PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
Afghanistan had hoped that after getting beaten in the ODI series comprehensively by 3-0, they would start off the T20Is on a positive note. That, though, has not been the case. After losing the first T20 Afghanistan are looking at a must-win game to keep the T20I series alive. To do that, they'll need a good, hard look at their batting which has come under serious scrutiny, exacerbated by the failure of their spinners to win them matches on their own. Afghanistan had many things going in their favor in the first T20I. First of all, it was the format they prefer the most. Secondly, their captain Rashid Khan won an important toss and made the right decision to bowl. Then their bowlers restricted West Indies to a chaseable total of 164. Despite all this, the result didn't go in Afghanistan's favor. The West Indies seamers showed great skill with the wet ball, bowling cross-seam, and slower balls to make the run-scoring difficult. The fact that Afghanistan didn't have a great start didn't help their cause either. Surprisingly, all-rounder Gulbadin Naib proved to be the best bowler for Afghanistan with figures of 4-24-2. What was even more disappointing was that Afghanistan never really went for it. In the coming matches, one would like them to perish while trying to win the game rather than just being sitting ducks.
Under Kieron Pollard, West Indies look a more determined outfit, ready to fight out for victories. Under his leadership, West Indies won their first ODI series in five years. And while Pollard hasn't really set the stage on fire with his own performances, he played a useful hand in the previous match with both bat and ball. Apart from Evin Lewis and Pollard, their batsmen struggled to score freely, but it may not be a concern for now as they look to wrap up another series win. Despite losing Allen and Sheldon Cottrell bowling just two overs, they still managed to bowl 20 overs. That speaks of the depth they have in the bowling department.
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