ICC World T20, Match 30: Afghanistan vs West Indies - As it happened...
Though a dead rubber, Afghanistan managed to upset West Indies to end their World Twenty20 campaign on a high.
In the 30th match of the ICC World Twenty20, minnows Afghanistan successfully defended their modest total of 123 against West Indies to win the game by six runs.
Over 20 || Score 117/8 (Fletcher 11, Badree 2)
Mohammad Nabi to bowl the final over of the match. No run came from the first two balls. 3rd ball, Brathwaite Out! caught at deep mid-wicket. Fletcher came to bat. Single off the next ball. Another single. Sixth ball, Another single. And with that minnows Afghanistan beat West Indies by six runs to create history.
CR Brathwaite c Najibullah Zadran b Mohammad Nabi 13 (8b)
Over 19 || Score 114/7 (Brathwaite 13, Badree 0)
Gulbadin Naib to bowl the crucial penultimate over of the match. Off the 2nd ball, Brathwaite smashed the bowler for a six over long off. Sammy Out! Off the 5th came another six from Brathwaite's willow. 15 came from the over. WI need 10 runs from 6 balls.
DJG Sammy c Samiullah Shenwari b Gulbadin Naib 6 (10b)
Over 17 || Score 99/6 (Brathwaite 0, Sammy 5)
Samiullah Shenwari to bowl the over. Russell run out! Smart work by the wicket-keeper. Carlos Brathwaite is the new man in. Four from the over along with a wicket. WI need 25 runs from 12 balls.
AD Russell run out 7 (9b)
Over 17 || Score 95/5 (Russell 5, Sammy 3)
Hamid Hassan with his 3rd over. Skipper Darren Sammy has come to the middle. Hassan bowled 2nd full toss, which is above the waist height, in the match as he was forcefully removed from bowling in the match by the field umpires. Gulbadin Naib bowled the last two balls to complete the over. WI need 29 runs from 18 balls.
Over 16 || Score 89/5 (Russell 3)
Rashid Khan with his last over. Beaten with flight and pace, Ramdin was stumped for 18. WI need 35 runs from 24 balls.
D Ramdin st Mohammad Shahzad b Rashid Khan 18 (24b)
Over 15 || Score 84/4 (Ramdin 15, Russell 1)
Samiullah to continue. Andre Russell has come to the middle after the fall of 4th wicket. Five came off it. WI need 40 runs from 30 balls.
Over 14 || Score 79/4 (Ramdin 13)
Nabi picked up the crucial wicket of Bravo at an important juncture of the match by trapping him in front of the wicket. WI need 45 runs from 36 balls.
DJ Bravo lbw b Mohammad Nabi 28 (29b)
Over 13 || Score 76/3 (Bravo 27; Ramdin 11)
Bravo smacked Rashid for a six over cow corner off the last ball as ten runs came from the over. WI need 48 runs from 42 balls.
Over 12 || Score 66/3 (Bravo 19; Ramdin 9)
Another tight over by Samiullah Shenwari as the leg spinner conceded mere five runs. WI need 58 runs off 48 balls.
Over 11 || Score 61/3 (Bravo 15; Ramdin 8)
Hamza with his final over. Three came from it. The spinner produced excellent bowling figures as he finish his bowling quota with - 4-0-9-1.
Over 10 || Score 58/3 (Bravo 13; Ramdin 7)
Samiullah Shenwari to bowl his first over. WI have crossed the 50-run mark. Off the 4th ball, Bravo hit his first boundary towards mid-wicket. Eight from the over.
Over 8 || Score 50/3 (Bravo 6; Ramdin 6)
Afghanistan bowlers are in no mood to gift a win to West Indies. In fact, bowlers are asking tough questions from Windies players. Nine runs came off the last 12 balls.
Over 7 || Score 41/3 (Bravo 2; Ramdin 1)
Rashid Khan with his first over. The leg spinner gave Afghanistan a breakthrough straight away, that too in the form of Samuels. He bowled a googly to get the better of the right-hander. WI are struggling at the moment.
MN Samuels b Rashid Khan 5 (5b)
Over 6 || Score 34/2 (Samuels 1)
WI lost another wicket! Hamid bowled Charles, who was beaten by pace. Veteran Samuels has come to the middle. Fletcher retired hurt after taking a sharp single.
J Charles b Hamid Hassan 22 (15b)
Over 5 || Score 29/1 (Charles 18; Fletcher 10)
Fletcher, Charles are looking in a mood to finish off the game in no time. 12 runs have come in the last two overs along with two boundaries, both from Fletcher's willow.
Over 3 || Score 17/1 (Charles 17; Fletcher 0)
While chasing 123, West Indies got off to a poor start as they lost E Lewis for a duck. Amir Hamza was the bowler who gave minnows their first breakthrough.
E Lewis c Rashid Khan b Amir Hamza 0 (7b)
Over 20 || Score 123/7 (Zadran 46; Rashid 6)
Experienced Bravo to bowl the last over off the innings. Zadran hit the bowler for a boundary off the first ball. Excellent comeback by the seamer as he gave mere two runs in the next three balls. Off the fifth came another boundary from Zadran's willow. Single came off the last as Afghanistan put up a modest total of 123 in front of West Indies.
Over 19 || Score 112/7 (Zadran 37; Rashid 6)
Russell scalped his 2nd wicket as he sent Shafiqullah back to the pavilion. The seamer bowled well in his four over as he conceded just 23 runs and picked up two wickets.
Shafiqullah c Fletcher b Russell 4 (4b)
Over 18 || Score 103/6 (Zadran 34; Shafiqullah 1)
Bravo with his 3rd over. Najibullah Zadran collected a boundary off the 2nd ball. Ten from the over. Batting side have crossed the 100-run mark.
Over 17 || Score 93/6 (Shafiqullah 1; Zadran 29)
In his 3rd over Russell picked up his first wicket in the form of Nabi. Shafiqullah is the new man in. Four runs and a wicket came in the over.
Mohammad Nabi c Samuels b Russell 9 (8b)
Over 16 || Score 89/5 (Zadran 27; Nabi 9)
In trying to up the ante, Zadran smacked Sammy for a six over long on off the 2nd ball. Good over for the minnows as 13 came off it.
Over 15 || Score 76/5 (Zadran 17; Nabi 6)
Brathwaite with his 2nd over. Mohammad Nabi hit the bowler for a boundary off the last ball as ten came off it.
Over 14 || Score 66/5 (Zadran 12; Nabi 1)
Nine runs came from the last two overs. Now Afghanistan should try and play till the very end. At the moment WI are dominating the game.
Over 12 || Score 57/5 (Zadran 4; Nabi 0)
Skipper Darren Sammy with his first over. Gulbadin Naib Out! Afghanistan in deep deep trouble. They have lost yet another wicket as Naib played an irresponsible shot to lose his wicket.
Gulbadin Naib c Bravo b Sammy 8 (14b)
Over 11 || Score 53/4 (Zadran 1; Naib 7)
Afghanistan lost another wicket. This time Benn was the bowler as Shenwari edged one to the slip fielder. Minnows have lost four wickets in a heap. Najibullah Zadran walked in to join Naib.
Samiullah Shenwari c Sammy b Benn 1 (3b)
Over 10 || Score 52/3 (Shenwari 1; Naib 7)
Stanikzai launched Badree for a six off the 2nd ball towards wide long-on. Wicket! Trying to repeat the same shot off the next, Stanikzai miss-timed his shot as Bravo took a simple catch at long on. Samiullah Shenwari came to the middle.
Asghar Stanikzai c Bravo b Badree 16 (22b)
Over 9 || Score 44/2 (Asghar 10; Naib 6)
Benn to bowl his third over. Another tight over by the left-arm spinner, four came off it.
Over 8 || Score 40/2 (Asghar 8; Naib 4)
Gulbadin Naib has joined Asghar in the middle after minnows lost the crucial wicket of Shahzad. Seven runs came in the last two overs. Afghanistan need a partnership now after losing two wickets in a heap.
Over 6 || Score 33/2 (Asghar 5; Naib 0)
Badree picked up his 2nd wicket as dangerous opener Shahzad trudged back to the pavilion. One run came form the over, along with the crucial wicket.
Mohammad Shahzad c Benn b Badree 24 (22b)
Over 5 || Score 32/1 (Asghar 4; Shahzad 24)
Dwayne Bravo to bowl the over. Tight over first up by the seamer as he conceded mere five in it.
Over 4 || Score 27/1 (Asghar 1; Shahzad 21)
Tall spinner Sulieman Benn to bowl his opening over. Exciting opener Shahzad danced down the wicket to launch the bowler for a six over the bowlers head off the last ball. Eight from the over.
Over 3 || Score 19/1 (Asghar 1; Shahzad 14)
Carlos Brathwaite into the attack. Shahzad hit the bowler for two boundaries as 11 runs came from the over.
Over 2 || Score 8/1 (Asghar 0; Shahzad 4)
Leggie Badree to bowl. And the excited spinner gave WI the first breakthrough as he trapped Ghani in front of the wicket off his fifth ball. Asghar Stanikzai is the new man in.
Usman Ghani b Badree 4 (6b)
Over 1 || Score 5/0 (Ghani 4; Shahzad 1)
Andre Russell to bowl the opening over of the match. Both the openers opened their account as minnows collected five in the over.
Afghanistan XI: M Shahzad, U Ghani, A Stanikzai, M Nabi, G Naib, S Shenwari, N Zadran, S Shafiq, R Khan, A Hamza, H Hassan
West Indies XI: J Charles, E Lewis, M Samuels, A Fletcher, DJ Bravo, D Ramdin, A Russell, D Sammy, C Brathwaite, S Badree, S Benn.
West Indies have won the TOSS and elected to bowl first.
They may have secured a semifinal slot with three straight victories but in-form West Indies would like to continue their winning ways when they face a spirited Afghanistan in their final group game of ICC World Twenty20 cricket tournament here tomorrow.
Afghanistan will hope that the Windies take it easy after making the knockouts and sign off with a consolation victory at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium at Jamtha.
West Indies captain Darren Sammy said his team would have a party after qualifying for the semi-finals with a nervy last over victory against South Africa. They are already eyeing their next week's last-four match.
The 2012 champions have been in fine form with convincing wins over England and Sri Lanka though they made a heavy weather of a small chase against the Proteas before eventually pulling off a 3-wicket last over win, and the Sammy-led Caribbeans would start as overwhelming favourites tomorrow.
The Afghans, on the other hand, have won hearts in India with their spirited showing in the mega-event, giving tough competition to the other teams in their group, especially against England.
They gave South Africa a fright last weekend when they raced to 105 for two in pursuit of the Proteas' total of 210, although they were ultimately beaten after a flurry of wickets.
Against England, they had a very good chance of registering a victory in their last fixture after sending half of the Three Lions' batting lineup back to the pavilion before the end of the 10th over.
England were reduced to 85 for seven at one stage before Moeen Ali bailed them out of the woods and spared his team the blushes.