Windies, Afghanistan CB XI all square
LUCKNOW, India (CMC):
All-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall reiterated his value with the bat while fast bowler Alzarri Joseph tasted form, as the three-day tour match against an Afghanistan Cricket Board XI finished in a draw here yesterday.
Resuming from their overnight 217 for seven, the Windies were energised by a cameo unbeaten 44 from Cornwall before they were bowled out at lunch for 297 in their second innings.
Cornwall, who made his Test debut against India last August, struck half-dozen fours and two sixes in a 55-ball knock, batting at number 10.
TWO WICKETS LOST
Importantly, he inspired a 59-run last wicket stand with Jomel Warrican (10) after the Windies lost two quick wickets early in the morning session to stumble to 238 for nine.
The 26-year-old picked up four wickets in the Board XI first innings of 158 on Thursday.
Left-arm spinner Hamza Hotak was the leading bowler for the Board XI with four for 91.
Set an improbable 308 for victory, the Board XI got entertaining half-centuries from Ihsanullah Janat (84 not out) and Ibrahim Zadran (76) as they finished on 183 for three.
Ihsanullah, a 32-year-old right-hander, stroked 11 fours off 149 balls in nearly three hours and 15 minutes at the crease while Zadran also counted 11 boundaries in a knock requiring 126 balls in a shade under three hours.
They put on 150 for the second wicket after seamer Keemo Paul had removed first innings top-scorer Javed Ahmadi without scoring in the fourth over with four runs on the board.
On 130 for one at tea, Joseph claimed Zadran to a catch at the wicket nearly 45 minutes following the break, and then removed Rahmat Shah for 11 after the right-hander put on 27 for the third wicket with Ihsanullah.
The Windies take on Afghanistan in a one-off inaugural Test bowling off at the same venue next Tuesday.