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Amir Hamza’s brilliance overshadowed by a shoddy batting display

Amir Hamza’s brilliance overshadowed by a shoddy batting display

Being down and out on the opening day of the one-off Test match against West Indies, fans were expecting a strong comeback from Afghanistan. They impressed with ball as they kept the maroon team to 277. However, the batting department proved like a house of cards to lose advantage that could have come Afghanistan’s way.

On an otherwise gloomy day, the spin prowess of the left-arm off-spinner Amir Hamza saved the blue team from a major embarrassment. Despite playing his debut red-ball game for Afghan unit, the skillful cricketer bowled brilliantly to counter West Indian batting department. Doing so, the 28-year old became the first Afghan bowler to get a fifer on his Test debut. His scalps also included the price wicket of centurion Shamarh Brooks.

With an elite bowling performance, the dexterous spinner helped Afghanistan keep the first innings deficit to 90 runs. He was complemented by skipper Rashid Khan who 3 wickets, giving away 114 runs. Nevertheless, a poor batting show from Afghanistan saw West Indies ending the second day being in the driving seat.