WI ‘A’ outplayed
Lose T20 to India ‘A’ by 93 runs
West Indies A were outplayed by India A in the only Twenty20 match of their tour, at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore yesterday, losing by 93 runs.
After India A set the visitors a 215-run target, the hosts’ bowlers skittled the opposition for 121 in 16.2 overs. After Yuvraj Singh cracked a half-century, along with quick-fire knocks by Unmukt Chand and Kedar Jadhav and took the team to 214, Rahul Sharma picked up a five-wicket haul, while Vinay Kumar and Yuvraj Singh grabbed two wickets each.
Earlier, after Yuvraj opted to bat first, Robin Uthappa and Unmukt Chand got the hosts off to a flying start with a 74-run partnership, until left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul ended the partnership by removing Uthappa. A while later, off-spinner Ashley Nurse claimed Chand and Baba Aparajith to leave India A on 109 for three. However, Captain Yuvraj smashed the ball all over the park, and he was joined by Kedar Jadhav in doing so. The India A captain scored 52 off 35 with three sixes, while Jadhav made 42 off 21.
Andre Russell ended the onslaught by claiming Jadhav, and followed up with three more scalps. Yuvraj was the next to depart off the next ball, while Russell castled Naman Ojha to complete his hat-trick and then bowled the dangerous Yusuf Pathan to claim four off four deliveries and leave the home team on 189 for seven in the penultimate over.
But with eight balls left in the innings, Sumit Narwal (18 off seven) and Vinay Kumar (one) came together to take India to a formidable 214 at the end of the innings. The duo garnered 23 runs off Ronsford Beaton in the last over who after conceding five wides off the first delivery was also clobbered for a boundary and six by Narwal.
Chasing the stiff target, the West Indies A top order collapsed in a heap. Although Andre Fletcher and Kieran Powell collected 19 runs off Pathan in the first over, the visitors could not carry forward the momentum.
Vinay Kumar struck in his first over to remove Powell, while a superb running catch by Chand saw the back of Bonner 28 runs later. WI A then lost wickets in a cluster as Rahul Sharma and Yuvraj struck to push the WI A onto the back foot.
While Kirk Edwards hit Rahul Sharma to Pathan at mid-off, Jonathan Carter struck Yuvraj to Aparajith at mid-wicket soon after. Sharma then disrupted Fletcher’s woodwork to send the opener back for 32, while the India A captain picked up Russell.
With the team struggling on 80 for six, Devon Thomas and Nurse then attempted to pull the innings together but were unsuccessful. Their seventh wicket partnership was halted at 35 runs, with Nurse holing out to Uthappa at long-on off Sharma, while Thomas edged the spinner to the ‘keeper later in the over.
With India firmly in the driver’s seat, Chand caught another skier to send back Permaul in the next over off Vinay Kumar.
Kieran Powell, the West Indies A captain, admitted his team was complacent in the field. “The catching has been a problem since the third one-dayer,” he said. “After I had the huddle with the guys we got better. I think we were a bit complacent today in the field. It’s one of the things we have to brush up on before the four-day matches. We can’t afford to let them off the hook and we’ve seen what can happen if we do.”
India A Inns
R Uthappa lbw b Permaul 35
U Chand c Edwards b Nurse 47
Y Singh c Powell b Russell 52
B Aparajith c Edwards b Nurse 3
K Jadhav c Bonner b Russell 42
Y Pathan c Fletcher b Russell 0
N Ojha c Permaul b Russell 0
S Narwal not out 18
R Vinay Kumar not out 1
Extras: (LB1, W15) 16 Total: (for seven wickets; 20 overs; 95 mins) 214
Did not bat: Jaydev Unadkat, Rahul Sharma.
Wickets at: 74 (Uthappa, 6.4 ov), 2-94 (Chand, 9.6 ov), 3-109 (Aparajith, 11.5 ov), 4-189 (Jadhav, 18.1 ov), 5-189 (Yuvraj Singh, 18.2 ov), 6-189 (Ojha, 18.3 ov), 7-189 (Pathan, 18.4 ov).
Bowling: Beaton 4-0-58-0 (5w); Russell 4-0-45-4 (4w); Miller 2-0-28-0 (1w); Permaul 4-0-35-1; Nurse 4-0-18-2; Bonner 2-0-29-0 (1w).
West Indies A Inns (target: 215, 20 overs)
A Fletcher b Sharma 32
K Powell c Jadhav b Kumar 8
N Bonner c Chand b Unadkat 18
K Edwards c Pathan b Sharma 0
J Carter c Aparajith b Singh 6
D Thomas c wkpr Ojha b Sharma 21
A Russell c Chand b Singh 12
A Nurse c Uthappa b Sharma 16
V Permaul c Chand b Vinay Kumar 1
N Miller not out 4
R Beaton c Unadkat b Sharma 0
Extras: (LB1, W2) 3 Total: (all out; 16.2 overs; 73 mins) 121
Wickets at: 21 (Powell, 1.3 ov), 49 (Bonner, 4.5 ov), 55 (Edwards, 5.3 ov), 62 (Carter, 6.4 ov), 65 (Fletcher, 7.2 ov), 80 (Russell, 8.6 ov), 115 (Nurse, 14.1 ov), 117 (Thomas, 14.5 ov), 119 (Permaul, 15.3 ov), 121 (Beaton, 16.2 ov).
Bowling: Pathan 1-0-19-0; Kumar 3-0-22-2 (1w); Unadkat 2-0-11-1; Sharma 3.2-0-23-5; Singh 4-0-24-2; S Narwal 3-0-21-0 (1w).