West Indies A v India A, 1st unofficial ODI, Grenada June 28, 2012

India A go down in last-over thriller

ESPNcricinfo staff

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

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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  • Dummy4 on June 29, 2012, 23:46 GMT

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

  • Shakir 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.

  • Karandeep on June 29, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    sibs_tain: Justin Guillen from Trindad & Tobago

  • Dummy4 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

  • Andy 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.

  • Dummy4 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!!!

  • Dummy4 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...

  • Sibtain on June 28, 2012, 17:02 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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

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