Afghanistan beat WI to clinch T20 series 2-1

LUCKNOW, India: Seventeen-year-old Rahmanullah Gurbaz hit 79 and 20-year-old Naveen-ul-Haq returned figures of 3-23 as Afghanistan eased to a 29-run win over West Indies to secure a 2-1 series victory on Sunday.As he had in the previous game, Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan won the toss and chose to bat first. It was a decision he may have soon regretted as Hazratullah Zazai (0) and Karim Janat (2) were both dismissed by Sheldon Cottrell (2-29) leaving the hosts 12-2 after three overs.Rahmanullah Gurbaz, however, held firm and launched a one-man counter-attack. The partnership between the opener and Ibrahim Zadran was worth 32 when the latter was run out for a solitary run.Rahmanullah continued unperturbed though, and reached fifty from 37 balls in the 11th over as he built a strong partnership with Asghar Afghan (24). But just as Asghar began to get going, he mistimed a hook shot and was caught in the ring by Brandon King from the bowling of Keemo Paul (2-26), the partnership worth 50 in 6.1 overs.The assault from the teenaged opener continued unabated, supported by a run-a-ball 14 from Najibullah Zadran, until Kieron Pollard (1-21) finally had him caught for a 52-ball 79.A pair of early wickets, one each for Mujeeb Ur Rahman (1-9 from three overs) and Naveen-ul-Haq (3-23), left the West Indies’ chase floundering at 16-2. When Karim Janat trapped Evin Lewis in front with the final ball of the eighth over, the visitors still needed 115 runs and their chances seemed to be disappearing further with every ball.Afghanistan won tossAfghanistanHazratullah Zazai c Lewis b Cottrell 0†Rahmanullah Gurbaz c Paul b Pollard 79Karim Janat c Hope b Cottrell 2Ibrahim Zadran run out 1Asghar Afghan c King b Paul 24Najibullah Zadran c Pollard b Williams 14Mohammad Nabi c Holder b Paul 15*Rashid Khan c Cottrell b Williams 0Gulbadin Naib not out 4Naveen-ul-Haq not out 2Extras (lb 4, w 11) 15Total (8 wickets; 20 overs) 156Did not bat: Mujeeb Ur RahmanFall: 1-3, 2-12, 3-44, 4-94, 5-120, 6-142, 7-149, 8-151Bowling: Cottrell 4-0-29-2; Holder 4-0-26-0; Williams 4-0-31-2; Pierre 3-0-19-0; Paul 3-0-26-2; Pollard 2-0-21-1West IndiesL Simmons b Mujeeb 7E Lewis lbw b Janat 24B King b Naveen 1†S Hope c Afghan b Naib 52S Hetmyer c Afghan b Rashid 11*K Pollard c Najibullah b Naveen 11J Holder c Nabi b Naveen 6K Paul not out 4K Pierre not out 1Extras (lb 4, w 5, nb 1) 10Total (7 wickets; 20 overs) 127Did not bat: K Williams, S CottrellFall: 1-13, 2-16, 3-42, 4-80, 5-112, 6-118, 7-124Bowling: Mujeeb 3-0-9-1; Naveen 4-0-24-3; Janat 4-0-33-1; Naib 4-0-26-1; Nabi 1-0-13-0; Rashid 4-0-18-1Result: Afghanistan won by 29 runsMan of the Match: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (Afghanistan)Series: Afghanistan won three-match series 2-1Man of the Series: Karim Janat (Afghanistan)Umpires: Ahmed Shah Pakteen and Izatullah Safi (Afghanistan). TV umpire: Ahmed Shah Durrani (Afghanistan). Match referee: Chris Broad (England)

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