West Indies defeat Afghanistan by 9 wickets in Test

West Indies vs Afghanistan, only Test:

Afghanistan: 187 and 120
West Indies: 277 and 33/1 (6.2 overs, target 31)
West Indies won the match by 9 wickets.

West Indies defeat Afghanistan in the only Test between the two teams by 9 wickets. Afghanistan scored 187 runs in their first innings, while West Indies amassed 277 runs. Afghanistan fell on 120 runs with a lead of 30 runs against West Indies on day 3, who achieved the target of 31 in just 6.2 overs at the loss of 1 wicket.

West Indies’ Rahkeem Cornwall was named the “Player of the Match” for his outstanding match haul of 10 wickets for 121 runs. Rahkeem Cornwall played a crucial role in bringing down Afghanistan for low totals in both innings. He claimed 7 wickets for 75 runs in the first innings, while taking 3 wickets for 46 runs during the second innings. He is the first West Indies spinner to get 10 wickets in a Test match in the last 3 years. The bowler achieved the feat in his second Test match ever.

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West Indies defeat Afghanistan by 9 wickets in Test

West Indies dominated Afghanistan throughout all 3 days of the 5-day match. They opted to field first against Afghanistan after winning the toss. Afghanistan’s Javed Ahmadi scored 39 runs for 81 balls, and Ihsanullah added 24 runs from 46 deliveries. Wicketkeeper Afsar Zazai contributed 32 runs from 70 balls, while debutant Amir Hamza scored 34 runs for 84 balls.

Afghanistan finished on 187 after losing all their wickets in the first innings. Rahkeem Cornwall took 7 wickets, while Jason Holder claimed 2, and Jomel Warrican got 1 wicket for himself.

West Indies’ John Campbell made his maiden Test half-century, scoring 55 runs from 75 deliveries. Shamarh Brooks scored his maiden Test hundred as he finished on 111 runs for 214 balls before getting bowled by Amir Hamza. Wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich contributed 42 runs from 91 deliveries as West Indies finished on 277 runs after being bowled out with a lead of 90 runs. Amir Hamza claimed 5 wickets for 74 runs. Rashid Khan took 3, while Zahir Khan got 2 wickets in West Indies’ first innings.

Afghanistan was on the trail of 90 runs. Javed Ahmadi scored 62 runs from 93 balls, while Ibrahim Zadran scored 23 from 63 balls. West Indies’ bowlers brought Afghanistan to 109/7 in their second innings at the end of Day 2.

West Indies captain Jason Holder claimed the last 3 wickets of Afghanistan to bring them down on 120 runs with a target of 31 runs. Roston Chase claimed 3 wickets for 10 runs in his 3 overs. Rahkeem Cornwall took 3 for 46 from his 18 overs, while Jason Holder got 3 wickets for 20 runs.

West Indies required 31 runs in their second innings to win the Test match. Kraigg Brathwaite and John Campbell came to bat first. Amir Hamza dismissed Kraigg Brathwaite for 8 runs from 16 balls, but John Campbell and Shah Hope finished the job for West Indies. John Campbell finished the match on 19 runs from 16 balls, while Shai Hope made 6 runs from 6 balls.

West Indies finished on 33/1, achieving the target in just 6.2 overs and winning the only Test by 9 wickets.

West Indies will now play a 3-match T20I and ODI series against India. The first T20I is scheduled for December 6, while the first ODI will be held on December 11 at Chennai. West Indies head coach Phil Simmons said that facing India in both formats will be difficult for them.