Afghanistan vs West Indies 3rd T20: Gurbaz powers Afghanistan to 2-1 series win

Rahmanullah Gurbaz 79 Afghanistan vs West Indies 3rd T20 Lucknow cricket

Rahmanullah Gurbaz smashed six boundaries and five sixes during his career-best knock of 79

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Afghanistan opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz hammered a career-best 79 to lead his side to a 29-run win over the West Indies in Lucknow.

Electing to bat first, Afghanistan got off to a dismal start as opener Hazratullah Zazai was dismissed by Sheldon Cottrell for a duck on the fifth ball of the match.

Karim Janat was caught behind off the bowling of Cottrell for two runs, while Ibrahim Zadran was run out by Jason Holder for one run.

Gurbaz and Asghar Afghan stabilised the innings with a 50-run partnership before Asghar was removed by Keemo Paul for 24.

Gurbaz went on to score a 52-ball 79, which included six boundaries and five sixes, before he was caught by Paul at deep point off the bowling of West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard.

Thanks to Gurbaz, Afghanistan managed to score 156/8 off their 20 overs.

Cottrell, Paul and Kesrick Williams picked up two wickets apiece, while Pollard chipped in with one.

Chasing 157 to win, the West Indies lost Lendl Simmons in the third over as he was clean bowled by Mujeeb Ur Rahman for seven runs.

Brandon King was cleaned up by Naveen-ul-Haq for one run, while Evin Lewis scored a 23-ball 24 before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Janat.

The West Indies continued to lose wickets at regular intervals after Lewis’ dismissal.

Even though Shai Hope walloped a 46-ball 52, which included three boundaries and a six, it was not enough to get his side across the finish line as the West Indies finished on 127/7.

Naveen was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Mujeeb, Janat, Gulbadin Naib and captain Rashid Khan claimed one wicket each.

Gurbaz was named Man of the Match.

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