Roddy Estwick Speaks After Windies Loss to Afghanistan

West Indies bowling coach Roddy Estwick spoke CWI Media at the end of the T20 International Series against Afghanistan at the Ekana Cricket Stadium.

West Indies lost the third and final match by 29 runs under lights as the hosts won the three-match series 2-1.

Shai Hope kept the visitors in the pursuit of victory with a topscore of 52 off 46 balls but he fell caught at extra-cover at the start of the 19th over and the innings lost momentum. West Indies eventually finished on 127-7 off their 20 overs in reply to Afghanistan’s 156-8 off 20 overs.

Left-hander Evin Lewis made 24 from 23 balls to share a steady third-wicket partnership with Hope, who was not originally in the squad for this series but was called up on the day of the match as replacement for Denesh Ramdin, who was unavailable due to a left hamstring injury. 

Match Scores: Afghanistan 156-8 off 20 overs (Rahmanullah Gurbaz 79, Asghar Afghan 24; Keemo Paul 2-26, Sheldon Cottrell 2-29) West Indies 127-7 off 20 overs (Shai Hope 52, Evin Lewis 24; Naveen-ul-Haq 3-24)

In the first half of the match West Indies got two early wickets in the powerplay as Sheldon Cottrell had left-hander Hazratullah Zazi well caught by Lewis close in on the off side and then Karim Janat was taken behind by the keeper.

Teenager Rahmanullah Gurbaz won the Man-of-the-Match award for a sensational 79 off 52 balls which included six fours and five sixes. He shared a crucial third-wicket stand of 50 with veteran Asghar Afghan – who made 24 off 20 balls – before he was caught on the on side by Brandon King from a miscued hook off a sharp bouncer from Keemo Paul (2-21). 

Kesrick Williams bowled well at the end of the innings to finish with 2-31 off his four overs. This completed a successful return to international cricket for the seamer as he ended the leading wicket-taker with eight wickets for 71 runs off 12 overs.

“Special mention of Kesrick Williams, who was very good throughout this series. He is now coming back into the side after a period out and I thought he performed really well. He was sharp from start to the finish and very consistent. He bowled very good lines, very good lengths and his change of pace was also good to see. He’s a hard-worker and gives his all every time he steps onto the field,” Estwick said.

“We are not happy with the result, but overall from a bowling group I thought we did reasonably well.  There is work to be done in all white-ball cricket. The 3-0 win in the ODIs at the start of the series was good for us as a team but we have identified areas where we need to get better. Here, in the T20s we started well – with a victory in the first match, but we fell off in the last two matches, yesterday and again today. We are building towards the World Cup next year in Australia and we have to keep learning.” 

FULL TOUR SCHEDULE

November 6: 1st ODI – Ekana International Cricket Stadium

West Indies won by 7 wickets

November 9: 2nd ODI – Ekana International Cricket Stadium

West Indies won by 47 runs

November 11: 3rd ODI – Ekana International Cricket Stadium

West Indies won by 5 wickets

November 14: 1st T20I– Ekana International Cricket Stadium

West Indies won by 30 runs

November 16: 2nd T20I – Ekana International Cricket Stadium

Afghanistan won by 41 runs

November 17: 3rd T20I – Ekana International Cricket Stadium

Afghanistan won by 29 runs

November 20-23: four-day warm-up – Ekana International Cricket Stadium

November 27 to December 1: Test Match – Ekana International Cricket Stadium

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