India v West Indies, ICC U-19 World Cup, Townsville August 12, 2012

Fast bowlers set up West Indies win


West Indies Under-19 167 for 6 (Alleyne 52, Harmeet 3-35) beat India Under-19 166 (Patel 51, Beaton 3-33) by four wickets

West Indies' fast bowlers made best use of the early morning conditions in Townsville to give their team an advantage that India failed to bridge as the day wore on. They took the field after an aggressive war cry during the team huddle on the boundary, after which their four quicks worked their way through India's top order with a primarily short-of-a-length attack. Deprived of scoring opportunities and losing wickets regularly, India stagnated and managed only 166.

Faced with a middling target, West Indies could afford to see off the new ball but they lost two early wickets in the process. India's pace options were limited, though, and once the spinners came on the middle-order batsmen settled in without much trouble. John Campbell and Anthony Alleyne charted the course with a 58-run partnership and Kyle Mayers helped finish it with 17 balls to spare. Mayers' 43 complemented his performance earlier in the day - 10-0-35-2.

The early work, however, was done by Mayers' colleagues, Ronsford Beaton and Jerome Jones. Beaton hit speeds of 143kph bowling with the wind, while Jones ran into it and delivered at 135 kph. They focused on keeping the ball back of a length and quite straight, giving the Indian batsmen very little to come forward to. There were cracks on the surface, which resulted in some uneven bounce.

Jones, the left-armer, struck first, having Prashant Chopra caught at square leg in the second over. Beaton hit Unmukt Chand on the body, forcing the batsman to take a breather on his haunches. Chand and Baba Aparajith concentrated on survival but in the ninth over Aparajith tried to hook a bouncer from Beaton and gloved it to the wicketkeeper.

India were 25 for 2 after the mandatory Powerplay and Beaton and Jones finished their first spells with maiden overs. Their replacements, Justin Greaves and Mayers, kept the Indians pinned to their crease. India had hobbled to 50 for 3 when Chand's patience wore thin in the 20th over. He had been let off by the keeper Sunil Ambris earlier but the second edge, off Mayers, was taken.

Smit Patel, India's wicketkeeper, settled against West Indies' spinners and was instrumental in getting India over 150. He made 51 but was unable to stay until the end, when Beaton and Jones returned to check India at the death.

India's new-ball bowlers weren't as fast but they were accurate. Sandeep Sharma moved the ball both ways. His inswing was significant but it was two perfect outswingers that found Ambris' edge and the top of Kraigg Brathwaite's off stump. His first spell read 5-2-5-2.

Campbell and Alleyne had to see off a few overs of pace before spin was introduced in the 12th over, and from then on the chase got easier. They kept driving to long-on and long-off to pick up singles with little risk. The scoring wasn't quick but it didn't need to be. West Indies and India were level around the 31st over mark, at 87 and 86 for 4, but the gap grew after that.

Harmeet Singh, the left-arm spinner, picked up three wickets but India needed to trigger a collapse to avert a West Indian victory. Alleyne and Mayers did not allow that to happen, and their 58-run stand secured the gam

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Derek on August 15, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Cricket is played on a pitch and not behind a keyboard. Those full of criticism no doubt have never lifted a bat or bowled a ball. There are also a number of people suggesting certain past players would be suited as coaches. Most of the great players are doers and might be able to demonstrate a technique but would struggle to articulate what the need to communicate to someone put in front of them to learn. Which is better someone who has all the skills and technique but has no idea how to coach or someone who is qualified to coach but has no skills or track record? This is the WI problem, it is always assumed that the 'coach' must have batting ability of Bradman and bowling ability of Shane Warne. No! he has various specialist working with him. Likewise the captain is the man with the strongest LEADERSHIP qualities. If everyone else around him does their role his contribution outside leading becomes less noticeable as with Clive Lloyd.

  • Derek on August 15, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Has Barbados lost Chris Jordan permanently? Why does he not return home lke Gordon Greenidge use to during the WI domestic season?

  • A on August 13, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    its really sad to see the indian colts perform soo poorly.. they were all just happy to be on tv and trying to be stylish rather than play... smit patel got a fifty by playing for himself rather than the team... very very sad i really am goin to stop following the team.. after 40 overs when the score was just abt 120-130 instead of goin for big strokes the kids were still defending and playing for themselves.. if this continues indian cricket future is doomed..

  • Hyrbie on August 13, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    comeback strong , good win for the windies , nice match

  • Fahad on August 12, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    Wait and watch how Zim produce the same result. People will say it's U19, it doesn't really matter.

  • CRK on August 12, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    cant right of India after 1 loss just few months back India has won Quadrangular tournament in Australia inlovling aus, eng. nzl

  • Andy on August 12, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    @ avmd: A fast wayward bowler is not scary for anyone. These lads haven't played faster bowlers before so they are going to struggle to cope up with the pace and bounce. Even if they lose badly in this WC, it will remain at least a good experience for these lads. These are young guys, they can improve their game a lot in the future, who knows we could see some bright players coming out of these squads not just for India but other teams as well. May be its time for u guys to forget about past and move forward rather than pinpointing 4-0 loss every now and then.

  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    To SIRSOBERS: The West Indies High Performance Center is located right in the middle of the University of the West Indies campus (my old dormatory overlooks the current ground), and I know that there are spaces on the other UWI campuses at Mona in Jamaica and at St Augustine in Trinidad, that could serve the same purpose as the one in Barbados. Why is this not happening? Lack of money? The investment is minimal, and the local governments could help, especially the wealthy Trinidadian government. Guyana also has plenty of available spaces at University of Guyana, and the potential talent pool there is tremendous, in spite of the smaller population. The Under 19 side currently has a disproportionate number of kids from Barbados, because the current center is located there. So, instead of wasting money building massive studiums in tiny islands with minute populations, the money should have been used to set up more training centers in the population centers.

  • titch on August 12, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    Kasuza is the man!!!! He will be the tournaments highest run scorer. Zim will win the cup!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Come back strong next time India. All the best.

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