Edwards ton stuns India 'A' into submission

3RD UNOFFICIAL ODI: Yuvraj Singh's boys surrender series in deciding game.

Kirk Edwards' hundred gave West Indies 'A' a big score of 312. (File Photo)

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.

GOOD STAND

Unadkat overcame a poor start to finish with five wickets. 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.

DOUBLE STRIKE

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.

EDWARDS DROPPED

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.

SCOREBOARD

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

ALSO SEE: Report & Scores
- 1st ODI | 2nd ODI

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Kallis, Narine star in Knight Riders’ crushing win

Kallis, Narine star in Knight Riders’ crushing win

An all-round display saw Knight Riders thump Mumbai Indians by 41 runs in the IPL-7 opener. More »

Pietersen to miss Delhi's first game

Pietersen to miss Delhi's first game

The former England batsman will have to lead the franchise as he is out of the match against Bangalore with a finger injury. More »

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

The court emphasised that the tainted administrator can no longer work for the BCCI. More »

'If you do the wrong thing it will be found out'

'If you do the wrong thing it will be found out'

'Everyone knows what is right and what is wrong and if you do the wrong thing it will be found out' More »

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Welcome to another season of a league that many watch but few trust. More »

Mitchell Johnson may quit T20s for Test cricket

Mitchell Johnson may quit T20s for Test cricket

Australia's Mitchell Johnson may quit limited-overs cricket to prolong his test career with an eye on the 2015 Ashes series in England, the fast bowler… More »

There's a lot going on: Fleming

There's a lot going on: Fleming

He experienced anxious moments in the lead-up to the tournament as the courts decided on whether to suspend the franchise, he said, but stressed that the… More »

Latif couldn’t work with tainted players

Latif couldn’t work with tainted players

Former Pakistan cricket captain Rashid Latif said Tuesday he turned down the job of national chief selector because he could not work with ex-players tainted… More »

We are not over-confident: Bailey

We are not over-confident: Bailey

Indian Premier League — George Bailey-led Kings XI Punjab will face Chennai Super Kings on Friday. More »

Taxing issue — BCCI hits roadblock

Taxing issue — BCCI hits roadblock

MoU between BCCI & its units to avoid double taxation delayed after a few decline to share details. More »

Big runs expected, with bat and ball

Big runs expected, with bat and ball

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Their main concern, once again, is the fast bowling More »

Black Caps pick rookie duo for West Indies

Black Caps pick rookie duo for West Indies

New Zealand selectors included two new caps in a 15-man Test squad named Tuesday to tour the West Indies, with injury-hit spinner Dan Vettori's future… More »

The stage is set for IPL-7 to start

The stage is set for IPL-7 to start

The Preview — Defending champions Mumbai Indians take on Kolkata Knight Riders More »

Srinivasan appeals to court to allow BCCI comeback

Srinivasan appeals to court to allow BCCI comeback

He was aggrieved by the allegations against him during the hearing. More »

Klinger on his exit from South Australia

Klinger on his exit from South Australia

Michael Klinger has revealed he felt compelled to leave South Australia after being told he would be only a fringe part of the Redbacks' plans for next season, and disputed the suggestion that he left… More »

India: cricket's Brazil

India: cricket's Brazil

They are tough to beat with a big talent base exposed to good facilities. (CYCSPL) More »

Delhi Daredevils say no to gifts

Delhi Daredevils say no to gifts

Franchises are doing their bit to refurbish the image of the tainted league. More »

India-Pakistan Test series likely in 2015

India-Pakistan Test series likely in 2015

The revival of Indo-Pak Test ties could take place in UAE. More »

Kohli hopes to end RCB trophy drought

Kohli hopes to end RCB trophy drought

'This time around we will hope to go few more steps ahead and actually get that trophy' More »

Gavaskar can help IPL regain glory

Gavaskar can help IPL regain glory

Apart from the foreign players a lot of behind-the-scene activity has taken place in selecting the Indian domestic players. More »

Tendulkar, Ganguly to promote soccer

Tendulkar, Ganguly to promote soccer

Leading Spanish club Atletico Madrid and former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly are among the owners of eight franchises of a new Indian… More »

This isn’t my first trip to India: Neesham

This isn’t my first trip to India: Neesham

Kiwi all-rounder wants to utilise the India leg to explore the country’s tourist attractions. More »

Ishant wanted to quit ODIs

Ishant wanted to quit ODIs

Says his mother made him change his mind. More »