West Indies v Afghanistan, 2nd T20I, Basseterre June 3, 2017

Afghanistan crumble under pace barrage, West Indies clinch series


West Indies 112 for 3 (Walton 29, Lewis 25) beat Afghanistan 93 (Williams 3-11, Brathwaite 2-26) by 29 runs (D/L method)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Chadwick Walton's cameo at the top gave West Indies the momentum straightway © AFP

West Indies clinched the T20 series with a game to go, brushing Afghanistan aside for the second night in a row. With a combination of Samuel Badree's discipline and the pace of Jerome Taylor and Kesrick Williams, the hosts struck thrice inside four overs in Afghanistan's chase of 123, setting the tone for a comfortable defense.

The target was revised, adjusted to amplify West Indies' 112 for 3 in 15 overs, after rain took away nearly two hours from the fixture. Evin Lewis and Marlon Samuels got starts after wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton had powered West Indies in the Powerplay. Rashid Khan, Karim Janat and Gulbadin Naib, though, reversed the advantage with strong performances with the ball.

Afghanistan's chase was a scattered display of anxiety against pace and hare-brained running - perhaps the two were correlated. They slipped to 19 for 3 quickly and the recovery never came. Captain Carlos Brathwaite, who had chipped away at the lower-middle order, took the final catch to notch up a series win.

West Indies begin brightly

Chadwick Walton led the charge with four pulled boundaries as Afghanistan's new-ball duo insisted on bowling short at him. Having forced the early introduction of Amir Hamza, Walton clubbed a full delivery from the left-arm spinner onto the roof over long-off.

A mix-up between the openers should have resulted in the run-out of Evin Lewis, who responded slowly as Walton tried to pinch a single in front of square leg; it ended with a bad throw, as well as a bad collision at the non-strikers end when Lewis ran into Samiullah Shenwari. The resultant stoppage disturbed Walton's momentum, and he holed out to long-on next ball. But when Lewis stepped out to Nabi immediately after to smash him over long-off, West Indies were destined for a solid start. They made 52 for 1 in the Powerplay.

Rashid, Naib tidy up

West Indies looked like they had one plan against Rashid Khan - to play him out. By the time Ashgar Stanikzai brought the legspinner on, West Indies were cruising at 71 for 1 in eight overs. Rashid hit his signature line, at the stumps, and pushed them through quickly to cut out any heaves across the line. Both Lewis and Marlon Samuels prodded from the back foot with minimal impact; Rashid snuck in tidy figures of 2-0-4-0. In between his two overs, Lewis had holed out to deep midwicket.

After the match was reduced to 15 overs, Gulbadin Naib brought out a top spell, bowling seven dot balls in his two overs and going for just ten, with the wicket of Samuels.

Fire in Basseterre

Six-and-out, four-and-out, six-and-out. Naib, Noor Ali Zadran and Stanikzai finished their respective innings in similar fashion. It was an accurate representation of Afghanistan's chase - a cycle of long periods of strangulation with the occasional release.

The chase started with a typically tight over from Badree, which went for only one. Taylor shared the new ball and chose to begin from around the wicket. His first short ball was met with a swipe across the line by Naib. What should have been a simple catch for Sunil Narine at long-off almost turned into a spectacular catch by Brathwaite running back from mid-on. Badree had Naib in the next over.

This was followed by a brutish over from Williams where the default shot was now set to awkward fend. Noor Ali didn't conform, and for his rebellion he got a four before being cramped on a hook that lobbed up for short fine leg. Shenwari feathered one to Walton first ball. There was nearly a third wicket that over - but Mohammad Nabi's glance off the hips landed short of Taylor.

Varun Shetty is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • cricfan06484158 on June 8, 2017, 10:28 GMT

    CRICINFOUSER because Mohammed's record at FC level is poor very poor considering how long he's been playing

  • Cricinfouser on June 5, 2017, 12:42 GMT

    it's beyond belief why kesrick Williams and jason mohamed are not playing in all formats for wi. I have mentioned this time and time again even before the pakistan tour

  • serious-am-i on June 4, 2017, 22:49 GMT

    @Mohsin Tariq Khan: Personally, I highly doubt BCCI will be able to sneak in an Afghan series for India, with already an cramped up schedule for Indian team. You could request for "A" team series with BCCI, which could be considered by the board or your team could be permitted to be taken part in the Ranji as well or at least the domestic trophy winners. You'll have regular match practice either way & most probably these teams consist of ex-Indian players & future players as well. The other thing which Afghans could do is ask BCCI permission to let visiting teams to India to let them play an practice match if not an official match against their squad.

  • cricfan7966822187 on June 4, 2017, 21:05 GMT

    West indies one day team against India should be selected from these set of players: 1-E Lewis, 2-Kieran Powell, 3-Shai Hope, 4- Jason Mohammed, 5-J Blackwood, 6-R Chase, 7- Jason Holder (CAPT), 8-Sunil Narine, 9-A Joseph,10-S Gabriel 11-R Beaton, 12-R Powell, 13-Sunil Ambris, 14-D Bishoo , 15-Shimron Hetmyer , this is a balance squad , take note Shimron Hetmyer could open the batting if the openers failed

  • Cricinfouser on June 4, 2017, 16:28 GMT

    The senior and most experienced batsmen have not performed this is sad reality for the Afghans they need to change their attitude according to the demand of the situation. if they want to succeed they need to remove the captain Asghar.

  • cricfan47792801 on June 4, 2017, 16:03 GMT

    Afghans will destroy WI as they did in world t20 in India not long ago

  • Indiplay187 on June 4, 2017, 15:50 GMT

    Dreaming is easy... calm down AFG boys you people have a long journey ahead to compare with PAK BD And SL. Right now you better play with associate teams to keep up with your ranking.

  • cricfan7966822187 on June 4, 2017, 15:04 GMT

    Going to England i would select four fast bowler to play against England , S Gabriel, A Joseph, R Beaton, and M Cummins ,let J Holder play as batsman allrounder , Steve Smith was a bowler who can bat , now Steve Smith is one of the best batsman in the world

  • cricfan7966822187 on June 4, 2017, 14:54 GMT

    Not playing R Beaton is a shame, A joseph and R beaton with pace would destroy AFG

  • cricfan50833902 on June 4, 2017, 13:18 GMT

    Afghanistan Cricket is went back to 2010

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