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Pooran composed a splendid fifty in the second game

The good old Carrom ball...

Mujeeb, the carrom ball specialist, has pegged Afghanistan back with a double strike. Both Lewis and Hetmyer couldn't read the carrom ball and were trapped in front. The duo paid the price for playing back. Brandon King, the dubutant, needs to step up under pressure on a tricky surface.

The Asghar show

Asghar Afghan compiled a gritty hand of 86 to help Afghanistan recover from a precarious position and propel them to a total of 249 for 7 in the final ODI of the three-match series versus West Indies in Lucknow.

At 118 for 5, when the experienced Mohammad Nabi (50 not out) joined forces with Asghar, the Asian nation were in a spot of bother. At that stage, the pair took a sensible approach by dealing in a diet of singles and twos. Occasionally, Afghan also took the aggressive route, capsulised by the way he skipped down the track to tonk Hayden Walsh into the downtown territories.

However, it was only in the 43rd over that the pair looked to break free. Romario Shepherd, with his singly action, banged one short but Asghar was upto the task as he cracked a forceful pull that easily cleared the boundary. Nabi also joined in the act by drilling the same bowler through covers for a four.

Asghar then continued to showcase his footwork against spin by going inside-out to loft Walsh over the extra cover region. He also brought the 100-run stand with Nabi by tonking Keemo Paul down the ground for a six. In the penultimate over too, the former Afghanistan captain clobbered a couple more sixes off Joseph before he spooned a catch to the fielder at short third man. However, by then, he and Nabi had powered Afghanistan to a competitive score.

Earlier, after Afghanistan were inserted into bat, West Indies made incisions at regular intervals to peg the home team back. Ibrahim Zadran, the debutant, was the first one to be dismissed after he was trapped in front by Alzarri Joseph. The tall pacer deserves the credit for prising out the opener, as he bowled a couple of deliveries outside off before he went slightly wide of the crease to trap Zadran in front with an inswinging yorker.

Hazratullah Zazai, who has been struggling for form, strung together a partnership of 30 with Rahmat Shah to raise hopes of a recovery. Unfortunately, for the Afghanistan side, Shah fell to a soft dismissal, pulling a short of a length delivery from Paul to midwicket. Ikram Ali didn't last long while Zazai threw his wicket away after completing his fifty.

To make matters worse, Najibullah, who has been in fine form, fell to Roston Chase. At that juncture, Afghanistan needed a partnership of substance, and the duo of Nabi and Ashgar provided the much-needed timely resistance. For the West Indies, Paul picked up three wickets while Chase ended up with noteworthy figures of 1 for 24 from 10 overs.

Asghar, Nabi stitch substantial stand

Asghar and Nabi slowly but steadily have taken Afghanistan to a score of some respectability. The way Asghar pulled Shepherd for a six over deep midwicket in the 43rd over also gave an indicator that the experienced duo was looking to up the ante. Asghar also completed a timely fifty with a single off Hayden Walsh. Afghanistan would target a score of around 230-235.

Asghar to the fore

Even though Nabi has found it to tough to keep the scorecard moving, he and Asghar have taken Afghanistan past the 150-run mark. Asghar also showed some positive intent by tonking Walsh into the stands. Meanwhile, Chase finished his quota of 10 overs, giving away only 24 runs and picking up a wicket. The all-rounder extracted appreciable purchase from the wicket.

Najibullah falls after showing promise

Each time Afghanistan have stitched a stand of some substance, they have lost a wicket. Najibullah, who has been in decent form, cracked the reverse sweep and also drilled a couple of shots through covers to keep the scorecard ticking. Barring a few scars against Shepherd's short ball, he looked set to get a big score. However, once more West Indies stuck a crucial stage to peg Afghanistan back. Chase got a bit of kick on his delivery and also extracted turn to produce the edge with King at slip taking a fine catch.

Paul's Day Out!!

In his trademark fashion, Zazai played and missed a few times, but carved out a gritty fifty. Remember, he has also not exactly been in top form in recent times. Unfortunately for Afghanistan, he tried to slog Paul and threw his wicket away on a platter. Very disappointing indeed. Paul's Day Out!

Another one goes down

Ikram struggled to rotate the strike and eventually, played down the wrong line to get castled by Paul. It was a full delivery that didn't do much in the air or off the pitch, so the batsman would be disappointed. Afghanistan certainly need a stand of substance.

Soft dismissal

The duo of Zazai and Rahmat played a few shots to help Afghanistan recover to some extent. Rahmat skipped down the track to loft Chase for a six, while Zazai slogged a couple. Unfortunately for Afghanistan, Rahmat lost his concentration and pulled an innocuous delivery from Paul to deep midwicket. Soft dismissal.

Joseph strikes:

A short stay at the crease for debutant Ibrahim Zadran, who's dismissed for 2. It was a quick yorker and the batsman wasn't able to get his bat down in time, trapped legbefore. Afghanistan are 15 for 1.

Rahmat Shah also could have been dismissed, but despite a desperate attempt from the man at backward point, it just about evaded him.

Zazai positive:

Hazratullah Zazai has dealt in boundaries in the first two overs - two fours off Alzarri Joseph in the first and one off Romario Shepherd - to help Afghanistan off to a positive start. Ibrahim Zadran, the debutant, has also scored his first ODI runs and will be hoping to make a mark in his maiden appearance.

Toss and teams

West Indies have won the toss and opted to bowl. Maybe the Caribbean side is looking at the dew factor as an issue. Brandon King, known for his explosive batting, has been given his maiden ODI cap. He averaged over 50 during this season's CPL. Ibrahim Zadran, who impressed in his maiden Test versus Bangladesh with a fine hand of 87, also makes his ODI debut.

West Indies (Playing XI): Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Nicholas Pooran(w), Roston Chase, Kieron Pollard(c), Keemo Paul, Romario Shepherd, Alzarri Joseph, Hayden Walsh

Afghanistan (Playing XI): Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Ikram Ali Khil(w), Asghar Afghan, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan(c), Sharafuddin Ashraf, Yamin Ahmadzai, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Build Up:

Moths and and that too plenty of them swarmed around the Lucknow stadium in the second ODI played between Afghanistan and West Indies. It caused a lot of problems to players of both sides in the night. West Indies' cricketers were forced to wear face masks and Kieron Pollard was seen having a couple of heated discussions with the on-field umpires.

However, the match continued, with the West Indies clinching the game by 47 runs and sealing the three-match ODI rubber 2-0. Nicholas Pooran once again showed glimpses of his class with a sparkling fifty, while Cottrell bowled with good pace and found some swing to pick up wickets. Pollard and the West Indies camp also would be impressed with Hayden Walsh, the inexperienced legpspinner, who snared three scalps. On the other hand, Najibullah played a valiant hand for the Asian nation.

Can Afghanistan make it 1-2 and clinch a consolation win in the final ODI? Or will West Indies romp home with a clean-sweep? Toss and teams in a while.

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