West Indies A v India A, 3rd unofficial Test, Gros Islet, 4th day June 19, 2012

Bowlers, Powell set up series win for hosts

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West Indies A 336 (Powell 139, Saxena 3-55) and 97 for 0 (Powell 56*) beat India A 230 (Saxena 61, Bishoo 3-40) & 202 (Tiwary 62, McClean 5-57) by ten wickets

West Indies A thrashed India A by ten wickets in the third unofficial Test in St Lucia to take the series 2-1. Fast bowler Kevin McClean wrapped up the Indian tail to finish with 5 for 57, his third first-class five-wicket haul.

India A began the fourth and final day on 181 for 7, a lead of 75. With the injured Robin Bist not batting, their only hope was Wriddhiman Saha, unbeaten on 48. But McClean did not take too long to end the innings, trapping Saha lbw for 52 and having Parvinder Awana caught for a duck. India A managed 202 and set West Indies A a target of just 97.

Kieran Powell, the first-innings centurion, cracked an unbeaten 56 from 50 deliveries while Kraigg Brathwaite remained unbeaten on 36 as the hosts cantered to victory in the 18th over. Powell was named the Man of the Match while left-arm fast bowler Delorn Johnson, who took 17 wickets in the three games, was named the Man of the Series.

Hendy Springer, the West Indies A coach, praised his team for fighting back after losing the first game of the series. "If you look at where we came from, before the first match a lot people put their money on India A to beat us, but we played with quality and common sense to win two matches by significant margins," he said. "We lost by two wickets in the first match but we saw the signs of progress and we progressed nicely.

"The bowlers were brilliant throughout the entire series and worked overtime for us. India has a very strong batting line-up and they failed to reach 300 runs in six innings, a sign that we were well prepared and very disciplined as a bowling group."

Springer was pleased that his team had taken advantage of winning positions and shown the ability to complete the job. He said the results were part of the ongoing process to develop the A team players for international cricket.

"[Delorn] Johnson got us an early breakthrough in every innings and that put pressure on the other batsmen. He was always 'at them' with the new ball and the old ball and asked questions of them every time. [Jonathan] Carter was a revelation. He is a middle-order batsman and part-time wicketkeeper who was asked to do a job with the ball and he did it manfully. His 10 wickets were a huge bonus."

West Indies A and India A will now travel to Trinidad for two Twenty20 matches on the weekend.

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  • dummy4fb on June 21, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    its good to see the opening pair doing so well....im pretty sure they batted against india with a smile..after facing the aussies n england...thats what experience will do to you..keep up the good work guys....bless

  • Naresh28 on June 21, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    INDIA needs a Yuvraj type player to open. That world cup victory had Yuvraj written all over it. Gambhir also did well. When it comes to test cricket Gambhir fails.

  • Mayfield1 on June 21, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    @Lmaotsetung If WI bowlers are third rate and the Indian batsmen who have scored triple centuries in India could not even make a century against them. What class are those Indian bowlers who those centuries were scord against? Sixth rate?

  • mensan on June 21, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    Certainly a great series win by WI. It should have been 3-0.

  • Paceman49 on June 20, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    India has all the good players.They were so good in England the last time.Powell is a young man and shows lots of potential when playing strokes.He has to learn which balls to leave alone and chose the right strokes.He will punish bowlers.His cricket is improving..witness the catch he took.The way Johnson was bowling maybe he will take over for the W.I captain.

  • delboy on June 20, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    It's encouraging to see some discipline in a WI team , where EXTRAs are no longer one quarter of the oppositions score.

  • dummy4fb on June 20, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    this is disappointing by all means , i still have faith in these players but at the end of the tour we look back , rohit played 1 good innings and pujara played 1-2 good knocks . When the selector sit down to pick the team for the test series in August they will have these two as replacement for Dravid and replacement batsman which was expected and rahane will be the reserve opener (he was horrible but the rest two were worse ) ,the bowling was decent Lets hope for better performance in the A tour against the Kiwis following the main teams series vs them at home . I am not convinced with the same team playing the limited overs leg of the tour ,lets see what happens .

  • smbhayi on June 20, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    Why Mohammed Kaif continuously ignored? He is the best test player! Also he do well in domestic league! Atleast he deserve a chance! His last test score is 148 not out! I think he ignored bcoz of team politics.

  • sony_sr on June 20, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    lets not read too much into the scoreline or match results. our main aim was to find 2 replacements for dravid and lakshman. we got 1 in pujara. I hope he is surety against newzealand at no3. shami ahmed is also a good find. he was consistent through out. am 100% sure most of the guys in this A team are good enough to be international quality players. just a matter of being patient and giving them enough chances to prove themselves.

  • dummy4fb on June 20, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    The big question who is there to nurture pujara and tiwari to test match cricket. There is a huge gap between limited overs cricket and test cricket not to speak of Ranji trophy and international cricket. How does the board take these youngsters to the next level and ad naseum the quality of piches in domestic cricket. Amen

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