Afghanistan vs West Indies 2nd T20: Janat takes five as Afghanistan blow West Indies away

Karim Janat five wickets Afghanistan vs West Indies 2nd T20 Lucknow cricket

Karim Janat finished with career-best figures of 5-11 off his four overs

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Karim Janat carved through the West Indies’ batting line-up with a career-best five-wicket haul to lead Afghanistan to a 41-run win.

Opting to bat first, Afghanistan got off to a solid start before Rahmanullah Gurbaz was dismissed by Kesrick Williams for 15.

Williams struck the very next ball as he sent Hazratullah Zazai packing for 26.

Afghanistan continued to lose wickets at regular intervals after Hazratullah’s dismissal as they went from 42/2 to being reduced to 97/6.

However, with Gulbadin Naib and Najibullah Zadran scoring 24 and 20 not out respectively, Afghanistan finished on 147/7.

Williams was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Jason Holder and Keemo Paul chipped in with two wickets apiece.

Chasing 148 to win, the West Indies lost Brandon King early on as he was clean bowled by Naveen-ul-Haq for 12.

Janat took over from that point as he dismissed Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Sherfane Rutherford and captain Kieron Pollard.

Afghanistan skipper Rashid Khan proceeded to join the party as he removed Jason Holder for 13.

Janat completed his five-for when he clean bowled Paul for 13.

With Gulbadin taking out Hayden Walsh shortly after, the West Indies limped their way to 106/8 off their 20 overs.

Janat was the most successful bowler with five wickets, while Naveen, Rashid and Gulbadin claimed one wicket each.

Janat was named Man of the Match.

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