3rd T20I (N), Basseterre, Jun 5 2017, Afghanistan tour of West Indies
(19.2/20 ov, target 147)
West Indies won by 7 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
West Indies
WI Innings
Full commentary

West Indies were clinical with the ball all series, and today, they also displayed their batting might in response to a much-improved Afghanistan batting performance. But they were still too good for the visiting team. Afghanistan have shown what they can do in ODI cricket recently. If they can find that form again, it should make for a lot less lopsided one-day series. We have a couple of days' break before the teams meet in the first ODI. Of course, there is the Champions Trophy, where a real cracker takes place today with New Zealand locking horns with the hosts England. Hope to see you then. Until then, it's goodbye.

"Our team did not play well," says Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai. "Our batsmen, especially, didn't take responsibility. But we are looking forward to the ODI series and hopefully we will do well. If we play a lot of matches against Full Member nations, hopefully we can do better. We learned a lot from the T20s and I would like to congratulate the West Indies team."

"We got three-nil. I don't think we bowled as well as we could have, we went away from the plan," says West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite. "Marlon showed all his experience and all his class. If you lose against them, it's a cricket game, and at the end of the day, Afghanistan showed better fight with the bat and put up a good fight. Kudos to my team. Good teams have bad days, I don't want to call them a bad team. They have some very good days ahead of them. Three-nil against any team is good."

"I play any role that the team gives me. When wickets fell, I let the guys bat around me," says Samuels. A team asks me to play a role and I play a role. We've got lots of young, talented batsmen. Once they settle in, they can play all their shots."

Marlon Samuels is Man of the Match and Man of the series. No prices for guessing that.

10.35pm It may have gone to the last over, but it was a lot more straightforward than that, really. West Indies clearly the better team on the night. The reigning World Champions of the shortest format sweep the series 3-0. Afghanistan's batsmen attempted one million-dollar stroke too many and probably ended up making a lot lesser than they would have liked. They also employed strange tactics on the field, holding back Rashid Khan, their best bowler, till the 11th over. Marlon Samuels finishes with his best T20I score and it was a characteristic Samuels innings, consolidating for the early part and then unfurling his power. Afghanistan came into this series on the back of a 11-match winnings streak and have been dished out a harsh reality check. Presentations shortly.

Shapoor Zadran to Samuels, 1 run
sprayed on leg, tucked off the pads to backward square leg, and that's the game
Shapoor Zadran to Mohammed, 1 run
length ball outside off, opens the face of his bat to backward point and takes off for a really quick single

Shapoor to bowl the final over. He has one to defend

end of over 196 runs
WI: 145/3CRR: 7.63 • RRR: 2.00 • Need 2 runs from 6b
Jason Mohammed22 (15)
Marlon Samuels88 (65)
Rashid Khan4-0-22-1
Karim Janat4-0-41-0
Rashid Khan to Mohammed, 1 run
gets down for a slog sweep, does not find the middle of the bat and the ball goes rolling out to deep square leg
Rashid Khan to Samuels, 1 run
fuller ball on the stumps, drilled down to long-on for one
Rashid Khan to Mohammed, 1 run
length ball, whipped away to midwicket
Rashid Khan to Mohammed, 2 runs
short googly, pulled between deep square leg and deep midwicket. Najibullah Zadran at deep midwicket runs to his right and the throw is really wide at the keeper's end, so they take the two rather comfortably
Rashid Khan to Mohammed, no run
fuller ball, pushed to covers
Rashid Khan to Samuels, 1 run
very full on middle and leg, clears the front leg and drags it down to deep midwicket
end of over 1815 runs
WI: 139/3CRR: 7.72 • RRR: 4.00 • Need 8 runs from 12b
Marlon Samuels86 (63)
Jason Mohammed18 (11)
Karim Janat4-0-41-0
Rashid Khan3-0-16-1
Karim Janat to Samuels, 1 run
goes hard looking for a big hit, gets an inside edge and moves on to his highest T20I score
Karim Janat to Samuels, SIX runs
and now Samuels' turn to benefit from errors in length. Too short and Samuels shovels a pull over deep midwicket. Ties his highest T20I score
Karim Janat to Mohammed, 1 run
fullish length, hammered to long-on
Karim Janat to Mohammed, SIX runs
that's terrible bowling. So full and giving the batsman all the room he is looking for. Samuels has already capitalised on these lines and lengths. Mohammed this time stays away from the ball and frees his arms to crash it over extra cover. Big hit
Karim Janat to Samuels, 1 run
full and outside off, drilled hard wide of long-on
Karim Janat to Samuels, no run
fullish length on the stumps, defended back

Rakhesh Hegde : "Its all done, now they can play Rashid safely and still win it, bad bad tactics"

end of over 174 runs
WI: 124/3CRR: 7.29 • RRR: 7.66 • Need 23 runs from 18b
Jason Mohammed11 (9)
Marlon Samuels78 (59)
Rashid Khan3-0-16-1
Mohammad Nabi4-0-33-1
Rashid Khan to Mohammed, no run
wrong'un from Rashid, Mohammed does not pick it and inside-edges the defence to the pad
Rashid Khan to Samuels, 1 run
walks across early and dabs it to short third man. Sends Mohammed back who is halfway down. The fielder fumbles and instead of a run out they get an extra run
Rashid Khan to Samuels, no run
full on off, pushed back to the bowler