The World XI faced a hefty 72 runs defeat against West Indies at the latest T20 international played at Lords. West Indies scored 199 runs batting first with a striking batting prowess, while in the next inning, bowlers toppled the World XI at 127. It was a comeback match for senior cricketer like Shahid Afridi, who led the World XI in the Hurricane Relief campaign. It was his 99th T20 international, playing after a hiatus of two years.
Still, his team could not pull out huge shots as that of the Caribbean cricketers. Brutal shots have been the insignia of West Indians, making them the World Champion in the shortest format, and they prove it in every game they play. The match was also a breakthrough for Sandeep Lamichanne. The bowler from Nepal debuted T20 International with the World XI.
Evin Lewis plundered 58 off 26 playing his usual cricket, while, Marlon Samuels knocked 43 playing 22 balls. World XI’s attack was not that easy, what so ever. It was the snappy deliveries of Tymal Mills that irked Indies batsmen. Mills delivered with an intense accuracy denying even a single run in his first 11 balls. The score would have been a bit different if he was not injured.
Mills, having a tryst with injury every now and then, injured his thighs, leaving the match all together with the quad strain. Gayle, on the other hand, was a bit lethargic picking up 18 off 28 balls, until he was shut down by Shoaib Malik. Dinesh Ramdin played the concluding overs shooting up the momentum high. He scored 44 off 25 runs beating 3 fours and 3 sixes. Also, Andre Russell played 10 balls with him plundering 20 runs.
World XI batsmen could not withstand the bowling attacks. Andre Russell and Samuel Badree spearheaded, taking down the top order in the powerplay. By 8 overs, the chase slogged to 45 runs for 5 wickets. It was only middle order player, Thisara Perera, who scored the highest runs. The batsmen knocked 61 playing 37 balls. He struck 7 fours and 3 sixes, playing until the 14th over. At his wicket, the chase scrambled to 108 for 7. The rest was quite easy for West Indies, as they exhausted the next two overs. World XI was all out for 24 runs. While West Indies won the match sparring 3 overs and a ball.
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