Date & Time: Sunday, November 17, 19:00 IST
Venue: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Cricket Stadium, Lucknow, India
Lucknow gears up for the decider
Karim Janat is a prime example of how fragile and match-defining one’s performance can be in the T20s. It is what keeps the series alive for Afghanistan and turned the third T20I on Sunday to be an interesting final to watch out for. One can say that for the first time in the tour the hosts have come up with an all-round performance even though the result was only due to one freak performance. But they posted a total which was defensible given their bowling credentials. However, the lack of wickets for spinners on the tour is still a worrying sign. On the other hand, the West Indies can take the performance on Saturday as a one-off terrible failure but their unpredictability has resurfaced. Hence it’s interesting to see which team performs well on Sunday.
Brandon King who has struggled in both the T20Is is likely to be replaced by Lendi Simmons at the top for the Windies. Afghanistan is likely to continue with the winning combination.
The surface in Lucknow seems to have slowed down quite a bit in the second game and it has also produced an in-variable bounce which proved to be tough for batsmen. Dew will be one of the things in favor of batsmen once again.
He is the most consistent bowler of the series with 6 wickets from 2 games. He had not just been wicket-taking but also proved to be the most economical. He has a PPM of 55 and an MDTA of 1.67 in the last 5 games.
It is quite strange that he bowled only two overs in the second game, given the way he bowled in the first. He may not have stood up with a bat in the second game but he is likely to play a crucial role on Sunday if a similar situation arises. He has a PPM of 48 and an MDTA of 1.25 in the last 5 games.
In the second game when most of the format specialist bowlers struggled to pick wickets, he chipped in with a couple of wickets in the middle overs to halt the Afghan rapid scoring. He has a PPM of 54 and MDTA of 1 in the tour.
He may not have been a regular in ODIs but in T20Is he has proved to be a worthy performer for the hosts. He is the only player from Aghan to have an MDTA of 1 in the series. He either picked wickets or scored handy runs down the order in the two matches played.
He may have gone wicketless in the second game but his economical bowling has built pressure at the other side which ultimately resulted in wickets. His recent form across formats makes him a must-have in today’s game. He has a PPM of 50 and an MDTA of 1.25 in the last 5 games.
He’s the sole reason for Afghanistan’s victory in the second T20Is. His five-fer demolished the Windies batting. He was pretty lucky to get a few of those wickets where the invariable bounce came in handy. He may see this kind of performance once in a while but his present form and his ability to contribute both ways make him a worthy pick in today’s game.