West Indies A v India A, 1st Twenty20, Trinidad June 23, 2012

Benn shines in thrilling West Indies A victory

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies A 131 for 7 (18 overs) beat India A 130 (18 overs) by three wickets

Sulieman Benn carried West Indies A to a rather unlikely three-wicket win against India A in the first Twenty20 in Trinidad. Benn struck two sixes off two balls to help his team snatch the 15 they required off the final over, bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in Trinidad.

Until then, Bhuvneshwar had been key to India keeping the hosts in check in their chase of 131 from 18 overs - the game was shortened because the start was delayed due to rain. Bhuvneshwar had struck in his first over, the fifth of the chase, bowling West Indies opener Kieran Powell for 10. Not long after, he had the other opener, Nkrumer Bonner, also bowled, and trapped Jason Mohammed - who was trying to play across the line - lbw for 6. While Jonathan Carter tried to rebuild, India kept the pressure on and then Rohit Sharma consolidated their position in the match, taking two wickets in the 16th over - Carter caught for 35, and Jason Holder stumped first ball. Ashok Dinda followed up by conceding only four runs in the penultimate over, but Benn was to have the final say in things.

Earlier, India's innings was built around a half-century from Rohit. They looked set to pile up a stiffer total, but two three-wicket overs kept them to 130. First, Benn got Rohit - soon after he had completed his fifty - Wriddhiman Saha and Jalaj Saxena to help West Indies pull the game back in the 15th. In the final over, Jason Holder took out Shami Ahmed and Rahul Sharma, before Dinda was run out to end India's innings.

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  • Earlla on June 26, 2012, 15:45 GMT


  • Sree on June 25, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    And India come roaring back in the Second T20 to win it in the Super Over! Ajinkya played a fabulous 79 to take India A to 154 in 20 overs and WI needed 3 off the 20th over from Dinda, WI could manage only 2 and lost a wicket. Batting first in the SuperOver, WI could muster only 4 runs while losing two wickets (Again Dinda was the bowler). Chasing 5 to win, Rohit clubbed a half volley from Benn and thought it went for a FOUR only to see K Powell field it and whip it back to the keeper in one motion to run Rohit out. As tension increased, Benn bowled a couple of wides and then a juicy full toss which Shikar Dhawan smote through cover to win it for india. Dinda displayed nerves of steel in the last over, giving nothing away after dismissing the set batsman Bohner for 82 off the second ball. Hope the ODIs turn out to be just as interesting!

  • o on June 25, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    Notice this is without the first choice opening bowlers DE Johnson and KR McClean who caused India so much trouble in the longer format to good win BIG BENN !!!

  • Indian on June 24, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    Laughable performance!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Joe on June 24, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    @Rahane-fan..r0cketman? Sorry dude but that's not me so you lose on that one as I was only saying India are no different to any other team and deserve to be treated equally like anyone else and this match is no different :D

  • Ash on June 24, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    @ Werner Blomberg, The words " No one is this squad is remotely close to being selected to the senior WI team" says all about your knowledge about international cricket let alone WI cricket. Do some research about these players - KOA Powell, DP Hyatt and SJ Benn. BTW, they are playing in WI to add advantage and the senior team is playing away who did not won any match so far in the present tour. Every team performs better at home.

  • Shaheer on June 24, 2012, 20:07 GMT

    I know Teylor is good and surprised why he not get IPL contract? I'm looking him after 1st T20 WC (or 2nd?) when he hit back to back fifties against Australia and England. And Mazkadza (is it correct name?), always like to watch him, he is a such a powerful hitter, if he continuous his good form in WC then Zimbabwe can do something

  • Deepak on June 24, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    @EnglishCricket (r0ketman) : That's it? A close match deserves only so much respect?

  • Dummy4 on June 24, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    People always criticize IPL for lack of application in test cricket has to understand that India is not doing well in t20 also which is format of IPL it self if i am not wrong. The fact is Indian cricket it self is now degrading/rebuilding stage depends on the way you look at it. Its England who is on top of the tree both in tests and t20. After playing so many games IPL stars are in 6th position in the world rankings t20.

  • Dummy4 on June 24, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    gr8 this is exactly what the doctor ordered. Unless we lose badly there is no way in which our cricket board can invest the huge sums of money they have in the right direction

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