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Shai Hope (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)
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Afghanistan Vs Windies 2019/20: Third ODI – Centurion Shai Hope Guides Windies To Complete Whitewash

Windies completed clean sweep after winning the third and final ODI of the series against Afghanistan on Monday (11th November) at Lucknow. Opener Shai Hope‘s unbeaten century guided the team to the brilliant five-wicket victory. With this defeat, Afghanistan have now suffered 12 consecutive ODI defeats.

Windies already secured this ODI series ahead of this match as they were leading it by 2-0 before Monday night. Kieron Pollard-led Windies team came to play this ODI to complete the whitewash and they succeeded to achieve it.

Afghanistan batting once again faced trouble

This time the Caribbean side decided to field first after winning the toss. Once again, Afghanistan batsmen failed to provide a good start as they lost the wickets at regular intervals. Apart from the opener Hazratullah Zazai, all other top-order batsmen (till no.4) failed to cross the 10-run mark. Zazai scored 50 runs off 59 balls (7 fours and 2 sixes).

Middle-order batsman Najibullah Zadran was dismissed on 30 runs off 32 balls. Struggling on 118/5, Asghar Afghan and Mohammad Nabi handled that situation efficiently. They built up a solid partnership as it stretched to 127 runs partnership for the sixth wicket.

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Asghar Afghan and Mohammad Nabi (Image Credit: Twitter)

While Afghan scored 86 runs off 85 balls (3 fours and 6 sixes), Nabi remained not out on 50 runs off 66 balls (3 fours and only six). Finally, Afghanistan managed to score 249/7 in 50 overs.

Windies pacers Keemo Paul (3/44) and Alzarri Joseph (2/59) picked up three and two wickets respectively.

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Shai Hope scored 109 not out and safely led the team to the victory

In reply, Windies lost their first two wickets in just four runs. Afghan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman trapped the opener Evin Lewis and the next batsman Shimron Hetmyer for lbw in the third over of that innings. However, the other opener Shai Hope handled that early pressure situation very well.

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Mujeeb Ur Rahman took two quick wickets at the beginning (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

While the other batsmen were losing their wickets in regular intervals, the wicketkeeper-batsman Shai Hope guiding the team with the crucial 50+ partnerships. Debutant Brandon King (39), Nicholas Pooran (21) and skipper Kieron Pollard (32) all got starts but failed to capitalise those to the big knocks. However, Shai Hope took that responsibility and handled it perfectly.

For the third, fourth and fifth wicket, Hope and his changing partners put 64, 51 and 63 runs partnerships respectively.

With the help of Roston Chase, Shai Hope safely guided the team to the five-wicket victory as they reached the target in 48.4 overs. Chase-Hope had the unbroken 71 runs partnership for the sixth wicket. During that partnership, Hope completed his seventh ODI century in 133 balls.

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Shai Hope (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

While Roston Chase was not out on 42 runs off 32 balls (3 fours), Shai Hope was batting on 109 runs off 145 balls (8 fours and 3 sixes).

Apart from Mujeeb Ur Rahman (2/49), all other Afghanistan bowlers failed to take more than one wicket.

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Afghanistan vs Windies batting scenario

Team Afghanistan Windies
Total 249/7 (50 overs) 253/5 (48.4 overs)
Dots 179 150
1s 79 104
2s 15 13
3s 0 0
4s 17 18
6s 10 7
Extras 12 (8 wides, 3 leg-byes, 1 bye) 9 (4 wides, 4 byes, 1 leg-bye)

Earlier in this series, Windies beat Afghanistan by seven wickets and 47 runs in the first and second ODIs respectively.

Since August 2014, it was the first time when Windies won an ODI series. In August 2014, the home team Windies whitewashed Bangladesh in the three-match ODI series.

Meanwhile, the latest defeat was the 12th consecutive ODI defeat for Afghanistan. This losing run is continuing from the beginning of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

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Windies cricket team (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)
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Afghanistan Vs Windies 2019/20: Second ODI – Windies End Their Five-Year-Long Wait To Win An ODI Series

Windies ended their five-year-long wait of winning an ODI series on Saturday (9th November) after beating Afghanistan by 47 runs. After this second game of this three-match ODI series, Windies are leading it by 2-0.

After winning the toss in this Lucknow ODI, Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan decided to field first. Windies openers Shai Hope and Evin Lewis provided a very good start. The openers put the 98 runs partnership for the first wicket.

But after Rashid Khan broke that partnership by dismissing Shai Hope (43 runs), Windies lost their next wickets at regular intervals. Another opener Lewis scored 54 runs.

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Afghanistan national cricket team (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

After scoring 34 runs, Shimron Hetmyer lost his wicket. At the late moment of that innings, Nicholas Pooran and Romario Shepherd put a firing 50 runs partnership for the seventh wicket. However, Pooran scored 39 runs (19 balls) in that partnership while Shepherd scored just six runs (9 balls) before losing his wicket.

Pooran’s late firing batting helped Windies to put fighting first innings total – 247/9 (50 overs). While the other middle-order batsmen were failing to reach the double-digit scores, Pooran scored 67 runs off 50 balls (7 fours and 3 sixes).

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Nicholas Pooran (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Among the Afghanistan bowlers, only the right-arm pacer Naveen-ul-Haq (3/60) scalped more than one wicket.

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Windies bowled out Afghanistan for 200 runs

In reply, once again, the Afghan batsmen struggled to score big runs. Four batsmen reached the 20-run marks, including one half-century, but Afghanistan failed to win that match at the end. These four batsmen are Najibullah Zadran (56), Rahmat Shah (33), Mohammad Nabi (32) and Hazratullah Zazai (23).

There were also had two 50+ partnerships during that chasing. While Rahmat Shah and Hazratullah Zazai put the second wicket partnership of 53 runs, Najibullah Zadran and Mohammad Nabi set the 68 runs partnership for the sixth wicket. However, most of the other partnerships struggled to add runs on the board. Afghanistan were finally all-out on just 200 runs (45.4 overs).

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Windies bowlers restricted Afghanistan to 200 runs (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Sheldon Cottrell (3/29), Roston Chase (3/30) and Hayden Walsh (3/36) all picked up three wickets each to secure a series-winning victory for Windies.

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Afghanistan Vs Windies 2019/20: Second ODI – Windies End Their Five-Year-Long Wait To Win An ODI Series 10

Since August 2014, it was the first ODI series victory for Windies. The Caribbean team finally won an ODI series after failing to win it in 21 consecutive series. Earlier, on last Wednesday (6th November), Windies won the first match of this ODI series by seven wickets.

On the other hand, the latest lose was Afghanistan’s 11th consecutive ODI defeat.

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Afghanistan and Windies. (Image Credit: Google)
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Afghanistan Vs Windies 2019/20: Second ODI – Match Preview, Where To Watch

On Saturday (9th November), Afghanistan and Windies will play the second ODI of the three-match ODI series at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium (Lucknow).

Windies are currently leading this series by 1-0. The Caribbean side won the first ODI of this series on last Wednesday (6th November) at the same stadium. After losing the toss, Afghanistan were all out on 194 runs (45.2 overs) in the first innings.

In reply, Roston Chase and Shai Hope guided the Windies side to the comfortable series-leading victory. Windies chased down that target in 46.3 overs after losing three wickets.

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Windies won the first ODI by seven wickets (Image Credit: Google)

Afghanistan are desperate to end their ODI losing streak

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Afghanistan national cricket team (Image Credit: Google)

Inconsistent top-order batting is the major issue for Afghanistan. The Asian side is badly missing the strong opening batsman like Mohammad Shahzad. In the last game, once again, Afghanistan openers failed to provide a good start.

Though Rahmat Shah and the wicketkeeper-batsman Ikram Alikhil brilliantly brought back Afghanistan in that game with the 111 runs third-wicket partnership, Alikhil’s unawareness broke that totally set partnership. Later, most of the next batsmen failed to provide minimum support in that innings.

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Afghanistan batting struggle in the first ODI, except Rahmat Shah and Ikram Alikhil (Image Credit: Twitter)

Another major issue in Afghanistan team is Rashid Khan‘s recent off-form. In the last 10 ODIs, he picked up only three wickets. Once again, he finished with the wicketless bowling figures in the last ODI, where he also led the team. Also, in the Shpageeza Cricket League, Khan only managed to pick up two wickets in seven games.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan (Image Credit: Google)

Afghanistan have lost all their last 10 ODIs. With the time progress, the Asian side is feeling the pressure. Rashid Khan-led Afghanistan side needs to come back strongly in the second ODI as they can’t afford another defeat in this series.

Windies are looking to win their first ODI series since August 2014

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Windies players in the first ODI (Image Credit: Twitter)

After the disappointing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and the home series against India, Windies have finally shown some better cricket in the first ODI of this series.

In his captaincy return, Kieron Pollard didn’t make any significant contribution in the first ODI of this series. But the positive result was enough for him to restart his ODI career after three long years.

In recent times, the inconsistent performances are the major problem for the Windies cricket team. Kieron Pollard-led Windies team surely wants to grow up from this level. As they have got the lead in this series, Windies will not take any chance at this moment. Another victory will be enough for Windies to win this ODI series which will be their first ODI series victory since August 2014.

Head-To-Head

Matches Afghanistan Won Windies Won Tied/No Result
7 3 3 0/1

Where to watch:

In India, Star Sports Network will broadcast this match live on Saturday (9th November) from 14:00 IST (02:00 PM).

Ikram Alikhil
Ikram Alikhil (Image Credit: Google)
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Watch: Afghanistan Wicketkeeper-Batsman Ikram Alikhil Run-Out In Bizarre Fashion

On last Wednesday (6th November), Afghanistan played their opening game of the three-match ODI series against Windies. During that game, wicketkeeper-batsman Ikram Alikhil made a poor mistake that cost his crucial wicket.

Afghanistan were batting first after losing the toss in that game. The Asian side was struggling from the beginning as they lost both the openers on just 15 runs.

Rahmat Shah and Ikram Alikhil handed that early situation very well and worked hard to set up that innings. Both batsmen performed very well and provided the 100+ partnership for the third wicket. During that partnership, Alikhil completed his half-century in 47 balls.

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Ikram Alikhil and Rahmat Shah (Image Credit: Google)

That partnership was running smoothly as Shah also completed his half-century. But during Shah’s half-century moment, Alikhil suddenly lost his crucial wicket in a bizarre way.

Ikram Alikhil was run-out when he went to congratulate Rahmat Shah

Shah completed his half-century with a single. After completing that single, Alikhil went to Shah to congratulate him, but he forgot that the ball wasn’t dead yet. As Alikhil casually started to walk to congratulate Shah, Windies wicketkeeper Shai Hope took that opportunity and ran-out Alikhil.

After watching the replay, the third umpire confirmed that dismissal. It was a crucial wicket for Windies as Alikhil lost his wicket due to a poor mistake. After scoring 58 runs off 62 balls (6 fours and only six), Alikhil returned to the pavilion.

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When that third wicket was fallen, Afghanistan scored 126 runs. Later, the Windies bowlers bundled out Afghanistan for 194 runs (45.2 overs). Shah also scored 61 runs while Asghar Afghan played the knock of 35 runs. But the other next batsmen failed to provide the enough support to the team.

In reply, Windies lost their first two wickets on 25 runs. However, the opener Shai Hope and the no.4 batsman Roston Chase carried the team to the safe victory. Hope and Chase had the 163 runs partnership for the third wicket. While Hope remained not out on 77 runs, Chase (94) just missed his maiden ODI century. Windies chased down that target in 46.3 overs after losing three wickets.

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Windies beat Afghanistan by seven wickets in the first ODI (Image Credit: Twitter)

While Windies won this match by seven wickets, Ikram Alikhil’s run-out became the major talking point of the game. It was a very unusual run-out which we have observed hardly in international cricket.

Once Muttiah Muralitharan was also run-out in a similar fashion

After watching this run-out, we can remember one of Muttiah Muralitharan‘s bizarre run-out in 13 years ago. In December 2009, during the Christchurch Test against New Zealand, Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan also lost his wicket in a similar fashion. That incident happened in their second innings while it was Sri Lanka’s last-wicket partnership.

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Muttiah Muralitharan (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara just completed his century and Muralitharan went to Sangakkara to congratulate for that century but the ball was still in the play. After taking that ball, New Zealand wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum ran out the Sri Lankan cricketer Muralitharan. Both Sangakkara and Muralitharan and the entire Sri Lankan team members were stunned on that dismissal.

However, ten years later, Brendon McCullum apologised to Sangakkara and Muralitharan for that dismissal.

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Windies beat Afghanistan by seven wickets in the first ODI (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Afghanistan Vs Windies 2019/20: First ODI – Windies Clinch An Easy Victory With All-Round Performances

Windies comfortably beat Afghanistan in the first ODI of the three-match ODI series at Lucknow. With this victory, Windies are leading this series by 1-0 with two to go.

After winning the toss, Windies decided to field first. From the very beginning of the match, the Windies bowlers were tight which put the Asian side into the trouble. Both the openers Hazratullah Zazai (9) and Javed Ahmadi (5) failed to reach the double-digit scores.

From struggling on 15/2, Rahmat Shah and the wicketkeeper-batsman Ikram Alikhil put the important century partnership for the third wicket. Their brilliant 111 runs partnership brought them back into the game, but the next batsmen failed to maintain that situation. Both Shah and Alikhil scored 50+ runs as Shah scored 61 runs and Alikhil played the knock of 58 runs.

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Apart from them, only Asghar Afghan (35) and Gulbadin Naib (17) reached the double-digit marks in that innings. While Afghanistan were batting on 125/2, they were all out on just 194 runs (45.2 overs). The last four wickets fell for just three runs.

Among the Windies bowlers, Jason Holder (2/21), Romario Shepherd (2/32) and Roston Chase (2/31) all picked up two wickets each.

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Afghanistan Vs Windies 2019/20: First ODI - Windies Clinch An Easy Victory With All-Round Performances 12

Shai Hope and Roston Chase played massive roles for the successful chase for Windies

Chasing down that target, Windies lost their first two wickets in just 25 runs on the board. At that time, opener Evin Lewis (7) and the no.3 batsman Shimron Hetmyer (3) went back to the pavilion.

However, another opener Shai Hope and the no.4 batsman Roston Chase guided the Caribbean side to the comfortable victory. They managed to put the big third-wicket partnership of 163 runs.

When Chase (94 runs) lost his wicket, he was just six runs behind from his maiden ODI century. In that 115 balls innings, the right-handed batsman hit 11 fours.

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Roston Chase (Image Credit: Twitter)

On the other hand, Hope remained not out on 77 runs as Windies chased down that target in 46.3 overs after losing three wickets. Also, Nicholas Pooran was not out on eight runs.

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Shai Hope (Image Credit: Google)

Among the Afghanistan bowlers, only Mujeeb Ur Rahman (2/33) and Naveen-ul-Haq (1/30) managed to open their wickets account.

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After October 2016, it was the first ODI for Kieron Pollard who has been newly appointed as the limited-overs captain. Also, this match was his third ODI captaincy experience and first since July 2013. Though his only contribution in this game was one successful catch, he has restarted his ODI career with a great result.

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Afghanistan and Windies are ready to face each (Image Credit: Google)
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Afghanistan Vs Windies 2019/20: First ODI – Match Preview, Where To Watch

The three-match ODI series between Afghanistan and Windies will start from this Wednesday (6th November). As usual, Afghanistan will play their home series in India.

Meanwhile, Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium is ready to host the first-ever ODI on Wednesday. Ahead of this series, this stadium only organised one T20I.

However, now the stadium is ready to host all the three matches of the ODI series between Afghanistan and Windies. After this series, this stadium will also host three T20Is and only Test between these two teams.

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Afghanistan are looking for the fresh start

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Afghanistan players (Image Credit: Twitter)

It is going to be the first ODI for Afghanistan since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Their last ODI was also against Windies in their last game of that tournament (4th July 2019). Windies won that game by 23 runs but Afghanistan have the better ODI records against Windies.

In the CWC 2019, Afghanistan lost all nine matches. However, they fought very well in some matches and they were even very close to winning some matches in that tournament.

Under the new captain Rashid Khan, Afghanistan are desperate to make a fresh positive start in ODI cricket in post-CWC 2019.

As usual, spin bowling is the main weapon for Afghanistan. As the pitch is likely to assist the spinners, Afghanistan will have a big advantage in this journey.

However, this growing up Asian side needs to improve the top-order batting quality.

Windies have to give some crucial answers in this series

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Windies cricket team (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

While Afghanistan finished in the last position in the CWC 2019, Windies finished just ahead of them in that same tournament. Though the Caribbean team started that tournament in an impressive way, their impressive charm faded away with the time progress.

After that tournament, Windies have played one home ODI series and that too against India. Powerful Indian team won that three-match ODI series comfortably by 2-0.

The Caribbean side is ready to play this ODI series under the new captain Kieron Pollard, who played his last ODI on 5th October 2016.

Important players like Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite, Fabian Allen and Kemar Roach, who played the last home ODI series against India, are not present in this series.

Kieron Pollard has a big challenge to handle this Windies team against the growing up team like Afghanistan. However, the Caribbean side has enough talent to play competitive cricket and achieve the convincing victory.

Head-To-Head

Matches Afghanistan Won Windies Won Tied/No Result
6 3 2 0/1

Where to watch:

In India, Star Sports Network will broadcast this match live on Wednesday (6th November) from 14:00 IST (02:00 PM).

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Lance Klusener Announced As The Afghanistan Head Coach

Former South African cricketer Lance Klusener joins Afghanistan team as the head coach. The experienced will guide the team now for their upcoming assignments. Afghanistan is currently developing as a challenging team. Lately, the performance of the team is commendable.

Lance Klusener has coached worldwide. He worked as a batting coach for Zimbabwe team, batting coach of South Africa Test team and has coached in many domestic matches. Now he will be working with Afghanistan and will take up the role before the series against West Indies in November.

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Afghanistan Cricket Board announced that the head coach Phil Simmons‘ tenure came to an end. 50 applications were received by the board and one of them was of Klusener. ACB CEO Lutfullah Stanikzai expressed confidence in him and opined his experience will help a lot.

“Lance Klusener is a renowned name in the cricketing world. It will be great to see our players benefit from his vast experience both as a player and a coach.” Mr Stanikzai said

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Lance Klusener is confident

Lance Klusener said that he was happy to take up the role and would work hard to make Afghanistan the best.

“I am extremely excited and honoured to be given the opportunity to work with some of the best talents in world cricket. Everyone knows the fearless brand of cricket Afghanistan plays. I am very confident that with some hard work we can become one of the best sides in the world. I am really looking forward to working with the Afghanistan team and helping them take their cricket to the next level.”

Klusener played 171 ODIs, 49 Test matches, 197 first-class and 324 List A matches. He has scored 3576 in ODI, 9521 in first-class cricket and 6648 in List A matches. After retiring from cricket, he decided to become a coach and got the training. At present, he is the level 4 certified coach.

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We Should Play More Against Top Sides – Rashid Khan

We all know that teams like Afghanistan can get better if they get the opportunity to play against the top teams. The Afghanistan skipper Rashid Khan has urged the International Cricket Council to give his team more chances of playing against the top sides. Afghanistan has shown an upward swing in their improvement graph and they need more opportunities to compete with the best in the business.

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A lot was expected from Afghanistan in the World Cup but they were not able to add the finishing touches to their innings. However, inexperience to finish off the crunch matches led to Afghanistan downfall and they need to get more opportunities.

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Rashid Khan. Credits: BCB

The more we play, the better we get.

“We have played only twice against Australia, New Zealand, and England in the last five years. We would have known their strengths and weaknesses. It should be looked into. The best example is Bangladesh. They played a lot against South Africa and ended up having the best result against them in the World Cup. If we want to be a good side, we should play more against the top sides. Not one match in four years. These teams have four fast bowlers who bowl 140-plus. We play against Scotland and Ireland, and they hardly have a 140-plus bowler,” the captain lamented.

On the other hand, the final of the tri-series between Bangladesh and Afghanistan was abandoned due to rain. Thus, it was disappointing for both fans as well as the players.

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Rashid Khan. Twitter.

The rain played a spoilsport.

“We were discussing this topic in the dressing room, how good it would be if there was a reserve day for the final. It is disappointing for a player to get the final rained off,” Rashid said.

“We have our domestic T20 competition, starting from October 7. From November 5, we have the West Indies series, so there’s a lot of cricket coming up.”

Afghanistan was able to stun Bangladesh in the one-off Test match and there is no doubt about the fact that the Afghan team will get better with time. Afghanistan will next play West Indies in the first T20I on 5th November at Dehradun.

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Rashid Khan. Image Credits: Getty Images
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Rashid Khan Desperate To Play T20I Tri-Series Final Against Bangladesh

Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan is doubtful for the final match of the T20I tri-series which they will play against the hosts Bangladesh on Tuesday (24th September). However, Rashid Khan is not giving up his hope before the final team selection moment.

The no.1-ranked T20I bowler Rashid Khan is undoubtedly a very crucial player for Afghanistan. During their last game in the round-robin stage of this series against Bangladesh on last Saturday (21st September), Rashid Khan received the hamstring injury.

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Despite that injury, Rashid bowled in that game. Though he agreed that he shouldn’t bowl in that match with the injury, he added that he would do anything for his country. Rashid Khan further added that he would play the final if he had a 10% chance.

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Rashid Khan (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Ahead of the final match, Rashid said according to ESPNcricinfo, “I shouldn’t have bowled (against Bangladesh) in the last game with an injury but I’d do anything for my country. I saw how Asghar Afghan played in the WC qualifier four days after his appendicitis operation, so if I have a 10% chance, I will always play.”

In the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018, then Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan had very low chance to feature in that tournament due to the appendicitis operation. But he featured in the late stage of that tournament and guided the national team to win that tournament. It also led Afghanistan to qualify for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

We will monitor Rashid Khan Tuesday before taking any decision – Afghanistan team manager

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Afghanistan team manager Nazim Jar Abdur Rahim Zai can’t guarantee Rashid Khan’s availability in the T20I tri-series final. But he also added that the Afghanistan captain is doing well. However, they have to wait till the last moment before taking any decision on Rashid Khan.

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Zai said, “I cannot say that he will be available [for the final]. He is doing well and let’s see what’s happening. We will have two or three days for recovery. I hope it’s not that serious because he is our captain and main player and we will monitor him tomorrow before taking any decision.”

The 21-year-old leg-spinner Rashid Khan has taken six wickets in four matches of this series. During the round-robin stage, Afghanistan won the first two matches and lost the last two matches. While Bangladesh finished as the table-topper with six points, Afghanistan reached the final after managing four points.

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Rashid Khan (Image Credit: Google)
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Watch: Rashid Khan Plays An Incredible Unusual Shot For A Sixer

The 21-year-old Afghanistan cricketer Rashid Khan is one of the top successful cricketers at present. Apart from his successful leg-spin, Rashid is also famous for his helpful batting. Recently, he played an interesting shot that resulted in a sixer.

Rashid Khan is now the captain of the Afghanistan national cricket team in every format. It was the match between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe at Chattogram in the T20I tri-series last Friday (20th September). After winning the toss, Afghanistan decided to bat first and scored 155/8 (20 overs).

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Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan came to bat in the 19th over of his team’s innings. Meanwhile, he played that incredible shot in the final over of the innings.

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Rashid Khan played a perfect tennis shot

On the very first ball of final over, Zimbabwe pacer Chris Mpofu delivered a short-pitch ball to Rashid Khan. Dancing down the track, Rashid played an incredible tennis shot that directly crossed the boundary. It was a perfect shot while Rashid managed to contact that ball with the middle of his bat.

After that shot, the commentators and the Afghan batsmen Rashid Khan and Fazal Niazai laughed on that. Rashid Khan remained not out on 9 runs off 6 balls. However, his team failed to win that game.

Chasing down the 156 runs target, Zimbabwe reached in 19.3 overs after losing three wickets. The opener and captain Hamilton Masakadza, who was also playing his last international match, was the top performer in that chasing. He scored 71 runs off 42 balls (4 fours and 5 sixes).

While Mujeeb Ur Rahman (2/28) took two wickets, captain Rashid Khan had the bowling figures of 4-0-29-0.

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During the first batting, Afghanistan openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz (61 runs) and Hazratullah Zazai (31 runs) provided 83 runs partnership. But then, Afghanistan lost their next wickets in regular intervals as all other batsmen failed to reach the 20-run mark.

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