Aparajith likes to bat long | Series win augurs well: Powell
BANGALORE: Yuvraj Singh’s India ‘A’ were shocked into a series loss after their unheralded West Indian rivals condemned them to a 45-run defeat in the third and final unofficial ‘ODI’ on Thursday.
As in the previous two games, a century decided the contest. This time it was the turn of Kirk Edwards to ensure, with a rollicking 104, that India would have to surpass the highest total of the series, 312, to clinch it.
The hosts failed miserably.
Only Baba Aparajith (78) and Yuraj Singh (61) put up a fight as fast bowler Miguel Cummins (2/46) proved hard to counter yet again. Off-spinner Ashley Nurse (1/42) turned in a tight spell when the batsmen were looking to cut loose and also bowled Yuvraj in what turned out to be a decisive blow.
Openers Robin Uthappa (27) and Aparajith had looked assured before two wickets fell on the same score. Uthappa was brilliantly run-out by Andre Fletcher’s direct hit from mid-on and Naman Ojha (0) did absolutely nothing before nicking his fifth ball to the wicket-keeper.
Yuvraj and Aparajith added 112 in 19.3 overs for the third wicket. The former swung three sixes and was dropped on 40 by Peramaul, before he was bowled by Nurse. With over 150 required at an asking rate approaching eight-an over, Aparajith too was castled by Veerasaamy Permaul.
India took the Batting Powerplay to assist Yusuf Pathan in attaining the impossible, but after a monster strike off Permaul, the burly all-rounder was bowled by Cummins for 18. That was the final nail, considering that Mandeep Singh had fractured his finger while fielding and wasn’t available to bat.
Yuvraj had earlier won the toss in overcast conditions and elected to field.
The Carribeans were untroubled as they reached 74 in the 14th over - which is when left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem broke the deadlock by dismissing both the openers in successive overs. Kieran Powell (40) succumbed to a tight line and cut straight to first slip. Five runs later, Fletcher (28) was trapped in front by an angled delivery arrowed into the pads.
In the company of the last game’s centurion – Jonathan Carter – Edwards added 66 in 14 overs for the third wicket, before the introduction of young Aparajith’s off-spin accounted for Carter, who was bowled when he lost balance attempting to sweep.
Another brisk stand materialized, this time 93 in 80 balls between Edwards and Leon Johnson. Edwards was dropped on 47 when Mandeep failed to hang on to a tough pulled chance at mid-wicket. He responded by lofting Aparajith over the leg-side field to reach his half-century, and followed it up with a brace of boundaries in the same over.
The 200 came up in the 37th over as Johnson matched his partner’s pace, slogging Nadeem over mid-wicket and pulverizing Unadkat back over his head for six. Having scored a 40-ball fifty, Johnson was caught trying to loft the left-arm seamer over cover.
Unadkat also came in for special treatment in the 45th over (23 coming from it) as Edwards completed his century in 98 deliveries. Despite a heap of wickets towards the end, early momentum took the Windies past 300, Unadkat completing a gratuitous five-for when he bowled Edwards, a big target already in place.
West Indies A
A Fletcher lbw b Nadeem 28 (52b, 2x4, 1x6)
K Powell* c Uthappa b Nadeem 40 (33b, 4x4, 1x6)
K Edwards b Unadkat 104 (104b, 12x4, 3x6)
J Carter b Aparajith 35 (38b, 3x4, 1x6)
L Johnson c Jadhav b Unadkat 54 (42b, 4x4, 3x6)
A Russell b Unadkat 1 (3b)
D Thomas c & b Unadkat 21 (13b, 2x4, 1x6)
A Nurse c Kaul b Unadkat 10 (7b, 2x4)
N Miller not out 2 (3b)
V Permaul c Pathan b Vinay Kumar 2 (3b)
M Cummins not out 0 (2b)
Extras (lb 10, w 5) 15
Total (9 wickets; 50 overs) 312
Fall of wickets: 1-74 (Powell, 13.2 overs), 2-79 (Fletcher, 15.4 overs), 3-145 (Carter, 28.4 overs), 4-238 (Johnson, 41.6 overs), 5-255 (Russell, 43.2 overs), 6-295 (Thomas, 46.5 overs), 7-308 (Nurse, 48.3 overs), 8-308 (Edwards, 48.4 overs), 9-311 (Permaul, 49.3 overs)
R Vinay Kumar 10-1-56-1
J Unadkat 10-0-55-5
S Kaul 7-0-56-0
S Nadeem 9-1-33-2
Y Pathan 5-0-38-0
Y Singh 5-0-34-0
B Aparajith 4-0-30-1
India A (Target: 313)
R Uthappa run out (Fletcher) 27 (28b, 3x4)
B Aparajith b Permaul 78 (96b, 6x4, 1x6)
N Ojha† c Thomas b Carter 0 (5b)
Yuvraj Singh b Nurse 61 (59b, 4x4, 3x6)
K Jadhav c Miller b Cummins 17 (25b, 3x4)
Y Pathan b Cummins 18 (21b, 1x4, 1x6)
R Vinay Kumar not out 37 (38b, 3x4)
S Nadeem b Permaul 6 (5b, 1x4)
S Kaul c Nurse b Permaul 6 (13b, 1x4)
J Unadkat not out 1 (10b)
Extras (b 4, lb 1, w 11) 16
Total (8 wickets; 50 overs) 267
Fall of wickets 1-46 (Uthappa, 8.6 overs), 2-46 (Ojha, 9.5 overs), 3-158 (Yuvraj Singh, 29.2 overs), 4-181 (Aparajith, 32.6 overs), 5-197 (Jadhav, 37.1 overs), 6-227 (Pathan, 41.3 overs), 7-234 (Nadeem, 42.5 overs), 8-250 (Kaul, 46.2 overs)
M Cummins 10-0-46-2
A Russell 10-0-52-0
J Carter 6-0-27-1
N Miller 5-0-40-0
A Nurse 9-0-42-1
V Permaul 10-0-55-3
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