Afghanistan bat, Pollard out with flu


Toss Afghanistan chose to bat v West Indies
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Kieron Pollard, who had won the IPL with Mumbai Indians last month, was down with a flu © BCCI

Afghanistan won the toss and opted to bat first against West Indies at Warner Park in a bid to extend their winning streak in T20s to 12 matches. They went in with three spinners in legspinner Rashid Khan and offspinning allrounder Mohammad Nabi, who had helped Sunrisers Hyderabad to the Eliminator in the IPL last month, and left-arm spinner Amir Hamza. Left-arm seamer Shapoor Zadran was the only fast-bowling option for the visitors.

West Indies, who had failed to qualify for the ongoing Champions Trophy in England, were without Kieron Pollard, who was down with a flu. They brought in a like-for-like replacement in Rovman Powell. The hosts played two spinners in legspinner Samuel Badree and offspinner Sunil Narine.

West Indies: 1 Evin Lewis, 2 Chadwick Walton (wk), 3 Marlon Samuels, 4 Lendl Simmons, 5 Rovman Powell, 6 Jason Mohammed, 7 Carlos Brathwaite (capt), 8 Sunil Narine, 9 Jerome Taylor, 10 Samuel Badree, 11 Kesrick Williams

Afghanistan: 1 Usman Ghani, 2 Gulbadin Naib, 3 Asghar Stanikzai(capt), 4 Mohammad Nabi, 5 Samiullah Shenwari, 6 Karim Janat, 7 Shafiqullah (wk), 8 Najibullah Zadran, 9 Rashid Khan, 10 Amir Hamza, 11 Shapoor Zadran

Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo


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