About the Match
The West Indies managed to overcome the threat of thunderstorms and won the T20 series against Afghanistan with a game to spare. This third game may be a ‘dead rubber’ in term of the series but we have a feeling that neither team is going to approach it as such.
There were a few things very refreshing to see by the West Indies in this match. Their openers, Chadwick Walton and Evan Lewis, started off with intent and flair while their fast bowlers bowled with fire and intimidated the opposition batsmen.
These are things that were commonplace in cricket for decades on end and things that Stuart Law wants to bring back. Hopefully, he gets the support from the board in that regard, however, this short throwback was definitely fun to watch.
A rain curtailed match mean that the West Indian score of 112 for 3 was adjusted to 123 in 15 overs for Afghanistan. The h9sts got their through some attacking batting by Walton, Lewis and cameos from Samuels, Simmons and Braithwaite.
The pick of the bowlers was Kesrick Williams who bowled fast and into the body of the Afghanistan batsmen, making them uncomfortable and forcing them to play shots when survival was the only thing on their minds.
Every bowler picked up at least a wicket but Samuel Badree at the top of the innings and Jerome Taylor were very impressive as well.
The West indies would be extremely confident of a 3-0 scoreline in their favor, weather permitting of course.
The Afghans have been found out in this series so far and made to look a world away from the top tier of teams. Here have been periods of play where the Afghan bowling has been impressive, particularly that of Rashid Khan and Amir Hamza but the batting has let them down terribly.
No batsman scored more than 20 in this match and they once again lost 4 top order wickets within the Powerplay. It is something that needs immediate rectification although one wonders of Afghanistan has the depth in its talent pool to come up with replacements so quickly.
Basic things like fitness and fielding are in the control of the players themselves and even those were found to be sorely lacking by International standards.
A rain-curtailed game should have made it more even since even a single good performance can change the course of a match but that was not the case. We have seen Afghanistan put in some very good performances in the past with much the same personnel but think that the lack of familiarity with conditions may be holding them back here.
Players like Gulabdin Naib, Stankzai and Nabi need to stand up and score some runs otherwise there is literally nothing stopping the West Indies from winning the next game as well.
Pitch and Conditions
The threat of rain is ever present and there is a strong likelihood that the last match of this series may be affected by rain as well. The pitch is expected to be low, slow and devoid of much life.
West Indies To Win.
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