West Indies thrash Afridi-led World XI by 72 runs

West Indies thrash Afridi-led World XI by 72 runs

Kesrick Williams took three for 42 and Andre Russell two for 24 in a charity match to raise funds to rebuild cricket grounds in Anguilla and Dominica damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria that swept through the Caribbean in September 2017. Part of the campaign was a cricket match that was played at Edgbaston and featured the likes of Imran Khan and Ian Botham in the World XI.

While the West Indian team will be lead by Carlos Braithwaite, Shahid Afridi will take the leadership baton of the World XI from Eoin Morgan, who can not participate in the match due to a sudden injury. Or, one could put it this way, the Windies team played like the champions of the shortest format of the game and showed why they are such an unbeatable force in T20 cricket.

However, ultimately the World XI continued to lose wickets at a regular interval, even with a quickfire cameo from ex-Black Caps star Mitchell McClenaghan (10 from eight balls), as the Windies sealed the win.

The World XI side, in fact, has had more than a few changes since being formally announced. Gayle did not last too much longer, bowled by Shoaib Malik for 18 after a 28-ball innings that contained just one boundary.

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Lewis eventually went to the bowling of Rashid Khan, lbw for 58 from 26 balls.

Morgan was the first name announced, followed by those of Afridi, his compatriot Shoaib Malik and Thisara Perera, the Sri Lanka T20I captain. Andre Fletcher had an off day with the bat and was dismissed on 7 by Shahid Afridi.

While Perera struggled on manfully, wickets continued to fall at the other end.

Cameos from Marlon Samuels (43 from 22) and Denesh Ramdin (44 not out from 25) helped the Windies post a total of 199/4 from their 20 overs.