Defending World T20 champions, Windies stamped their authority over ICC World XI with a thumping 72-run win in the Hurricane Relief Twenty20 Challenge in London.
Asked to bat first, the Windies rode on Evin Lewis’s quickfire fifty to post a daunting 199 for four.
There were also notable contributions from Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin and an elegant finishing touch from Andre Russell.
Samuels scored 43 while Ramdin closed on 44 not out. On the other hand, Russell blasted an unbeaten 21 off ten balls to take his team close to the 200-run mark.
In reply, World XI’s innings ended on 127 in the 17th over. Only Thisara Perera managed to put up a good fight with the bat for the World XI.
The Sri Lankan made 61 off 37 balls, hitting three sixes and seven fours in the process.
With the game now done and dusted, here is a look at all the stats and numbers from the game:
1. The defeat extended ICC World XI’s poor run. The side now has a win-loss record of 0.286, as they have won only two out of the nine International matches. Only Namibia (0), Bermuda (0.225) and Africa XI (0.250) have worst win-loss ratio than World XI among the teams that featured in more than five international games.
2. Luke Ronchi and Dinesh Karthik became the first set of players to be out for ducks for two different teams in the T20I format. Ronchi had four T20I ducks for New Zealand while Karthik had one in 17 T20I innings for India.
3. Nepal spinner, Sandeep Lamichhane became the first player to make his International debut for a combined team (World XI/Asia XI/Africa XI). Lamichhane was part of 24 Internationals for Nepal but none of the games had ODI or T20I status.
4. Windies hit 15 sixes during their innings which is the highest in a Twenty20 innings at the Lord’s. Middlesex hit 12 sixes against Essex in the 2017 NatWest T20 Blast game. That game witnessed a total of 19 sixes which is the highest in a T20 match at the Lord’s before this game, which saw a total of 20 sixes getting hit.
5. Chris Gayle scored 16 off 28 balls with an uncharacteristic strike-rate of 64.28. The strike-rate is the second lowest for a Windies opener in a T20I inning (minimum: 25 deliveries faced). Dwayne Smith scored 11 off 29 balls at a strike-rate of 37.93 against India in the 2014 WT20 game.