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Spinners dominate first ever Test session in Lucknow

by  Dafabet  •  Last updated on 2020-07-31 10:52:19

Hosting its maiden Test match, Lucknow's Ekana Cricket Stadium offered a perfect battle between bat and ball in the first session of Afghanistan's only Test against the West Indies as the visitors edged ahead, courtesy a last-minute wicket at the stroke of lunch.

On a track that bore the recent history of low and slow spin, West Indies skipper Jason Holder, quite surprisingly, decided to bowl with a 3-2 spin-heavy attack. Presence of moisture or overhead conditions? Either way Holder soon realized that the pacers may not get the expected assistance and turned to his premier spinner - Rakheem Cornwall - eight overs into the game. The decision to do so paid rich dividends as the off-spinner removed Ibrahim Zadran in his third over and kept a tight leash throughout his near-twelve-over spell.

Cornwall's spin-partner Jomel Warrican, playing his first Test in 2019, backed him up with clever mix of sliders and fast darts which eventually led to the dismissal of the other opener - Javed Ahmadi - who threw it away in quest of big hits. Moments before lunch, Cornwall succeeded in nipping out a confident-looking Ihsanullah, managing to tilt the favour just by that much towards the end of first session.

If the pre-lunch session is anything to go by, this Test seems to be ruled by the quality of spin and West Indies might have a challenging task if they are to bat last on this already-spin-friendly track.

Brief scores:Afghanistan 90/3 in 30.4 overs (Javed Ahmadi 39, Ihsanullah Janat 24; Rahkeem Cornwall 2-29)