India A v WI A, 3rd unofficial ODI, Bangalore September 19, 2013

Edwards states comeback case with ton


West Indies A 312 for 9 (Edwards 104, Johnson 54, Unadkat 5-55) beat India A 267 for 8 (Aparajith 78, Yuvraj 61) by 45 runs
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After West Indies A were hammered in the opening one-dayer, they had just one day to regroup against an India A side high on confidence and a captain who made a stirring comeback ton. For the second game in succession, West Indies lost the toss, but it wasn't a bad thing as their batsmen batted the hosts out of the game to take the series 2-1. 'A' tours are essentially auditions for the national side and West Indies ended the series with two gains. The relatively unknown Jonathan Carter sent a message to the selectors with a century in the second match and in the third, Kirk Edwards sent them a reminder with a comeback ton.

The tour had a lot of context for Edwards, who said ahead of the series that he was looking to build on this opportunity to make a comeback. He last played for West Indies in May 2012 and his previous ODI appearance was a year earlier. Though he has played an equal number of Tests and ODIs, indications have been that the selectors see a bigger role for him as a Test batsman. Having juggled both one-day and four-day captaincies so far, Edwards was relieved of the duty in the shorter format to allow him to focus on his own batting and give Kieran Powell experience at leading a side.

Edwards was guilty of not converting his starts in the first two matches. On Sunday, he edged to the keeper after making a brisk 19; on Tuesday he moved to 36 after smashing a six over square leg but was stumped down the leg side the following ball while trying to repeat the stroke. Today, he held back, initially preferring to play from the crease. Three boundaries off Yuvraj Singh, through the off side and over midwicket, got him going.

What would have helped settle Edwards early was the start provided by the openers. Kieran Powell, who had struggled to push on in the earlier matches, made a conscious effort to force his way into form, risking his wicket with a few top edges. When Edwards walked in at No. 3, he had the cushion of 74 runs made in just over 13 overs.

The start rubbed off on Jonathan Carter and Leon Johnson as well, who shared stands of 66 and 93 with Edwards. Edwards' knock was a typical one-day innings - steady building followed by acceleration. He focused on taking singles, and as his fifty approached, had the confidence to waltz down the track to the offspinner Yusuf Pathan and loft over deep midwicket. He reached the mark with a massive six over long-on that was headed perilously close to the press box windows.

Edwards took apart the part-timers, cutting the offspin of B Aparajith past the wicketkeeper and short third man for boundaries. Johnson's more aggressive knock at the other end put West Indies on the path to a big score and after he was dismissed, caught at cover, Edwards took control.

He was helped by questionable field placements by Yuvraj after the 40th over. With no Powerplay restrictions, India had as many as five fielders in the ring on the off side, with three in the deep on the leg side. It worked against India as the bowlers repeatedly used length deliveries against the set Edwards, who picked the gaps past point and cover with ease and bludgeoned a six over the clubhouse roof to hasten his progress towards a century.

Siddarth Kaul was punished for 23 in an over, and without any protection in the deep on the offside, Edwards picked him for three consecutive boundaries. He acknowledged his century with a simple raise of the bat and the knock was a confidence-booster ahead of the three unofficial Tests, which he will captain. He was bowled for a run-a-ball 104 off a yorker from Jaydev Unadkat, who took his first List A five-for, though the left-arm seamer was gifted his wickets as the batsmen looked for quick runs. West Indies made 100 runs off the last ten overs and that was enough to shut the hosts out.

The only passage that kept India in the hunt was the third-wicket stand of 112, off 117 balls, between Aparajith and Yuvraj. An estimated 11,000 filled the seats at the Chinnaswamy - the best turnout of the series - expecting another masterclass from Yuvraj. Yuvraj powered along at more than a run-a-ball, slogging the spinners several rows back. Aparajith, who replaced the out-of-sorts Unmukt Chand, made good use of the opportunity with some positive drives. A worried Powell summoned his troops for a quick chat after the stand grew. When Yuvraj played back to a straight delivery by Ashley Nurse and lost his stumps, India's resistance receded. India needed another big partnership to wrest the initiative but Yuvraj's departure proved untimely.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on September 20, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    @ Ravi Shankar on (September 20, 2013, 4:45 GMT)

    What you predicted may come true: Veeru & Zak in tests ; and Yuvi in ODI's. But it is NOT the most desirable option. We have to develop younger players. We have to move forward, Fortunately, many options available,. Though, they may not be of the oldies' standards yet, I see enough potential in them to match or even outshine the predecessors, when their time come. They are pretty close, though. Invest in them.

  • Carl on September 20, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    Roach, Best, Cummins and there's a thought...

  • Dummy4 on September 20, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    @ Ravi Shankar on (September 20, 2013, 4:45 GMT)

    Both Jadeja & Maneria are ideal replacement for Yuvi. They are better bowlers too. Even Mandeep can be an excellent replacement for batting & fielding. There are many more. They are all better fielders too. Even at the improved fitness level, Yuvi is still gasping for breath after taking a fast run or two. He is not getting younger either.

    Zak is the best swing bowler we have had in years. I ahd made several posts in recent yeras saying that he should be roped in to develop "Zaks forthe future" Pleanty of 'raw stock is available for him to work with. Iswar Pandey. Mohit Sharma. Jaidev unadkat, Umesh Yadav and many more.

    In both cases, I mentioned a few names at random, nameswhich came to my mind immediately. The key point is that we haveto build towards the future.

    I didn't understand,why you were making a reference to CSK players, though!

  • Naresh on September 20, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    Indian pace/seam bowlers with wicket taking instinct have been missing of late. ZAKS fitted this bill and was probably instrumental in taking India to number 1. On the horizon I only see Pandey and maybe Sandeep Sharma. Bhuvi is ok but looks fragile. Sreesanth looked like a good bowler - but what a messed up career.If India wants to get to number 1 and stay there, a greater effort needs to be done in this department. Right now the spin department is probably compensating for the other lack. CONGRATS TO WI on winning this series and India need barking up with bowling. For India the selectors are still experimenting with the bowling unit to see who's who.

  • James on September 20, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    @Nampally: if part timers bowl 21 overs (42% of the overs) and give 50% of the runs, its not a bad deal, especially if its on a day when the part timers were not being effective. On other days Yuvraj is certainly a wicket taker- though he was never considered much of a bowler even at the peak of his career. Kaul is certainly no part-timer, clearly he had an off day, and anyone can have an off day. In the previous matches, Unadkat was as bad- even here he was lucky. Yes, Yusuf Pathan does not perform even in local matches anymore.

  • Hari Kishore on September 20, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Yet again familiar woes for India. Thump the opposition and tend to go over the board and lose the next ones. Of course not taking any credit away from WI for some splendid performance in all three departments of the game. The batsmen scored when it mattered, bowlers took wickets at the right time and in the end the WI prevailed. The bowling looked handicapped without any streamline impact bowler. It is also sad to note that the 3 main front line bowlers did not have that adequate experience too to handle tough situations and the other part-timers like Yusuf or Kaul were too expensive. In all an allround performance from WI after match one helped them seal the series. It is high time India learn from these performances and hope many more A tours give the cricketers the required experience and expertise to handle world class teams and competition.

  • Dummy4 on September 20, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    Mr. Jose puliampatta...if u want yuvi n zak to be only left fr domestic matches only den who do u want in d team ???badrinath,anirudha,n all other players 4m Csk???I agree that gauti n yusuf.doesnt dserve ny yuvi in limited overs n viru-zak in tests should n will cme back...wait n wtch..

  • Vikash on September 20, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    To all those people against Old guards, Yuvi is the best hitter then any batsman in the current India national squad and much better batting option than Sharma, Raina, Jadega..Does any one has the guts to hit six sixes in a row against Stuart Board? the shots we witnessed were hit with precise timings and skill rather than mere slogs He made us win the World 20 cup and World 50 cup and also made a contribution with decent bowling but it really appalls me that people generally forget his contribution. Yuvi is a big match player and cant be replaced with any Tom, Dick and Harry. Either Jadega, Raina , Ashwin or Sharma, some one has to sit in the dug out if we want to win the 20 WorldCup next year & 50 worldcup down under.. YUVSTRONG

  • Dummy4 on September 20, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    @BRUTALANALYST Using an earlier analogy of yours of Beaton being a "school kid"; let me state, Aparajit is also a "school kid", belonging to the same batch. Yusuf Pathan, stretching the analogy to the opposite extreme, is a grandpa with no teeth. And you have solid advice to the WI Captain & team management, how to beat the kid and the grandpa! Ha ha! I am just 'brutally' joking! 'Analysis', I am leaving it you, since you are good at it.

  • Dummy4 on September 20, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    @Abhinav Verma . Yususf had been like this for a very very long time... even for his IPL team. He is NOT a horse for the long race. He is no spring chicken either. Selectors were decent enough to give him yet another chance.(as they are doing for a few more). He doesn't have the mettle to take it. We all have to reconcile to that reality. A shame though. Let him be just an occasional entertainer for any franchise who can & is willing to spend money on him. Period.