An excellent Afghanistan bowling efficiency led by medium pacer Karim Janat surprised the West Indies on the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow in a should-win encounter.

Electing to bat, the Afghans made a strong begin earlier than floundering within the center overs to complete with a beneath par rating of 147 for seven.

The West Indies misplaced wickets commonly within the chase and finally succumbed to 41-run defeat.

Medium pacers wreak havoc

If it was Karim Janat for the Afghans, it was Kesrick Williams for the Windies within the first innings. As openers, Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmanullah Gurbaz supplied a fast begin with the bat, Williams struck twice in two deliveries with some nicely disguised change of tempo.

As soon as the Zazai and Gurbaz fell, it supplied a gap for the Windies to cease the circulate of runs and the remainder of the bowlers capitalised.

Center-order batsman Najibullah Zadran held the innings collectively with a affected person knock of 20 as Gulbadin Naibs cameo within the remaining overs propelled the rating to 147 for seven.

Throughout the chase, Elwin Lewis couldnt discover his vary after dropping his accomplice Brandon Williams early on and the West Indies may solely handle 29 runs within the first six overs.

As Lewis and Shimron Hetmeyer have been getting their eye in, Rashid Khans transfer to herald Janat paid dividends. He was fortunate to get his first wicket as Hetmeyer was wrongly adjudged LBW however there was no luck concerned within the different dismissals.

Lewis mistimed a slog and holed out whereas each Kieron Pollard and Sherfane Rutherford have been dismissed by stunning deliveries. The skipper was trapped LBW by a ball that darted in sharply whereas the left-hander nicked a supply angled throughout him, by to the keeper. Janat later returned to finish his fifer, castling Keemo Paul with the proper yorker.

Similar to Zadran within the Afghanistan innings, Denesh Ramdin waged a lone vigil for the Windies, scoring an unbeaten 24 off 27 deliveries.

CPL stars flop once more

Brandon King was the highest run-getter in the 2019 CPL. Image - Windies Cricket/Twitter

Brandon King was the very best run-getter within the 2019 CPL. Picture – Windies Cricket/Twitter

Big-hitting batsman Brandon King and leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr. as soon as once more didn’t have an effect on the sport. The openers 14-ball keep was a wrestle and he lastly fell failing to select an off-cutter from Naveen-ul-Haq, solely to see his stumps disturbed. King has scored 16 runs within the two T20Is thus far.

Because the pacers picked wickets, there was no pleasure for the spinner Walsh. He was faraway from the assault after his second over by which he conceded 14 runs. The previous American spinner who was recognized for economic system price within the Caribbean Premier League has been a contact costly on this sequence, leaking 52 runs within the six overs he has bowled thus far.

With sequence stage at one win apiece, the decider will probably be performed on the identical venue on November 17.

Second T20I Transient Scores:

Afghanistan – 147/7 (Zazai 26, Gurbaz 26; Williams 3-23)

West Indies – 106/8 (Ramdin 24*; Janat 5-11)

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