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Sunday Nov 17 2019

Gurbaz´s 79 helps Afghanistan to 156-8 in third T20

Afghanistan´s bastman Rahmanullah Gurbaz plays a shot during the third T20 international. Photo: AFP

Teenage opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz hit an attacking half-century to guide Afghanistan to 156 for eight in the third and deciding Twenty20 international against West Indies on Sunday.

Afghanistan relied on Gurbaz´s 52-ball 79 to put up a competitive total after electing to bat first in their bid to clinch the series tied at 1-1 in Lucknow.

The 17-year-old Gurbaz, a wicketkeeper-batsman, completed his second T20 fifty and put on a crucial 50-run stand for the fourth wicket with former captain Asghar Afghan, who made 24.

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Paceman Sheldon Cottrell took two early wickets to reduce the Afghans to 12-2 before Gurbaz counter-attacked and surpassed his previous T20 best of 61.

He smashed six fours and five sixes before falling to West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard.

Kesrick Williams struck twice with his medium-pace in the 19th over as Afghanistan lost four wickets in the last 30 deliveries while scoring 50 runs.