“Cornwall stars on first day of test against Afghanistan”

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Off-spinning all rounder Rahkeem Cornwall had career best figures to give the West Indies the upper hand at stumps on the first day of the one-off test against Afghanistan at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee International Stadium.

Winning the toss and sending Afghanistan into bat first, the maroon boys restricted them to 187 in 68.3 overs. Javed Ahmadi top scored with 39 while Hamza Hotak assisted with 34.

Cornwall took seven wickets for 75 runs and captain Jason Holder grabbed two wickets for 22 runs while Jomel Warrican took one for 35.

At the close of play, The West Indies were 68-2 with opener John Campbell and Shamarh Brooks not out on 30 and 19 respectively, after Kraigg Brathwaite departed for 11 and Shai Hope failed to get into to double figures, scoring seven.

Summarised scores:Afghanistan 187 in 68.3 overs( Javed Ahmadi 39, Hamza Hotak 34, Hazratullah Zazai 32, Ihsanullah Mandozai 24, Dawlat Ahmadzai 18, Ibrahim Zadran 17 ; Rahkeem Cornwall 7-75, Jason Holder 2-22, Jomel Warrican 1-35) West Indies 68-2 in 22 overs. (John Campbell 30 n.o, Shamarh Brooks 19 n.o, Kraigg Brathwaite 11.)