Lamichhane to face West Indies today

A star-studded West Indies line-up proved too powerful for their World XI counterparts on an entertaining if one-sided evening at Lord's, as a quartet of cameos from Evin Lewis, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin and Andre Russell set up a hefty 72-run victory in the one-off Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge.

The Windies, the reigning ICC World Twenty20 champions, will be led by Carlos Brathwaite.

Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera made a fine half century, his 61 coming off 37 balls but the World XI never had any chance of winning this match after slumping to eight for four.

In reply, the World XI spluttered under the floodlights.

Shahid Afridi will lead the World XI in place of England's Eoin Morgan, who withdrew due to a fractured finger.

Put in to bat, the West Indians rode on a solid 75-run opening stand between Chris Gayle (18) and Evin Lewis (58 from 26 balls; 4x5, 6x5) and vital contributions from Marlon Samuels, Dinesh Ramdin and Andre Russell to put a strong 199/4 in their 20 overs.

Afridi, who retired from mainstream global cricket two years ago, received a guard of honour at Lord's.

World XI got off to a torrid start in the chase, losing their top three batsmen for cheap scores.

"The cause was everything tonight, and to have been able to help, it's fantastic".

The Hurricane relief T20 challenge is being organised to support the reconstruction of stadiums in Anguilla, Antigua, Dominica, BVI and St Martin damaged in hurricanes Irma and Maria a year ago. But sadly for Mills, who has had awful luck with injury, he was unable to complete his spell after leaving the field with a quad strain, and he did not come out to bat either.

West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite said: "For those affected by the hurricanes, there have been people left homeless, and have had their lives devastated". The Pakistani cricketer responded to the former England man saying, "No that's it".

"Hopefully there will be a psychological boost for the communities, as well as obviously the money going into rebuilding, and infrastructure and all those kinds of things".

  • Angelo Rivera