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Gurbaz made career-best 79 before Naveen-ul-Haq's three wickets derailed West Indies.

That's all from us folks! Hope you enjoyed this clash. Until next time then ...

Here's what the players had to say:

Pollard: Similar situation. We could not capitalise in the powerplay and from there we were playing catch up. Cannot fault the bowlers. You don't want to think too far ahead but we have to deal with what is in front of us. Unfortunately, we could not get over the line in the series. We need to focus on our strengths and the Test team has been together for a couple of years and have been doing well. The guys are here and are looking forward to the series. We have to pick up ourselves and move forward.

Rashid: After having a bad ODI series it was nice to win the T20 series. It was a difficult wicket but we had to make 150 and then we have the bowling to defend that. As a professional player, you have to be cool and calm and it comes with experience. Yes, we lost the ODI series but we had the chance to win the T20 and Test series and that is what we spoke about. It is always great to have the senior players in the team and it is helpful for me as a young captain. It is fine, it is an Afghani rib and will be fine (referring to his injury while fielding).

Gurbaz | Man of the Match: I just wanted to bat longer and that is what the coaches wanted me to do. The management has backed me and it is my duty to bat deep into the innings and provide a good score.

Janat | Man of the Series: Thanks to the crowd for being here and supporting us. It is all about the team support and I just gave my 100 per cent. I try to back myself and back my skills.

Afghanistan win series 2-1

They seal the final T20I by 29 runs. Hope got fifty but not much from other batsmen. Evin Lewis made 24 while Naveen-ul-Haq got three wickets. After the whitewash in the ODI series, Afghanistan needed this. They did well to bounce back from the defeat in the first T20I.

46 needed off 18: Hope has got a fifty. Pollard is out there with him. Can West Indies pull this off?

61 needed in the last five ...

Hetmyer falls: Rashid gets his first of the night. West Indies need 76 off 44. This one is going to be a thriller!

West Indies 81 for 4

Update: All's well. Few handshakes and the Afghanistan fielder is good to go.

INJURY CONCERN: Uh oh! Rashid does an excellent job of saving what seemed like a definite six for West Indies but he's hurt himself in the process. He's flicked the ball back into the ground before falling over the ropes but he's himself down on the field now, clutching the side of his body. Physio is out.

Action replay: Naveen-ul-Haq gets King again, with a delivery that's exactly similar to the off-cutter he got him out with yesterday! Gone for 1 off 5 balls. West Indies in early trouble.

BREAKTHROUGH: Simmons makes the mistake of exposing his stumps and Mujeeb strikes 'em down. Literally. West Indies lose an early wicket in their chase of 157. King is the new batsman in.

We're back on. Simmons and Lewis to open the innings, Mujeeb has the new ball.

Gurbaz's 79 powers Afghanistan to 156/8. Najibullah first and then Nabi both chipped in with brief little cameos after the opener left but it was largely a one-man show from the Afghanistan wicketkeeper that has given them a healthy score tonight. They were able to defend less than this and rather comfortably on the very same pitch last night. Can they do it again tonight to pull off this come-from-behind series win? Join us back in 15 for West Indies' reply...

The wicket WI had gotten desperate for! Gurbaz falls for 79, having hit five sixes and six boundaries! Pollard gets him with a slower one. Short ball, outside off. The batsmen reached out, but cut it straight into the hands of Paul at sweeper cover fence. He walks off to some loud cheering.

Asghar goes big! a four and a six to bring up the fifty of his partnership with Girbaz, off 39 balls, and then top-edges right after to fall for 24.

Fifty for Gurbaz! Second in the format for the Afghanistan opener. He's comeback strongly after bagging two failures earlier in the series. Single-handedly driving Afghanistan's innings at the moment.

Poor communication and Ibrahim Zadran has to walk back. Gurbaz sold him down the river there! Called for a single and changed his mind soon after. Zadran was more than halfway down the pitch to even think about putting in a desperate dive to s ave himself. Afghanistan lose their third wicket. Credit where it's due - sharp, direct throw from Holder too.

Gurbaz isn't much affected by the two wickets at the other end. Welcomes Kesrick Williams into the attack with a massive six straight over cow corner. Two sixes, two boundaries for the AFG opener already!

And another one for Cottrell! No heroics from Karim Janat tonight, unfortunately. Janat shaped up for a lofted drive but gets a thick edge and the keeper does the rest.

WICKET: Change of pace there from Cottrell and West Indies have picked an early wicket. Zazai the man walking back to the hut, without troubling the scorers.

Play is held up for a bit. Shai Hope, the West Indies' keeper, is on the ground. There seems to be an issue with his knee. The physio is out there.

All set for the play to begin. Cottrell has the ball. Zazai and Gurbaz out to open AFG's innings.

Playing XIs:

Afghanistan: Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmanullah Gurbaz(w), Karim Janat, Asghar Afghan, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan(c), Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

West Indies: Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope(w), Lendl Simmons, Shimron Hetmyer, Kieron Pollard(c), Jason Holder, Kesrick Williams, Keemo Paul, Sheldon Cottrell, Khary Pierre

TOSS: Afghanistan opt to bat in series decider


Toss coming up in a few moments. Stay tuned!

Welcome back!

We're back for the third and final T20I with the series between the hosts Afghanistan and West Indies levelled at 1-1. Afghanistan proved just why they are a force to reckon with in the shortest format of the game last night as they snapped a four match losing streak at their new home - Lucknow - and levelled the T20I series to set up this exciting finale. Fag end of white-ball cricket for these two teams for now, and despite being whitewashed in the ODIs, Afghanistan would be really keen to pull this one off before the teams move to red-ball game for the solitary Test.

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