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Afghanistan defeat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets thanks to MOM Rashid Khan who took match figures of 10-212. Brandan Taylor played an outstanding first innings knock of 244 at a strike rate of 91.39 as Zimbabwe’s second innings below par score, ultimately cost them a shot at victory after initially leading. A special mention to Mohamad Nabi who scored 208 which shot the Afghans close towards Zimbabwe’s first innings score.
Australia thrashed the West Indies by 201 runs in another run fest. Pat Cummins’s maiden Test century elevated Australia into a 552 run lead alongside other valuable contributions which proved too much for the West Indies who had Shimron Hetmyer score 75NO in the first innings before a standout 112 in a losing side. Mitchell Starc starred with ball and bat taking 6-153 and Nathan Lyon turned Australia into a 17 run lead with another five wicket haul.
Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh by 280 runs in a crushing victory which didn’t reflect the overall score line of the match. Danuska Gunathilaka, Dimuth Karunaratne and Dinesh Chandimal hammered big centuries whilst Dilruwan Perera shined with the ball taking 7-212. Mushfiqur Rahim came agonisingly short of a double ton for as Bangladesh fell in a disappointing second innings – the match had 1798 runs scored.
The two debuting Test nations fought out in a good contest which saw Scotland prevail by five wickets. Nizakat Khan was instrumental in Hong Kong’s effort scoring two consecutive not outs (92) and (108) whilst Cam McAuslan was the next highest scorer with a maiden half century. Dylan Budge led with the bat scoring 136 whilst Gloucestershire recruit Stuart Whittingham took 4-40 as the seamers all took scalps in a winning performance.
India’s all round performance steered them to a smashing 258 runs against a feeble Pakistan team. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane scored important centuries whilst young gun Prithvi Shaw hit an attacking 89 leading to a declaration. All Indian bowlers impressed especially the unorthodox Jasprit Bumrah whereas Pakistan couldn’t convert their good starts, with Shafiq, Zaman, Ahmed and Shadab Khan scoring half centuries meanwhile Hasan Ali taking 6-128 against a mighty victorious India.
Malahide hosted Ireland’s opening GTC match as the visiting New Zealand took a convincing 7 wicket win. Trent Boult took charge with the ball with back to back five wicket hauls with match figures of 10-122 and Mitchell Santner toiled hard to take 7-239. Henry Nicholls scored a sensational century alongside two half centuries by Ross Taylor as Gary Wilson scored an amazing 135 in the second innings to back up his 80 in the first innings. Max Sorensen and Andy Balbirnie require a mention also with their contribution with ball and bat.
Netherlands rounded out the run fest of the GTC with a 231 run victory against Nepal where NO.10 Michael Rippon was the deserved Man of the Match. Taking 8-178 in the match, he backed it up with his batting with a stunning 105 lifting the Netherlands to 571, the highest total of the championship. Wesley Barresi also made a ton whilst Nepal bizarrely scored 295 in both innings as Paras Khadka scored outstanding back to back tons and Shakti Gauchan took two five wicket hauls in a positive showing for the lowest ranked side in the Championship.
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