PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
Rahkeem Cornwall picked up a career-best seven-wicket haul to help West Indies bowl out Afghanistan for a paltry 187 and give his side the upper hand on the opening day of the lone Test. Earlier the day, West Indies won the toss and opted to field first. Wendies spinner Cornwall spun a web around the Afghanistan batsman on a turning track to shoot them out in 68.3 overs. Afghanistan started cautiously with their opening pair of Ibrahim Zadran (17) and Javed Ahmadi (39) stitching 28 runs off 12.2 overs. Cornwall gave West Indies the breakthrough by removing Zadran. West Indies skipper Jason Holder (2/22) also contributed two wickets with his medium-pace by removing his counterpart Rashid Khan (1) and Amit Hamza (34) before Cornwall put an end to the Afghanistan innings. In reply, West Indies lost opener Kraigg Braithwaite (11) and Shai Hope (7) early before John Campbell (30 not out) and Shamarh Brooks (19 not out) steadied the ship. Left-arm spinner Amir Hamza (1/25) and Rashid (1/24) shared the honors for Afghanistan.
Burly off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall picked up a career-best seven-wicket haul to help West Indies bowl out Afghanistan for a paltry 187 and give his side the upper hand on the opening day of the lone Test. On a turning track, the most difficult delivery to negotiate is the one that goes straight, and the newest entrants to Test cricket discovered it first-hand as Cornwall ran through them. Three of his wickets came off balls that spun little, while one turned significantly less than what the batsman expected. Playing only in his second Test, Cornwall showed great control over line and length.12 wickets have fallen on the opening day of this match, with spin accounting for most of them. Rahkeem Cornwall’s seven-wicket haul from the first innings rolled over Afghanistan for 187. The Afghan bowlers also made a good start to get two Windies wickets quickly.
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