short, and he clobbers this just over square leg, and it runs away for four, and that's that for the West Indies
9.51pm That's that then. West Indies were precise, powerful, and thoroughly professional. A 3-0 win sets them up well for the three-match T20 series. Join us for the first of those T20Is, which is on November 14. For the moment, this is Debayan Sen signing off on behalf of Ranjith, Venkat and Hemant. Good night, and follow the game with ESPNcricinfo
Presentation time for the match and the series
Kieron Pollard: "(Team showing character) We are thankful to god for giving us this opportunity. We came here with a mission and specific roles for players, and all the players deserve credit. (Whitewash in five years) Winning is a habit, and anything that we want to do as a team is a process, and it's something we had to improve in a period of time. This was an opportunity for us to show we have that kind of venom inside us. We knew we had to rally as a team, and we proved we can bat 50 overs, and once we do that, we can win games. (On coming out higher than Chase) Everything you do is a process, but Shai showed again how good he can bat. King in his first bat batted well, and Roston again batted well. Credit to those in the support staff also for helping the team."
Roston Chase is the player of the series,
tells the broadcasters cuts to the chase: "Skipper told me last night we'll bat in a different position, but he said, 'Don't worry. Just concentrate on your bowling, and if you get a chance to bat, show that.' He said, 'Ros, just take over and play at a run-a-ball.' I did that, and put away the boundary balls. (On his bowling) I was just trying to vary my pace, and the pitch was helping out a lot. Each game, our bowlers came to the party. This is my first series win in five years, and I'm quite happy for that."
Shai Hope is the player of the match, tells the broadcasters: "(On his birthday, which was on November 10) It was a long time coming. We've been waiting for this series win for a long time, so it felt good. Someone had to put his hand up and bat through the innings. Felt good to be able to do it. It's just about reading the situation, and as long as someone batted through, we were always going to win the game."
Rashid Khan: "(Outcome) The way they supported us and came for us was amazing. We were just trying to be better in each and every game. There were more positives from us in today's game. The kind of finishing we got from Asghar and Nabi gave us a chance to win the game. We should have defended this total, but Hope played without giving us any chances. (Ahmadzai) We can expect that kind of bowling. He's the most senior bowler for us right now, and he can give you good balls by hitting the good length areas. He can get lots of confidence from this game, and take it to the T20s. (About the T20 series) We have to focus on doing the right things, and making the right decisions at the right time. T20 is all about enjoyment, and we have to keep enjoying, whether in batting, bowling or fielding. The results will take care of themselves."
Abhijato: "Top 5 lessons from this series: (1) Rashid needs to bowl earlier, (2) the Afghan batsmen need to rotate the strike much more efficiently, (3) Alzarri Joseph is a hidden gem, (4) Shai Hope is one of the world's best anchoring batsmen, and (5) cricket is still awesome at the end of it all!"
Mustafa Moudi: "Rashid Khan in his last 10 ODI - 5 wickets at 96.20 & BBI 38/1.... He has not picked more than 1 wicket a single time in these matches. Any reason for such a dip in his bowling form ??" --- I would think a combination of two factors, both related. Opposition teams know he's dangerous, and hence play him out with caution. This probably leads him to putting too much pressure on himself, and hence bowling a few poor balls along the way. He'll get around these issues, though
Ritwik: "Rashid Khan is very young as a captain. He is phenomenal in his own bowling business. He will only keep improving from these lessons. No one became successful captain from the very start. They kept trying and learning and eventually they become. "
9.29pm Shai Hope and Roston Chase -- how well these two have been right through this series -- punch gloves as they celebrate a well-mastered chase. West Indies were in a spot of bother early on after Mujeeb Ur Rahman got rid of Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer, but Shai Hope dropped anchor masterfully and allowed the others to play freely alongside him. There was a glimmer of hope when Nicholas Pooran fell, but Hope and Pollard, and then Hope and Chase have batted beautifully to chase down this 250. Afghanistan have a lot of going-back-to-the-drawing-board to do, and they don't have a lot of time between now and the three-match T20 series. Will make for an exciting contest, though, especially considering how competitive today's game was for most part
slower ball, angles into him, perhaps from the back of the hand, and he looks to flick this away. Bat and pad towards square leg
short ball, and he slows this up. It loops up over Hope, and he cannot make contact with it. Close, but not called wide this time
Vinod Rajpal: ""When was the last time West Indies white-washed a Particular Team ??" --- 2014, when they whitewashed Bangladesh, much to the chagrin of my Bangladesh-worshipping colleague Anuj Vignesh
length, outside off, and he leaves it. Called wide. Probably a bit harsh
fuller ball, wide of off, and he can drive this through the vacant cover point region to the sweeper in the deep
"West Indies have Hope, and it looks like they are going to Chase this. The whitewash would make them King over Afghanistan, who have performed Poor-an." --- This round comprehensively goes to Hamza Adeel
wide outside off, and he drives this to deep point
length, turns back in, and he plays with the tide towards long on
full length, and he drives this straight down towards long off
Around the wicket now
DanielAlexander: "How AFG will love a Malinga here #LordOfYorkers #KingOfHattricks "
fuller, on the pads, and he flicks this away towards deep square leg
length, and he hangs back and punches this wide of point towards deep cover point
Chase stretches out to meet a length ball, and smacks it down the ground to the left of long on. They run hard, and make it back for the second easily
full yet again, but a bit too much width, and Hope plays a beautifully controlled glide along the ground, bisecting the gap between point and short third man. The Afghans let out a sigh as the ball races off the bat
beaten again! Throws it up full again, and just angles away after pitching
fuller, faster, and beats Hope as he hopes to drive this. A bit of turn away, and well kept by Ikram Alikhil
length ball, that slants into him, and he goes back to punch this towards long on
length, and he hangs back and places it between point and short third man. Two on offer
Amanullah vreen: "More than 90% of Afghans are unhappy with this selection, very talented players were not taken and just favouritism was considered and we see the result. much disappiontment... " --- You're not the first fan with that feedback. Let's hope this is sorted soon, if it is there
flatter, outside off, and he rocks back to defend this towards cover
A hat-trick would be handy right about now
length ball, and he defends this by punching it back towards the bowler
fuller length, but turns a long way. Hope shuffles across, and it goes sharply across him. Loud appeal for leg-before, but it just spins and misses the batsman, the leg stump, and the keeper. Four byes! Top officiating!
length, and he steers this towards third man