Man of the Match: Karim Janat
Beleaguered Afghanistan aim to keep series alive against West Indies!
Expect West Indies to clinch T20I series at Lucknow!
West Indies will be looking to continue their winning momentum when they take on Afghanistan in the second game of the T20I series in Lucknow on Saturday.
Afghanistan Captain Rashid Khan will be willing to make changes to the playing XI after losing the opening game of the T20I series. The side has looked out of sorts so far on this tour and will need to produce something special to break their winless streak.
In the opening game of the series, West Indies registered a 30-run win over Afghanistan, courtesy splendid performances from Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard, and Kesrick Williams. West Indies will be looking to clinch the T20I series against Afghanistan.
The senior players in the side need to show more responsibility if they want to push West Indies close in this contest. Rashid Khan and co. will need to raise their game with bat and ball to level the T20I series.
In the previous game, wicket-keeper Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran perished for low scores. The duo will be looking to put in decent scores for the side in this all-important game.
In the batting department, the side will be relying on the likes of Hazratullah Zazai, Asghar Afghan and Mohammad Nabi to deliver the bulk of the runs in this contest. In the last natch, Hazratullah Zazai scored 23 runs off 29 balls with the help of two boundaries. Asghar Afghan also delivered a decent score for the side in the previous game. He scored 25 runs off 21 balls with the help of two fours and one six, whereas Najibullah Zadran also chipped in with 27 off 22 balls with the help of three fours and one six. Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, and Rashid Khan failed to produce any runs for the side in the previous game. The batting trio will be looking to contribute to the team’s cause in this contest.
In the bowling department, the side will be depending on the likes of Gulbadin Naib, Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Ur Rahman to pick up wickets for the side in this contest. Medium-pacer Gulbadin Naib was the standout bowler for the side in the previous game and finished with figures of 2 for 24 in his four overs.
Rashid Khan (captain), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Naveen-ul-Haq, Asghar Afghan, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Mohammad Nabi, Gulbadin Naib, Fareed Malik
Karim Janat, Asghar Afghan, Gulbadin Naib, Naveen-ul-Haq, Hazratullah Zazai, Ibrahim Zadran, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, N Zadran, Mohammad Nabi, Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Captain Kieron Pollard will be pleased with his side’s performance in the opening game of the series. The side will be looking to maintain their unbeaten streak in this game and clinch the T20I series.
In the batting department, the side will be depending on the likes of Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetymer and Kieron Pollard to do the bulk of the scoring. In the previous game, swashbuckling opener Evin Lewis was the standout performer for the side and finished the innings with the top-score of 68 runs off 41 balls with the help of four fours and six sixes. He added a crucial partnership with Shimron Hetymer to lay down the ideal foundation for the likes of Dinesh Ramdin and Kieron Pollard to play their natural game.
Shimron Hetymer played well and scored 21 runs off 21 balls with the help of one four, whereas wicket-keeper Dinesh Ramdin scored 20 off 19 balls. Captain Kieron Pollard delivered a crucial inning with the bat to help West Indies post a competitive score on the board. He scored 32 runs off 22 balls with the help of two fours and one six.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the pace trio of Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, and Kesrick Williams to make crucial breakthroughs. Kesrick Williams was the standout bowler for West Indies in the previous game and finished with figures of 3 for 17 in his four overs. Kieron Pollard and Hayden Walsh also bowled well and claimed two wickets each.
Kieron Pollard (captain), Sherfane Rutherford, Brandon King, Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer, Dinesh Ramdin (wk), Fabian Allen, Jason Holder, Kesrick Williams, Sheldon Cottrell, Hayden Walsh
Kieron Pollard, Shimron Hetmyer, Brandon King, Denesh Ramdin, Hayden Walsh, Sheldon Cottrell, Jason Holder, Kesrick Williams, Keemo Paul, Evin Lewis, Sherfane Rutherford
The wicket prepared for this game will be good for batting. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Saturday is going to be sunny with light winds.
Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium in Lucknow is going to host the second game of the T20I series between Afghanistan and West Indies. Afghanistan have yet to win a game on this tour while West Indies have shown tremendous consistency with the bat and ball.
Both the teams would be looking to win the toss and bat first on this surface. The previous game was won side batting first.
Based on current form, West Indies will be confident of winning this game against Afghanistan. With the likes of Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard and Kesrick Williams delivering the goods with bat and ball, West Indies will be tough to beat in this game.
Expect West Indies to clinch T20I series at Lucknow!