Afghanistan vs West Indies 1st T20: Lewis stars as West Indies crush Afghanistan

Evin Lewis 68 Afghanistan West Indies 1st T20 Lucknow cricket

Evin Lewis hammered four boundaries and six sixes during his knock of 68

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West Indies opener Evin Lewis smashed a 41-ball 68 to lead his side to a 30-run win over Afghanistan in the first Twenty20 International in Lucknow.

Opting to bowl first, Afghanistan got an early breakthrough as West Indies debutant Brandon King was clean bowled by Mujeeb Ur Rahman for four runs on the fourth ball of the match.

Lewis and Shimron Hetmyer made up for the loss of King with an 87-run partnership, during which Lewis cruised past his fifty, before Hetmyer was caught behind off the bowling of Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan for 21.

Lewis went on to score 68, which came off 41 balls and included four boundaries and six sixes, before he was removed by Gulbadin Naib.

Denesh Ramdin and Sherfane Rutherford fell shortly after, but with West Indies captain Kieron Pollard hammering an unbeaten 32 off 22 balls, his side finished on 164/5.

Gulbadin was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Mujeeb Rashid and Naveen-ul-Haq chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 165 to win, Afghanistan lost Rahmanullah Gurbaz early on as he was dismissed by Jason Holder for a golden duck.

Debutant Ibrahim Zadran fell shortly after as he was removed by Sheldon Cottrell for two runs.

Asghar Afghan and Hazratullah Zazai managed to forge a 48-run partnership before Hazratullah was caught behind off the bowling of Kesrick Williams for 23.

Asghar went on to score 25 before he was sent packing by Pollard, who also took out Najibullah Zadran for 27.

Once Najibullah was gone, Afghanistan crumbled and ended up finishing on 134/9 off their 20 overs.

Williams was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Pollard and Hayden Walsh took two wickets apiece. As for Holder and Cottrell, they claimed one wicket each.

Pollard was named Man of the Match.

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