2nd T20I (N), Lucknow, Nov 16 2019, Afghanistan tour of India
(20 ov, target 148)
Afghanistan won by 41 runs
Player Of The Match
WI Innings
Full commentary
end of over 207 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 106/8CRR: 5.3 
Denesh Ramdin24 (27)
Kesrick Williams0 (0)
Gulbadin Naib3-0-22-1

10.41pm That's that from us. Join us for the final game tomorrow, with everything on the line. This is Debayan Sen, bidding you farewell on behalf of Saurabh Somani and Thilak Gowda

Rashid Khan: "The dew doesn't change much, but we have a world-class bowling and we can defend 140+. If you look at the first game, when they had a good start, it's the kind of wicket, where the batsmen will hit some runs, but sometimes they will struggle. Our plan was to get to 140+ and then defend this. (On Sunday) This was a much-needed win for us. First win on this tour, and we have some great momentum for the final, and that's what we need to do."

Karim Janat is the player of the match. Speaks to the broadcasters through Rashid Khan: "First of all, thanks to the crowd for being here and supporting us. I was outside as the 12th man, and that was the best opportunity for me to learn what should be the line and plans. I had a plan in mind and that's what I did. When batting,I got an idea of what is the right line and length. I was trying to hit the good length area, and on this wicket, change of pace is a good weapon to have."

Kieron Pollard speaks at the presentation: "At the halfway stage, we were happy with 147. Their batsmen came hard at us, but we came back well, especially Kesrick. We cannot fault the bowlers. We didn't get a good start in the Powerplay, and we lost wickets every time we were trying to be aggressive. You know what I won't speak about (the umpiring) but it is what it is. We just have 24 hours to wrong the rights, and hopefully we come back and do those things right tomorrow. 1-1 is a virtual final tomorrow, and you'd want to see how the guys react tomorrow. Happy times for us in terms of how we have played through this series. We need to have conversations on what to improve on for tomorrow."

Sudheer: "Someone rightly predicted Ramdin innings would be crucial for this match outcome. And indeed it is!!"

Morvin Willliam: "Where is Pooran when Windies need him."

10.27pm What a performance this has been from Afghanistan. They took the brave call of batting first and it would seem they read this pitch to perfection. Got a brisk start, but then wound up scoring about 20 runs short of what the start had promised. However, their bowlers clearly took some good notes on what needs to be done on this pitch, and their slower balls and lengths bowled helped pick wickets repeatedly. Shimron Hetmyer was the first of Karim Janat's five victims, and admittedly got a stinker of a leg-before decision against him, with the ball having pitched well outside leg. But Afghanistan played this smartly, and will return in a few hours from now to compete for the T20I series title!

Gulbadin Naib to Ramdin, 1 run
fuller ball, straight, and he plays this towards short mid-wicket, and Afghanistan have won!
Gulbadin Naib to Walsh, OUT
length, slower ball, and he swings this across the line, and Rashid Khan takes it at the deep mid-wicket fence! Decent contact from Walsh, as he finally latches on to the slower one, but sends this higher than far enough, and Rashid calls early to take this ahead of the man at long on. Naib almost gets into his bodybuilder pose, with arms crossed, and then signals to Walsh that hitting him across the line for six was just not on
HR Walsh c Rashid Khan b Gulbadin Naib 3 (8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

Naib smiles, in appreciation of his finishing skills, one would imagine

Gulbadin Naib to Walsh, no run
fuller, still wide outside off, and Walsh has a mighty swing at it. Nowhere near the ball
Gulbadin Naib to Walsh, 1 wide
slower ball, outside off. A bit too wide outside off, and called a wide

Changes his angle

These are the best figures in T20Is against West Indies, though. Beats Imad Wasim to that landmark

Gulbadin Naib to Ramdin, 1 run
slower, short ball, and he swings this again in the same direction. Takes more of the edge and goes towards long leg as a result. One bounce to the fielder stationed there
Gulbadin Naib to Ramdin, FOUR runs
short, and he moves across the crease and gets it down towards fine leg. No protection there for Naib

Zalmi kakar: "Is jannat the first Afghan player to take a fifer in T20i?" --- No, he's the third. Here's the full list

Gulbadin Naib to Ramdin, no run
short, slow and he hits it hard but back towards the bowler
end of over 197 runs
WI: 99/7CRR: 5.21 • RRR: 49.00 • Need 49 runs from 6b
Hayden Walsh3 (6)
Denesh Ramdin18 (23)
Karim Janat4-0-11-5
Naveen-ul-Haq to Walsh, 2 runs
slower ball, around leg stump, and he swings this towards deep mid-wicket. Fielded by the man at deep square leg

Nabi, watching from the dugout, claps for his team mates

Naveen-ul-Haq to Walsh, no run
short, moving away from Walsh, who looks to back away to the on side, and ends up looking at an ungainly heave across the line
Naveen-ul-Haq to Walsh, no run
fuller, faster, and he hits it hard into the ground, but straight back at the bowler

LaiqKhan RH: "What is the best bowling figure for Afghanistan in T20I?" --- Rashid Khan took 5 for 3 against Ireland in 2017

Naveen-ul-Haq to Walsh, no run
slower ball, angles across him, and he plays at this a bit early. Misses it as it wobbles away to Gurbaz
Naveen-ul-Haq to Ramdin, 1 run
fuller, angles into him, and he plays this towards deep square leg. Janat is the fielder to get to it first
Naveen-ul-Haq to Ramdin, FOUR runs
short ball, outisde off, and he has cut this away over short third man. Too little, too late, one would think...


end of over 184 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 92/7CRR: 5.11 • RRR: 28.00 • Need 56 runs from 12b
Hayden Walsh1 (2)
Denesh Ramdin13 (21)
Karim Janat4-0-11-5
Rashid Khan4-0-25-1

Afghanistan's second-best figures in T20Is. What a time to have done that for Karim Janat, as he has kept this series alive, surely?

Karim Janat to Walsh, no run
length, played towards point. Wants a single, but turned back
Karim Janat to Ramdin, 1 run
wide outside off, and drives to cover. Takes the fielder on, and a direct hit would have been close, but he gets through

Shiva Jayaraman tells me this is Afghanistan's fourth five-for in T20I cricket. Rashid Khan (twice) and Samiullah Shinwari were the others to have done it before Karim Janat

Karim Janat to Ramdin, no run
full, and he plays it back towards the bowler
Karim Janat to Walsh, 1 run
full, and just outside off, and Walsh hits this towards extra cover
Karim Janat to Walsh, 1 wide
looks to bowl a slower ball from the back of the hand, and gets it all wronng. Pitches well outside the tramlines on the off side

Around the wicket

Karim Janat to Paul, OUT
five for Janat! Another full ball, just outside off, and Paul goes for an almight heave. Off the inside edge, and on to the base of off-stump. Janat is pumped, as he should be. It's been a fine team effort, but he is by far the Afghan individual that has stood out
KMA Paul b Karim Janat 11 (9b 0x4 1x6) SR: 122.22
Karim Janat to Ramdin, 1 run
slower ball, just outside off, and he plays it wide of cover for a single

Janat to bowl out

end of over 175 runs
WI: 88/6CRR: 5.17 • RRR: 20.00 • Need 60 runs from 18b
Denesh Ramdin11 (18)
Keemo Paul11 (8)
Rashid Khan4-0-25-1
Gulbadin Naib2-0-15-0

West Indies need 20 runs per over!

Rashid Khan to Ramdin, 1 run
length, and he looks to slog this straight, but yet again the lack of pace means he has dragged this towards long on
Rashid Khan to Ramdin, 1 wide
moves across to the off side and tries to flog one fired down the leg side. Called wide
Rashid Khan to Ramdin, 2 runs
drives one closer to him towards extra cover. Some hard running will fetch them two
Rashid Khan to Ramdin, no run
another swing-and-a-miss. Full ball, and he looks for the slog sweep, but gets nothing on it