Compelled to persevere through five misfortunes in seven diversions, the West Indies detachment had effectively joined any semblance of South Africa and Afghanistan as the sides who were given an early exit in the continuous ICC World Cup. Regardless of starting their crusade on a triumphant note (against Pakistan), Jason Holder’s men just couldn’t expand on their fantasy begin in the competition.
Playing for pride against Sri Lanka, the Windies by and by ended up gazing at a potential thrashing after the Dimuth Karunaratne-drove side posted an imposing aggregate of 338 runs. What’s more, the way that the Caribbean mammoths lost five wickets for only 145 runs additionally caused everybody to accept that it was again going to be one of those dismal days for their fans, and in the long run it was.
Missing the mark by 23 runs, the Windies were given their 6th annihilation in eight recreations in the competition. Be that as it may, regardless of their misfortune, Holder’s men gave their fans something to cheer for in what is presently being hailed as a valiant batting exertion. On account of Nicholas Pooran (118) and Fabian Allen (51), the Windies verged on enlisting their second win in the competition.
While left-gave Pooran stole the show for the Windies on the field, another individual hoarded the spotlight off it. Among the fans, pop sensation Rihanna was additionally observed cheering for Holder and co from the Chester-le-Street stands. Wearing a corseted denim dress worn as a jacket, white pants and a coordinating edited tank, the Barbados-conceived artist – who went to a similar school as all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite – was seen clicking pictures, waving the West Indies banner and acclaiming the players from the stands.
After the game, the 31-year-old was seen meeting the Windies cricketers including ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle in the changing area. In a video shared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on their official handle for the progressing World Cup, Rihanna was seen trading much love with Gayle who likewise obliged her with a signed bat.
Rihanna at the Cricket World Cup in England right now. pic.twitter.com/EbGQU0w3kD— Rihannalord (@rihpael) 1 July 2019
The Windies captain additionally said thanks to Rihanna for turning out to help the group in their match against Sri Lanka. “It was extraordinary to see her here. I simply need to by and by express gratitude toward her for turning out. It is difficult for a VIP to come down to Durham to watch the West Indies play yet I’m certain the young men felt her quality in the stands. What’s more, she came down to the changing area too and met many of the players, and that was additionally reviving,” Holder said.
All-rounder Allen, as well, had only recognition for the artist. In any case, the left-hander did express his mistake that they couldn’t convey a success before her. “She’s beautiful. Rihanna is forever my top choice. It was great to meet her,” Allen said.