World XI were no match for West Indies, the reigning World Twenty20 champions.

Evin Lewis’s quickfire fifty and economical bowling from spinner Samuel Badree saw the West Indies register an emphatic 72-run victory over the World XI in the Hurricane Relief Twenty20 Challenge at Lord’s on Thursday. Lewis struck 58 off 26 balls, including five sixes and as many fours in a West Indies’ total of 199 for four with Marlon Samuels contributing 43 and Denesh Ramdin 44 not out. Badree then took two wickets in his first two overs for the reigning World Twenty20 champions before finishing with figures of two for four as the West Indies proved too strong for a World XI.

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 as reported by NDTV Sports.

Clinical Windies blow away World XI

This was not the usual T20I. For starters, a World XI was playing Windies – the reigning WT20 champions. Two, a commentator stood on field while action unfolded, chatting up players between deliveries and scattering for safety when the ball came towards him. Three, a runner was allowed. Finally, and most importantly, the funds received went towards a great cause, towards rebuilding the five cricket grounds in the Caribbean that were damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria last year.

The result? A game that was played in high spirits and with the knowledge that something significantly good was coming out of it. No, the result! Oh. Windies blew away the ICC World XI side by 72 runs, buoyed by fine knocks from Evin Lewis, Marlon Samuels and Denesh Ramdin, and superb spells from Samuel Badree and Andre Russell.

The ropes at Lord’s were brought in by quite a bit. The expectations were well set. The organiser hoped for a high-scoring, adrenaline-rushing T20I that would not only leave the viewers asking for more, but also rake in the money according to Cricbuzz.

Windies wallop World XI in charity match

Evin Lewis’ blistering half-century and Samuel Badree’s miserly bowling have led the West Indies to an emphatic 72-run victory over the World XI in the Hurricane Relief Twenty20 Challenge in London.

Lewis’ 58 from 26 balls, which included five sixes and as many fours, set the tone for the West Indies’ 4-199, with Marlon Samuels contributing 43 and Denesh Ramdin closing on 44 not out.

Allrounder Andre Russell finished unbeaten on 21 from 10 balls, including three sixes off one over from Afghan leg-spinner Rashid Khan.

Russell gave a wink to batting partner Ramdin after each blow, leading commentator Mel Jones to say “Why not wink? It’s the Chris Lynn wink!” find out more on Cricket Australia.

Eric