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Afghanistan vs West Indies, 2019: 1st T20I – Afghanistan’s rare T20I defeat in India, West Indies’ first win in 2019, Pollard’s T20I captaincy debut and more stats

All the statistical highlights from West Indies’ first win in the T20I format in 2019.

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West Indies continued their domination over Afghanistan as they cruised to their 4th consecutive win on the tour of India. Evin Lewis’ 41-ball 68 at the top helped the Caribbean team post 164/5 in their 20 overs. The new skipper Kieron Pollard scored an unbeaten 22-ball 32 and later picked up a couple of crucial wickets. Four players got past the 20-run mark for the home team but none of them converted their starts. As a result, the Afghans were restricted to 134/9.

All the statistical highlights from West Indies’ first win in the T20I format in 2019:

A rare defeat in India for Afghanistan:

10 – Afghanistan lost a T20I match on Indian soil for the first time since March 2016. Starting from the 6-run win in the WT20 2016 against West Indies, the Afghans won ten consecutive T20Is in India. Only three teams have won 10+ consecutive T20I matches in a country.

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Afghanistan won each of their last 13 T20Is in the United Arab Emirates while Pakistan won their last 11 T20Is also in UAE respectively. Australia also won all their first ten T20Is they played at home.


1/10 – Afghanistan lost a bilateral T20I match for the first time on Indian soil. They played three bilateral T20I series and won each of them by 3-0 margin.


End of West Indies’ longest losing streak:

1-6 – West Indies won a T20I game for the first time this year having lost all the previous six they played in 2019. The six consecutive T20Is they lost made it their longest losing streak in the T20I format.

Interestingly, Afghanistan recorded their 3rd successive defeat in this format which is their joint-longest losing streak in T20Is.


A captaincy debut to remember for Pollard:

2 – Kieron Pollard is only the 2nd captain to score 30+ runs and take more than one wicket in the same T20I match for the West Indies. Chris Gayle scored 67 and took 2/16 in the 2008 Auckland T20I against New Zealand.


4 – Pollard is only the 4th player with 30+ runs and 2+ wickets in maiden T20I game as captain. Rohan Mustafa of UAE, Imran Bulbulia of Panama and Najjam Shahzad of Portugal are the other three players with this double on captaincy debut. Pieter Seelaar of Netherlands scored 36 runs and took a 3-fer in his 2nd T20I as captain. He didn’t get a chance to bat or bowl on his T20I captaincy debut.


Walsh makes his T20I debut for West Indies:

10 – Hayden Walsh became only the 10th player to represent two countries in T20I format in Men’s cricket. He is only the 2nd to make debut for two different countries in the same calendar year. Dirk Nannes played two games in the 2009 WT20 for the Netherlands and later turned up for Australia from that year.

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