Cornwall's 7 for helps to dismantle Afghanistan

Cornwall's 7 for helps to dismantle Afghanistan

Cornwall's 7 for helps to dismantle Afghanistan

Off-spinner Rookie Rahkeem Cornwall snatched the fourth best figures by a West Indies spinner in Tests in the finest outing by a Caribbean side slow bowler in almost half a century, as the visitors got the better of the exchanges on the opening day of the one-off Test against Afghanistan here yesterday.

WEST INDIAN spinner Rahkeem Cornwall dismantled the Afghanistan batting line-up, during the early hours of Wednesday morning, as he recorded a career best haul of seven wickets for 75 runs when the lone Test match got under way, at the Ekana Cricket Stadium, India.

In their turn at the crease, West Indies lost two early wickets and are now at 68/2 after 22 overs.

West Indies also had early trouble and reached 2-68 at stumps with both wickets falling to Afghanistan spinners. Top scoring for the Rashid Khan-led unit was opening batsman, Javed Ahmadi (39), partnered with Amir Hamza (34).

John Campbell and Shamarh Brooks are now batting and trying to form a partnership for the third wicket.

Brooks, playing just his third Test after making his debut against India in August, also put together 74 runs with Shane Dowrich, who made 42.

Afghanistan resisted, however, Ahmadi and Ihsanullah (24) posting a valuable 56 for the second wicket to frustrate West Indies late into the session.

Afghanistan slid further to 111-7 with Cornwall running through the middle order.

Afghanistan struggled to generate momentum after the first break, with Cornwall claiming three more victims as Rahmat Shah and Asghar Afghan managed just four runs and Nasir Jamal two.

A 54-run stand between Afsar Zazai (32) and Amir Hamza (34) frustrated the Windies for nearly 20 overs before Cornwall had the former lbw with the innings wrapped up soon after.

Hamza, who counted five fours off 84 deliveries, kept Afghanistan afloat on the resumption in a 22-run ninth-wicket partnership with Yamin Ahmadzai (18) before Holder and Cornwall finished off the innings.

Batsman Shai Hope and fast bowler Alzarri Joseph have not been included in a 15-man West Indies squad to take on India in the forthcoming T20I series.

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