they come. Length and on middle, Brathwaite swings again but this goes off the outside edge and down to the third man fence.
49.4
6
SIX! Over long off! Brute force that! Another slower one around off, Brathwaite picks it this time, waits for it and brings up 300 in style.
49.3
0
Three dots now! This is on off, Brathwaite guides it to point.
Fabian Allen arrives with 4 balls remaining.
49.2
W
OUT! Two wickets off the first two balls! Holder is the man walking back now. Shirzad gets his first. It is another slower one on middle, Holder is a little early in the shot. He ends up dragging it up in the air towards square leg where Zadran takes a good catch running in from the deep. A top inning by the skipper as well. He has surely done his job.
Load More
Carlos Brathwaite walks out to bat.
49.1
W
OUT! A big mix-up and Pooran is run out! A dot to begin the last over. This is a slower one outside off, Holder swings but misses. Pooran charges to the other end but Holder is not interested. The keeper throws it back to the bowler who collects it and calmly takes the bails off at his end. End of another excellent knock by NP.
Sayed Shirzad to bowl the final over.
49 Over
0 | 20 Runs | HH: 297/4
48.6
2
A couple to end! 20 from the over and now 310 is possible. Full and on middle, Pooran jams it through mid-wicket and takes two.
48.5
0
Looks to be innovative there by playing the paddle scoop. The ball is also down the leg side but Pooran does not connect.
48.5
5
FIVE WIDES! Also, the 100-run stand is up and a partnership which has probably taken the game away from Afghanistan. This is very short and on middle, Pooran watches it go through. It bounces in front of the keeper who fails to collect it. Bonus runs these.
48.4
6
SIX! Looked like a mishit but it has still gone over long on. Slower delivery, on a back of a length outside off, Pooran rocks back and swings his bat firmly. Doesn't connect from the middle but it still flies for a biggie.
48.3
1
Width on offer outside off, Holder reaches out for it with an angled bat and forces it to deep point for one.
Point drops back.
48.2
0
Lands it on a length and outside off, Holder leaves it thinking it to be a wide. It ain't.
48.1
6
SIX! The long extension of his arms and he has dispatched it into the crowd. Full toss and angling in on middle, that's a poor delivery at any stage, forget this one, Holder clears his front leg and goes big over wide long on.
48 Over
0 | 10 Runs | HH: 277/4
47.6
1
A leg bye to end another good over for Windies. This is bowled on the pads, Holder looks to flick but misses. It hits the pads and rolls on the leg side. A leg bye taken.
47.5
4
FOUR! Deft! Extremely good shot. Mujeeb fires this full and on off, it is almost a yorker. Holder at the very end opens the face of the bat and jams it down to the third man fence.
47.4
3
Just over the fielder! Three runs! Shorter and outside off, Pooran looks to cut but it goes off the outer half over point. Three taken. Follows his ton with his second half century in ODIs. Pooran is a serious talent and has shown that in this World Cup.
47.3
0
A dot now! Pooran makes room and Mujeeb bowls it just inside the tramline outside off. NP goes after it but misses.
47.2
1
On off, Holder works it through mid-wicket for one. Two singles to begin the 48th.
47.1
1
Flatter and outside off, Pooran slaps it through covers and gets to the other end.
47 Over
0 | 15 Runs | HH: 267/4
46.6
2
Pooran runs the second without the bat in his hand! Excellent stuff! A full toss on middle, Holder hits it back at the stumps at the other end. The ball deflects onto the leg side. They take one and then Holder wants the second. Pooran drops his bat at the other end but still goes for it and makes it in. 15 from the over. Another big one.
46.5
6
SIX! That is going, going and gone! That was hit really high but it was handsome too. A slower one on on off, Holder picks it early, waits for it and drags it way over the mid-wicket fence.
46.4
1
Bowls it very full this time and on off, Pooran hits it down to long off for one.
46.3
4
FOUR! Pierces the gap brilliantly! 6 from the first three balls. He moves onto 45. Another slower ball which is shorter in length. Pooran goes back and pulls it over mid-wicket. It is between long on and deep mid-wicket.
46.2
1
Good change in pace! Slower and shorter on middle, Holder pulls it through square leg for one. He mistimed it actually.
46.1
1
Fuller and outside off, Pooran creams it through covers for one.
Dawlat Zadran is back on!
46 Over
0 | 6 Runs | HH: 252/4
45.6
0
Loopy and on off, driven back to the bowler. Rashid finishes his spell, 10-0-52-1! Just 6 wickets in 9 matches in this World Cup, a dismal tournament for the Afghan leggie.
45.5
1
Short and on middle, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a single.
45.4
1
Goes back and punches it in the gap on the leg side for a run.
45.4
1
Wide again! Wrong 'un goes wrong. Down the leg side, Jason tries to work it away but misses. 250 up for West Indies!
45.3
1
Drags his length short and delivers it on middle, Nicholas goes deep inside the crease and punches it to long on for one.
45.2
0
Beaten! Spinning away from the batsman from around off, Pooran moves back to play on the leg side but is beaten by the away turn.
45.1
1
Too full in length on off, driven through extra cover for a run. Does the right thing by handing the strike to Nicholas.
45.1
1
Wide! Turning down the leg side, Holder tries flicking but misses.
45 Over
0 | 16 Runs | HH: 246/4
44.6
4
FOUR! End of a huge over! 16 from it. Short and wide outside off, Pooran cuts it through cover-point for a boundary. 27 runs in the last two.
44.5
0
Shorter and outside off, Pooran tries to cut but misses.
44.4
4
FOUR! Pressure telling on Mujeeb! He fires this down the leg side, Pooran sweeps it through short fine leg and the ball races away to the fence. The 50-run stand is also up between the two. It has come up in quick time. It has provided the much-needed impetus that the side needed at the death.
44.3
1
A low full toss, Holder flicks it on the bounce to deep mid-wicket for one.
44.2
6
SIX! That is colossal! What a shot! This is angled into the batter. Holder shuffles in and tonks it over the mid-wicket fence for a huge one.
44.1
1
It's been lofted over mid on by the batsman. They pick up a single.
44 Over
0 | 11 Runs | HH: 230/4
43.6
2
A couple to end! This is flatter and on middle, Holder looks to flick but it goes off the inside edge down to fine leg for two. 11 from the over!
43.5
6
SIX! ALL THE WAY! A little too full by Rashid this time and he pays the price. Holder lofts it and clears the long off fence with ease. The long reach of the tall batsman!
43.4
0
Another dot! The leg spinner on off, Holder looks to work it on the leg side but it goes off the leading edge to short third man.
43.3
1
On the pads, this is worked through wide mid on. They run the first one hard but have to settle for the single.
43.2
2
A couple now! Shorter and around off, Pooran pushes it through covers and takes two.
43.1
0
Swing and a miss! A googly outside off, Pooran looks to go downtown but does not connect.
43 Over
0 | 7 Runs | HH: 219/4
42.6
0
A dot to end! So just 7 from the over despite going for a boundary on the first ball. On the stumps, Holder looks to flick but again gets an inside edge onto the pads.
42.5
1
Flatter and on off, this is hit down to long off for one.
42.4
0
Full and wide outside off, Pooran throws his bat at it but misses.
42.3
1
Flatter and on middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
42.2
1
Looks to play the reverse sweep now but mistimes it towards point for a quick run.
42.1
4
FOUR! Lovely shot! Ideal start to the over. Pooran gives himself room and Mujeeb bowls it fuller on off. Pooran smashes it over extra cover and bags a boundary.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman is back! 5 overs of genuine spin left in the last 8. Afghanistan, in all likelihood, would use them all.
42 Over
0 | 3 Runs | HH: 212/4
41.6
0
On the stumps, Holder looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads. Just the three from the over. Excellent at this stage.
41.5
1
On the pads, this is worked through square leg for another single.
41.4
1
Fuller and on off, Holder jams it through the off side for one.
41.3
1
The slip was just moved and this went through there. Just for a run. Actually, it is a dropped catch. A tough one though. Those need to stick. It is a googly on off, Pooran looks to force it on the off side but it goes off the outside edge, hits the outer part of the keeper's gloves and travels to short third man. A single taken. Pooran is riding on his luck.
41.2
0
Another dot! Flatter and outside off again, Pooran once again looks to cut but misses.
41.1
0
Outside off and it is quicker. Pooran looks to cut but is beaten by the pace.
Rashid Khan is back into the attack!
41 Over
0 | 9 Runs | HH: 209/4
40.6
2
A couple to end a good over for the Windies. Holder works it with soft hands through mid-wicket. They take the first one quickly and then go for the second. Complete it.
40.5
1
On the shorter side, Pooran pulls it through mid-wicket for one.
40.4
0
Good stop! This is on the pads, Pooran looks to flick but misses. It brushes the pads and rolls to the right of the keeper who dives and stops it. The bowler is a little too straight here. If he continues to bowl so, they should push the fine leg back.
40.3
4
FOUR! Easily done! Short and on the body, it is the slower one. Pooran waits for it and pulls it through backward square leg for a boundary.
40.2
1
Another slower one, Holder works it down to long on for one.
40.1
1
PUT DOWN AGAIN! That is a brilliant effort though. Would have been a blinder. Naib, the skipper, shows great commitment. Pooran uses his feet and makes this into a half volley. He smashes it towards mid off. GN there dives to his right, stretches his hands out but the ball does not stick. He saves three in the end. Shirzad once again is unlucky. Pooran was dropped off his bowling before also.
Powerplay 3 has been signaled! Now a maximum of 5 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the end of the innings.
40 Over
0 | 4 Runs | HH: 200/4
39.6
0
Another dot to end! This is on middle, Holder looks to defend but it goes off the inner half towards the leg side. End of Nabi for today. His figures are 10-0-56-1. Not the best of days for him.
39.5
0
Well bowled again! Angles it away from off, Holder looks to defend but is beaten by the angle as it skids off the surface.
39.4
1
This is fuller and on middle, Pooran hits it down to long on for one. 200 up for West Indies.
39.3
0
On the stumps, Pooran works it to mid-wicket.
39.2
2
A couple! Shorter and around off, Pooran goes back and cuts it past point for a brace.
39.1
1
Flatter and on off, this is hit towards long on for one.
39 Over
0 | 4 Runs | HH: 196/4
38.6
2
DROPPED BY RAHMAT! Could be a costly miss, this. Shortish and on off, Pooran pulls it across the line, keeps it aerial and Shah at mid-wicket jumps to attempt for the catch over his head. But it goes through his hands and the batsmen take a couple. Afghanistan have been clumsy in the field today.
38.5
1
Angling across the West Indian skipper, this time Holder guides it wide of point to third man and picks up his first run.
38.4
0
A stifled appeal for an lbw! Shirzad delivers it on a length around middle and off, straightening a bit, Holder sticks back to defend but misses. The bowler puts in a muted appeal before realizing that it's too high.
38.3
0
Goes fuller this time, outside off, Holder drives but finds the extra cover fielder. Two dots.
38.2
0
A touch short in length and angling away from the batsman, Holder stays back to run it down to third man but finds point instead.
38.1
1
Back of a length delivery around off, Pooran lifts his front leg and pulls it through square leg for a run.
Sayed Shirzad is brought back into the attack. 5-0-29-0, so far. His job will be to keep things tidy.
38 Over
1 | 8 Runs | HH: 192/4
37.6
0
On middle, Holder pushes it to mid on. So a top comeback by the bowler. He went for 8 off the first two balls but then bowled 4 dots, in which, one had a wicket.
37.5
0
BEATEN! This is flatter and outside off, it is angled away. Holder looks to defend but is beaten.
Jason Holder walks out to bat.
37.4
W
OUT! CAUGHT! Nabi has the last laugh! Hope holes out! No ton for him today as well. The change of angle does the trick for Nabi. After going for two boundaries, he comes from around the wicket. Fires this full and on middle, Hope looks to play the slog sweep, the risk is minimum as it is with the turn but he does not time it right. It goes straight to Rashid at deep mid-wicket who does not make any mistake. Once again the shot can be questioned as two boundaries had already been hit in this over and with a little more than 12 overs to go, was it necessary to go for that shot? Two new batters out there in the middle now. Afghanistan crawling back in the game.
37.3
0
On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.
37.2
4
FOUR! Consecutive boundaries! This time to the right of Afghan. Floats it up on off, Hope hits it through the line, over mid off for another boundary.
37.1
4
FOUR! That has gone through and a boundary to start Nabi's new spell. Short and outside off, Hope goes back and slaps it towards mid off. Afghan there runs to his left and dives but does not stop it.
Mohammad Nabi is back on!
37 Over
0 | 4 Runs | HH: 184/3
36.6
1
A full toss but this is driven through covers for only one.
36.5
0
Another appeal but once again it is turned down! A slower one around middle and leg. Hope looks to flick but misses. A huge shout but the umpire shakes his head. That seems to be going down leg.
36.4
2
A lovely shot for two! This is on middle, Hope walks in and flicks it through wide mid on for two.
36.3
1
Another good length ball on off, Pooran pushes it through covers for one.
36.2
0
On the pads, this is worked to mid-wicket.
36.1
0
Length and on off, it is angling away. Pooran looks to drive but misses.
36 Over
0 | 2 Runs | HH: 180/3
35.6
1
Quicker again and on off, Pooran guides it towards point for one.
35.5
0
Outside off and Pooran lets it be.
35.4
0
A full toss on middle, Pooran misses out there as he strokes it to covers.
35.3
1
Floats it up on off, Hope pushes it towards cover for one.
35.2
0
On off, Hope mistimes it towards mid-wicket.
35.1
0
Flatter and on off, Hope keeps it out.
35 Over
1 | 13 Runs | HH: 178/3
34.6
4
FOUR! Pooran continues from where he left off in the last game. Some shot to get off the mark. This is short and on the body, Pooran goes back and hammers the pull through mid-wicket for a boundary. A huge over, 13 from it but a wicket as well.
Nicholas Pooran is in next. He is fresh from a sublime knock against Sri Lanka and would like to leave his impact yet again.
Drinks break. Afghanistan have successfully broken the dangerous looking stand. Once again Shimron Hetmyer showed a lot of promise in his free-flowing knock but failed to convert it into something big. West Indies though have the platform set for the middle-lower order batsmen to capitalize on. Shai Hope should look to bat through from here on. For Afghanistan, it's all about restricting the Caribbean team to as less as possible.
34.5
W
OUT! Another excellent catch! Hetmyer looks to the heavens but in disappointment. He has thrown away yet another start. Just a needless stroke. They already had 9 from the over but Hetmyer got greedy and he took another risk to make this a huge one. He takes a few steps down the track and Zadran bangs it short. Hetmyer pulls but does not keep it down. It goes to the right of Noor Ali Zadran (sub) at mid-wicket who takes a good catch diving to his right. Afghanistan were desperate for this wicket as this partnership was taking the game away from them.
34.4
1
Shorter and around off, Hope slaps it through cover-point and takes one.
34.3
6
SIX! Stand and deliver! This is fuller and on off, Hope extends his arms and lofts it with ease over the long off fence for a biggie.
34.2
1
Shorter and it is slower, Hetmyer mistimes his pull through mid-wicket for one.
34.1
1
Back of a length on off, Hope drops it on the off side and takes one.
Dawlat Zadran is brought back into the match. 5-1-21-1, so far.
34 Over
0 | 5 Runs | HH: 165/2
33.6
2
In the air... but it falls in between the two fielders! Hetmyer brings out the slog sweep but since the length is a touch shorter, there is extra bounce. He gets a top edge which lobs over the mid-wicket fielder. He runs back and there is one fielder running in from the deep. The mid-wicket fielder goes for it with a dive but fails to get to the ball. Two taken by the batsmen.
33.5
1
The batsman plays a sweep shot. They pick up a single.
33.4
0
Run out chance! Flatter and on middle, Hope works it to the right of the bowler. Hetmyer wants a run but is sent back. The keeper gets to the ball and has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses.
33.3
1
A huge shout but the umpire is not interested! The leg spinner and on middle, Hetmyer goes back and looks to work it on the leg side. It hits the higher part of the pad, hits the keeper's glove and rolls towards fine leg for one. Leg bye signaled!
33.2
0
Quicker and on off, Hetmyer guides it to point.
33.1
1
Flatter and on middle, this is hit down to long on for one.
Rashid Khan is back on! His team needs a wicket here. Can he provide it?
33 Over
0 | 7 Runs | HH: 160/2
32.6
0
Stays back to a good length ball and punches it towards covers.
32.5
2
Well played! Hetmyer sticks back to fetch a short ball from outside off and pulls it down to deep mid-wicket. Rashid makes a tumbling stop and they take a couple. 50-run stand up!
32.4
1
Pitches it up and around off, Hope hits it down the ground off the inner half of his blade towards long on for a run.
32.3
1
Fires it very full and on middle, Shimron knocks it down to long on and rotates the strike.
32.2
2
Length ball angling down the leg side, Hetmyer eases it off his pads through square leg for a couple of runs.
32.1
1
Sliding down the leg side, Hope tries working on the leg side but misses. It goes off his pads to the on side and they cross.
32 Over
0 | 1 Runs | HH: 153/2
31.6
1
Just the single from the over as Hope slaps it through covers. A much-needed tight over, they need a few more like these.
31.5
0
5 dots in a row! Once again Hope misreads the length. Goes back to a ball which he should be going ahead too. It lands outside off and straightens. Beats the outside edge.
31.4
0
Another dot! Hope looks to innovate. He plays the reverse sweep but finds short third man.
31.3
0
On the stumps again and once again Hope flicks it to mid-wicket.
31.2
0
Flatter and outside off, it is worked to mid-wicket.
31.1
0
Shorter and around off, this is guided to point.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman is back!
31 Over
0 | 5 Runs | HH: 152/2
30.6
1
The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. They pick up a single.
30.5
1
Shorter again and on middle, Hetmyer pulls it through mid-wicket for one.
30.4
0
Around off again and this is guided to point.
30.3
1
Shorter and on the body, this is pulled through square leg for one. 150 up for West Indies. 300 is surely on the cards here.
30.2
1
Slower and shorter in length and outside off, this is guided down to third man for one.
30.1
1
On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
30 Over
0 | 8 Runs | HH: 147/2
29.6
0
NOT OUT! Hetmyer is well in! This is floated up outside off, Hetmyer once again looks to slog sweep it over mid-wicket. This time he misses. The keeper whips the bails off and appeals. The umpire takes it upstairs and replays show that Hetmyer is fine. Another expensive over by Nabi. 8 from it.
Appeal for a stumping has been referred upstairs! Has Hetmyer dragged his back foot outside the crease while trying to play the slog sweep? The replays show that it's inside the line comfortably.
29.5
0
On the stumps again, Hetmyer blocks it out again.
29.4
0
Flatter and on off, this is kept out.
29.3
6
SIX! That is right off the middle and it sails into the stands. Hetmyer is taking Nabi to the cleaners here. Mohammad tosses it up on middle, Hetmyer brings the slog sweep out and clears the mid-wicket fence.
29.2
1
Fifty for Hope, his 13th in ODIs! Good to see him back amongst the runs. He would look to bat through and get a big one here. Gets there by easing this one down to long on for a single.
29.1
1
Dances down the track and Nabi fires it on the pads, Hetmyer works it through square leg for one.
29 Over
0 | 6 Runs | HH: 139/2
28.6
1
On the pads, this is worked through mid-wicket for one. Hetmyer keeps strike.
28.5
4
FOUR! Too easy! Short and on the body with fine leg up, Hetmyer helps it past that fielder and the ball races away to the fence.
28.4
0
Another slower one on off, SH guides it to point.
28.3
0
Slower one and on off, Hetmyer defends it out.
28.2
0
On the pads, Hetmyer works it towards mid-wicket.
28.1
1
Shorter and outside off, this is slapped through covers for one.
Sayed Shirzad is back into the attack!
28 Over
0 | 12 Runs | HH: 133/2
27.6
1
Hope now pushes it through covers for one. An expensive over, 12 from it.
27.5
1
Sensible batting! Having got a boundary on the last ball, he opens the face of the bat and guides this one to point for one.
27.4
4
FOUR! Dealing in boundaries, Hetmyer. Through covers this time. Another flighted ball on off, Hetmyer stays leg side of the delivery and lofts it through covers. No stopping those.
27.3
1
On the stumps, this is hit down to long on for one.
27.2
1
A low full toss on middle, Hetmyer hits it past the bowler to long off for one.
27.1
4
FOUR! Hetmyer has come out all guns blazing here! If it is in his arc, he will go for it. This is tossed up on middle, it is fuller. Hetmyer smashes it over mid on and it goes one bounce over the long on fence.
27 Over
0 | 4 Runs | HH: 121/2
26.6
0
Almost! The googly and it is outside off, turns back in. Hope goes back to a ball he should have been forward to. Tries to keep it out but it goes off the inner half on the leg side.
26.5
0
On the stumps, Hope goes back and keeps it out.
26.4
4
FOUR! Releases all the pressure that was building! This is shorter and outside off, Hope goes back and cuts it past backward point for a boundary.
26.3
0
Fuller and on off, Hope pushes it back to the bowler. 3 dots in the over.
26.2
0
Tosses it up on off, it is defended.
26.1
0
Flatter and on off, Hope pushes it back to the bowler.
26 Over
0 | 8 Runs | HH: 117/2
25.6
0
Played to the point region by the batsman. No run to end an 8-run over.
25.5
6
SIX! Hetmyer has dismissed this one! Flighted delivery but it's too full and wide outside off, Shimron latches onto it and smacks it over long off for a biggie. If it's there to be hit, he will always go for it, doesn't matter if he has just come out to bat or not.
25.4
0
Fires one in full and around off, skidding in, Shimron looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
25.3
1
Turning down the leg side, Hope helps it towards square leg and scampers across to the other end.
25.2
1
Shortish and on off, Hetmyer moves back and punches it through extra cover for one.
25.1
0
Flighted and full on off, Hetmyer defends it off his front foot.
Mohammad Nabi returns into the attack.
25 Over
1 | 9 Runs | HH: 109/2
24.6
0
A googly to end the over, this lands on off and spins back in. Hope looks to defend but it goes off the inner half to mid-wicket. 9 runs but a wicket from the over.
Shimron Hetmyer walks in next at number 4.
24.5
W
OUT! In the air... and that is a very, very good catch by Nabi. Rashid looks up to the heavens in delight, just shows how much that wicket means to him. A much-needed wicket for Afghanistan as they have broken the 88-run stand. Not the best of deliveries to get out to though. It is short and on middle, Lewis looks to pull but ends miscuing it towards wide long on. Nabi there runs forward and across to his left and takes it nicely. Lewis fails to make the most of the start he got. Afghanistan will hope this is an opening for them.
24.4
0
Flatter and on off, Lewis guides it to point.
24.3
1
Another short one on middle, Hope pulls it through mid-wicket for one.
24.2
4
FOUR! This is right off the middle! A poor ball, it is short and on middle, Hope goes back and pulls it over mid-wicket. Consecutive boundaries for Hope. He moves into the 40s.
24.1
4
EDGY FOUR! Windies won't mind though. Shorter and outside off, Hope looks to punch it off the back foot but it goes off the outside edge and through short third man for a boundary.
24 Over
0 | 3 Runs | HH: 100/1
23.6
0
NOT OUT! The impact is just outside off which means it remains umpire's call. A good review though by Afghanistan and they do not lose it. It is another carrom ball by Mujeeb. Lands outside off and skids back in. Lewis goes for the slog sweep but misses to get hit on the pads. A huge appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Afghanistan take the review after a chat. Replays roll in and they show the on-field call need not be overturned.
Review time! A huge shout for LBW has been turned down. Afghanistan review. Looks close.
23.5
0
The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
23.4
0
Flatter and on the leg pole, it turns back in. Lewis looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
23.4
1
Down the leg side, EL looks to flick but misses. It has been wided. 100 up for the Windies.
23.3
0
Angles this into the off pole, Lewis pushes it back to the bowler.
23.2
1
Plays the sweep but can't get it past short fine leg. A single.
23.1
1
Very full and on middle, this is hit down to long off for one.
23 Over
0 | 6 Runs | HH: 97/1
22.6
0
Another googly on off and Hope once again blocks it out.
22.5
0
The googly on off, Hope looks to defend but it goes off the inner half towards mid-wicket.
22.4
1
Shorter in length and on middle, Lewis pushes it to long off and gets to the other end.
22.3
0
Flatter and outside off, Lewis guides it to point.
22.2
4
FOUR! A welcome boundary for West Indies! It was nicely played in the end! It is very full on the pads, Lewis initially looks to sweep but then stands and just guides it through backward point for a boundary.
22.1
1
Flatter and on middle, Hope goes back and pushes it down to long on for one.
Change of ends for Rashid Khan.
22 Over
0 | 3 Runs | HH: 91/1
21.6
1
Just the three singles from the over! Flatter and outside off, Hope hits it through cover-point for one.
21.5
0
Well bowled! The carrom ball around off, it pitches and straightens. Hope looks to drive but is beaten. There was a chance for stumping but Ikram fumbled and collected the ball in the second attempt. Shai returned by then.
21.4
0
Fires it on the stumps, Hope defends it.
21.3
1
A quick run! This is on the pads, Lewis works it towards short fine leg and takes one. That was a poor throw by the fielder there.
21.2
1
Leading edge but a run! Around off, Hope looks to work it on the leg side but gets a soft leading edge towards backward point for one.
21.1
0
Flatter and on off, this is pushed to covers.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman is back on! He was exceptional in his first spell inside Powerplay 1 although didn't pick any wicket. Would like to contribute this time around.
21 Over
0 | 2 Runs | HH: 88/1
20.6
0
Another good over for Afghanistan which ends with a dot! It is the arm ball on middle, Lewis looks to defend but it goes off the inner half to mid-wicket.
20.5
1
Fires it full and wide outside off, Hope drives it square on the off side but again, just for a run.
20.4
1
Shorter and outside off, Lewis hits it through covers for one.
20.3
0
Sharp turn there! Once again gives it a nice loop and lands it outside off, Lewis looks to play at it but seeing the turn away, bails out.
20.2
0
Nice and slow outside off, Lewis guides it to point.
20.1
0
Flatter on off, Lewis goes back and hits it hard but to covers.
20 Over
0 | 4 Runs | HH: 86/1
19.6
0
The googly on the pads, Hope looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
19.5
1
Fifty for Lewis, his 5th in ODIs. A good comeback in the side but one would believe this innings has come a little too late. He gets there by driving this through covers for one.
19.4
1
On the stumps, this is pushed down to long on for one.
19.3
0
On the stumps, Hope lunges and keeps it out.
19.2
1
On the pads, Lewis nudges it around the corner and takes one. He moves to 49.
19.1
1
This is on the pads, Hope works it through square leg for one.
19 Over
0 | 1 Runs | HH: 82/1
18.6
0
5 dots in a row to end! On off, Lewis pushes it to covers. Back-to-back good overs for Afghanistan after Drinks.
18.5
0
One more dot as Nabi fires it on the stumps and Lewis blocks it out.
18.4
0
On the pads, Lewis works it to mid-wicket.
18.3
0
Brings the sweep shot out but finds the man at short fine leg.
18.2
0
Slower through the air outside off, Lewis lets it be.
18.1
1
On the pads, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
18 Over
0 | 3 Runs | HH: 81/1
17.6
1
A single to end! On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one. A good start by Rashid.
17.5
0
Another dot as Hope pushes this back to the bowler.
17.4
0
Flatter again and on off, this is pushed to covers.
17.3
0
Beaten! Flatter and outside off, this pitches and straightens. Hope goes back and tries to defend but misses.
17.2
0
Very full and on middle, this is hit back to the bowler.
17.1
2
Starts with one on the leg stump, Hope works it with soft hands through square leg and takes two.
Drinks break. Steady going for West Indies after losing Chris Gayle early. Shai Hope was given a reprieve on 5 and he along with Evin Lewis are amidst a 57-run stand. Lewis has played some extraordinary shots in his knock of 48 so far and is looking in fine form. The Afghans have their trump card yet to bowl and let's see how Rashid Khan fares in the middle phase. Here he comes...
17 Over
0 | 2 Runs | HH: 78/1
16.6
0
Flatter and quicker on middle, Lewis works it to mid-wicket. A good over by Nabi again.
16.5
0
Floats it up on off, Lewis hits it to covers.
16.4
0
On the stumps, Lewis looks to defend but it goes off the inner half towards mid-wicket.
16.3
1
Shorter and on off, this is hit down to long on for one.
16.2
1
Slower through the air on off, EL pushes it towards cover and takes a quick run.
16.1
0
Flatter and on middle, Lewis pushes it to covers.
16 Over
0 | 3 Runs | HH: 76/1
15.6
0
Slower one on off, Hope guides it to point.
15.5
0
Fuller and on off, Hope pushes it back towards the bowler who gets his fingertips on the ball and deflects it to mid off.
15.4
1
This is angled into the batter, Lewis works it through square leg for a run.
15.3
1
Shorter and on middle, Hope pushes it to long on for one.
15.2
1
On middle, this is hit down to long on for one.
15.1
0
A little too straight, this is worked to mid-wicket.
15 Over
0 | 8 Runs | HH: 73/1
14.6
0
This is on middle, Hope works it to mid-wicket. 8 from the over despite the biggie.
14.5
1
Slower through the air and on off, Lewis looks to defend but it goes off the outer half towards point for one.
14.4
0
OHH! This is flatter and just outside off, it drifts back in. Lewis looks to punch it on the off side but it goes off the inner half back to the bowler.
14.3
0
On the stumps, Lewis lunges and defends it out.
14.2
1
Now follows the biggie with a single down to long on.
14.1
6
SIX! Shai Hope gets into the act now! He comes down the track, gets to the pitch of it and lofts it over the bowler's head for a biggie. The 50-run stand is up in style. It has steadied the ship after they lost Gayle early.
14 Over
0 | 12 Runs | HH: 65/1
13.6
0
A dot to end a good over for West Indies. Back of a length on off, this is guided to point.
13.5
6
SIX! Nailed! A short one and it won't be troubling Lewis at Naib's pace. Lewis goes back and hammers it over the mid-wicket fence. 10 from the last two balls.
13.4
4
FOUR! Finds the gap this time! Fuller and on off, Lewis hits it through extra cover, past the mid off fielder and into the fence.
13.3
0
Fuller and on middle, Lewis pushes it back to the bowler.
13.2
2
A couple now! Shorter and on off, Lewis hits it through covers for two.
13.1
0
On off, Lewis pushes it to mid off.
13 Over
0 | 3 Runs | HH: 53/1
12.6
0
Another tossed up ball on middle, Shai pushes it back to the bowler. A tidy start by Nabi.
12.5
0
On the stumps, Hope defends it.
12.4
1
Fuller again and on off, this is hit down to long off for one.
12.3
1
Another single as this is worked with the turn to long on.
12.2
1
Almost a yorker on middle, Lewis jams it out through covers for one.
12.1
0
Gives it a lot of air and lands it on off, Lewis pushes it to covers.
Mohammad Nabi is on now! He has been one of the most effective bowlers for Afghanistan in this World Cup. To his credit, he performed his best against the Asian teams like Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan who are known to play spin well.
12 Over
0 | 3 Runs | HH: 50/1
11.6
0
BEATEN! A loose shot though. This is on a length and outside off, Hope reaches out for it but misses.
11.5
1
Good stop! Fuller and on off, Lewis hits it towards mid off and takes one. The fielder moves to his left and stops it with a slide. Also, the 50 is up for West Indies.
11.4
0
Shorter and on the body, Lewis pulls it but straight to short fine leg.
11.3
2
Another misfield! Rashid Khan it is! Not having a good day in the field till now. This is pushed through covers and the batters take the first one quickly. Rashid attacks the ball to stop the second but he takes his eyes off at the very end and lets it through. The second run becomes easy.
11.2
0
On the off pole this time, Lewis pushes it to covers.
11.1
0
Starts off with a short delivery around off, Lewis goes back and slaps it to covers.
Gulbadin Naib is on now!
11 Over
0 | 4 Runs | HH: 47/1
10.6
1
On a good length and on off, Lewis pushes it to mid off for one. A good second over by Shirzad.
10.5
1
On the shorter side and on middle, Hope works it through mid-wicket for a run.
10.4
0
BEATEN! A slower one outside off, Hope is foxed by the lack of pace. He looks to push at it but is early in his attemt, gets beaten.
10.3
1
On the shorter side outside off, Lewis hits it through covers for one.
10.2
0
Back of a length and on off, this is kept out.
10.1
1
Shorter and on off, Hope pushes it through covers for one.
Powerplay 2 about to begin. Now, Afghanistan are allowed a maximum of 4 fielders outside the ring till the 40th over.
10 Over
0 | 0 Runs | HH: 43/1
9.6
0
A dot to end! Good length and on off, this is pushed to covers. A maiden over to end Powerplay 1! Windies are 43 for 1. A sedate start by them.
9.5
0
Slower one and it is on the shorter side, comes off slower from the surface. Lewis looks to pull but misses and is hit on the tummy. He was way too early into the shot. 5 dots in the over so far.
9.4
0
Another back of a length delivery on off, Lewis stands tall and guides it to point.
9.3
0
The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
9.2
0
An appeal but not given! This is down the leg side, Lewis looks to flick but misses. The ball hits the pads and goes low towards the keeper. He dives to his right and takes it.
9.1
0
Back of a length on off, this is pushed to covers.
9 Over
0 | 8 Runs | HH: 43/1
8.6
0
Almost an action reply of the last ball! Outside off and Hope lets it go again. So a good comeback by the bowler after going for a biggie early on in the over.
8.5
0
This is outside off, Hope lets it go to the keeper.
8.4
1
On the fuller side and on off, Lewis pushes it towards mid off and takes off. We'll see more of quick runs now after Gayle's wicket.
8.3
0
Comes back well! Lands it on off and it is on a length. Lewis pushes it to mid off.
8.2
6
SIX! Into the crowd! First biggie of the game! This is a delivery which Lewis would hit all day. Short and on the pads, Lewis pulls it high and handsome over the backward square leg fence. The new bowler is under pressure.
8.1
1
Starts with a fuller ball around off, Hope strokes it towards mid off and takes off. The fielder fumbles and makes the run easy.
Sayed Shirzad is on now!
8 Over
0 | 7 Runs | HH: 35/1
7.6
4
FOUR! Uppish but wide! Shorter and on the pads, Lewis helps it on its way to the fine leg fence and bags a boundary. So what could have been a successful over for Afghanistan, ends up being a decent one for the Windies.
7.5
1
This is full and on the pads, this is worked towards fine leg for one.
7.4
0
Good length and outside off, Hope lets it be.
7.3
2
Two off the inner half! Shorter and outside off, Hope looks to push it through the off side but it goes off the inner half through square leg for two.
7.2
0
Back of a length on off, Hope stands tall and keeps it out.
7.1
0
DROPPED! Straight in and straight out! Rashid Khan is the culprit and he looks puzzled at the moment and so are his teammates because you don't expect him to drop those. This is fuller and on the pads, Hope flicks it but does not keep it down. It goes straight to Rashid Khan at mid-wicket who spills it. This could be the kind of luck Hope needs, he has been short of runs in this World Cup and today, can well be his day. Also, Afghanistan had just brought the mid-wicket in, so the plan almost worked there.
7 Over
0 | 3 Runs | HH: 28/1
6.6
1
A single to end! This is on the stumps, it is pushed down to long on for one.
6.5
0
On the stumps again, Hope pushes it back to the bowler.
6.4
0
On the off pole, Hope keeps it out.
6.3
0
Flatter and on off, Hope pushes it back to the bowler.
6.2
1
A quick run! This is on the pads, Lewis looks to flick but misses. It goes off the thigh pad towards short fine leg. The batters take one. The fielder has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses. The backup fielder fumbles but no extra runs taken. Leg bye signaled.
6.2
1
Down the leg side, Lewis looks to hit it fine but misses. Wided.
6.1
0
Floats it up on middle, Lewis pushes it back to the bowler.
6 Over
1 | 5 Runs | HH: 25/1
5.6
0
Fuller and outside off, the right line to bowl with two slips. Hope leaves it. A successful over for Afghanistan.
5.5
0
Shorter and outside off, Hope defends it back to the bowler.
5.4
4
FOUR! Poor ball to the new batter! This is down the leg side, a freebie for Hope to get off the mark. He flicks it to the fine leg fence.
Shai Hope is the new man in! He showed brilliant form leading to the mega event but somehow failed to carry it forward. Only a couple of 50-plus scores for him. He would like to finish on a high with an impactful knock!
5.3
W
OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Dawlat Zadran gets the big man in his last World Cup inning. Chris Gayle fails to make an impact. He goes down on one knee to power a full length ball wide outside off. It was there to be hit but as Gayle made a lot of room, he had to reach out for it. Ends up getting an outside edge and it goes straight into the mitts of the keeper. Early wicket for Afghanistan, just the start they would have wanted. Gayle walks back raising his bat to the crowd, a gesture to thank them all for the support.
5.2
0
Well bowled! Just behind a length and on off, it moves away. Gayle goes back and tries to defend but the ball goes past the outside edge.
5.1
1
Good length and outside off, Lewis plays outside the line, it goes off the inner half through square leg for one.
5 Over
0 | 5 Runs | HH: 20/0
4.6
0
A good nut to end! It lands on off and then straightens. Gayle lunges forward and tries to defend but it goes off the outer half to point. This is what he should be bowling on consistent basis.
4.5
0
On the pads again, Gayle looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
4.4
1
A little too short and it turns back in. Lewis pushes it down to long on for one.
4.3
0
Corrects his line and bowls it closer on the off pole, Lewis defends it out.
4.2
4
FOUR! In the gap, shorter boundary on that side and it races away! Short and outside off, Lewis goes back and slaps it through cover-point and the ball races away to the fence.
4.1
0
Flatter and on middle, Lewis goes back and works it to mid-wicket.
4 Over
0 | 4 Runs | HH: 15/0
3.6
0
This time a length ball is in the channel outside off, going away with the angle of the bowler, Gayle keeps his bat close to his body and allows it through. Just a boundary from the over.
3.5
0
Goes hard at a shortish ball on off but gets a big inside edge onto the pads.
3.4
4
FOUR! Bludgeoned! Back of a length delivery outside off, Gayle keeps his weight on the back foot and smashes it past his partner at the other end for a boundary down to long off, first from his bat.
3.3
0
Bowls it wide outside off, offering the batsman to have a go at it, Gayle is watchful at the moment and shoulders arms.
3.2
0
Straighter delivery, on a length, Gayle tries working it on the leg side but misses. He is hit quite high on the pads this time.
3.1
0
Mistimed shot! On a good length around off, angling away from the batsman, Gayle remains back and tries to hit it across the line. But it takes the inside edge and strikes him on the pads.
3 Over
0 | 5 Runs | HH: 11/0
2.6
0
Flighted and full on off, Lewis prods forward and defends it safely on the off side.
2.5
0
Skidding down the leg side, Evin tries his best to get it away with his flick shot but misses.
2.4
4
FOUR! Better this time! Mujeeb goes short and wide outside off, Lewis camps back and whacks it through the gap at covers for a boundary.
2.3
0
Hangs on the back foot to slap it through covers but gets an inside edge onto his pads. Could have easily dragged it on.
2.2
0
Quicker again, flatter and on off, Lewis strokes it back from the crease. A good stop from the bowler.
2.1
1
Flatter and straighter one around off, a bit on the shorter side which allows Gayle to rock back and punch it down to long on. They pick up a single.
2 Over
0 | 5 Runs | HH: 6/0
1.6
4
FOUR! A boundary to end the over! Spoils the over somewhat. On the pads, easy pickings with fine leg up. Lewis works it fine on the leg side and bags the first boundary of the game.
1.5
0
Another dot! This is on the stumps once again, Lewis pushes it back to the bowler.
1.4
0
Good shot but no runs! Fuller and outside off, Lewis strokes it hard but straight to cover-point.
1.3
0
Well bowled! This is slightly shorter and it lands outside off, it comes back in. Lewis leaves it but due to the movement back in, it hits him high on the pads.
1.2
0
On a good length and outside off, Lewis shoulders arms to this one.
1.1
1
On the pads, Gayle works it towards mid-wicket and takes an easy single.
Dawlat Zadran to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
1 Over
0 | 1 Runs | HH: 1/0
0.6
1
Fullish and around off, Gayle works it in front of square leg for a run. West Indies are away! A quiet first over from Mujeeb.
0.5
0
Beaten! A slider landing full outside off, Gayle tries to defend off his front foot but it whizzes past his blade.
0.4
0
Tossed up ball outside off, going straight on, Gayle allows it through.
0.3
0
Poor delivery but Gayle fails to put it away. Full and down the leg side, Chris sweeps but finds short fine leg.
0.2
0
Flatter this time, full and on off, Gayle leans and defends it on the leg side.
0.1
0
Starts with a flighted full ball around off, Gayle is on the front foot as he pushes it to covers.
Out come the Afghanistan players on the field. They get into a huddle before spreading around. Now, Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis stride out to open the inning for West Indies. As expected, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who has removed Gayle twice in ODIs in as many attempts, has the first new ball in his hand. Can he strike again? Here we go...
Bright and sunny conditions. A decent crowd has also come to watch this match. The players from both sides are also on the field to sing their respective national anthems.
West Indies (Playing XI) - Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis (IN FOR SUNIL AMBRIS), Shai Hope (WK), Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder (C), Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen, Kemar Roach (IN FOR SHANNON GABRIEL), Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas.
Afghanistan (Player XI) - Rahmat Shah, Gulbadin Naib (C), Ikram Ali Khil (WK), Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Samiullah Shinwari, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Dawlat Zadran (IN FOR HASHMATULLAH SHAHIDI), Sayed Shirzad (IN FOR HAMID HASSAN).
Afghanistan captain, Gulbadin Naib says that he also wanted to bat first. Adds that it's dry and will help the spinners more later on. Says that they have played really good cricket in the last few games. Wants to try hard on the ground and the results can take care of itself. Two changes for them as well, Sayed Shirzad and Dawlat Zadran in for Hashmatullah Shahidi and Hamid Hassan.
West Indies skipper, Jason Holder says that they want to bat as it's a good wicket and he feels it will slow down as well. Wants to finish this contest well. Two changes in the team, Evin Lewis and Kemar Roach come in for Sunil Ambris and Shannon Gabriel.
Toss - Up goes the coin and it comes down in favour of Jason Holder. WEST INDIES WILL BAT!
Pitch report - The dimension of the ground is quite decent in Ian Bishop's words, neither too big nor too small. Sanjay Manjrekar looks at the surface and says it's white in colour. Suggests it is good for batting with lesser cracks. Feels the captain winning the toss would want to bat first. Adds that if the ball lands on the seam, there might be some lateral movement too.
Warm welcome ladies and gentlemen for another dose of a cricket match in this exciting World Cup. We now have a clear picture of our four semifinalists and the teams playing today have missed the bus. Pride is all they will be playing for and would try to close their dismal campaign on a high. No pressure on either West Indies or Afghanistan and they can express themselves freely. Also, this is Chris Gayle's last World Cup match and the Jamaican giant would love to make it memorable. Let's hope for an entertaining contest. Stay tuned for more...

AFG

1Gulbadin Naib
2Rahmat Shah
3Ikram Ali Khil
4Asghar Afghan
5Mohammad Nabi
6Najibullah Zadran
7Samiullah Shinwari
8Rashid Khan
9Mujeeb Ur Rahman
10Dawlat Zadran
11Sayed Shirzad

WI

1Chris Gayle
2Evin Lewis
3Shai Hope
4Shimron Hetmyer
5Nicholas Pooran
6Jason Holder
7Carlos Brathwaite
8Fabian Allen
9Kemar Roach
10Sheldon Cottrell
11Oshane Thomas

ICC Cricket World Cup च्या आयोजनाची ही 12 वी वेळ आहे. इंग्लंडमध्ये वर्ल्ड कपचं आयोजन करण्यात आलं असून 11 मैदानांवर सामने रंगणार आहेत. भारत पाकिस्तान सामन्याकडे सगळ्या क्रीडाजगताचं लक्ष लागलेलं असलं तरी प्राथमिक फेरीत सगळ्या संघांवर मात करत उपांत्यफेरीत प्रवेश करेल अशी जवळपास खात्रीच भारतीय रसिकांना असून विश्वचषकावर भारत तिसऱ्यांदा नाव कोरतो का याकडे सगळ्यांचंच लक्ष आहे.