Cornwall focused on getting the ball in the right areas

By November 27, 2019
Rahkeem Cornwall Rahkeem Cornwall

Rahkeem Cornwall has downplayed the idea that there was a magical formula for his performance on the first day of a one-off Test match against Afghanistan in Lucknow, India.

Cornwall gave the West Indies a distinct advantage on day one, as his figures of 7-75, left the hosts reeling at 187 all out.

Afghanistan had started well, moving to 84-1 until Cornwall’s intervention.

Cornwall utilized the nature of the new ball and the pitch to get a jump on the Afghan batsmen, something he would later explain.

“There’s some moisture in the first hour,” said Cornwall.

“It is turning a lot, but once the ball turns a little softer and older, it’s not as much,” he said.

Using the surface and the ball requires a fair bit of control, and Cornwall was aware of that and how he had to change those areas as the pitch began to offer less turn.

"I was just looking to put the ball in the right areas. Just try to stay as balanced as possible,” said Cornwall.

Afghanistan threatened to take away the good work the West Indies did when the visitors began batting.

Kraigg Brathwaite, 11, and Shai Hope, seven, lost their wickets to Amir Hamza and Rashid Khan with the score on just 34, but the solid opening of John Campbell, 30, and Shamarh Brooks, 19, staged a mini-recovery to leave the West Indies 68-2 and in the ascendency.

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