pulled to leg, and Afghanistan notch a famous, brilliant win!
""Obviously very disappointed," says Darren Sammy, "but there's no doubt we're not going to let this dampen ours spirits.
"We just need to find a way to chase down those small totals. This was the only game we could afford to lose in terms of winning the cup. We have two more games, so we have to regroup and come back strongly."
My last match for a while - it's been a fun stint, and perhaps I'll see you around again some time. I'm Will Luke, thanks for joining us this evening, and don't forget about India v Australia (as if) - coming up very shortly. T'ra.
Najibullah is named Player of the Match but injured himself in that incredible final catch, so he's in the changing rooms.
6.20pm A lovely moment just now as Gayle joins in the celebrations with Afghanistan and Shahzad. That might be my moment of the tournament. Shahzad demands a selfie, and eventually the entire team crowd round Gayle in front of the cameras. I'm sure we'll have the shot for you shortly. Cricket is a wonderful sport.
And there's Inzi! Broad smile on his face. A wonderful victory in so many ways. They've shown what Associate cricketers can bring to a global tournament, and to do it in their last match is quite telling, too. Difficult for administrators to ignore a win like this, or the inevitable clamour that there will be by former players to give Afghanistan and co more matches against Full Members.
Shahzad leads the celebrations as Fletcher trudges off disconsolate. Afghanistan's last match of the tournament and what an effort - and what celebrations! They're all dancing, singing "Champions! Champions!"
8 from 1 ( :~ )
They've almost done it!!
a full toss, pushed down the ground - he can't get hold of it and hobbles through for a single
Fletcher only has one leg. His other is injured - bust his hamstring. But it's up to him to try and get West Indies 9 from 2
full toss but only for one, pushed to deep midwicket
Fletcher is back. He's injured, but he's back. 10 from 3
That was quite remarkable. To take that, on the run, under that pressure - what a snaffle.
lofted it high, high, long, long and here comes Naib who takes an amazing, brave, brilliant running catch! What an incredible take under pressure, falling awkwardly and he looks in some pain. Stunning!
10 from 4. This is ridiculous!
down the pitch and swings and misses again! Dot ball
Around the wicket
swings and misses! Dot ball
Here we go!
Ten needed off the final over. They shouldn't have got themselves into this position, though Afghanistan have been quite excellent in the field. Rashid the stand-out.
another yorker attempted but Brathwaite calmly, cooly, turns it to leg for a single
11 from 7
he's second-tiered him. A massive, massive blow as Naib offers a full-toss. Monstrous blow over midwicket
17 from 8. Who wants this? Who wants it?
he's off balance, trying to loft this over cover but Afghanistan have another one! A loose shot in the circumstances, picking out deep extra cover who, cool as a cucumber, takes an easy catch
It's all happening. 17 from 9
speared into his legs, Naib is convinced he's got his man, jogging backwards while appealing, then falling onto his backside!
"West Indies batsmen out to prove they don't panic, even when they should!" Good bants, Steve the Bajan.
shot. Absolutely nailed it over long-off. He really can hit a laaaang ball!
Yowks. They need a four, or more
spearing into his pads, driven to mid-off
25 from 12 balls!
tossed up, Shenwari's appealing throatily as Brathwaite misses a sweep and is struck on the pads...but he's outside the line
tossed up, driven to mid-off. Run out again?! No, the captain doesn't let go of the ball...no one's backing up
touch too straight and defended on the back foot
Oh, Afghanistan. You little beauties. I am, of course, neutral, but it's impossible not to enjoy this
Russell corrects his stroke, crashing it out to the off side for a single. He loses his balance and is slow out of the traps. Russell turns for two, but Sammy sends him back - trouble here! In comes the ball to Shazad (the wrong end), so he brilliantly throws down the non-striker's stumps to leave Russell a foot short!
again he gives this flight, Sammy cracks it to cover but the captain fluffs it! Could easily have caused a run-out there
flighted on middle-and-leg, driven out to long-off
29 from 18
again down the leg side and Shahzad roars the most spectacular appeal of this World Cup, imploring the umpire, but there was no edge
down the leg side, off his pads - Shahzad prevents the bye
|Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur|
|Toss||West Indies, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||T20I no. 552|
|Hours of play (local time)||15:00 start First Session 15.00-16.25, Interval 16.25-16.45, Second Session 16.45-18.10|
|Match days||27 March 2016 - daynight (20-over match)|
|Points||Afghanistan 2, West Indies 0|