Kieron Pollard stars as West Indies defeat Afghanistan:
West Indies: 164/5
Afghanistan: 134/9 (20/20 overs, target 165)
West Indies won the match by 30 runs.
West Indies vs Afghanistan, West Indies continued their dominance over the Afghanistan side from the 3-match ODI series where they whitewashed Afghanistan 3-0, as they defeated them in the 1st T20I by 30 runs. After a delayed start, West Indies scored 164 runs at the cost of 5 wickets while batting first from 20 overs. Afghanistan could only score 134 runs for 9 wickets in 20 overs, losing the match by 30 runs.
Kieron Pollard was named the “Player of the Match” on his T20I captaincy debut for his all-round performance. He scored 32 runs from 22 balls and claimed 2 wickets for 17 runs from his 3 overs.
West Indies vs Afghanistan, Evin Lewis scores 68:
Afghanistan won the toss and elected to field first. Mujeeb Ur Rahman bowled Brandon King in the first over of the match for 4 runs. Evin Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer shared an 87 runs partnership. Evin Lewis scored 68 runs from 41 balls with 4 fours and 6 sixes. Lewis scored his fifth T20I half-century from 26 balls.
Kieron Pollard scored an unbeaten 32 runs from 22 balls towards the end with 2 fours and six to bring the team’s total to 164 runs after 20 overs. Gulbadin Naib took 2 wickets for Afghanistan. Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan, and Naveen-ul-Haq also claimed 1 wicket each against West Indies.
West Indies finish their 20 overs on 164/5.
— ICC (@ICC) November 14, 2019
West Indies vs Afghanistan, Kesrick Williams takes 3 for 17:
Afghanistan required 165 runs from 20 overs to win the match. They lost their second wicket on 7 runs in the third over of their innings. Hazratullah Zazai’s 23 from 29 balls and Asghar Afghan’s 25 runs from 21 deliveries brought Afghanistan back into the game. Najibullah Zadran also contributed 27 runs from 22 balls with 3 fours and a six.
After Najibullah Zadran got dismissed, Afghanistan collapsed from 94/5 to 111/9. Fareed Ahmed remained not out after scoring 24 runs from 15 balls with 4 fours as Afghanistan finished on 134/9 after 20 overs in their chase for 165 runs.
Kesrick Williams claimed 3 wickets for 17 runs. Hayden Walsh and Kieron Pollard took 2, while Sheldon Cottrell and Jason Holder got 1.