West Indies A v India A, 2nd unofficial ODI, Grenada June 29, 2012

India A demolish hosts for 76, level series

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India A 184 for 7 (Rohit 39, Saxena 35, Holder 3-40) beat West Indies A 76 (Darekar 4-17, Dinda 2-4) by 108 runs

Akshay Darekar, the Maharashtra left-arm spinner, led a dominating performance by the India A bowlers as they demolished West Indies A for 76 in the second game to tie the three-match unofficial ODI series 1-1.

Just three home batsmen managed to get into double figures as Ashok Dinda put them under pressure from the outset. Dinda had Kieran Powell caught for a duck, and bowled Kirk Edwards before he could score as well. Bhuvneshwar Kumar got rid of Adrian Barath and Jonathan Carter.

Darekar and Jalaj Saxena, the Madhya Pradesh allrounder, took over after that as West Indies A crumbled. Darekar ended with 4 for 17 while Saxena picked up 2 for 23 as the hosts were dismissed in 27.1 overs.

Saxena had earlier starred with the bat as well, one of only two India A batsmen to go past 30, the other being Rohit Sharma (39). The India A top order could not make any contribution of note. Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara departed cheaply as the visitors slumped to 46 for 3.

Rohit and Manoj Tiwary seemed to have steadied things before Tiwary was run out for 20. It was Saxena's 35 that got India A closer to 200 eventually as they ended on 184 for 7. Jason Holder was the most successful bowler for West Indies A, taking 3 for 40.

The final ODI will be played on July 1.

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  • Gaurav on June 30, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    Rahane and Mukund has been a major disappointment in this tour and that's a worry.Indian team led by Ganguly in 2004 against Australia ,and the one in 2007 led by Dravid in England ,did well overseas because in those series opening partnerships were consistently satisfactory and hence the pressure on middle order was much lesser than it was during recent whitewashes Indian team faced.

  • Dummy4 on June 30, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    @SIRSOBERS and WINDIES FANS where was your criticism during the 2nd and 3rd first class matches played on a similar pitches? Aus/SA /Eng are never so bowler friendly.Batters have a chance to get runs there. BARBADOS WSA THE ONLY GOOD PITCH SO FAR. Mark my words - Windies are not going to gain anything by preparing pitches which are too bowler friendly. none of so called upcoming pacers will rise without getting challenged.

  • Dummy4 on June 30, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    I think Jalaj Saxena is the most underrated palyer in India not even considered for an IPL contract.But is a better player and that he proved in this tour.He should get more chances. Ashok Meneria,Mandeep Sing & Mayank Agarwal also get chnaces I would like to see Indian A team top order as Unmukh Chand,Mayank Agarwal,Mandeep Sing, Ashok Meneria

  • Deepak on June 30, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    @SIRSOBERS - What do you mean mate? Grenada is a typical West Indian surface with a little more in it for the bowlers.

  • Sree on June 30, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Dinda changed the course of this game in his first over, something that has not happened in the Indian bowling dept. for a while. Short tours have made it difficult for bowlers of all teams to adjust to changing conditions and I am willing to bet my money on the Indians winning this series in the decider.

  • P Subramani on June 30, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    A very balance post by ravi_hari here. Something that is as rare as hen's teeth in cricinfo.The many prophets of doom should realise that the same team is not going to represent India as one in the future. There will be some out of this lot who might come in, whoever that might be and some promising ones even before their time in the U 19 team.That combination is what will determine what the Indian team of the next decade is going to be.I am talking of a time when Sachin Sehwag Zaheer Dhoni and VVS will not be around.There could well be a team like: Chand,Rahane,Gambhir.Pujara,Kohli,Rohit Sharma,Zol,Saha,Umesh Yadav,Varun Aaron,Ishant Sharma and Darekar/Vikas/Harmeet.The point we must understand is that a team does not happen overnight.They become winners under a good and lucky Captain and is inevitably labelled the 'next invincibles" or some such thing.I wish therefore that this lot have soaked in the substance of touring West Indies.It will come in handy for the players of the future

  • Dummy4 on June 30, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    SIRSOBERS - part of the answer to your question lies in the heavy cost of air travel for both teams, and better hotel rates for longer stays, believe it or not! Not sure why, but there is precious little money being expended in developing the Windies A team, especially when the likes of Edwards, Powell and Barath desperately depend on this team's exposure to success

  • Dummy4 on June 30, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    I expressed concerns about our batting after the 1st ODI, & we now have the same problem again. These guys r our future batters & this doesn't look good. The technical part of the game is failing us. And yes, why all 3 games at the same venue? Finance? Maybe.

  • o on June 30, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Playing all 3 odi games in Grenada is basically like W.I playing away and India at home, why choose to play all three Odi's here ?

  • hari on June 30, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    Very good comeback by the Indians. If you look at the Windies top order it is almost the same as their regular side. However, Dinda and co. have demolished them for just 76 - a commendable effort. The batsmen did well in the first game and the bowlers in the second. The Final promises to be a thriller. I wonder where is Awana. The promising youngster should get a game. I think he can replace Rahul Sharma who has been awfully out of form. A little tweaking with the batting order also can fetch good results. The series should have given the youngsters in the team a good exposure. Especially the future India bats - Rahane, Pujara, Tiwary all would have gained enough from this tour. I only hope they interacted with some Windies greats like Haynes, Greenidge, Richardson, Richards, Holding, Walsh, etc. I think it is important for the coach / manager to make these youngsters meet them and gain valuable advise.

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