West Indies on top after Day 1 against Afghanistan in Test at the Ekana Cricket Stadium
The West Indies trailed Afghanistan by 119 runs with 8 wickets remaining, at the close of play, on the first day of their Test match at the Ekana Cricket Stadium, having bowled out Afghanistan for 187 earlier in the day.
Afghanistan 187 (Javed Ahmadi 39, Amir Hamza 34, Afsar Zazai 32; Rahkeem Cornwall 7-75, Jason Holder 2-22)
West Indies 68-2 (John Campbell 30 not out)
At the Close of Play - West Indies trail Afghanistan by 119 runs with 8 wickets remaining
Rahkeem Cornwall was the hero for the West Indies taking 7-75 , bowling Afghanistan out for 187 in their 1st Innings, although Afghanistan did hit back taking 2 wickets before the close of play on day one.
West Indies reached 68-2 with John Campbell (30 not out) and Shamarh Brooks (19 not out) set to resume on Thursday at 9:30am (12 midnight Eastern Caribbean/11:30pm Wednesday Jamaica).
Cornwall said it was the reward for patience on a helpful pitch.
“I was just looking to put the ball in the right areas and do what the captain asked of me. I just tried to stay as balanced as possible, which is something I spoke at lot about with Roddy Estwick, the bowling coach. We decided to bowl first, as the captain has said, that there was some moisture in the first hour. The pitch is turning a lot, but once the ball gets a little softer and older, it’s not as much, so I had to use my variations,” he said.
“I have to cherish this day. I will remember it for the rest of my life and look to keep getting performances like this as the journey goes on. It was a special day … not just the way I bowled but for some of the catches as well – by the captain at leg slip and Shai at slip … I still see myself as a batting allrounder… so the wickets are a bonus. I will look to get some runs when I bat as well.”
Cornwall’s final haul was the best first innings analysis by a West Indian spinner since Jack Noreiga took 9-95 against India in Trinidad in 1971. This is the second five-wicket haul by a West Indies spinner this year – following Roston Chase’s match-winning 8-60 against England in Barbados.
Afghanistan - Ibrahim Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Ihsanullah, Asghar Afghan, Amir Hamza, Afsar Zazai(wk), Rashid Khan(c), Nasir Jamal, Yamin Ahmadzai, Zahir Khan
West Indies - Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Roston Chase, Sharmarh Brooks, Shane Dowrich(wk), Jason Holder(c), Rahkeem Cornwall, Kemar Roach, Jomel Warrican
Start Time: 04:00
Toss: West Indies won the toss and decided to field
Venue: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
Officials: Paul Reiffel, Nitin Menon, Ahmed Pakteen, Bismillah Shinwari, Brian Broad
FULL TOUR SCHEDULE
November 6: 1st ODI – Ekana International Cricket Stadium
West Indies won by 7 wickets
November 9: 2nd ODI – Ekana International Cricket Stadium
West Indies won by 47 runs
November 11: 3rd ODI – Ekana International Cricket Stadium
West Indies won by 5 wickets
November 14: 1st T20I– Ekana International Cricket Stadium
West Indies won by 30 runs
November 16: 2nd T20I – Ekana International Cricket Stadium
Afghanistan won by 41 runs
November 17: 3rd T20I – Ekana International Cricket Stadium
Afghanistan won by 29 runs
November 20-23: four-day warm-up – Ekana International Cricket Stadium
November 27 to December 1: Test Match – Ekana International Cricket Stadium
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