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.
Shamarh Brooks' maiden Test century and Rahkeem Cornwall's match haul of ten wickets took West Indies to the doorstep of victory. West Indies started the day on 68 for 2 and they were all out for 277 runs, with Brooks’ 111 given them a lead of 90. Afghani debutant Amir Hamza ended his bowling figure with 5 for 74. In reply, just like fist innings, Afghani openers gave a good start. Javed Ahmadi and Ibrahim Zadran gave Afghanistan a 53-run start. Cornwall gave West Indies the breakthrough by removing Zadran. Cornwall then dealt two big blows, dismissing Rahmat Shah and Asghar Afghan in an identical manner. Having picked up 7 for 75 in the first innings, the offspinner finished the day with a match haul of 10 for 116. Javed Ahmadi brought up his fifty and took Afghanistan to 96 for 5, but three quick wickets from Roston Chase stopped Afghanistan from taking a decent lead.
A maiden Test century by Shamarh Brooks put the West Indies in firm command of the one-off Test against Afghanistan. Brooks made 111 as West Indies managed a lead of 90 after they were 277 all out in the second session of day two. It was not easy to bat on for long as, in the northern Indian city of Lucknow, which has been hit by heavy air pollution over the past month but Brooks managed to overcome the odds. In all, Brooks struck 15 fours and a six before being bowled by Hamza while looking for quick runs with his side eight wickets down. Brooks and Dowrich added 74 for the sixth wicket and took the side into the lead. Shamarh Brooks had to wait for 12 years to break into the West Indies Test squad. But after scoring a maiden Test century against Afghanistan, the 31-year-old batsman feels it has ‘happened at the right time’.
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