West Indies A beat India A in thriller
West Indies A registered their first win of the five-match unofficial One-Day International (ODI) series on Friday as they defeated India A by five runs in a nail-biting contest at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.
Captain Roston Chase set the stage for West Indies A victory. He hit four fours and two sixes in the top score of 84 from 100 as West Indies A scored 298 for nine from their allocation of 50.
Hometown star Devon Thomas supported with 70 from 95 balls, left-hander Jonathan Carter made 50 from 43 balls and opener Sunil Ambris hit 34 in the home team’s best batting performance of the series.
Chasing a victory target of 298, India A were restricted to 293 for nine from their 50 overs.
The West Indies “A” bowlers worked their way through the visitors’ batting, leaving the Indians 160 for six in the 32nd over before Axar Patel anchored two successive half-century stands to inch them close.
Three successive half-century stands were at the heart of the turnaround in the West Indies A batting performance.
Ambris shared 73 with Thomas for the second wicket before he departed in the 15th over, when Chase came to the crease to put on 81 for the third wicket with Thomas.
After Thomas fell in the 33rd over, Chase and left-handed compatriot Carter advanced the scoring with a stand of 97 for the fourth wicket.
When Chase became the second of four wickets for Syed Khaleel Ahmed in the 45th over, there was little resistance from the rest of the batting, as the home team lost six wickets for 39 in the space of 29 balls.
A sharp bit of fielding gave West Indies A an early breakthrough when India A started their chase and they continued to take wickets at regular intervals to leave the visitors on the backfoot.
But Patel smashed eight fours and one six in 81 not out from 63 balls, sharing stands of 60 for the seventh wicket with Washington Sundar and 69 for the eighth wicket with Ahmed to give the Indians hope of a successful run chase.
But Chase’s side held its nerve to clinch the victory.
West Indies A now trail 3-1 with the final contest taking place on Sunday at the same venue.
WEST INDIES A
*S Ambris c Navdeep Saini b Pandya 46
K Ottley c wkp Kishan b Khaleel Ahmed 1
+D Thomas c Avesh Khan b Sundar 70
R Chase c Pandey b Khaleel Ahmed 84
J Carter c Pandey b Khaleel Ahmed 50
R Powell c Pandya b Avesh Khan 1
S Rutherford c Axar Patel b Khaleel Ahmed 2
K Paul c Pandey b Avesh Khan 11
R Reifer c wkp Kishan b Avesh Khan 0
R Shepherd not out 21
K Pierre not out 1
Extras (lb4, w5, nb2) 11
TOTAL (9 wkts, 50 overs) 298
Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-76, 3-157, 4-254, 5-263, 6-263, 7-265, 8-274, 9-289.
Bowling: Khaleel Ahmed 10-0-67-4, Navdeep Saini 7-0-42-0, Avesh Khan 8-1-62-3, Krunal Pandya 9-0-33-1, Axar Patel 9-1-36-0, Sundar 7-0-54-1.
R Gaikwad c wkp Thomas b Paul 20
Anmolpreet Singh run out 11
H Vihari c Rutherford b Chase 20
K Pandya c Carter b Pierre 45
*M Pandey c & b Powell 24
+Ishan Kishan c Reifer b Paul 14
W Sundar c Shepherd b Powell 45
Axar Patel not out 81
Khaleel Ahmed c Rutherford b Reifer 15
Navdeep Saini run out 0
Avesh Khan not out 1
Extras (b2, lb2, w11, nb2) 17
TOTAL (9 wkts, 50 overs) 293
Fall of wickets: 1-32, 2-36, 3-82, 4-123, 5-127, 6-160, 7-220, 8-289, 9-291.
Bowling: Shepherd 4-0-34-0, Paul 10-1-61-2, Pierre 10-0-41-1, Chase 10-0-42-1, Reifer 9-1-64-1, Powell 7-0-47-2.
Result: West Indies A won by five runs.
Series: India A lead five-match series 3-1.
Toss: India A.
Umpires: G Brathwaite, N Duguid.