9.6 overs (0 Run) A dot to end! Good length and on off, this is pushed to covers. A maiden over to end Powerplay 1! Windies are 43 for 1. A sedate start by them.
9.5 overs (0 Run) Slower one and it is on the shorter side, comes off slower from the surface. Lewis looks to pull but misses and is hit on the tummy. He was way too early in the shot. 5 dots in the over so far.
9.4 overs (0 Run) Another back of a length delivery on off, Lewis stands tall and guides it to point.
9.3 overs (0 Run) The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
9.2 overs (0 Run) An appeal but not given! This is down the leg side, Lewis looks to flick but misses. The ball hits the pads and goes low towards the keeper. He dives to his right and takes it.
9.1 overs (0 Run) Back of a length on off, this is pushed to covers.
8.6 overs (0 Run) Almost an action reply of the last ball! Outside off and Hope lets it go again. So a good comeback by the bowler after going for a biggie early on in the over.
8.5 overs (0 Run) This is outside off, Hope lets it go to the keeper.
8.4 overs (1 Run) On the fuller side and on off, Lewis pushes it towards mid off and takes off. We'll see more of quick runs now after Gayle's wicket.
8.3 overs (0 Run) Comes back well! Lands it on off and it is on a length. Lewis pushes it to mid off.
8.2 overs (6 Runs) SIX! Into the crowd! First biggie of the game! This is a delivery which Lewis would hit all day. Short and on the pads, Lewis pulls it high and handsome over the backward square leg fence. The new bowler is under pressure.
8.1 overs (1 Run) Starts with a fuller ball around off, Hope strokes it towards mid off and takes off. The fielder fumbles and makes the run easy.
Sayed Shirzad is on now!
7.6 overs (4 Runs) FOUR! Uppish but wide! Shorter and on the pads, Lewis helps it on its way to the fine leg fence and bags a boundary. So what could have been a successful over for Afghanistan, ends up being a decent one for the Windies.
7.5 overs (1 Run) This is full and on the pads, this is worked towards fine leg for one.
7.4 overs (0 Run) Good length and outside off, Hope lets it be.
7.3 overs (2 Runs) Two off the inner half! Shorter and outside off, Hope looks to push it through the off side but it goes off the inner half through square leg for two.
7.2 overs (0 Run) Back of a length on off, Hope stands tall and keeps it out.
7.1 overs (0 Run) DROPPED! Straight in and straight out! Rashid Khan is the culprit and he looks puzzled at the moment and so are his teammates because you don't expect him to drop those. This is fuller and on the pads, Hope flicks it but does not keep it down. It goes straight to Rashid Khan at mid-wicket who spills it. This could be the kind of luck Hope needs, he has been short of runs in this World Cup and today, can well be his day. Also, Afghanistan had just brought the mid-wicket in, so the plan almost worked there.
6.6 overs (1 Run) A single to end! This is on the stumps, it is pushed down to long on for one.
6.5 overs (0 Run) On the stumps again, Hope pushes it back to the bowler.
6.4 overs (0 Run) On the off pole, Hope keeps it out.
6.3 overs (0 Run) Flatter and on off, Hope pushes it back to the bowler.
6.2 overs (1 Run) A quick run! This is on the pads, Lewis looks to flick but misses. It goes off the thigh pad towards short fine leg. The batters take one. The fielder has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses. The backup fielder fumbles but no extra runs taken. Leg bye signaled.
6.2 overs (1 Run) Down the leg side, Lewis looks to hit it fine but misses. Wided.
6.1 overs (0 Run) Floats it up on middle, Lewis pushes it back to the bowler.
5.6 overs (0 Run) Fuller and outside off, the right line to bowl with two slips. Hope leaves it. A successful over for Afghanistan.
5.5 overs (0 Run) Shorter and outside off, Hope defends it back to the bowler.
5.4 overs (4 Runs) FOUR! Poor ball to the new batter! This is down the leg side, a freebie for Hope to get off the mark. He flicks it to the fine leg fence.
Shai Hope is the new man in! He showed brilliant form leading to the mega event but somehow failed to carry it forward. Only a couple of 50-plus scores for him. He would like to finish on a high with an impactful knock!
5.3 overs (0 Run) OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Dawlat Zadran gets the big man in his last World Cup inning. Chris Gayle fails to make an impact. He goes down on one knee to power a full length ball wide outside off. It was there to be hit but as Gayle made a lot of room, he had to reach out for it. Ends up getting an outside edge and it goes straight into the mitts of the keeper. Early wicket for Afghanistan, just the start they would have wanted. Gayle walks back raising his bat to the crowd, a gesture to thank them all for the support.
5.2 overs (0 Run) Well bowled! Just behind a length and on off, it moves away. Gayle goes back and tries to defend but the ball goes past the outside edge.
5.1 overs (1 Run) Good length and outside off, Lewis plays outside the line, it goes off the inner half through square leg for one.