West Indies crushed Afghanistan by 30 runs to hold a 1-0 lead within the outlet recreation of the three-match Twenty20 series on the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana cricket stadium on Thursday. The Caribbean aspect’s victory, after a clear sweep within the three-match ODI series earlier this month, used to be scripted by opener Evin Lewis’s blistering half of-century and Kesrick Williams’ three-wicket haul. Attach in to bat, the West Indies posted 164/5 off 20 overs on a placid pitch, but the Afghan batsmen did no longer have interaction their nerve and succumbed to a pair aloof bowling and fielding by the Caribbean aspect earlier than an fervent and appreciative crowd.
Afghanistan misplaced opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz within the 2d over when Brandon King took a skier off Sheldon Cottrell. Wickets fell at frequent intervals as the Afghan batsmen struggled to search out gaps for fours or fade for the gargantuan hits, namely against pacer Williams, who bowled a managed line, intelligently mixing the slower ones to assign up the batsmen guessing.
Despite the truth that opener Hazratullah Zazai (23, 29b, 2×4) and Asghar Afghan (25, 21b, 2×4, 1×6) placed on 48 runs for the third wicket and raised hopes of a comeback, their effort went in vain as Williams edged Zazai into the safe hands of keeper Denesh Ramdin, whereas replace Keemo Paul took a straight-forward hold supplied by Afghan off Pollard.
Najibullah Zadran’s 22-ball 27, which contained three hits to the boundary and a six, and later Fareed Ahmed’s unbeaten 24 off 15 balls with the support of four boundaries too couldn’t invent vital for the aspect, which executed their 20 overs at 134/9. Pollard and leggie Hayden Walsh too chipped in with two wickets every to position the brakes on the Afghan batting.
The ease with which the West Indies obtained used to be sudden as Rashid Khan used to be all smiles while picking to bowl first after profitable the toss on a fresh wicket.
His bowlers, namely Mujeeb Ur Rehman, who remained essentially the most profitable bowler for the aspect within the ODI series, replied smartly, and didn’t allow West Indies batsmen to free their arms, besides shattering the center stump of debutant Brandon King with a carom ball within the very first over.
At the varied end, the varied opener Evin Lewis went on the offensive to achieve his fifth T20 half of-century, hitting a 41-ball 68 with four fours and 6 sixes.
His 87-walk 2d-wicket stand with Shimron Hetmyer (21, 21b, 1×6) baffled the Afghan bowlers, who tried their excellent to interrupt the partnership. They heaved a utter of relief when Lewis used to be caught by Mohammad Nabi off Gulbadin Naib within the 12th over. However Ramdin (20, 19b, 1×6) and Pollard (32*, 22b, 2×4, 1×6) helped the aspect post a no longer easy total within the end. Naib used to be essentially the most profitable bowler for Afghanistan, bagging 2/24.
Rashid Khan didn’t sound disappointed even after crew’s fourth successive loss below his leadership, but hoped to stage a comeback within the next two games.
“We repeatedly wished to hold the toss as the prerequisites were excellent to our taking half smartly-liked. We didn’t gather the supreme commence, but we gentle have two more games within the series to stage a comeback,” he mentioned after the match.
“Now we have the plans for the roughly crew we desire within the upcoming 5 years, so we’re giving probabilities to formative years. Optimistically, we will have the option to have a ethical crew for the Asia Cup and the World Cup. Optimistically, our followers will defend us of their prayers and we will have the option to are trying to reach relief stronger,” he mentioned.
Pollard used to be all reward for the partnership between Lewis and Hetmyer. “In fact, these two position it up because it wasn’t one amongst the very best wickets to bat on. The ball used to be coming dull off the wicket. We were a bowler immediate but the boys stepped up,” he mentioned, including, “Now we have any other recreation rapidly, so we would love to stare upon the areas to pork up upon.”
The two facets play their next recreation on the identical venue on Saturday.
West Indies 164/5 in 20 overs (E Leiws 68, K Pollard 32*, S Hetmyer 21, D Ramdin 20, G Naib 2/24) beat Afghanistan 134/9 in 20 overs (N Zadran 27, A Afghan 25, F Ahmad 24*, H Zazai 23, K Williams 3/17, K Pollard 2/17, H walsh 2/34) MoM: K Pollard (West Indies).