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Cricket news - Cornwall records career-best figures as Windies dominate day one

Cornwall picked 7 for 75 - the fifth-best figures by a visiting spinner in India.

Just a few weeks after his international debut in September 2019, Rahkeem Cornwall got run out in a CPL game against Guyana Amazon Warriors that sparked plenty of ridiculing memes on social media platforms. The bizarre part of the aforementioned runout was that Cornwall almost went past the stumps at the striker's end, but forgot grounding his bat whilst causing an uproar among the telly commentators.

He was out cheaply in that game and didn't pick up any wickets. His team - St Lucia Zouks lost the game and were one of the first sides to be knocked out of the playoff race. On occasions, such little things tend to overwhelm your positive approach and one could easily slip into a closet of hibernation given the ruthless mockery of digital media. Hailing from Antigua, Rahkeem Rashawn Shane Cornwall, put all that and the criticism before his debut to rest on Wednesday (November 27) as he recorded the best ever bowling figures on day one by a Windies spinner since 1957 - bagging 7 for 75.

Cornwall always had the hype around him, and none of it stayed with him soon after his Test baptism. The 26-year-old claimed three wickets against India at Kingston Jamaica and endured a poor outing with the bat. In an interview before his debut, Cornwall mentioned not to disappoint his friends and family and also noted that "the format (Tests) suits my game because of the consistency a player needs over a long period of time to be successful, and I've enjoyed that challenge so far in my career playing first-class cricket"

In a hazy Lucknow ground, with most of his hometown presumably asleep, Cornwall calmly etched his name in the history books with a superb spell of classic off-spin bowling. Holder, after winning the toss, just took eight overs to toss the ball to the one-Test old spinner and Cornwall didn't disappoint. His first three wickets came via a bat-pad, outside edge and inside edge respectively - a vivid indication of the artistry involved in his magical spell of bowling.

Afghanistan were dumbfounded by the acute accuracy that Cornwall offered and had no answers to his relentless line of aggression. The first session offered a ray of hope to the hosts as their top three managed decent starts, only to be duped by the spin-barrage later on.

As many as four wickets fell inside the first hour of post-lunch session as Cornwall ripped through Afghanistan's middle-order, leaving no room for the new batters to settle in. Rahmat Shah, Asghar Afghan and debutant Nasir Jamal were dismissed in the space of seven runs in Cornwall's successive overs respectively.

The stocky all-rounder spun a web around the Afghanistan line-up and it all seemed too good to believe after they lost two of their most stubborn batsmen in this current line-up - Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope - in the space of 15 balls. Thanks to debutant left-arm spinner Amir Hamza and skipper Rashid Khan who forced the errors with their subtle variations.

Brathwaite's opening partner John Campbell along with number four Shamrah Brooks steadied the innings in the next eleven overs to steer their side into a nest of safety. West Indies are still 119 runs behind with eight wickets in hand.

Brief scores: Afghanistan 187 (Javed Ahmadi 39, Afsar Zazai 32; Rahkeem Cornwall 7-75) lead West Indies 68/2 (John Campbell 30) by 119 runs.

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