Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

West Indies blow away World XI

Afridi will lead the World XI side for the one-off T20I game Afridi will lead the World XI side for the one-off T20I game
Cassandra Gardner | 02 June, 2018, 13:46

The West Indies have stormed to victory in the Hurricane Relief T20 fundraiser, claiming a 72-run win over the World XI at Lords.

The exhibition match was held to raise funds for the refurbishment of five cricket stadia in the Carribean islands that were damaged by hurricanes.

West Indies made 199 for 4 in the given 20 overs.

The exhibition match between ICC XI and the West Indies will be played at the iconic Lord's on Thursday.

Lewis, though, was the first wicket to fall, adjudged leg-before off Rashid Khan's bowling.

"They are champions, and they played like champions", Afridi said afterwards of the Windies, and no one did the champion bit better than Samuel Badree, with Andre Russell giving him excellent support.

For all that this is an event meant to help a worthy cause, with numerous world's best players set to be involved and with the opponents being World T20 champions West Indies, it is sure to be worth following as a cricket spectacle alone.

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At one point reduced to 45/5, the only resistance came from Sri Lanka's Thisarra Perera, who smashed 61 from 37 balls.

Prolific Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik will also feature along with 17-year-old Nepalese spin sensation Sandeep Lamichhane.

The 38-year-old was given a guard of honour as he led the ICC World XI out on the field. Kesrick Williams picked 3 for 42 for West Indies. From then, he has never talked about coming back to global cricket. His second ball drew Andre Fletcher down the track then spun past his edge for a simple stumping, whereupon Afridi embarked on that familiar star-shaped celebration, just as he had done on this very ground in 2009, after hitting the winning runs in the World T20 final.

"The cause was everything tonight, and to have been able to help, it's fantastic".

The World XI side was led by former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, who played his last worldwide t20 match today.

Malik was given lbw for 12 off Windies captain Carlos Brathwaite.

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