West Indies A v India A, 1st unofficial ODI, Grenada

India A go down in last-over thriller

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 28, 2012

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West Indies A 193 for 8 (Carter 39, Dinda 3-45) beat India A 190 (Rahane 58, Permaul 4-33) by two wickets

Veerasammy Permaul and Delorn Johnson shared all ten wickets, West Indies A v India A, 2nd unofficial Test, St Vincent, 4th day, June 12, 2012
Veerasammy Permaul (centre) took four wickets and was then involved in a 35-run ninth-wicket stand © West Indies Cricket
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An unbeaten 35-run stand between West Indies A captain Veerasammy Permaul and Nikita Miller for the ninth wicket helped the hosts come from behind to beat India A by two wickets* in their first unofficial ODI played at St George's, Grenada.

Chasing 191, West Indies seemed to be out of the game when they slid to 158 for 8, but Permaul combined with Miller to steer the hosts to victory, with three balls to spare. Permaul had picked up four wickets earlier in the day and made sure he was Man of the Match by scoring a match-winning 22, including a four and a six.

Earlier, India A elected to bat and managed 190 in their 50-overs. Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane put on a 49-run opening stand but the Indians lost their way after their departure as Permaul swept through the middle order. Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwary and Wriddhiman Saha all got starts before falling to Permaul.

After posting 190, India A's bowlers struck early by dismissing Test openers Adrian Barath for five and Kieran Powell, who followed at 42, after stroking 25 off 24 balls with three fours. Kirk Edwards then played aggressively, scoring 33 with two fours and a six to add 29 for the third wicket with Nkrumah Bonner.

After Edwards' departure with the score on 98, a 54-run, fifth-wicket stand between Jonathan Carter and Assad Fudadin kept the home side afloat. West Indies, though, lost four wickets for six runs, and were left needing Permaul and Miller 's heroics to clinch the victory.

Both sides will, now, meet for the second unofficial ODI on June 29.

*15.05 GMT, June 28: The article had incorrectly stated that India A were beaten by two runs. This has been changed.

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Posted by   on (June 29, 2012, 23:46 GMT)

WI top 4 is not up to it. barath 5 n 5 u need 2 go.

Posted by cimrsimg on (June 29, 2012, 22:42 GMT)

India won by 108 runs. Saxena is player of the match. This makes last match decider. I wish, we could see that live somewhere.

Posted by TheReverseDoosra_K on (June 29, 2012, 5:11 GMT)

sibs_tain: Justin Guillen from Trindad & Tobago

Posted by   on (June 28, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

@sonya. Good job. Let not your heart be troubled as there are many more WI supporters out here. Unfortunately, these players will be at home playing for the next year so you will see them do weell again. They should stop blaming the conditions, Permaul spin is too much for them

Posted by serious-am-i on (June 28, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

Its indeed a sad figure to see people fight over these league games. Which ever team performs better on the day wins it. Experience or no experience 1 or 2 players can't win u every match. @Sonya: These are the not the traditional WI tracks remember the days of Marshall, Holding throwing out fireballs now its more of slow and low tracks. Its not easy for new players to adapt to such conditions, its not another excuse but that's a fact, though India A performance has been below par the entire season. If these lads haven't settled down even after these many matches then its a sorry figure but at least this will be learning experience to the players who are expecting a comeback.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

@ Sonya Jones: BIGGER LOL to NZL... look at your own country and their performances in cricket bfor LOLing at others!!!

Posted by   on (June 28, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

Really impressive haul again from Dinda....just like the 2nd 20-20 it is he who again brought India to the winning contention...but could not finish it this time....time to have him in the playing 11 of the senior team...he basis current form is definitely better than ishant or praveen or even zaks for the matter...

Posted by sibs_tain on (June 28, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

Does anyone know who that white guy is in the picture?

Posted by   on (June 28, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

ohhh india plz come out of this chocking habbit like seniors in foreign pitches. shikhar dhawan,s slowness awarding india with defeat as deccan

Posted by   on (June 28, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

Rahane should be in one day team and Pujara test...rest of them can go playing Ranji etc...Tiwari and Sharma have continued their disappointing performance..always had image of potential/talent etc but on delivery front has been very poor

Posted by   on (June 28, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

This is not end of world, our weakness towards bouncy and seaming pitches is well known. If you probably see the bowling performance, even if we got dead pitches in India, bowling department has done exceptionally well. Not the hyped up bowlers of IPL, unknown faces like, shammi, B Kumar, Jalaj Saxena, all done exceptionally good. So its time to think how we could develop them. We have seen a young bowler named unadkat bowling well overseas and really cant stay on top after that. Needs lot of grooming to be done for these bowlers. Loosing Dennis Lillee from MRF Pace academy is a big loss. Batting still remains as a problem area for India. We would have only one cheteswar pujara`s name to project in these whole series. Rahane, Dhawan, Rohit, all failed literally. Luckily we have only one slot vacant in the test slot, comes by the retirement of Dravid. But future is really bleak here, we will require more youngsters to fill up slots of Sachin, Laxman ,coming future. Lot of work BCCI.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

victory margin should be two wickets instead of two runs as mentioned in para Ist.. further these players roars only in IPL or home tournaments...in overseas conditions they falter like cards..nothing gonna happen...they will come back loosing all the matches and then few days later everyone will forget the humiliating loss..loss is not the problem the main concern is the way our players surrender in adverse conditions..

Posted by   on (June 28, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

yeah the indians can at least play at home unlike new zealand

Posted by Virendra_Y on (June 28, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

There is a mistake. West Indies A won by 2 wickets, not by 2 runs.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

Good for the WI"A". It is always good to have a win under your belt. However there is a worrying aspect of our game, the batting. Like the senior team, the batting in the "A" is a cause for concern. Through out the series so far the batting has let us down. I would like to c better batting performances from the top order. No consistency. But as they say a win is a win.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

Seems to be both teams are at equal level. Therefore all results we are getting at last over of the game. Both team are fighting well, but it is luck only having final word. For India plus point is Rahane getting form back. He scored back to back half centuries. Verywell played Ajinkya, All the best for remaining two ondayers. Again we are experiencing our batting unit is not performing well yet. So far we are struggling on the tour. Pujara is also loosing his touch after threehalf cemturies in the test series. Tiwary, Dhavan and Rohit are performing but not converting their innings to matchwinning performance. Still we have two onedayers left. We can still win the series. Another important plus point we are experiencing. Rohit is consistingly taking wickets at crucial time. Even yesterday his bowling eq was 10/0/32/2. It is very good sign for Indian cricket. We know how excellent batsman he is. Just what Indian want. All the best to him also. Come on Pyjara & co ! Come back with 2/1.

Posted by theswami on (June 28, 2012, 11:23 GMT)

Next match get Mukund, Dhawan is a failure ...

Posted by   on (June 28, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

@Bruiser. A win is a win. It doesn't matter how it came about. Anyway, the Indian A side is more experienced and were expected too walk over the inexperienced WI side, but look what happened. Despite, playing for so many years and having such a large pool of players to choose from, India still struggles to win matches overseas. In fact, in many occasions they give up before the match even starts. Pls, ask Indian team to play only at home, on flat pitches. I will stick with WI and our superstars Lara, Viv etc. Keep it up boys :)

Posted by Samuel1133 on (June 28, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

@Sonya Jones - What are the WI team doin then? Playin abroad?

Posted by saifur.raffael on (June 28, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

yes this india side hasn't produce the form that they do while playing in home condition.i think they will get out of the 2015 world cup in the group stage prior to their A squad & seniors humiliating defeat in the over seas and all indian fans should agree.BCCI and players should think more about cricket rater than wasting time with so called bollywood's ipl.

Posted by Bruisers on (June 28, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

@Sonya Jones - Did you read the title of the article? 'LAST-OVER THRILLER' means the game could have gone either way. Same with the two T20s as well. Could have been anyone's game.

Posted by satish619chandar on (June 28, 2012, 9:54 GMT)

Thought they lose, they can learn from the mistakes.. The 9th wicket stand of this many runs in such a pitch was not that good.. May be, following the tradition of the senior team in allowing the tail to dictate terms..

Posted by   on (June 28, 2012, 9:30 GMT)

Big lol to the Indian side. They can only play at home. Well done WI. Good to see the team doing well. Keep it up.

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