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CPL 2020: Top 5 Jaw-Dropping Moments In The Tournament

CPL 2020 just finished on last Thursday (10th September). Trinbago Knight Riders recorded their fourth CPL trophy after winning the final match of the CPL 2020 by eight wickets (against St Lucia Zouks).

During that 24-day tournament, we experienced many great performances, including some jaw-dropping moments which were unforgettable for the cricket fans.

CPL 2020: Top 5 Jaw-Dropping Moments In The Tournament

Rashid Khan started with an incredible sixer

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Rashid Khan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Afghanistan cricketer Rashid Khan is not only famous for his dominating leg-spin bowling, but he is also a very good lower-order batsman. Rashid started the CPL 2020 journey with an incredible sixer.

It was the second match of the CPL 2020, where the defending champions Barbados Tridents were facing St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. In the first innings of that match, Rashid came to bat at the no.10 position when his team was struggling on 116/8 in 14.4 overs. On the fifth ball of that over, Rashid faced Alzarri Joseph and hit a six on that first ball after successfully playing a helicopter flick that traveled over square leg for the maximum. He scored 26 not out off 20 balls that helped his team to manage the first innings total of 153/9 (20 overs).

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Rahkeem Cornwall. Credits: Twitter
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Watch – Rahkeem Cornwall Takes A Stunning Catch In Slips

West Indies decided to bring in Rahkeem Cornwall in place of Alzarri Joseph in the deciding Test match of the ongoing Wisden Trophy against England in the third Test at Old Trafford, Manchester. In fact, many of the cricket boffins questioned Jason Holder’s team selection of bringing in the spinner in place of the seamer as he opted to field first after winning the toss in overcast conditions.

As we know Rahkeem Cornwall is a big man and weighs a whopping 140 kgs. Thus, it is easy for him to move swiftly in the field. In fact, Cornwall has a very simple and repetitive bowling action and he did found turn on the opening day of the third Test match.

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Rahkeem Cornwall. Twitter

It was great reflexes from Rahkeem Cornwall

However, Cornwall showed that he has quick reflexes. England opener Rory Burns tried to cut the ball against Roston Chase but could only edge it to first slip, where Rahkeem Cornwall took a sharp one-handed catch. The ball was traveling at a decent speed but Cornwall was able to hold on to a fine catch to remove the England opener, who was looking settled.

Meanwhile, this was the fourth time that Roston Chase had dismissed Rory Burns in the Test matches, out of which three dismissals have come in this series. Burns has scored 15 runs against Chase in the 40 balls he has faced against the off-spinner.

Watch - Rahkeem Cornwall Takes A Stunning Catch In Slips 1
Ollie Pope and Jos Buttler. Twitter

On the other hand, Rahkeem Cornwall went wicketless on an opening day. The off-spinner bowled well as he got the turn from the surface but he didn’t have the rub of the green on his side.

England has got themselves into a commanding position after a fine alliance of 136 runs between Jos Buttler and Ollie Pope. The hosts were in a pickle when they lost four wickets for 122 runs but both the right-hander were able to get England back into the contest. England finished the first day at 258-4.

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Rahkeem Cornwall (Image Credit: ICC Facebook)
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Rahkeem Cornwall Breaks A Record Of Ravichandran Ashwin

The Caribbean off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall, who is the heaviest cricketer in Test cricket history, broke a record of the Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Wednesday (27th November), the day one of the only Test against Afghanistan at Lucknow.

After winning the toss, Windies won the toss and decided to field first. Afghanistan managed a good start as they were once batting on 84/1. But then, they lost their next batsmen in very quick time as they went down to 98/6 and then 111/7.

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Rahkeem Cornwall with the teammates after taking a wicket (Image Credit: Windies Cricket Facebook)

The tail-enders fought hard to stretch that innings. Finally, Afghanistan were bundled out for just 187 runs. Opener Javed Ahmadi scored the highest runs for his team as the right-handed batsman scored 39 runs. Also, the tail-ender batsmen, wicketkeeper-batsman Afsar Zazai and debutant Amir Hamza scored crucial 32 and 34 runs respectively.

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Javed Ahmadi (Image Credit: Google)

The no.3 batsman Ihsanullah (24 runs) was the only other batsman in that innings to reach the 20-run mark.

Rahkeem Cornwall managed the bowling figures of 25.3-5-75-7

The 26-year-old Rahkeem Cornwall played the major role for Windies to bowl out the Asian side cheaply. His off-spin destroyed the planning of Afghanistan batsmen. Playing only his second Test match, Cornwall managed his first five-wicket haul in international cricket and finished that innings with the bowling figures of 25.3-5-75-7. It is now the best bowling figures in a Test innings in India in 2019. In fact, it is the best bowling figures in a Test innings in India in last two calendar years (from 2018 to 2019).

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Rahkeem Cornwall (Image Credit: Windies Cricket Facebook)

Before him, Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was holding the record of best bowling figures in a Test innings in India from 2018. During the second innings of the Visakhapatnam Test against South Africa in last October, Ravichandran Ashwin had the bowling figures of 46.2-11-145-7.

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Ravichandran Ashwin (Image Credit: Google)

During the Kingston Test against India in last August-September, Rahkeem Cornwall made his international debut. During the first innings of that match, Cornwall had the bowling figures of 41-10-105-3. However, he had the wicketless bowling figures (23-7-68-0) during India’s second innings in that Test.

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Rahkeem Cornwall. Twitter
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Rahkeem Cornwall: It Was A Good Feeling Of Making My Debut

On Friday, India played its first Innings of the second Test match against West Indies and managed 264 runs. In this match, Rahkeem Cornwall, West Indies allrounder nicknamed as Cricket’s Man Mountain, made his Test debut. With 140 kg weight, he has become the World’s heaviest cricketer. He has consistently played in domestic levels.

Match started with the good partnership of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal of 32 runs. But soon this partnership was ended by Jason Holder while Cornwall took a smooth catch.

Rahkeem Cornwall didn’t disappoint his team in Test Debut. He picked up a beautiful catch of KL Rahul. With his bowling, the off-spinner took the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara and India was at 46/2. He bowled eight maiden overs.

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Mayank Agarwal and Virat Kohli both scored the fifties. But Holder was only the bowler who understood the field and took three wickets including Virat Kohli. The young players Rishabh Pant and Hanuma Vihari added the score of 60 with their partnership. West Indies reduced India by half and the day ended with a score of 264-5.

Cornwall on Cheteshwar Pujara’s wicket

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Rahkeem Cornwall (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

When Rahkeem Cornwall was asked about his performance in Test Debut, he admitted that he was happy after taking Pujara’s Wicket.

“It was a good feeling of making my debut. I think the ball comes on really nice in the start. I have to work hard and put the ball into right areas,” Cornwall said.

“Good feeling to get him as (Pujara) my first Test wicket. It was nothing really new to me but it was a good feeling,” he added. 
Taking about Pitch, he said pitch had a lot of moisture, so the team decided to bowl first if they win the toss. Cornwall also admitted that he needs to work on his game.
“We think pitch had a lot of moisture so we think once we get the first chance to bowl, we can get the early wickets. So, the toss goes in our favour. It was a good day on the first day of Test cricket,” Cornwall concluded.
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Rahkeem Cornwall. Twitter
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West Indies vs India 2019 – Rahkeem Cornwall Creates A Unique Record On Debut

West Indies all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall has created a unique record on his Test debut against India in the ongoing second Test match in Jamaica. The lanky off-spinner has become the heaviest cricketer of all time. Cornwall, who is 6ft 5 inches tall and weighs more than 140 kilograms became the heaviest cricketer to play Test cricket.

Read More: Shikhar Dhawan Added To India A Squad For South Africa Series

The bowling all-rounder went past former Australia captain Warwick Armstrong, who weighed 133-139 kg. The tall spinner had a good start to his Test debut as he took a catch of KL Rahul who was dismissed by West Indies skipper Jason Holder. Furthermore, the big man was able to get his first wicket as he dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara for six runs.

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Rahkeem Cornwall. BCCI Twitter

The big man has had a good debut thus far.

India scored 72 runs in the first session after losing two wickets. The West Indies captain Jason Holder won the toss and elected to bowl first. The hosts made two changes to their playing XI whereas the visitors are playing with the same side.

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West Indies brought in Jahmar Hamilton and Rahkeem Cornwall into their final XI in place of Shai Hope and Miguel Cummins. Hope could not clear the fitness test whereas Cummins was dropped as he went wicketless in the first match.

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India celebrates its win. Twitter

“There is a bit of moisture here. So we will try to get into India’s middle-order early. We have a couple of changes. We have to focus on the roles and not the results. We have to be a lot more disciplined. The last time we played here Roston Chase got a fifer,” Jason Holder said at the toss.

Meanwhile, India had convincingly clinched the first Test match by a gargantuan margin of 318 runs. Ajinkya Rahane was awarded the Man of the match as he had scored 183 runs in the Test match. Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah had taken five-wicket hauls for India.

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