West Indians haven’t got off to a desired start on their tour of India. After been humiliated in the first warm up game by India A, the visitors once again had disappointment in the second game but showed up some fight taking the game to last over at Wankhede. Now the main portion of the tour begins with West Indies playing against the hosts, India at Kochi on 8th.
After winning the toss, India A decided to bat first. Murali Vijay began in a fashion by striking first ball the match delivered by Rampaul to boundary. Vijay continue his flowing as he scored 21 runs out of Team’s score 25 in the first six overs. Finally his flow got breached on same score when he edge one to keeper of Holder. Chand and new batsman Nair took their time to settle but once they got set, they didn’t made the bowlers set down. From been at 108, the score raised to 175 by 27th over, courtesy of the young lads’ urgency. Unmukt Chand completed his fifty in 62 balls with 6 boundaries and Karun Nair did it in 55 balls and brought up his fifty in style by smashing a six.
Their outstanding stand of 149 runs of just 123 balls came to very end when Nair played cut shot straight to Blackwell at point of Roach after scoring a 63-ball, 64 comprised 4 fours and 4 sixers. Struggles of India A began after that wicket with Chand feeling nervous in 90s and other batsmen falling quickly. Captain Tiwary could only manage 7 runs before edging one to keeper of Taylor followed by Samson, who was also found to edge one to keeper but this time of Rampaul for 5 runs of 17 balls. Finally Chand brought up his century in 110 balls but got out couple of balls after century, credit to a brilliant yorker from Taylor. India A fell to 250/7 in 44th over with Gurkeerat who tried to pull and Binny who edge to keeper off Pollard got out for 20 and 15 respectively. With Tail batsmen tried to hang out, India A could manage to get all out for 282 in penultimate over.
With 11 fit players required to play the game, West Indian coach Stuart Williams needed to field, more than half of innings in absence of Simmons, who sustained a back injury and Bravo, who was unfit. Later Stuart needed to bat a couple of overs.
Chasing a target of 283 to win, West Indians too got a start like India with Blackwood, the called mean time replacement for Narine started with four of fist ball off Kulkarni of the innings. But Kulkarni came back to get the same man in his second over. Later he went on to bowl there consecutive maidens. Their troubles increased when Johnson edge one off Bumrah to Vijay in slips. West Indians’ last game’s only performer, Marlon Samuels managed to score 24 before getting cleaned up by Karan Sharma. It was followed by cleaning up off the stand in captain, Kieron Pollard who managed to score just 9 with a Six.
With four down by 16th over, Sammy and Ramdin tried to do some special gesture to upset India. In the flow, Ramdin brought up his fifty of 73 balls. Their stand looked solid as they shared 101 in 121 balls but soon the next ball, Sammy departed after scoring a 50 which came in 67 balls. But Ramdin, who had a great day with keeping by taking 5 catches was looking dangerous to take the game away from India. Soon he reached the 100-run mark in just 99 balls and their victory started to look close with Holder putting a vital hand.
With 55 needing of 34, Ramdin was dismissed by Karun Nair after holing out to Bumrah for a run a ball 102 as the 62 run stand of 50 balls with Holder came to an end. The equation for win was brought down to 23 off 6 and Holder began the last over with a six off young bowler Bumrah. But Jasprit Bumrah came back well without conceding even a run in last five balls along with sending back Holder who scored a 42-ball 54, as West Indians lost the game by 16 runs.
India A: 282 all out in 48.1 overs (UBT Chand 101, KK Nair 64; J Taylor 3/51, KA Pollard 2/29) beat West Indians: 266 for 6 in 50.0 overs (D Ramdin 102, D Sammy 39; D Kulkarni 3/39, JJ Bumrah 2/43) by 16 runs