Yuvraj, Yusuf smash West Indies 'A'

1ST UNOFFICIAL ODI: Victory for India 'A' by 77 runs in curtailed game.

Yuvraj Singh (File photo)

BANGALORE: Yuvraj Singh made a terrorizing return to prominence as he led India ‘A’ to a massive 77-run win over their West Indian counterparts, in the first ODI at the M. Chinnaswamy here, on Sunday.

A sparse holiday crowd that had trickled in, thanks to free entry and the prospect of huge hitting from one of the most dangerous customers in the business, was not disappointed, as the cancer survivor smashed 123 off just 89 balls - including seven trademark, towering sixes - and took India to a massive 312/4 in 42 overs after they were sent in to bat.

Buckling under the burden of an inconceivable chase, West Indies ‘A’ fell by the wayside, and India’s bowlers had very little to do except target the right areas and wait for the inevitable slide – all thanks to Yuvraj’s first-innings fireworks.

Scarcely believable

When India batted, the southpaw added a scarcely believable 125 in 55 balls with Yusuf Pathan (70, 32b, 4x4, 6x6) for the fourth wicket, as an initial phase of restlessness under overcast skies led to a maniacal torrent of boundaries once the sun came out.  

The beginnings suggested very little of the frenzy to follow.  When the game commenced after a rain-delayed start, openers Robin Uthappa (23) and Unmukt Chand (1) found runs hard to get by, and just 82 were gained in the first 20 - for the loss of both batsmen - with young fast bowlers Miguel Cummins and Ronsford Beaton generating decent bounce and carry.

Yuvraj, playing his first competitive game in almost four months, took some time to acclimatize. He was helped along by a steadying 100-run stand with No.3 Mandeep Singh, who was dropped on 20 but made it count for a solid 67, before being bowled by left-arm spinner Nikita Miller.

The Chandigarh batsman gradually took over. He scored his first boundary off the 39th ball he faced and reached a circumspect half-century in 60 deliveries. But having put in the hard yards, Yuvraj was now ready to batter open the gates of hell for the Carribbeans.

The four overs that produced 85 runs for India 'A'. He slammed 23 (with three sixes) in a Miller over, followed it up with 24 (with two sixes and three fours) off Beaton when the bowler returned for his second spell, racing to a century in just 80 balls.

Yuvraj was finally was caught at long-on attempting to send yet another delivery into orbit, but by then more damage than they could hope handle had been inflicted upon the West Indian rookies.

What made it worse for the visitors was that the guy at the other end was no slouch either, as India took 85 runs in four overs between the 35th and 38th.

No contest

Yusuf Pathan, also on the comeback trail, pounded off-spinner Ashley Nurse for 28 (including two wides, for which Pathan’s remorseless strikes could truly be held responsible!) in an over, and capped things off with three more sixes in the ultimate over of the innings, in the bargain completing a breakneck half-century off just 27 balls.

The West Indian chase, as was presumed, turned out to be a formality. Local boy Vinay Kumar accounted for the openers Nkrumah Bonner (16) and Kieran Powell (17) and only Narsinghe Deonarine provided token resistance with a gritty 57. The pursuit, however, was not going anywhere and batsman after batsman perished trying to meet the escalating required rate.

Nurse (57) ensured the customary wagging of the tail, but it all ended when he was caught behind off the first ball of the 40th over, matters wrapped up on 235. Medium-pacers Vinay Kumar and Sumit Narwal and spinners Yusuf and Rahul Sharma picked up two wickets apiece.

The second ODI will be played at the same venue on September 17.

SCOREBOARD

Venue: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. Toss: West Indies 'A'. Overs: 42 per side.

India A

RV Uthappa c Cummins b Russell 23 (37b, 2X4)
U Chand c Thomas b Cummins 1 (10B)
Mandeep Singh b Miller 67 (78B, 7X4, 1X6)
Yuvraj Singh c Beaton b Bonner 123 (89B, 8X4, 7X6)
Y Pathan not out 70 (32B, 4X4, 6X6)
N Ojha not out 10 (8B, 1X4)

Extras (lb-3, w-13, nb-2) 18

Total (4 wickets; 42 overs) 312

Fall of wickets: 1-8 (Chand, 2.5 overs), 2-47 (Uthappa, 11.4 overs), 3-147 (Mandeep Singh, 30.1 overs), 4-272 (Yuvraj Singh, 39.2 overs)

Bowling: M Cummins 9-1-50-1 (2nb, 4w), R Beaton 8-0-72-0 (2w), A Russell 4-0-17-1 (3w), N Miller 9-0-62-1, A Nurse 6-0-58-0 (2w), N Deonarine 4-0-20-0, N Bonner 2-0-30-1 (2w).

West Indies A


N Bonner c Ojha b Vinay 16 (15B, 4X4)
K Powell c Narwal b Vinay 17 (16B, 3X4)
K Edwards c Ojha b Narwal 19 (23B, 3X4)
N Deonarine c Mandeep b Sharma 57 (63B, 6X4, 1X6)
A Fletcher c Chand b Pathan 29 (33B, 2X4, 1X6)
D Thomas lbw b Pathan 10 (9B, 1X4)
A Russell run out (Vinay) 1 (3B)
D Thomas lbw b Pathan 10 (9B, 1X4)
A Russell run out (Vinay) 1 (3B)
A Nurse c Ojha b Narwal 57 (50B, 6X4, 2X6)
N Miller c & b Sharma 2 (3B)
R Beaton hit wicket b Unadkat 15 (18B, 1X6)
M Cummins not out 4 (3B, 1X4)

Extras (lb-3, w-4, nb-1) 8

Total (all out; 39.1 overs) 235

Fall of wickets: 1-24 (Bonner, 3.3 overs), 2-47 (Powell, 7.5 overs), 3-58 (Edwards, 10.5 overs), 4-112 (Fletcher, 19.5 overs), 5-139 (Thomas, 23.5 overs), 6-140 (Russell, 24.2 overs), 7-176 (Deonarine, 29.5 overs), 8-181 (Miller, 31.1 overs), 9-205 (Beaton, 36.4 overs), 10-235 (Nurse, 39.1 overs)

Bowling: J Unadkat 6-0-41-1 (1nb), S Narwal 6.1-0-28-2 (1w), Vinay Kumar 7-0-42-2 (1w), R Sharma 9-0-57-2 (1w), Y Pathan 7-0-47-2, Y Singh 4-0-17-0.

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