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Afghanistan vs West Indies, 1st ODI at Lucknow, WI in IND, Nov 06 2019 - Ball by Ball Commentary

1st ODI (D/N), Lucknow, November 06, 2019, West Indies tour of India
(46.3/50 ov, T:195) 197/3

West Indies won by 7 wickets (with 21 balls remaining)

Player Of The Match
94 (115) & 2/31
Full commentary

9.15pm West Indies have begun the Kieron Pollard era with a comprehensive victory. But that isn't to say they weren't challenged at all. In the field, a century stand from Ikram Alikhi and Rahmat Shah kept them at bay and threatened to leave them with a more challenging chase, but they found a way past them to restrict Afghanistan to below 200. Then they lost two wickets early, but found saviours in Roston Chase and Shai Hope. The pair steadied the innings, chipped away slowly, and once in, ensured they got the job done. For now, this is Shashank Kishore saying goodbye on behalf of Hemant Brar. Hope to see you on November 9 for match two of this series.

Roston Chase is Man of the Match for his 94 and 2 for 31. "Pitch was offering some assistance, worked in my favour. Fingers were working today, so it was my day. I wanted to have fun with the ball. Captain told me a couple of days before the game that I should look to bat deep and bat like I do in a Test if I get a chance early, did just that."

Kieron Pollard: Losing early wickets and not batting 50 overs is something that has been haunting us for a long time. Two guys showed the way - Hope and Chase. Both of them are class batsmen, kudos to them for batting well and getting us victory. We've been talking about how we want to play cricket. Express ourselves, who better than Jason Holder, who continues to prove he wants to be the No. 1 format. Supported well by Sheldon. Then Shepherd and Hayden Walsh were superb. We want to play every game with the same intensity.

Rashid Khan: Looked like a 240-250 wicket. Had we bowled or fielded well, we could've defended it. Ikram and Rahmat gave us a few opportunities, but we didn't capitalise. Credit to them. Every match is a lesson and we've to learn from it. We'll take the positives from here, looking to improve from here.

Javed to Pooran, FOUR runs

there are the winning runs! Rocks back and slaps this through cover to bring up victory and a 1-0 lead in the most emphatic fashion.

Javed to Pooran, no run

works this to mid-on

Javed to Pooran, no run

lunges forward and smothers this

end of over 463 runs
WI: 193/3CRR: 4.19 RRR: 0.50
Shai Hope77 (133b 5x4)
Nicholas Pooran4 (10b)
Gulbadin Naib 5-0-28-0
Javed Ahmadi 3-0-11-0
Gulbadin to Hope, no run

punches this length ball to cover

Gulbadin to Pooran, 1 run

slower and fuller on leg stump, tucked to where square leg would be

Gulbadin to Pooran, no run

once again way too early into the pull, hit on the glove

Gulbadin to Hope, 1 run

dabs this down to third man

Gulbadin to Pooran, 1 run

pulled away in front of square to deep midwicket

Gulbadin to Pooran, no run

beaten on the pull, slower bouncer again from Gulbadin

end of over 451 run
WI: 190/3CRR: 4.22 RRR: 1.00
Shai Hope76 (131b 5x4)
Nicholas Pooran2 (6b)
Javed Ahmadi 3-0-11-0
Mujeeb Ur Rahman 10-1-33-2
Javed to Hope, no run

works this gently to the leg side

Javed to Pooran, 1 run

gets well forward and bunts this to point for a quick single

Javed to Pooran, no run

punched back to the bowler

Javed to Pooran, no run

beaten by sharp turn as he looks to defend off the backfoot

Javed to Pooran, no run

pushed to cover

Javed to Pooran, no run

can't get enough bat on this attempted cut shot

end of over 445 runs • 1 wicket
WI: 189/3CRR: 4.29 RRR: 1.00
Nicholas Pooran1 (1b)
Shai Hope76 (130b 5x4)
Mujeeb Ur Rahman 10-1-33-2
Naveen-ul-Haq 8-1-30-1
Mujeeb to Pooran, 1 run

nearly chopped on looking to cut. Cramped for room, this one rolls to short fine leg

Mujeeb to Chase, OUT

would you believe it? Chase is gone looking for a glory hit. Saw this dropped short and looked to deposit it into the stands at deep midwicket to get his century. Instead, he sees the bails rattled as he was too early into the pull. The ball just didn't come on and his wait for a maiden ton continues. What a brilliant knock it has been nonetheless.

Roston Chase b Mujeeb Ur Rahman 94 (115b 11x4 0x6) SR: 81.73
Mujeeb to Hope, 1 run

punched to deep cover to bring Chase back on strike. He needs six for a maiden ton, WI need seven

Mujeeb to Hope, 1 wide

slips this down leg, beaten as he looks to whip it square. Good take by the keeper

Mujeeb to Chase, 1 run

squirted to square leg

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