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Cottrell and the salute
West Indies have struck early. Cottrell, the left-arm pacer, hurled a skiddy bumper, with Ahmadi attempting the pull. However, the opener was in no position to play the stroke and top-edged it back to the bowler. It was followed by a customary salute from the pacer. Early blow.
It could have been even worse as Zazai too got into a horrible position to play the pull off Cottrell. Just that Joseph dropped a sitter. Interestingly, Cottrell was midway into his salute but had to abort. He won't exactly be amused with that fluffed chance.
Pooran and sparkling pyrotechnics
On a track that assisted spinners, Nicholas Pooran composed a sparkling 50-ball 67 to power the West Indies to 247 for 9.
The Caribbean side, who were inserted into bat, started on a good note, with the duo of Evin Lewis and Shai Hope giving their team a brisk start. Naveen-ul-Haq, the medium pacer, struggled to get his line right and was duly punished. The pacer didn't just offer half-volleys but also bowled a string of wides.
At that stage, the spin duo of Mohammad Nabi and Sharafuddin Ashraf pegged West Indies back with some tight overs. However, Hope and Lewis played with a sense of calmness to keep the scorecard ticking with a diet of singles and twos. Hope also drilled Ashraf through covers, while Lewis cracked a gorgeous lofted shot off the same bowler down the ground.
The pair looked set to share a sizeable stand, but against the run of play Hope played back to a googly from Rashid Khan and was trapped in front. Lewis, too, didn't last long as in an attempt to sweep, he shuffled across too much and was castled by Javed Ahmadi.
By then, the track had also started to offer grip to the spinners. The Afghanistan spinners took advantage of it to make further inroads. Mujeeb Ur Rahman bowled the googly to Roston Chase, with the all-rounder paying the price by playing back and was castled. Shimron Hetmyer (34) looked in fine touch and showed glimpses of his pyrotechnics with an inside-out lofted shot off Nabi. However, the very next ball he pulled one straight to the fielder at long-on. To make matters worse, Ikram Ali and Mujeeb combined to run out Jason Holder.
With West Indies in a spot of bother at 182 for 6, Nicholas Pooran crunched a flurry of shots. The talented batsman was particularly severe on Naveen by clobbering him through midwicket in the 44th over. He then played perhaps the shot of the innings when he lifted the same bowler into the downtown territories for a six.
Pooran continued to explore different parts of the ground by tonking Afghanistan's spearhead Rashid over wide long-on. He also showed deft touch by steering Rashid to the third man boundary. The southpaw also stitched a partnership of 50 with Romario Shepherd, in which his batting partner's contribution was a mere six runs. He fell in the final over bowled by Naveen, but by then he had piloted West Indies to a useful score.
Spot of bother
West Indies are losing the plot. Hetmyer played a gorgeous inside-out shot off Nabi for a six, but tried one shot too many and perished the very next ball. Nabi bowled a quicker delivery, the southpaw was a bit late into the shot and could only pull it to the fielder at long on.
Oh, it is getting worse for the Caribbean side. A hint of grip for Ashraf and Pollard was too early into his nudge. Eventually, he spooned a leading edge back to the bowler.
The good old googly!
Afghanistan are slowly clawing back into the game. Mujeeb bowled the googly and he got it to zip off the surface. Meanwhile, Chase tried to play him off the back, and paid the price and was castled. Three down now.
It is always said one wicket brings two and that is what exactly happened in the second ODI in Lucknow. After Hope was dismissed by Rashid, Lewis attempted to sweep, but had gone too far across and his leg-stump was knocked over by Ahmadi, the off-spinner. Both set batsmen now back in the hut.
The duo continued to collect runs at a brisk pace. Lewis also skipped down the track to loft Ashraf for an eye-catching six and completed his fifty. However, against the run of play, Rashid slipped in a googly that skidded through the pitch and dismissed Hope. Afghanistan certainly needed a wicket.
Nabi and Ashraf, the two spinners, combined to slow down the run-rate to some extent. The track is also gripping a bit. However, West Indies still haven't lost a wicket and a platform has been set.
Hope in fine touch
It has been scratchy start so for by Afghanistan. Naveen-ul-Haq, who seems to have an action made for the nip-backer, tried to bowl a few that would leave the right-hander, and in that process lost his line. Hope took advantage of it with some fine drives. The pitch seems to be stopping a bit and in theory should suit Afghanistan.
Toss and teams:
The Asian nation has won the toss and opted to bowl. Maybe Afghanistan are thinking about the dew factor and that tempted them to take the decision.
Afghanistan (Playing XI): Hazratullah Zazai, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Ikram Ali Khil(w), Najibullah Zadran, Asghar Afghan, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan(c), Sharafuddin Ashraf, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
West Indies (Playing XI): Shai Hope(w), Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard(c), Jason Holder, Romario Shepherd, Sheldon Cottrell, Alzarri Joseph, Hayden Walsh
Just four wins out of 18 ODIs in 2019. Afghanistan's sorry progress report in 50-over cricket this year. The visitors, who couldn't win a single game in the 2019 World Cup, slipped to a seven-wicket loss in the first ODI of the bilateral series versus the West Indies in Lucknow. The beleaguered Rashid Khan-led side will target a comeback when they lock horns against the Caribbean side in the crucial second game at the same ground.
For Afghanistan, the duo of Rahmat Shah and Ikram Ali played fine hands, but the think-tank would be concerned about the poor form of Javed Ahmadi and Zazai. Meanwhile, Kieron Pollard's captaincy debut went on a perfect note with a victory. Jason Holder, the former ODI captain, Roston Chase and Hope all put up fine performances. Pollard will hope for another such clinical show in the second game to clinch the series.
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