BANGALORE: As much as West Indies ‘A’ had centurion Jonathan Carter to thank for victory in the crucial second ODI, acknowledging the role of their Indian rivals in the result would also not be out of place.
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India’s slackness in the field was glaring on Tuesday. They dropped catches, bungled up in the outfield and missed a run-out chance: the first of the offences turning out to be the most severe when Carter, put down on 6 by Yusuf Pathan at first slip, went on to smash a brilliant 133.
If that wasn’t enough, Yuvraj Singh’s side fluffed another run-out chance of the dangerous batsman when he was on 66, and also granted a reprieve to Leon Johnson (who partnered Carter for 131 runs for the fifth wicket) when he had scored just seven.
The Carribeans gleaned 97 runs in the last 10 overs of their innings and skipper Yuvraj later admitted that fielding lapses had cost his team the match.
“We did not field well. We gave away too many runs in the last 10 overs. The target should have been 260 instead of 280. Obviously dropping Carter on 6 did not help,” he said.
Yuvraj, however, gave credit where it was due.
“They bowled in good areas and we never got a partnership going. When you’re chasing a big total you need the openers and the No.3 (batsman) to get going. But the two early wickets (Uthappa and Mandeep) created pressure on us and we couldn’t score freely after that,” he added.
The third and final unofficial ‘ODI’, which has now assumed the role of a decider, takes place at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday.
That will be followed by a lone Twenty20 match, which will also be played at the same venue, after which the teams will engage in three four-day matches across Karnataka.