West Indies leveled three-match One-Day International series to take decider on Wednesday (14 June, 2017). Host comeback against emerging Afghanistan after 63 runs defeat in first game where Rashid Khan who deteriorated Caribbean batting line-up with his awesome spell earning seven wickets.
Caribbeans though won second game with four wickets but it was certainly not commendable as far as batting are concern. They took almost 40 overs and gave away six wickets to achieve a modest total of 136 runs needed to win this game. They have got to thank Shai Hope who shown a strong character to stay in middle amidst good bowling from visitors.
Meanwhile, it was fabulous performance from host pace bowlers who have been troubling visitors throughout this tour. They asphyxiated visitors to just 135 with Gulbadin Naib being the highest scorer with 51 runs. Imagine visitors total if Gulbadin Naib would have met with similar fate as other batsman.
They included hard-hitting batsman Rovman Powell at the cost of pacer Miguel Cummins but he couldn’t do much with ball and scored just 17 runs of 43 deliveries. He is likely to be retained for decider despite dismal performance.
Overall, Afghanistan would be pleased with their bowling performance in both games. Rashid Khan grabs more of attention with 7 wickets in first and three wickets in second game.
Absence of Ahmed Shahzad is definitely hurting visitors at opening slot, Noor Ali Zadran and Javed Ahmadi not able to give their side a good start. Skipper, Asghar Stanikzai himself looks out of form with just 13 run in last two games.
Undoubtedly, Afghanistan has potential to win this series but batting have been under scanner. Can they rectify their batting flaws?. If yes, they have better chance to clinch this series.