Match Details

AFG vs WI 40th Match, T20 WC 2024

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AFG
114-1016.2
West Indies won by 104 runs πŸ†
WI
20.0218-5
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R Khan Logo
R Khan Jersy

R Khan

18

(11)

R Khan
18(11)
4s: 2
6s: 1
SR:163.64
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F Farooqi Logo
F Farooqi Jersy

F Farooqi

0

(2)

F Farooqi
0(2)
4s: 0
6s: 0
SR:0.00
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A Russell Jersy

A Russell

1-17

(2.2)

A Russell
1-17(2.2)
Econ: 7.29
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14th Over:
4
1
1
1
0
1
 
= 8
15th Over:
W
4
0
0
0
0
 
= 4
Last Over:
4
0
1
W
0
wd
0
 
= 6
This Over:
6
W
 
= 6
AFGAFG - 2nd Innings
SessionOpenPASS
6 Over 5445
10 Over 7966
15 Over 104102
WIWI - 1st Innings
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6 Over 5392
10 Over 124113
15 Over 157148
20 Over 206218
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It's time to conclude our coverage, folks! West Indies clinch a thumping victory and maintain an unbeaten record in the Group stage. We hope you enjoyed the carnage from Nicky P. 😊 It's goodbye for now. This is Deepak Prakash signing off, alongside co-commentator AkshayaKrishna Polya and scorer/analyst Bishal Mandal.
Rovman Powell (West Indies Captain): "Yeah, it feels very good. The hard work we have been putting in for the last 12-14 months is paying off.

The guys are always excited to come here. It is one of the best batting tracks in the tournament. The guys know that and they love to come here. Coming from Guyana and Trinidad, everyone was feeling great because of this wicket being one of the best batting tracks. They wanted to come here and get the runs.

Nicholas Pooran has worked really hard and it is paying off. He has done well in the last 12-14 months. He has set a solid foundation for us tonight. He was batting well not only in franchise cricket but for West Indies in international cricket as well.

It is a good headache to have (selection of bowlers). When he was bowling, I told him that we now have a headache. We started the tournament with a little advantage as we were playing at home and knew the conditions. We are playing in the West Indies, and it is our responsibility to make full use of home conditions.

When I started my journey as a captain, we were ranked 8/9, and now we are 3rd in the world. The support from the fans wherever we have gone has been incredible. When you do well, the fans start believing. Guyana was lovely, Trinidad was a packed house, and to see the support St Lucia has given is amazing.

I would like to thank Daren Sammy (Head Coach). I extend my thanks to him and our management. I have started as a young captain, but they have given me what I want. Sammy has been a driving force in my journey as a leader." 
Rashid Khan (Afghanistan Captain): "I think the way they started with the bat, especially in the powerplay when they scored over 90 runs, was impressive. In T20 cricket, it's challenging to come back from such a strong start. However, our bowling in the middle overs was excellent. To restrict them to under 220 runs was a commendable effort by the boys. It's crucial how we execute our plans during the powerplay. 

You know what the plan is, and it's good that it happened at this stage of the tournament. It helps us understand what to expect in the upcoming games and how to adjust our mindset and strategy accordingly. We'll keep learning from this experience to avoid repeating it.

I think the strong breeze was a factor as well. As a bowler, you need to consider which side to bowl to and leverage your strengths to keep your overs under ten runs. It's important to keep that in mind. On different pitches, we bowl differently and have many options. But on this wicket, I feel like there aren't many places to hide. You need to be very clear in your mind and can't afford to bowl inconsistently. We'll be punished for it. However, I think that's something we've learned from this game. It will be good for us if we keep it simple, identify what's my strengths and how I can restrict the batters on this wicket. We've learned from this experience. If we encounter a similar wicket again, I feel confident the boys will perform even better. 

I feel morale is very high, and we've achieved what we wanted, which was to reach the Super Eight. Now, the next stage is how we're going to perform on those tracks. It will present a different challenge for us as a team, and we'll need to adjust accordingly and play as a cohesive unit. 

So, it's a great learning experience for us. It's better that it happened at this stage rather than in a do-or-die game where the disappointment would be greater. We can learn from this. 
We also take positives from this game. The fielding was exceptional, and especially in the middle overs, the way the guys, especially Noor, bowled on this pitch, is a very positive sign for us heading into the next phase of the Super Eight."
8 wins* - This is the longest winning streak for West Indies in the shortest format. Their previous best was 7 wins between 2012 and 2013.
Biggest margins of defeats for Afghanistan in T20Is:

116 runs vs England, Colombo, 2012

104 runs vs West Indies, Gros Islet, TONIGHT*

101 runs vs India, Dubai, 2021
Biggest win margins for West Indies in T20Is:

134 runs vs Uganda, Guyana, 2024

104 runs vs Afghanistan, Gros Islet, TONIGHT*

84 runs vs Pakistan, Mirpur, 2014
Nicholas Pooran (POTM): "First of all, thanks to the almighty. You don't want to be at 97 and then get run-out. But at the end of it all, you need to take your team to a good total.

Obviously, to assess the conditions and take advantage of the powerplay. I had to see the conditions early and take responsibility. I felt like it was my day. When it is your day, you need to make it big. I just felt that it was my night, and I could get on with it. It’s difficult to strike the ball when it’s a little slow and spinning, but I’m happy to get a good wicket; got to appreciate the conditions.

In the T20s and in the West Indies, everyone wants to see fours and sixes. It's difficult to get that done in every game. You can't do that every time, but when conditions allow, you should capitalise.

It is not about this game or tournament. But we wanted to be consistent as a team from 12-14 months ago. We have been a consistent team. We went to No. 3 in the rankings. In the last game, Rutherford took the opportunity and played wonderfully; he inspired us."
PLAYER OF THE MATCH: NICHOLAS POORAN
9:11 AM IST, 11:41 PM Local Time: That's it! Afghanistan are bundled out for a paltry 114 runs in 16.2 overs. A thumping win for the co-hosts of this marquee event, West Indies, who triumph by a massive margin of 104 runs to remain unbeaten in the Group stage fixtures

Earlier, after being invited to bat first, West Indies posted a mammoth 218/5 in 20 overs, thanks to Nicholas Pooran, who went on a rampage from the outset and played a scintillating knock of 98 runs off 53 balls before getting run-out. Johnson Charles also looked in sublime touch but fell just 7 runs shy of his fifty. Shai Hope (25 off 17) and Rovman Powell (26 off 15) were the other positives with the bat for the Windies. 

Gulbadin Naib bagged a couple of wickets for Afghanistan, while Azmatullah Omarzai and Naveen-ul-Haq celebrated a solitary wicket. 

In pursuit of a hefty total, Afghanistan got off to a shaky start, losing Rahmanullah Gurbaz for a 3-ball duck in the opening over. Their batters failed to stitch a partnership in the middle and were bundled out for a paltry 114 runs in 16.2 overs. 

Obed McCoy, playing his first match in this World Cup, wreaked havoc with the ball and removed three Afghani batters in the span of 8 balls. Ibrahim Zadran top-scored Afghanistan's scoreboard with 38 runs to his name, while Azmatullah Omarzai (23), Karim Janat (14), and Rashid Khan (18 off 11) were the other batters to score in double digits. 

Obed McCoy topped the wickets column, with the number reading three. Akeal Hosein and Gudakesh Motie chipped in with a couple of wickets, while Andre Russell and Alzarri Joseph contributed one wicket each to Afghanistan's downfall. 

Stay tuned for the post-match presentation....
16.2 A Russell to R Khan
W WICKETTT!!! ALL OVER FOR AFGHANISTAN! They are bundled out for just 114 in 16.2 overs. West Indies complete a dominating win over the Afghan Atalans to stay unbeaten in the Group stages! The Windies bash the Asian side by 104 runs and go four wins on the bounce! Full around the off-stump. A slower ball from Russell. Rashid goes after it again. Clears his front leg trying to hoick it across the line. Nowhere near the pitch of the ball and skies it off the bottom. High in the air just around the mid-off region. Skipper Powell calls for it and runs in towards it from long-off. Sprints and keeps his eyes on the ball before completing a difficult catch under the night sky with the white cork swirling like anything. Fantastic grab from Powell to end the fixture!
16.1 A Russell to R Khan
6 SIXXX!!! THRASHED INTO THE CROWD! Rashid Khan is fighting the battle all alone! Over the wicket. Short and outside the off-stump. Clears his front leg and plays the tennis forehand stroke across the line. Slams it from the middle of the bat and bashes it over mid-wicket for a massive hit. An 89m hit!
Afghanistan need 111 runs off 24 balls. The match is done and dusted for them but should look to bat till the 20 overs. Andre Russell comes back into the attack. 
OVER 16
Afghanistan
108/9
Fazalhaq Farooqi
0(2)
Rashid Khan
12(9)
Alzarri Joseph
1-30(3.0)
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