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.
Medium-pacer Karim Janat returned excellent figures of 5/11 and powered Afghanistan to a series-leveling 41-run victory over West Indies in the second T20 International. Batting first after winning the toss, Afghanistan managed 147 for even in the stipulated 20 overs, and then, stopped West Indies at 106 for eight. While batting first Afghan opener Hazratullah Zazai went for his shots from the start and got underway with a first-ball six. Zazai looted 16 runs off the opening over bowled by Jason Holder. But both the openers got out in the fifth over and West Indies robbed the Afganistan momentum. But Janat, batting at no. 3 for the first time in T20Is, kept the run rate going with some power stroke play. After 16 overs, Afganisthan get only 106 for 7, but Gulbain Naib’s entertaining 24 off 18 deliveries gave them something to defend. West Indies began their chase cautiously, but both the opening batsmen getting dismissed after having eaten up balls. They had stayed at the crease for a while, without adding many runs on the scoreboard. Afghanistan forced them to look for big shots, but they couldn't pull that off on this pitch, against a canny bowler like Janat. Janat ended up taking 5 wickets and Rashid khan, Guibadin Naib naib and, Naveen-ul-Haq took one wicket each.
After giving a complete performance, Afghanistan is confident to win the T20Is series. West Indies have so far struggled to handle pressure in the shortest format of the game. As many West Indies players have mentioned this series, Afghanistan have a very strong bowling attack and they put a grand show tonight. Windies are a little dependent on Kieren Pollard and Evin Lewis to deal with the damage with the bat. The series (at 1-1) is set up nicely now. Sunday 17th November they will face again to play the final match between them. Afghanistan have a number of reliable match-winners, who all can win the match on their own in the shortest format of the game.
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