India A v West Indies A, unofficial T20I, Bangalore September 21, 2013

Rahul Sharma's five seals dominating win


India A 214 for 7 (Yuvraj 52, Chand 47, Jadhav 42, Russell 4-45) beat West Indies A 121 (Fletcher 32, Rahul 5-23) by 93 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Bat first, win the match. That has been the pattern in all four limited-overs games in this tour. On none of those occasions has the side chasing even gotten close. With no overcast morning conditions to factor in, batting first was a no-brainer for Yuvraj Singh as India A piled on an imposing 214. West Indies A's resistance was all too brief as they collapsed to 121 to on a day in which all three departments - particularly the fielding - went off the rails. It was a strong comeback for the hosts after conceding the one-dayers 2-1 after winning the first game.

A run-riot was expected with the match being played on the same surface in which West Indies piled on 312 in the third one-dayer. The start provided by the Indian openers was electric. Length deliveries were pulled, slower balls were easily clipped, the spinners too were ineffective with the new ball and by the end of the Powerplay, India had raced to 74 for no loss.

Sloppy catching, though, made the score look better than it was. Unmukt Chand was let off twice, on 22 and 42, and both were sitters. Veerasammy Permaul had it covered at deep midwicket, and managed to spill it. Chand later skipped down the track to the spinner and looked to loft across the line, and Jonathan Carter ran forward from deep square leg, but put down a regulation catch. His charmed life ended on 47, when, ironically, he was taken brilliantly by Kirk Edwards, who was running backwards from square leg, nearly colliding with the fielder from the deep. Such pieces of fielding were a rarity in the innings though.

Yuvraj and Kedar Jadhav built on the start with a blistering stand of 80 off 38 balls. Jadhav's innings was a mixture of powerful lofted drives and deft touches to third man. The ground fielding was poor at parts as the West Indians allowed easy runs to flow. Jadhav was harsh on the spinners, stepping down the track and lofting over the sightscreen.

The crowd expected another special from Yuvraj, and he didn't disappoint, slogging the spinners and punishing full tosses from the seamers. A low full toss from Andre Russell disappeared over deep midwicket, and the following ball only just cleared the rope, when the fielder back-pedalled over the rope. Yuvraj reached his fifty with a six over long-on, and for the fourth time in as many games, made it worthwhile for the spectators.

The penultimate over produced a bizarre passage of play when West Indies were gifted four wickets in four balls. Jadhav was at the head of the procession when he top-edged to long-off. Yuvraj tried to slog the next delivery over the on side, but didn't pick the slower ball, and was caught within the circle. Naman Ojha was the unlucky hat-trick victim as he tried to clear deep cover, but was caught by the sweeper Permaul.

There was a hush as Russell and his teammates rushed to the boundary, amused at the turn of events. Yusuf Pathan departed the next ball, caught at long-on off another slower ball. India went from 189 for 3 to 191 for 7 in the space of six balls, all in the pursuit of boundaries. It's possible that Russell may have been a touch embarrassed too at the end of the over, as he languidly walked to the umpire to pick his cap. There was no spring in his step because the damage had already been done. West Indies had a daunting task ahead of them.

India's catching was superior in comparison and as a result halted West Indies early as they looked for big hits. Rahul Sharma picked up his first five-for in T20s to wrap up the game in just 16.2 overs. Andre Fletcher threatened briefly, but West Indies failed because of their inability to put on any partnerships of note.

Kieran Powell, the West Indies A captain, admitted his team were complacent in the field. "The catching has been a problem since the 3rd one-dayer. After I had the huddle with the guys we got better. I think we were a bit complacent today in the field. It's one of the things we have to brush up on before the four-day matches. We can't afford to let them off the hook and we've seen what can happen if we do."

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Rob on September 22, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    I was under the impression 'A' teams were for up and coming prospects to test themselves and be assessed against foreign teams, why is Y. Singh being tested surely the selectors no enough about him. In addition why are these games being labelled as 'unofficial internationals' for A team read B team or junior team.

  • Arun on September 22, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    All I said was Aparajith looks like a better prospect, compared to Chand. Both are nowhere near India berth class - not yet. There is no need to slot either of them into the India jerseys yet. There are plenty of other options. And there is no need to bring regionalism into it too... Aparajith is a good prospect, no matter where he is from or where he plays his cricket.

  • Dummy4 on September 21, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    Mozoak....I have watched Baba Aparajit play a few of innings - features have been an unacceptably slow scoring rate wherever he scores & soft dismissals almost all the time. I am left wondering if he has anything beyond the Chennai label to merit a place in Team India. I have no objections to being proved wrong, but it does not look likely. Also - where is the place for him ?

    Opener options - Dhawan, Murli Vijay, Gambhir, Sehwag, Uthappa...Only 2 can get to the 11. Middle Order - Kohli, Pujara, Sharma, Rayadu, Raina, Yuvaraj, Dinesh Karthik, Manoj Tiwari, R Jadeja...Max. 4 of these 9 will make it to the 11

    I am unable to see opportunities for Chand, Badri, Naman Ojha.... I have not yet counted Sachin.

    ...and it is not as if 7 of the first 9 will retire in the next 4 / 5 years.

    It is fine to look to the future, but let's not lose sight of the present.

    Aparajit needs to show a lot more result than he has so far to be considered anywhere near team India.

  • o on September 21, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta HAHA true. I don't know what they thinking after loosing confidence v Yuvi they make him have to bowl in T20 against him talk about rubbing salt into the wounds. You guys also missed out on seeing Cotterrell who is another very promising fast bowler not sure why W.I had 4 spinners 2 left arm and 1 part time leggy? Yuvi must have picked the 11 I think that's only way to explain things haha look forward to the long format W.I won the home series.

  • Dummy4 on September 21, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    I really don't know all the facts regarding the selection of the ODI and T20 team but it is a crying shame that our best T20 bowler, young Mr. Santokie cannot command a place on either the A team or the B team, if that is the name for the senior team. What else must he do in order get the attention of the selectors? He probably has to bowl as quickly as Mitchell Johnson! The bowlers were all over the place in this same and the result was 200+ runs. After that onslaught the game was psychologically lost long before the W.I innings commenced.

  • Ashok on September 21, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Pathan as a bowler is a very expensive prospect & he should only be used as a last resort. Rahul Sharma broke into limelight as the "ACE" of T20 & also of ODI format. He bowls fast leg breaks & googlies a bit like Chandra but slightly slower & spins his leg breaks more than Chandra. He is very accurate & on his day very difficult bowler. I was really surprised when Yuvraj dropped Rahul after the First ODI vs. WI A, even when he had no regular bowlers!. If Yuvraj has any captaincy ambitions he must first know who his bowlers are. Any way I was so pleased that Rahul came back with vengeance. Well done!. WI team is weak against spinners. So a good spinner will always succeed against WI. Even Yuvraj captured 2 wkts. today. Although the first 4 batsmen played well for India, the 4 dismissals in 4 balls looked like bone headed batting.There is even culture to "slogging" by choosing the right ball & dispatching it to the right spots. Indian batsmen need to understand this. Well Done India!

  • Dummy4 on September 21, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    RE: Yusuf Pathan: Enough is enough. Time to let him go! And give chance to quite a few who can fill his role; with proper cricketing shots, and more penetrative bowling! Highly over rated due to his strong power hitting, more attributable to his strong arms, than cricketing skills.

  • Dummy4 on September 21, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Dear Brutalanalyst: By the way, your school kid Beaton, and our school kid Aparajit did NOT fare well today. I am almost sure that both will grow up to be excellent cricketers in a couple of years. Hope, both will be given enough chances to succeed (or fail, if they are not up to the mark)

  • charlie on September 21, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    This game seemed more important to India than to the WI ,after losing the one day series 2-1 . WI seemed eager to finish for some reason which is difficult to fathom . ... A word for Russell would be to concentrate on your cricket ,especially your batting . You don't need to score bounderies every ball . Get the feel of ball on bat before trying for home-runs !!!!!

  • sam on September 21, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan is no good as a batsman, no good as a bowler and certainly no good as a fielder. These kind of cricketers should have never made the national team. They have such low skill levels that it is an aberration for the team.

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