Second T20 : Afghanistan defeated the Windies

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Latest Cricket News – ‘Man of the Match’ Karim Janat (5 wickets for 11 runs), thanks to the sensational Spell and great bowling by fellow bowlers, Afghanistan defeated West Indies by 41 runs in the second match, 1-1 in the three T20 series Equal At the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow Afghanistan won the toss and scored a simple score of 147 runs in the first 20 overs, batting first but the Afghan bowlers led by Janat made it a mountain for the West Indies. The Caribbean team could only manage 106 runs losing eight wickets in 20 overs. The third and decisive match of the series will be played on this ground on Sunday (November 18).

The Afghan bowler appeared in color for the first time at his ‘home ground’. In response, West Indies made a modest start. In the fourth over, the first blow in the form of King was on the straight ball of medium pace bowler Naveen-ul-Haq. He scored 12 runs. Janat started to flourish after that. He took five wickets for 11 runs. This is the best performance by any bowler against West Indies in T20 matches.

Playing his first match in the series, medium pacer Karim Janat brought his team to great success by lbw to Shimron Hetmyer (11) on the second ball of his first over. Janat, in his next over, dismissed the dangerous batsman Evin Lewis (14) at the hands of Ibrahim Zadran and gave a shock blow to the Windies. In the same over, he caught the Caribbean team in deep trouble by getting Sherfan Rutherford (06) caught out by wicket keeper Rahmanullah Gurbaz.

In his sensational spell, Janat created an uproar in the opposition camp by dismissing opposition captain Kieron Pollard (07). Janat took his fifth wicket by bowling Chemo Paul (11) off the second ball of his last over. Jason Holder (13), who came to bat in the middle of the fall of wickets, came out of the crease in the 15th over under the increasing pressure of Afghan captain Rashid Khan, and the rest of the work was done by the wicket keeper Gurbaz. From Afghanistan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Rashid Khan and Gulbadin Naib also took one wicket each.

Earlier, West Indies restricted Afghanistan to 147 runs thanks to an improved bowling performance led by Kesrick Williams on an uneven bouncy pitch. Afghanistan got off to a brisk start, but later West Indies made a tremendous comeback and gave the Afghan batsmen a run for runs.

This was Afghanistan’s last chance to save the T20 series after losing the ODI series 0-3 and losing the first match of the T20 series. Afghan openers Hazratullah Zazai and Rahmanullah Gurbaz added 42 runs in 4.2 overs, making a quick start. Afghanistan received its first shock as Rahmanullah Gurbaz (15). His catch was caught by captainKieron Pollard  off the bowling of fast bowler Kesrick Williams. On the very next ball, Hazratullah Zazai (26 off 15 balls) also gave an easy catch to Brandon King at the point.

After the wickets of both the openers fell, the pace of the runs broke. Amidst this pressure, in the ninth over, Asghar Afghan tried to play a hook shot off a ball from Jason Holder, but wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin took a brilliant catch by diving a left over. The Afghans could score only 8 runs off 14 balls.

Janat, who came to bat in the third order, accelerated the rung by hitting three fours off the balls of spinner Hayden Walsh. But in the very next over, Holder lbw to him. However, in replays it seemed that the ball was going away from the leg stump. Janat scored 26 runs off 18 balls.

Ibrahim Zadran (11) and Nabi (03) were dismissed in the cheap. Playing the big shot, Naib (24 off 18 balls) in the last over brought the score to 147 for seven in the allotted 20 overs. West Indies fast bowler Williams took three wickets for 23 runs in four overs, while Holder took two for the same number of runs and Paul took two wickets for 28 runs.