Afghanistan vs West Indies (AFG vs WI) 2nd ODI Highlights: West Indies won the 2nd ODI vs Afghanistan at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow by 47 runs on Saturday. Having won the first match as well, West Indies have won the three-match series. This is their first ODI series win in five years.
West Indies set a target of 248 for the ‘host’ team, with Nicholas Pooran’s 50-ball 67 at the death guiding them to a decent total. The ground sometimes resembled a horror movie more than a cricket venue when West Indies were fielding in the second innings in the evening, with thousands of moths descending on the ground, possibly attracted by the floodlights. Jason Holder and Kieron Pollard were seen having multiple conversations with the umpires about the playing conditions. Afghanistan were well within sight of the target till the 40-over mark, when the wickets of Najibullah Zadran and Mohammad Nabi in quick succession threw the wheels off the chase. Afghanistan were all out for 200.
Afghanistan and West Indies in India, 3 ODI Series, 2019Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow 19 November 2019
Afghanistan 200 (45.4)
West Indies 247/9 (50.0)
Match Ended ( Day - 2nd ODI ) West Indies beat Afghanistan by 47 runs
Afghanistan vs West Indies 2nd ODI Highlights:
West Indies win by 47 runs
The last pair adds 15 runs to the score before the innings folds. Hayden Walsh gets his third wicket of the day. Afghanistan are all out for 200. West Indies win by 47 runs. West Indies were under pressure till the double wicket blow of Nabi and Zadran around the 40-over mark. After that though, this win was a breeze. West Indies take a 2-0 lead in the series.
The big story from Lucknow, however, might have been the playing conditions in the second innings. Pollard and Holder, two of several West Indies fielders seen with masks on their faces while fielding, were seen having multiple conversations with the umpires, with it being apparent on TVs itself that there had been a moth invasion in the field. Possibly attracted by the floodlights, thousands of moths had descended on the Lucknow stadium, making the field look like a horror movie sometimes rather than a cricket venue.
Wheels fall off chase
Afghanistan have again faltered at the end. Wickets are tumbling and it looks like West Indies will canter to victory now. Rashid Khan and Mujeeb ur Rahman fall as Cottrell and Hayden Walsh strike in consecutive overs once again. Afghanistan 9 down and looking down the barrel. Need 63 off 44 balls but it seems they will soon be up against a 0-2 deficit in the series. AFG 185/9 after 42.4 overs
Just when it looked like Nabi and Najibullah had done enough to set Afghanistan up for a final push for victory in the last 10 overs, both batsmen are dismissed in the space of two balls. Najibullah goes for 56 off the last ball of the 39th over. Nabi follows, for 32, off the first ball of the 40th over. Pollard seen screaming in delight. Will this be the turning point in this innings? AFG 179/7 after 39.3 overs
Concern over flies
Holder and Pollard are expressing some serious concern about the number of flies and moths swirling around the stadium. Umpires decide play will continue though.
Read: West Indies cricketers don masks during 2nd ODI in Lucknow
100 needed off 93 balls
Will the final push be coming from the Afghan side today? Najibullah and Nabi still making sure to keep their hopes alive. This stand worth 38 runs off 44 balls now. AFG 148/5 after 34.3 overs. Will the last 100 runs be chased down by the Afghans or will the Windies bowlers run away with it this time as well?
AFG look to Nabi and Zadran for stability
Mohammad Nabi and Najibullah Zadran are now building a run-a-ball partnership with their backs against the wall. The required run rate has crept up above 6 and so they are only responding to the situation. Afghanistan have been guilty of going too hard in the beginning then losing steam before. Have to take care they do not fall into that trap today. Need to have wickets in hand for a final push in the last 6-7 overs or so. A wicket will bring out their bowlers though. Need to make sure these two stay on for another 10 overs or so. AFG 133/5 after 31 overs
Chase strikes again
Roston Chase makes the difference for West Indies again. Takes his third wicket of the night and the fifth wicket for West Indies. That wicket came off the last ball of his 10th over as West Indies decide to bowl him out early. Ikram Ali, the man in form, departs for 19 after a patient start. AFG 109/5 after 27 overs
Some of the West Indies players are now wearing masks on the field. Not because of the air pollution - the match is in Lucknow - but because of the number of flies flying around. Najibullah and Ikram Ali are trying to build a partnership at the moment. They are giving Roston Chase a lot of respect at the moment. AFG 91/4 after 23 overs
Asghar Agha loses his wicket in an attempt to go big. Yet again it is Roston Chase who dupes the batsman into playing a shot that was just not there. Danced down the pitch and lofted it but found Evin Lewis at deep square leg. Najibullah Zadran joins Ikram. AFG 80/4 after 18.4 overs
After a Hazratullah Zazai maximum over long-on, Roston Chase dupes the batsman into playing the same shot, and he is caught by Sheldon Cottrell. He is sent back to the pavilion for 23. Things are going wrong all of a sudden for Afghanistan. Ikram Ali Khil and Asghar Afghan are on the crease now. AFG are 61/3 after 15 overs.
Both Alzarri Joseph and Roston Chase have got the Afghanistani pair on the crease on the backfoot for some time now, with both bowling at economies lower than three. And the former bags the crucial wicket of Rahmat Shah via a runout. The batsman departs for 33. Nine runs from the last four overs. AFG are 54/2 after 14 overs.
Zazai, Rahmat hold firm
Apart from a Hazratullah Zazai (16*) maximum in the eighth over, it's fair to say that Afghanistan are taking it nice and slow, just like the West Indies openers did. But that doesn't mean that when the opportunity arises, they wouldn't go on the offensive, as Rahmat Shah (25*) did against Jason Holder, hitting a boundary. AFG are 45/1 after 10 overs.
Rahmat on fire
Afghanistan are trying to put their foot forward now, with three fours in space of two overs. Rahmat Shah with all the ferocity punishing both Jason Holder and Sheldon Cottrell. 17 runs from the last two overs. AFG are 20/1 after 5 overs.
The Afghanistan opening pair has faltered yet again, as Javed Ahmadi is caught and bowled by Sheldon Cottrell. He departs for a duck. AFG are 1/1 after 0.5 overs.
AFG need 248 runs to win
Powered by Nicholas Pooran's blistering 67, West Indies make their way to post a decent total on the scoreboard despite losing two wickets towards the end. After Romario Shepherd and Pooran got dismissed, Alzarri Joseph and Hayden Walsh tried to keep their foot on the pedal, but the latter bit the dust facing Naveen-ul-Haq, who bagged three wickets. WI are 247/9 after 50 overs.
Pooran gets his fifty
With a massive hit over the ropes, Nicholas Pooran has brought up his half-century in 38 balls. What an innings, which is turning out to be a saving grace for the Windies. 14 runs off Rashid Khan's over. WI are 225/6 after 47 overs.
Pooran hitting big
Nicholas Pooran has arrived for West Indies, and he has all the ammunition in his bag by the looks of it. After hitting 10 runs in the last over, he has now helped to get 12 from Mujeeb Ur Rahman's over with a massive six over long-off. He dished out the same treatment to Naveen-ul-Haq too, with a maximum straight down the ground. 31 runs from the last three overs. WI are 211/6 after 46 overs.
Looking to form a short partnership and failing, Jason Holder is the latest one to go due to Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Ikram Ali Khan's reflexes with the fielding. He goes for 9. Ten runs from Naveen-ul-Haq's over though. WI are 190/6 after 44 overs.
Sharafuddin Ashraf to the dangerous Kieron Pollard, and it's a caught and bowled. He departs having scored just 3 runs. Afghanistan are well and truly in the driving seat. WI are 160/5 after 39.3 overs.
After scoring just two runs from three overs, West Indies woke up from its slumber. With two boundaries from Nicholas Pooran and a maximum from Shimron Hetmyer, the Caribbeans looked to gain some momentum. But all for nothing, as Mohammad Nabi dismisses the latter for 34. WI are 156/4 after 38 overs.
What an over from Mujeeb Ur Rahman! A maiden and a wicket. Roston Chase was always looking uncomfortable, and he is sent back early on just 9 this time around by the talented spinner. Clean bowled him. WI are 137/3 after 35 overs.
Hetmyer hits four
A healthy respite for West Indies as Shimron Hetmyer hits Mohammad Nabi for a four. A boundary after a long, long time. Seven runs from the over. WI are 120/2 after 30 overs.
Javed Ahmadi ends his opening over with a priced scalp, as he dismisses Evin Lewis for 54. Shimron Hetmyer and Roston Chase on the crease now. WI are 106/2 after 26 overs.
What a change of fortune here for Afghanistan! Just when West Indies were looking to bring their hundred-run mark up, Rashid Khan strikes. He traps Shai Hope and sends the wicketkeeper back on 43. WI are 98/1 after 24.4 overs.
Lewis gets his fifty
After Evin Lewis went berserk in the space of two overs, hitting Sharafuddin Ashraf for a six, and Rashid Khan for a four, he has brought up his seventh ODI half-century in 71 balls, hitting six fours and a six. WI are 98/0 after 24.1 overs.
Hope, Lewis keep it going
With just two boundaries in the last ten overs, West Indies have indeed changed their approach to the game. Even with the arrival of Rashid Khan, Afghanistan have failed to break the partnership of Shai Hope (39*) and Evin Lewis (37*). WI are 81/0 after 20 overs.
Slow and steady
Apart from a boundary by Shai Hope (31*) against Sharafuddin Ashraf, the Caribbean outfit has changed their pace. They are soaking in all the pressure now, and taking it nice and slow. 15 runs from the last five overs. WI are 60/0 after 15 overs.
End of first powerplay
Rashid Khan has used four bowlers so far in the search of a breakthrough. The scoring rate has gone down in the past five overs. Mohammad Nabi and Sharafuddin Sharaf are into the attack. WI are 45/0 in 10 overs.
So far, Shai Hope and Evin Lewis have dominated Afghan bowlers so far against the new ball. The current run rate is six runs per over. WI are 30/0 in 5 overs.
West Indies off to good start
Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Naveen-ul-Haq open the bowling for Afghanistan. Four runs from Mujeeb's first over. Naveen off to a poor start as Shai Hope hits him for two consecutive boundaries. Evin Lewis has faced just one ball and scored two runs. WI are 12/0 in 2 overs.
Good toss to win
Rashid Khan-led spin attack will look to extract spin from the Lucknow track and trouble West Indies batting lineup. Dew will be a factor in the second innings making it hard for bowlers to grip the ball. Good toss to win from Rashid.
AFG XI: Hazratullah Zazai, Javid Ahmadi, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Mohammad Nabi, Ikram Ali(wk), Rashid Khan (c), Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
WI XI: Shai Hope(w), Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard(c), Jason Holder, Romario Shepherd, Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph, Hayden Walsh
Must-win clash for Afghanistan
Hello and welcome to Afghanistan vs West Indies 2nd ODI live blog. Afghanistan need a win to stay alive in the three-ODI series. Expect a few changes in Afghanistan side as they will look to strengthen their batting lineup.