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Windies, Afghanistan CB XI all square

Published:Saturday | November 23, 2019 | 12:23 AM


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.


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.