West Indies 164/5 (Lewis 68, Pollard 32*, Naib 2-24) beat Afghanistan 134/9 (Najibullah 27, Williams 3-17, Pollard 2-17) by 30 runs
West Indies continued their dominance against Afghanistan, following a 3-0 ODI sweep with a comfortable 30-run win in the first T20I on Thursday. Powered by Evin Lewis' 68 off 41 at the top of the order, West Indies put up 164 for 5. Afghanistan's chase never took off and they eventually subsided to 134 for 9, with Kesrick Williams' picking up 3 for 17.
Afghanistan might have felt confident at the innings break, given a target of 165 and the promise of dew for West Indies' bowlers to deal with. But to take advantage of the dew when it did start to affect the bowlers, Afghanistan needed two things to happen - to have some of their main batsmen at the crease, and to not be under severe required-rate pressure. The opposite happened, with the West Indies bowlers showing considerably more zip and discipline than the Afghans had. Hazratullah Zazai's stand-and-deliver method wasn't as effective against bowlers who could move the ball, and though he didn't get out, he couldn't get the runs flowing.
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