Windies beat ICC World XI by 72 runs: Match Report
After a one-sided victory over World XI, West Indies have showed once again why they are a force to reckon with in T20 format. In the Hurricane Relief T20 fund-raiser match, the West Indies overcame ICC World XI by a whopping 72 runs. West Indies set a challenging target of 200 runs and in reply, the World XI folded for a paltry 127 runs.
The match, which was given international status, saw Shahid Afridi play his last ever T20I. The skipper of the ICC World XI was given a guard of honor and the former Pakistan player is set to donate $20,000 for the Hurricane victims in Caribbean. But Afridi's side did not have the impact in the match as much as they would have wanted.
West Indies opener Evin Lewis continued his IPL 2018 form into the game as he smashed a 26-ball 58 runs. His innings was laced with five fours and five sixes. From there on, Denesh Ramdin (44), Marlon Samuels (43) and Andre Russell (21*) all chipped in to get their team to 199/4. West Indian batsmen made merry against the spin-heavy bowling attack.
A lot of the headlines, surrounding the match, were regarding the presence of Afghanistan's Rashid Khan. The youngster, who had an excellent IPL 2018, was smashed for 48 runs in his 4-over spell. He picked a brace though after getting Lewis and Samuels. Nepal's Sandeep bowled just a solitary over as Shoaib Malik and Afridi picked a wicket each.
ICC World XI didn't get an ideal start as they lost four wickets for eight runs. Tamim Iqbal, Luke Ronchi, Sam Billings and DK departed in a blink of an eye. Apart from Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera, who scored 61 runs, none of the others were in the game. Samuel Badree (2/4) was superb, as Kesrick Williams (3/42) chipped in.