West Indies crush Afghanistan by 9 wickets to win one-off Test match

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West Indies took no time to defeat Afghanistan by 9 wickets early on day 3 in one-off Test match played at Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajyeepe Ekana International Stadium, Lucknow on Friday.

Starting on the overnight score of 109 for 7, it was a brilliant start for West Indies as Jason Holder dismissed Rashid Khan with a beauty of a delivery. West Indies captain was superb with his line and lengths which were too good for Afghanistan batsmen. Holder took wickets of Zazai and Ahmadzai to bowl out the hosts Afghanistan for 120. Chase, Cornwall and Holder took 3 wickets each in the 2nd innings.

With the target of 31 runs to win, John Campbell looked in aggressive mood and wanted to the finish the match in a hurry. Aamir Hamza dismissed Kraigg Braithwaite cheaply for 8. West Indies openers added 22 runs. The left-handed John Campbell hit the winning runs with a boundary to help West Indies with the match easily by 9 wickets.

Rakheem Cornwall proved his worth in this Test finishing with 10 wickets. Brooks also showed his class against a top-quality spin bowling attack of Afghanistan scoring 111 runs.

Cornwall registered his career best figures of 7 for 75 in the first innings to bowl out Afghanistan for 187. Brooks was superb with his batting in the 1st innings scoring against Rashid Khan, Zahir Khan and Aamir Hamza. He made 111 which helped West Indies gain a strong 90 run lead.

Despite a solid 53 runs stand for the opening wicket between Ibhraim Zadran and Javed Ahmadi in the 2nd innings, Cornwall was superb with his bowling effort taking 3 wickets. Chase and Holder did the job for West Indies to bowl out the hosts cheaply in the 2nd innings.

Rakheem Cornwall was awarded the man of the match for his 10 wicket haul.

West Indies 277 in 83.3 overs (Brooks 111, John Campbell 55, Shane Dowrich 42, Rashid Khan 1/24, Amir Hamza 5/74, Rashid Khan 3/114, Zahir Khan 2/53) and 33 for 1 in 6.2 overs  ( John Campbell 19*, Aamir Hamza 1/5) beat Afghanistan 187 in 68.3 overs ( Javed Ahmadi 39, Amir Hamza 34, Rakheem Cornwall 7/75) Afghanistan 187 in 68.3 overs ( Javed Ahmadi 39, Amir Hamza 34, Rakheem Cornwall 7/75) and 120 in 43.1 overs  ( Javed Ahmadi 62, Rakheem Cornwall 3/41, Roston Chase 3/10, Jason Holder 3/20) by 9 wickets.



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