West Indies A v India A, 2nd Twenty20, Trinidad June 24, 2012

Calm Dinda helps India A level series

ESPNcricinfo staff

India A 154 for 5 (Rahane 79, Benn 2-23) tied with West Indies A 154 for 4 (Bonner 82, Dinda 1-23). India win the one-over eliminator

The second unofficial Twenty20 international between West Indies A and India A in Port of Spain turned out to be a thriller. The match was a tie, but ultimately it was India who had the last laugh. Ashok Dinda bowled a miserly final over to force a tie, and then conceded just four runs in the one-over eliminator which India easily overhauled to level the two-match series.

India, who had lost the first T20, were asked to bat and their openers responded with a steady start, adding 61 in as many balls before Shikhar Dhawan fell for 33. Rohit Sharma followed soon after but Ajinkya Rahane, who went on to make 79, including two sixes, took the score to 131 with Manoj Tiwary. Sulieman Benn was economical and picked up two wickets; India were kept to 154 for 5.

West Indies' reply was led by Nkrumah Bonner, who smashed 82 off 65 balls with three fours and two sixes. He forged an opening stand of 72 in nine overs with captain Kieran Powell, and West Indies were favourites at that point. Rahul Sharma had a hand in running out Powell, and he then bowled Danza Hyatt with the score on 101. The wicketkeeper Jonathan Carter was out for a duck, facing six balls, but West Indies were still ahead in the final over.

They needed two to win off five balls. Bonner fell on the second ball of the final over, bowled by Dinda, caught by Jalaj Saxena. Dinda held his nerve for the remainder of the over, conceding just one run in the four balls that followed. Jason Mohammed and Christopher Barnwell, who finished on nought off three balls, failed to get their team over the line, the result was a tie and the game was left to be decided by the one-over eliminator.

Dinda again did a splendid job, and it was to win him the Man-of-the-Match award. West Indies managed just four runs in the eliminator, with both Carter and Bonner being run out. India didn't waste the chance, as West Indies had in their chase. Though Rohit fell first ball, Dhawan struck a boundary and the task was accomplished in three legal deliveries - Sulieman Benn didn't help his team's cause by bowling two wides.

The teams will now play three unofficial ODIs, starting June 27.

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  • Joe on June 26, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    I swear this guy Dinda got hammered by Bangladesh at the Asia Cup? How quick does he actually bowl? Doesn't look that tall or as built to me.

  • Shakir on June 25, 2012, 23:40 GMT

    @PACERONE: Pakistan has snatched defeat from the jaws of victory more often. I think WI is better than Pak.

  • Shakir on June 25, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    This was a fluke. It seems WI wanted to loose. Great work for Dinda, but I would say he had his share of luck. And just after 2 T20, it's hilarious to see everyone forgetting SHAMI's performance. It seems he doesn't even get consideration for shorter format.

  • Earl on June 25, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    This is a W.I problem..batsmen ... except Shiv..hate batting not out. What is Bonner doing getting out in the last over when all we needed was 3 runs? After doing all that hard work to give it away is silly.Instead of jumping for joy at the end of the game having won,their heads are hanging. One other thing..why did the batsmen not try to run even if the ball went straight to a fielder? Only W.I players could lose from a position like they had.

  • Sree on June 25, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    Over 20 bowled by Dinda (blow by blow) 19.1 - ONE run to Jason Mohammed (2 to get) 19.2 - OUT Bohner going for a big hit skies it to third man and Jalaj Saxena catches it 19.3 - ONE run to Jason Mohammed (1 to get) scores tied. 19.4 - Fast ball outside the off, missed by Barnwell 19.5 - Slightly full pitched, fast again outside the off, Barnwell misses again and WK comes up quickly to prevent any singles. Mid-pitch conference. 19.6 - Another fastish ball outside the off, missed by Barnwell again... Throughout this over, the body language of the team was positive with everyone ready to pounce to cut off singles.

    Super Over 0.1 - Single to Carter 0.2 - Single to Bohner 0.3 - Carter run out going for the second run (R Sharma/ W Saha) 0.4 - K Powell the new batsman, gets a single 0.5 - Bohner run out by a direct hit (innings completed)

  • Shiv on June 25, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    Oh no not Dinda pls. Use him for domestic only.

  • Dummy4 on June 25, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    just like the first test win , this is a major fluke. Indian youth is good but no where near West Indian youth.

  • Dummy4 on June 25, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Dinda a is one of the best bowler who can bowl yorkers consistently and bowl slow balls

  • Satish on June 25, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    My positives in this tour : Pujara, Saha or sure.. they showed the grit and determination that was required.. Rohit did decent but he was as inconsistent as ever.. The guys like Dhawan, Mukund, Rahane and Rahul Sharmadid miss out some golden chance to impress.. Tiwary was the real disappointment.. He was with national team for most part these days and actually the next guy in frame.. I expected lots of runs from him.. He did ok but still, lots was expected from the likes of Rahane, Rohit and Tiwary as these guys are in national team recently and should have been in better frame of mind and touch..

  • Naresh on June 25, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Dinda is the equivalent of ZAKS, except left/right. With maturity he could one day partner Yadav. There is potential with Dinda. I only hope that India can continue to unearth such pace talent so that the bench strength is there. Right now the cupboard is bare. Too much dependence is put on ZAKS and it is starting on Yadav as well.

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