Afghanistan beat West Indies by 29 runs in the 3rd and final T20I to clinch the series 2-1. Wicketkeeper-batsman Rahmanullah Gurbaz starred for the home side with 52-ball 79.
After coming to bat 1st in the 3rd T20I, Afghanistan lost a couple of early wickets, but the opening batsman Rahmanullah Gurbaz took his side to a respectable total single-handedly. The wicketkeeper-batsman smacked a fluent 52-ball 79 with six 4’s and five 6’s. Afghanistan finished on 156/8 in 20 overs on a slow Lucknow track.
For West Indies, Sheldon Cottrell, Kesrick Williams, and Keemo Paul picked up two wickets each while Kieron Pollard had one scalp to his name.
West Indies, in the chase, could never get going. Only Shai Hope was the stand out performer for the visitors. The right-hander scored 46-ball 52. West Indies finished on 127/7 in 20 overs felling 29 runs short of a series win against Afghanistan.
For Afghanistan, Naveen Ul Haq picked up three wickets while Rashid, Naib, and Mujeeb picked up one wicket each.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz was awarded the man of the match for his sparkling 79 off 52 balls on a difficult Lucknow track.
Afghanistan vs West Indies 3rd T20I – What Did The Captains Say
Rashid Khan: After having a bad ODI series, it was nice to win the T20 series. Our strength is bowling, we have a world-class bowling line-up, and that’s why we decided to bat first even if there was dew later on. We had to make 150+, and once we have that total, we have the bowling to defend that. As a professional player, you have to be smart and calm, and it comes with experience. Yes, we lost the ODI series, but we had the chance to win the T20 and Test series, and that is what our aim was and to give our 100 percent. It is always great to have the senior players in the team, and it is helpful for me as a young captain. I am quite lucky to have so many seniors players in the team. It is fine; it is an Afghani rib and will be fine (referring to his injury while fielding).
Kieron Pollard: It was a similar situation yesterday. We could not capitalize in the powerplay, and from there on, we were playing catch up. Cannot fault the effort of the bowlers. We can take a lot from this series, especially on how to play on such wickets. You don’t want to think too far ahead, but we have to deal with what is in front of us. Unfortunately, we could not get over the line in the series. We need to focus on our strengths, and the Test team has been together for a couple of years and have been doing well. The guys are already here and are looking forward to the Test series. Well played to my team, but we pick ourselves up from this loss and move forward.