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

Benn shines in thrilling West Indies A victory

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West Indies A 131 for 7 (18 overs) beat India A 130 (18 overs) by three wickets
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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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  • POSTED BY denessa on | June 26, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    GLAD SULI SHOW UP FOR THIS GAME KEEP IT UP C U SOON IN WINDIES TEAM.....ALL THE BEST BENNNN........

  • POSTED BY MysticMan 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!

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST 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 !!!

  • POSTED BY Indianpunjabi on | June 24, 2012, 22:58 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket 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

  • POSTED BY cricketisagame 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.

  • POSTED BY smbhayi 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

  • POSTED BY 30-30-150 on | June 24, 2012, 17:56 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY denessa on | June 26, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    GLAD SULI SHOW UP FOR THIS GAME KEEP IT UP C U SOON IN WINDIES TEAM.....ALL THE BEST BENNNN........

  • POSTED BY MysticMan 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!

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST 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 !!!

  • POSTED BY Indianpunjabi on | June 24, 2012, 22:58 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket 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

  • POSTED BY cricketisagame 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.

  • POSTED BY smbhayi 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

  • POSTED BY 30-30-150 on | June 24, 2012, 17:56 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY Evangelyst on | June 24, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    @ werner blomberg - The WI team is not as weak as it looks. Both Suleman And Powell have played tests and ODIs for WI. Lets give credit where its due, WI played better. Having said that every team is a champ in its backyard, as Eng tour to Sharjah showed Eng - World # 1 team collapsed in Sharjah, so even the stronger teams on paper can lose in overseas conditions.

  • POSTED BY sachin_champ on | June 24, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Again the old story . I am big fan of Indian cricket but m not a fan of these young guns approach .I mean its all about the approach more than technique . At the death overs Indian always feel the heat not in this game but always . They can't handle the tough situation . Indian bowlers like Vinay , Munaf , PK , Nehra , Zaheer , Sreesanth and many more are just useless in death overs . India lost Matches in Aus and Bangladesh due to last over bash . So its a old story in with new characters only . Even in IPL most of the Indian bowlers are awful in last 2-3 overs . Its a true accept it . And on Rohit ..hes a class act but need some confidence in his batting .

  • POSTED BY 30-30-150 on | June 24, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    India were slightly unlucky today. Benn stole the match off the last over just as India started to get complacent. 15 required off 6 with two tailenders, who would have expected an onslaught like that? I'm surprised India didn't have a separate team for limited-overs leg of the tour... I mean what are Pujara and Tiwary doing in this team? Even the bowlers.. Someone like Pankaj Singh deserves to get into the limited-overs A team. WI A team is really good. I can only laugh at people who say "No one is this squad is remotely close to being selected to the senior WI team" since most have played for West Indies already. Jonathan Carter is a real talent though. A Dwayne Bravo in the making.

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | June 24, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    It is good to see that they finally decide to pick the best spin bowler in the W.I.Had he been playing on the spin friendly wickets against the other touring teams the results would of been much different.His height and his aggressive attitude will make a difference.I hope that he is played against NZ.Holder should also be given a try..we play too many short bowlers...especially fast bowlers. Get on the ball W.I selectors.

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    What is particularly sad is that this WI A team is a rather poor one. No one is this squad is remotely close to being selected to the senior WI team and to see them destroying the pride of India makes me wonder how good these so called indian stars really are.

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Lovely and positive comments by Mr. Ashok Pradhan. Rightly said. Why we always love to critisise our youngsters. I always feel bad about Rohit Sharma. Repeatedly he is being critisised after every failure. Today I am first time posting my thoughts. I m not a fan of Rohit Sharma. But as an Indian always feel we are un necessarly putting more presure on Rohit. Let him play his own game. Rohit & Virat are the main candidates on whoem we have lot of expectations. After 4 failure in Australia in fourth test Virat scored century. Everybody needs time. Andrew Strauss scored century after 18 innings. But English selecters showed faith on him. Today he becomes matchwinner for England. If we put Rohit always in pressure how can he play his natural game ? Everytime he go for his turn keeping in mind pressure of critisism, what will happen ? So friends lets cheer up every youngster of India. Every body critisised Rohit after his test failure. Lets atleast say today Well played Rohit. 52 runs&3 wkt

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Well team India A........Luck always has final word to say. Sometimes it supports u sometime not. The guy B. Kumar has done all the great work for India till final over. He bowled out top order at nothing. But in his final over Benn hit 2 sixes to finish the game in favour of WI. Simply bad luck for India. India played really well besides failure of top order again. Rahane, Dhavan still searching forms. The way Pujara bowled behind legs is the dismissal Pujara want to forget as early as possible. It is a good sign Rohit finding his form again. But it always risky to make any statement about his batting. Lets hope he will continue till end now. But one strong point Rohit prooving here. He is marching towards a good allrounder. After scoring 52, he took 3 wickets today. In Test series he also had 9 wickets on his name. So it is really nice sign for Indian Cricket. Well India A, never mind. I m sure India will wecome u if u finishes the tour at- Test-1/2, T20-1/1 & ODI-3/0. All the best !

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Yes agreed with first comment. India A is suffering in WI. As coach Rajput said, India A is lacking combined efforts. Nice to see Rohit again Showing signs of regaining his batting form. But he has to carry his form till the end of the tour. Still 4 matches to go. One T20 & 3 ODIs. For him it is very necessary to proove himself for the Indian team specially after avg recent test performance. One strong positive thing he prooved in the tour is he can be a healthy bowler in all formats. He was among the wickets in tests also. Today at a crucial time he brought India back taking 2 wickets including mighty Carter, who was about to take onehandedly WI to victory scoring 22 from Ahmed's over. Rohit took three wickets plus scored 52. Well played but need more from him. Bad luck for B. Kumar who performed exraordinay till 17 th over of WI inning. But Suleman Benn !.... Hits 2 back to back sixes in his last over costs India the match. Never mind India. Better luck today for the 2 nd T20 today.

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | June 24, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Ahh! First lost by 10 WICKETS the other day and now this... :D

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  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | June 24, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Ahh! First lost by 10 WICKETS the other day and now this... :D

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Yes agreed with first comment. India A is suffering in WI. As coach Rajput said, India A is lacking combined efforts. Nice to see Rohit again Showing signs of regaining his batting form. But he has to carry his form till the end of the tour. Still 4 matches to go. One T20 & 3 ODIs. For him it is very necessary to proove himself for the Indian team specially after avg recent test performance. One strong positive thing he prooved in the tour is he can be a healthy bowler in all formats. He was among the wickets in tests also. Today at a crucial time he brought India back taking 2 wickets including mighty Carter, who was about to take onehandedly WI to victory scoring 22 from Ahmed's over. Rohit took three wickets plus scored 52. Well played but need more from him. Bad luck for B. Kumar who performed exraordinay till 17 th over of WI inning. But Suleman Benn !.... Hits 2 back to back sixes in his last over costs India the match. Never mind India. Better luck today for the 2 nd T20 today.

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    Well team India A........Luck always has final word to say. Sometimes it supports u sometime not. The guy B. Kumar has done all the great work for India till final over. He bowled out top order at nothing. But in his final over Benn hit 2 sixes to finish the game in favour of WI. Simply bad luck for India. India played really well besides failure of top order again. Rahane, Dhavan still searching forms. The way Pujara bowled behind legs is the dismissal Pujara want to forget as early as possible. It is a good sign Rohit finding his form again. But it always risky to make any statement about his batting. Lets hope he will continue till end now. But one strong point Rohit prooving here. He is marching towards a good allrounder. After scoring 52, he took 3 wickets today. In Test series he also had 9 wickets on his name. So it is really nice sign for Indian Cricket. Well India A, never mind. I m sure India will wecome u if u finishes the tour at- Test-1/2, T20-1/1 & ODI-3/0. All the best !

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Lovely and positive comments by Mr. Ashok Pradhan. Rightly said. Why we always love to critisise our youngsters. I always feel bad about Rohit Sharma. Repeatedly he is being critisised after every failure. Today I am first time posting my thoughts. I m not a fan of Rohit Sharma. But as an Indian always feel we are un necessarly putting more presure on Rohit. Let him play his own game. Rohit & Virat are the main candidates on whoem we have lot of expectations. After 4 failure in Australia in fourth test Virat scored century. Everybody needs time. Andrew Strauss scored century after 18 innings. But English selecters showed faith on him. Today he becomes matchwinner for England. If we put Rohit always in pressure how can he play his natural game ? Everytime he go for his turn keeping in mind pressure of critisism, what will happen ? So friends lets cheer up every youngster of India. Every body critisised Rohit after his test failure. Lets atleast say today Well played Rohit. 52 runs&3 wkt

  • POSTED BY on | June 24, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    What is particularly sad is that this WI A team is a rather poor one. No one is this squad is remotely close to being selected to the senior WI team and to see them destroying the pride of India makes me wonder how good these so called indian stars really are.

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | June 24, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    It is good to see that they finally decide to pick the best spin bowler in the W.I.Had he been playing on the spin friendly wickets against the other touring teams the results would of been much different.His height and his aggressive attitude will make a difference.I hope that he is played against NZ.Holder should also be given a try..we play too many short bowlers...especially fast bowlers. Get on the ball W.I selectors.

  • POSTED BY 30-30-150 on | June 24, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    India were slightly unlucky today. Benn stole the match off the last over just as India started to get complacent. 15 required off 6 with two tailenders, who would have expected an onslaught like that? I'm surprised India didn't have a separate team for limited-overs leg of the tour... I mean what are Pujara and Tiwary doing in this team? Even the bowlers.. Someone like Pankaj Singh deserves to get into the limited-overs A team. WI A team is really good. I can only laugh at people who say "No one is this squad is remotely close to being selected to the senior WI team" since most have played for West Indies already. Jonathan Carter is a real talent though. A Dwayne Bravo in the making.

  • POSTED BY sachin_champ on | June 24, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Again the old story . I am big fan of Indian cricket but m not a fan of these young guns approach .I mean its all about the approach more than technique . At the death overs Indian always feel the heat not in this game but always . They can't handle the tough situation . Indian bowlers like Vinay , Munaf , PK , Nehra , Zaheer , Sreesanth and many more are just useless in death overs . India lost Matches in Aus and Bangladesh due to last over bash . So its a old story in with new characters only . Even in IPL most of the Indian bowlers are awful in last 2-3 overs . Its a true accept it . And on Rohit ..hes a class act but need some confidence in his batting .

  • POSTED BY Evangelyst on | June 24, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    @ werner blomberg - The WI team is not as weak as it looks. Both Suleman And Powell have played tests and ODIs for WI. Lets give credit where its due, WI played better. Having said that every team is a champ in its backyard, as Eng tour to Sharjah showed Eng - World # 1 team collapsed in Sharjah, so even the stronger teams on paper can lose in overseas conditions.

  • POSTED BY 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