Brilliant Cornwall puts West Indies in driver's seat

Filed on November 27, 2019
West Indies' Rahkeem Cornwall (left) celebrates with teammates after dismissing Afghanistan's Ibrahim Zadran. (AFP)

West Indies still trails by 119 runs with John Campbell 30 not out while Shamarh Brooks was unbeaten on 19

West Indies off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall took a career-best 7/75 in only his second Test match to help bowl out Afghanistan for 187 on a spinners'-dominated first day of the one-off Test on Wednesday.

The stocky 26-year-old Cornwall engineered Afghanistan's top-order collapse by taking five wickets during his lengthy first spell of 21 overs. He snared two more wickets after a brief break which somewhat bailed out captain Jason Holder's decision to bowl first on a turning wicket. West Indies also had early trouble and reached 68-2 at stumps with both wickets falling to Afghanistan spinners.

West Indies still trails by 119 runs with John Campbell 30 not out while Shamarh Brooks was unbeaten on 19.

Kraigg Brathwaite (11) fell lbw to debutant left-arm spinner Amir Hamza and Shai Hope (7) got a thick edge to slip off leg-spinner Rashid Khan's sharp delivery as spinners took 10 of the 12 wickets on the first day.

Afghanistan batsmen had early success against seamer Kemar Roach, who didn't hit the right lengths in hazy conditions.

But Cornwall struck a crucial blow just before lunch when he had Ihsanullah (24) caught in the lone slip as Afghanistan slumped to 90-3 after moving comfortably to 84-1.

Afghanistan slid further to 111-7 with Cornwall running through the middle order and taking a low ankle-height catch in the slip to dismiss Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan (1).

Zazai and Hamza added 54 runs for the eighth-wicket stand before Cornwall further dented Afghanistan by taking the wicket of Zazai, who didn't offer a shot to a ball that didn't spin enough.

Holder was rewarded for his disciplined 17 overs when he had Hamza edged to the wicketkeeper and finished with 2-22 as Cornwall wrapped up the innings by having Yamin Ahmadzai (18) caught at the long off boundary.

Earlier, Cornwall made most of the conditions to have Ibrahim Zadran (17) caught close to the wicket in his third over as the wicket started to look favourable for spinners.

Zadran was shaping up well with two cover-driven boundaries before he went for an extravagant sweep shot against Cornwall and Holder snapped a brilliant one-handed diving catch to his left in the leg slip.


Afghanistan 1st innings

Ibrahim Zadran c Holder b Cornwall 17

Javed Ahmadi c Brooks b Warrican 39

Ihsanullah c Hope b Cornwall 24

Rahmat Shah c Holder b Cornwall 4

Asghar Afghan c Dowrich b Cornwall 4

Nasir Jamal c Hope b Cornwall 2

Afsar Zazai lbw Cornwall 32

Rashid Khan c Cornwall b Holder 1

Amir Hamza c Dowrich b Holder 34

Yamin Ahmadzai c Warrican b Cornwall 18

Zahir Khan not out 0

Extras: (b-7 lb-5) 12

Total (all out, 68.3 overs) 187

Fall of wickets : 1-28, 2-84, 3-90, 4-91, 5-95, 6-98, 7-111, 8-165, 9-187, 10-187

Bowling: Kemar Roach 8-1 33 0, Jason Holder 17-10-22-2, Rahkeem Cornwall 25.3-5-75-7, Jomel Warrican 13-1-35-1, Roston Chase 5-0-10-0

West Indies 1st innings

Kraigg Brathwaite lbw Hamza 11

John Campbell not out 30

Shai Hope c Ihsanullah b Rashid 7

Sharmarh Brooks not out 19

Extras: (nb-1) 1

Total: (two wickets, 22.0 overs) 68

Fall of wickets: 1-27, 2-34

To Bat: Hetmyer, Chase, Dowrich, Holder, Cornwall, Roach, Warrican

Bowling: Yamin Ahmadzai 4-1-9-0, Amir Hamza 8-1-25-1, Rashid Khan 8-2-24-1, Zahir Khan 2-0-10-0

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