Scorecard

​Highest Impact Player of the match

Najibullah Zadran (7.44)

Highest Impact Batsman

Najibullah Zadran (7.19)

Highest Impact Bowler

Samuel Badree (4.13)

Highest Impact Player (West Indies)

Samuel Badree (4.28)

Highest Economy Impact (Bowler)

Amir Hamza (1.13)

Highest Strike Rate Impact (Batsman)

Najibullah Zadran (0.88)

​Afghanistan stunned West Indies, the ​joint-​highest Chasing Impact unit in this tournament, by 6 runs in Nagpur on Sunday (27 Mar).

Najibullah Zadran was the highest impact player, and batsman, in Afghanistan’s historic triumph. He was the top-scorer in the match, contributing to nearly 40% of Afghanistan’s modest total at a rate higher than the match norm ( Strike Rate Impact ). He strode out to bat at 52/4 and was immediately under pressure (dismissal of Gulbadin Naib). Najibullah, then, played a key role building partnerships. With him at the crease, Afghanistan scored 72 precious runs on a sluggish pitch. He also starred on the field, taking a stunning catch to dismiss the dangerous Carlos Brathwaite. This was the highest impact performance of Najibullah’s T20 career.

Samuel Badree was the highest impact bowler of the match for his three top/middle-order wickets in a tight 4-over spell. He was also West Indies’ highest impact player. Badree had the second-highest Economy Impact in the match, behind Amir Hamza who had tremendous match figures of 4-0-9-1.

Based on each side’s performance, Afghanistan had a 27% higher impact than West Indies in the match. Interestingly, West Indies had seven players with a Match Impact of more than 1 (minimum impact for a performance to not be deemed as a failure), while Afghanistan had six. In the end, it was Najibullah’s innings under pressure followed by the heroics of Hamza and Rashid Khan that proved to be the difference.

 

Karthik Swaminathan