West Indies vanquish hosts Afghanistan inside three days

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John Campbell’s inside-out shot secured the victory of West Indies over Afghanistan at the Ekana Stadium in
Lucknow on Friday. Beating the hosts in spinning conditions will undoubtedly give the booster that will help in raising the confidence of Caribbean boys.


Earlier, when Windies skipper Jason Holder won the toss and elected to bowl, it did look like that the decision may turn out to be an error of judgment. But, the dominating performance of Rahkeem Cornwall justified what Holder had anticipated.

Cornwall dismantled the Afghan batting line-up by taking seven wickets in the first innings followed by three in the second. And with no surprises, he got a reward for his scintillating act.


“I’m delighted with my performance … playing for West Indies was my dream as a youngster, and now 10 wickets in a Test match is amazing,” said Cornwall after receiving his ‘Man of the Match’ award.

Rahkeem also ventured into the record books as his 10-wicket-haul in the match is the third-best figures ever by a Windies bowler in India.

Skipper Holder after getting the winner’s trophy said: “A crucial win for us in this Test match to end the series on a high! We stuck together on and off the field. Congrats to everyone.”

Talking about Afghanistan, the hosts have to peddle up as it would be difficult for them to digest the loss. However, Rashid Khan and his team got one positive from the match as left-arm spinner Amir Hamza took a 5-fer in his debut.

For the Windies, their tour of India continues as they take on Men in Blue in a series featuring three T20 Internationals and as many ODIs which begins on December 6.

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