As it happened
1817 hrs IST: All over for West Indies and Afghanistan have burst into celebrations. A win by six runs
— Mitch Starc (@mstarc56) 27 March 2016
1813 hrs IST: Najib covers some ground to catch Brathwaite. West Indies in trouble
1810 hrs IST: Attempted yorker turns into a full-toss and Brathwaite sends it over mid-wicket for a six. West Indies need 10 off the last over
1808 hrs IST: Afghanistan strike again! A bit wide and Sammy slashes and it is straight to sweeper cover.
1806 hrs IST: SIX! In the zone for Brathwaite and he sends it over long-off for a huge six
1801 hrs IST: Andre Russell is gone! Run-out by Shahzad. Celebration style – DJ Bravo
1758 hrs IST: West Indies need 29 runs from 18 balls. Sammy and Russell at the crease
1755 hrs IST: No-ball! A waist high no-ball from Hamid and he can’t bowl anymore in this innings as this is his second no-ball in that manner. Free-hit as well
1750 hrs IST: WICKET! Dinesh Ramdin is stumped off Rashid Khan. And then Shahzad pulls off the Bravo’s ‘champion celebration’. West Indies need 35 runs off 24 balls
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) 27 March 2016
1746 hrs IST: Five overs remaining and West Indies need 40 runs
1742 hrs IST: Big wicket for Afghanistan as Dwayne Bravo is adjudged LBW! He shuffles too much towards the off-side and the balls hits him in front of the stumps. West Indies 79/4 after 14 overs
1739 hrs IST: Dwayne Bravo sends one into the stands. This will ease some pressure. Need 28 more from 42 balls
1735 hrs IST: West Indies still slow in the chase. 12 overs gone and they are 66/3
1729 hrs IST: 10 overs gone in the West Indies chase and they reach 58/3. They need 66 more runs from 60 balls with 7 wickets in hand
1725 hrs IST: Dwayne Bravo slowly building his innings. He is crucial wicket in this chase
1720 hrs IST: West Indies building their innings on singles and doubles
1715 hrs IST: WICKET! Rashid Khan strikes! Samules tries to cut but it is too close for that. Ball strikes the stumps. West Indies 38/3
Afghanistan are impressing again. Quality spin, so will trouble teams in these conditions…..
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 27 March 2016
1713 hrs IST: Looks like Andre Fletcher ha pulled his hamstring. He is walking off the ground. Ramdin comes in
1710 hrs IST: End of powerplay. West Indies are 34/2 chasing 124
1707 hrs IST: GONE! Hamid sends Charles leg-stump for a walk. West Indies lose second wicket
1705 hrs IST: 5 overs gone and West Indies are 29/1
1700 hrs IST: Afghanistan spinners keeping the batsmen quiet. Some work to do for West Indies
1657 hrs IST: WICKET! Lewis is out for a duck on debut. Hamza gets the wicket
1655 hrs IST: Charles hits two sixes in the Nabi over and West Indies reach 16/0
1650 hrs IST: Only one run off the first over of Hamza
1645 hrs IST: West Indies opener out in the middle
1630 hrs IST: Najib won’t get to his fifty but Afghanistan manage 123/7 against West Indies
1625 hrs IST: Najib with a reverse on a full-toss from Bravo. FOUR!
1623 hrs IST: SIX! Rashid Khan sends the first ball he faces straight in to the sight-screen
1619 hrs IST: WICKET! Shafaq sends one high, high up in the air. Fletcher places himself under it and holds it easily
1613 hrs IST: 17 overs gone and Afghanistan reach 97/6
1609 hrs IST: WICKET! Nabi is gone. He hits one hard towards covers and Sammy dives to catch it. It is too fast and Sammy manages to get only part of his stretched right hand. He flies off it to Samules at mid-off. He accepts it.
1605 hrs IST: We are into the 16th over of the Afghanistan. Will they earch 120?
1600 hrs IST: Najib hits one clean and straight for SIX! What target will Afghanistan post?
1550 hrs IST: Afghanistan have struggled here. Good bowling from West Indies
1547 hrs IST: WICKET! Naib skies one to long-on. Sammy has a wicket in his first over
1545 hrs IST: Darren Sammy has come onto bowl. This will be his first over of the tournament. He is yet to bat as well
1541 hrs IST: WICKET! Now Benn strikes. Shenwari is caught at slips
1539 hrs IST: Samuel Badree’s masterclass in T20 cricket continues – 4-0-14-3 (16 dots)
1537 hrs IST: WICKET! Stanikzai falls on the next ball. Tries to repeat the six but fails to get the same distance. Caught at long-on
1536 hrs IST: Stanikzai hits one straight over mid-wicket for a big six
1532 hrs IST: West Indies keeping things under control. Afghanistan 40/2 after 8 overs
1526 hrs IST: WICKET! Shahzad tries to hit another big one but Benn fires one short. It hits Shahzad high on his bat and straight to mid-off
1523 hrs IST: Afghanistan 32/1 after five overs. Shahzad has 24 out of those 32 runs
1519 hrs IST: Shahzad sends one over long-off! Afghanistan end with 27/1 after four overs
1515 hrs IST: Andre Russell has pulled up sore while fielding in the deep and is walking off the field
1512 hrs IST: West Indies brilliant so far. Afghanistan 8/1
1509 hrs IST: WICKET! Badree sends one through Ghani’s defence! Aghanistan lose first wicket
1506 hrs IST: First over a good one for West Indies. Only five from it
1500 hrs IST: Afghanistan openers out in the middle
1435 hrs IST: No Chris Gayle for West Indies
1433 hrs IST: West Indies win toss and elect to bowl against Afghanistan
1430 hrs IST: Toss time in Nagpur
West Indies captain Darren Sammy said their main objective coming into Friday’s match against South Africa was to qualify for the semifinals and he was delighted to have accomplished the task in Nagpur.
“EHHH, RUNS only for the tournament.,” he says before playfully punching you on the shoulder. Marlon Samuels has made a statement, and it sounds more like a declaration, one delivered with that unmistakable swagger.
LOUD CHEERS followed by deafening chants greeted the Afghanistan team as they walked out for the national anthem on a bright and sunny day at the Feroz Shah Kotla. They were up against a buoyant England side, who looked refreshed following their resounding win against the Proteas last week.