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Afghanistan hit back with regular strikes

29 Nov 2019 CricBuzz

Afghanistan roared back into the Test with wickets in the opening session of the second morning, although West Indies overcame the deficit and took the lead. When Lunch was called on a hazy morning in Lucknow, West Indies were 195 for 5 with a lead of 8 on Thursday (November 28).

There was heavy fog in the morning with visibility levels being pretty low as conditions were tough to play in. However, play started on time and runs flowed upfront. John Campbell got to his maiden Test fifty, before Afghanistan dented West Indies with quick wickets. It was Amir Hamza who provided Afghanistan with the inlet, breaking the overnight stand that was nearing a century. Ihsanullah pulled off a stunner in the region of a leg-gully. Campbell went for the paddle sweep and lobbed one to the fielder, which put an end to his impressive innings of 55, that came off just 75.

Shimron Hetmyer's dismal run in Test continued with another failure. Rashid Khan, who was getting lots of turn and bounce, forced another poor score after trapping him in front with the legbreak as West Indies lost two wickets in the opening hour. Replays showed that the ball may have missed leg stump, but given Hetmyer's uncomfortable stay in the middle, it was only a matter of time.

Shamarh Brooks, meanwhile, continued unperturbed scoring his second consecutive Test fifty, which came at a vital time with wickets falling at the other end. Despite the wickets, runs came at a brisk pace as the batsmen found the boundaries regularly. The dependable Roston Chase fell cheaply to Zahir Khan, failing to negate the turn and dip and ended up with an edge to short leg as Afghanistan's spinners were causing all the damage. Rashid would've had another had it not been for Afsar Zazai putting down Brooks when on 59.

Afghanistan, who operated with spinners through the session, introduced pace five minutes shy of Lunch. Although runs dried up in the last half-hour of the session, Shane Dowrich and Brooks, amidst a 45-run stand, kept Afghanistan at bay, scoring 127 runs in the session.

Brief scores: Afghanistan 187 (Javed Ahmadi 39, Afsar Zazai 32; Rahkeem Cornwall 7-75) trail West Indies 195/5 (John Campbell 55, Shamarh Brooks 75*; Amir Hamza 2-59, Rashid Khan 2-74) by 8 runs.

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