Twitter Reactions: Afghanistan register a sensational T20I series win against West Indies
Kairm Janat was named player of the series for his all-round exploits whilst Gurbaz was named player of the match in the third fixture.
Updated - Nov 18, 2019 10:51 am
Many expected this tour to be an intricate one for the West Indies, going by how Afghanistan have taken strides in the last few years. But as it turned out, the ODI series was one-sided and so was the first of the three T20Is. No one expected the Afghans to make this sort of a comeback, but two clinical performances from them in two days helped them register an outrageous series win.
Just the way they did in the previous game, Afghanistan once again decided to bat first after winning the toss. Hazratullah Zazai, who got the side to a rocking start in the previous game, was dismissed for a duck and the star from the previous game Karim Janat followed the suit almost immediately. Ibrahim Zadran ran himself out after a poor start, scoring just 1 run in 10 deliveries.
Asghar Afghan gave Rahmanullah Gurbaz the support he needed as the latter set himself on a run-fest. He completed a half-century in no time and stitched a 50-run partnership for the 4th wicket with Afghan. Even after the senior man’s dismissal, he kept going and was dismissed for a well-compiled 79 off 52 deliveries, which includes 6 fours and 5 sixes.
Mohammad Nabi got a couple of boundaries towards the end, but the side couldn’t get the finish they wanted. They ended up with 156 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. Sheldon Cottrell, Kesrick Williams and Keemo Paul picked up two wickets each for the Windies.
Naveen-ul-Haq stars as Afghanistan defend the total with furnace
Mujeeb Ur Rahman dismissed Lendl Simmons in the third over of the innings and Naveen-ul-Haq got rid of Brandon King in the next over, giving Afghanistan a head start in the run chase. Shai Hope was the lone warrior in their innings, who battled his way out to a half-century, but there was minimal contribution coming from the other end.
Skipper Rashid Khan and Gulbadin Naib bowled some tidy overs in the middle phase, not allowing their opponents to get close to the required rate. Rashid picked up the important wicket of Shimron Hetmyer and soon, Naveen-ul-Haq dismissed the dangerous Kieron Pollard to kill their run-chase.
Shai Hope got to a fifty but could never accelerate the way it was needed and succumbed to the pressure. All the West Indies could manage was 127 runs in their 20 overs, handing the Afghans a 29-run win in the third game and a 2-1 win in the series. Karim Janat was named player of the series for his all-round exploits whilst Gurbaz was named player of the match in the third fixture.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Afghanistan’s series-winning performance
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) November 18, 2019
🇦🇫 Afghanistan's bilateral T20I series record since January 2018:
2-0 v Zimbabwe ✔️
3-0 v Bangladesh ✔️
2-0 v Ireland ✔️
3-0 v Ireland ✔️
2-1 v West Indies ✔️
— Sports Freak (@OfficialSfreak) November 18, 2019
— Afghanistan Cricket Board (@ACBofficials) November 17, 2019
A terrific performance by Man of the Match Rahmanullah Gurbaz with the bat and @imnaveenulhaq with the ball ensured Afghanistan win the Azizi Bank T20I Cup 2-1 as they beat @windiescricket by 29 runs in the Final match.#AFGvWI
— Zahir Khan (@ZahirKh39888114) November 18, 2019
Two of the finest entertainer of T20 cricket were playing against each other and Afganisthan has managed to defeat westindies and win the series , Congratulations Afganisthan
Looking forward to your Test match#AFGvWI #T20I
— Winning Spirits (@SpiritsWinning) November 18, 2019
— The Cricket Times (@CricketTimesHQ) November 18, 2019
— Masked Maverick🇮🇳 (@MakeAChangeOK) November 18, 2019
— Cricket Times AFG (@crickettimesAFG) November 17, 2019
— haroOon (@benshah1) November 17, 2019
What a spell from young Naveen-ul-Haq under such pressure, looked very confident bowling the big overs and was pretty much on-point with his channels and lengths. What a find, this guy should be a star in the future! #AFGvWI
— anuraagpeesara15 (@imAP_15) November 17, 2019
Has the #AFGvWI T20 series really done enough to dislodge Gayle or a soon to come out of retirement DJ Bravo?
— Caribbean Cricket Podcast (@CaribCricket) November 17, 2019
Congrats to #Afghanistan for beating us…Again, just like yesterday, #WestIndies batting was not up to par! The #T20WorldCup starts in exactly 11 months time in #Australia and the boys have PLENTY of work to do if we are to defend the trophy from 2016. #AFGvWI #MenInMaroon 🏏🌴 https://t.co/4NakZ5WvPb
— Vijay Rahaman (@TriniSportsGuy) November 17, 2019
Dear Afganistan, Congratulations. we are proud of you.
Love from India 🇮🇳🇦🇫 #AFGvWI
— Sambit Kumar Dash (@sailorSamD) November 17, 2019
👏🏼🏏👏🏼Mubarak #Afghanistan. It was #Gurboz batting target that made it difficult for @windiescricket to chase & @imnaveenulhaq bowling to keep their wickets safe plus @MohammadNabi007,@rashidkhan_1, @GbNaib, @iamnajibzadran & @ACBofficials fielding prevented them to win. #AFGvWI pic.twitter.com/ReK2zzhowc
— Diva Patang (@DivaPatang) November 17, 2019