West Indies thrashed Afghanistan in the 1st T20I by 30 runs to take 1-0 lead in three-match series. Evin Lewis was the star of the day who scored 41-ball 68.
Afghanistan, after winning the toss, asked West Indies to bat 1st in the 1st T20I in Lucknow. West Indies obliged it with posting an above-par total on the board. Opening batsman Evin Lewis smacked 41-ball 68 to take West Indies total to 164/5 in 20 overs. Lewis struck four 4’s and six 6’s in his match-winning knock. Kieron Pollard, who was making his T20I captaincy debut, scored an unbeaten 32 off 20 balls.
For Afghanistan, Gulbadin Naib picked up two wickets while Mujeeb Zadran, Rashid Khan and, Naveen Ul Haq shared one scalp each.
In the chase, Afghanistan could never get a go. None of the batsmen tried to score a faster rate. Hazratullah Zazai (23 off 29 balls), Najibullah Zadran (27 off 25 balls), Asghar Afghan (25 off 21 balls) and, Fareed Malik (24 off 15 balls) were the top run-scorers.
For West Indies, Kesrick Williams picked up three wickets. Skipper Kieron Pollard and Hayden Walsh picked up two wickets each while Sheldon Cottrell and Jason Holder finished with one scalp each to restrict Afghanistan to 134/9 in 20 overs.
Evin Lewis was the man of the match for his brilliant knock of 68 runs in West Indies’ 30-run victory over Afghanistan in the 1st T20I.
Afghanistan vs West Indies 1st T20I – What Did The Captains Say
Pollard: It’s always good to contribute. The foundation was laid by Evin upfront. In the back end with the ball, the guys bowled magnificently. It wasn’t the most comfortable wicket to bat on. It was difficult even in the back end. We had to play smart cricket like rotating the strike. We have a couple of guys who can bowl here and there. The guys rose up to the occasion. When the field is spread, we mixed it well. We’ll have to go back and improve in certain areas.
Rashid Khan: We won the toss and didn’t bowl well in the first ten overs, but did well in the last ten overs. We should have taken it more in-depth with the bat. We have to come back well and stronger in the next game. We wanted to give opportunities to the youngsters – we have a 5-year plan. We have the plan; hopefully, we’ll have the perfect 15 for Asia Cup and T20 WC. We’ll try to give our 100 percent.