AFP - A maiden Test century by Shamarh Brooks and wily spin bowling put the West Indies in firm command of the one-off Test against Afghanistan in Lucknow yesterday.
Brooks made 111 as the West Indies managed a lead of 90 after they were 277 all out in the second session of day two.
Spinners Rakheem Cornwall and Roston Chase then took three wickets each to leave Afghanistan tottering at 109 for seven at stumps on day two.
The Afghans lead by just 19 runs in their second innings. Opener Javed Ahmadi made 62 before falling to Chase’s off spin on the final delivery of the day dominated by West Indies, who resumed on 68 for two in response to Afghanistan’s 187.
Cornwall rattled the Afghanistan top-order and improved his match haul to 10 so far.
The 26-year-old Cornwall, who returned figures of seven for 75 with his off spin on day one, struck in three successive overs.
He trapped Ibrahim Zadran for 23 after a brisk start by the Afghan openers and then got Rahmat Shah and Asghar Afghan back in the pavilion for scores of zero. Chase also took three wickets in his three overs.
Brooks, playing just his third Test after making his debut against India in August, also put together 74 runs with Shane Dowrich, who made 42.
Amir combined with skipper Rashid Khan to mop up the tail as the Umpires called for early tea. Rashid Khan claimed three wickets with his leg-spin while left-arm wrist spinner Zahir Khan took two.
Afghanistan: 187 and 109/7 (Ibrahim Zadran 23, Javed Ahmadi 62, Cornwall 3/41, Chase 3/10).
West Indies: 277 (J. Campbell 55, S. Brooks 111 S. Dowrich 42, Amir 5/74, Rashid 3/114, Zahir 2/53).