The West Indies team won the only T20I against World XI at the Lords yesterday. This match was intended to raise the funds to repair the damaged stadiums in the West Indies due to hurricane last year, the grounds of Maria and Irma.
Regardless of the result, the defending champions of World T20s, West Indies, and World XI locked their horns for a good cause. The Windies won the match by the knocks of Evin Lewis, Denesh Ramden, and Marlon Samuels and the bowling performances of Sam Badree and Andre Russell. The Windies won the game by 72 runs.
The organizers of the game expected a breath-taking game to raise the funds and their effort went right. The World XI captain Shahid Afridi won the toss and asked the opponents to bat. Afridi led the team as the replacement of injured Eoin Morgan. Evin Lewis slammed the speedy half century and Chris Gayle sweated hard to settle down earlier. But they made a good start.
Expect Shahid Afridi, no bowler from World XI did well. Shahid Afridi managed to dismiss Andre Fletcher and Denesh Ramden was given life when he was dropped by Rashid Khan. Mitchell Mc Clenaghan, Rashid Khan, Shoaib Malik , and Sandeep Lamicchanne conceded 10 runs an over. Denesh Ramden and Andre Russell made a good stand for the West Indies team.
When the World XI came to chase, they began to lose wickets earlier. Tamim Iqbal, Dinesh Karthik, Sam Billings, and Luke Ronchi were dismissed earlier than the fourth over.Thisara Perera strived hard to rebuild the innings and the injured captain Afridi tried his best taking Sam Billings as his runner. Perera slammed fifty runs from 28 balls and Afridi made 11 runs. Keserick Williamson picked the wicket of Perera. Afridi walked out of the crease at his score of 11 due to knee injury backed by immense applause by the spectators. The game won the hearts of the audience apart from the result.
West Indies 199/4 in 20 overs, Evin Lewis 58, Denesh Ramdin 44*, Rashid Khan 2/48,
World XI 127/9 IN 20 overs, Thisara Perera 61, Samuel Badree 2/4
West Indies won by 72 runs.