In the first game of the tour of India, West Indies were humilated by India’s second grade India A team at the CCI, Mumbai. Except Samuels none of the West Indians utilized the warm up game. However, they have one more chance before the ODI series begin as they will again play against India A at Wankhede after two days.
West Indians elected to bat after winning the toss but couldn’t do much against the new ball on a green turf. Jasprit Bumrah, who impressed with his bowling during IPL for Mumbai Indians began to use conditions as he able to get a edge of Johnson which ended as a catch for Chand in slips. However, he could control to leak runs as he kept conceding wides. At end of 7th over, surprisingly Simmons retired hurt after facing 23 balls scoring 12 due to a sore back and eventually recorded as to be retired hurt. Local boy, Kulkarni’s discipline bowling resulted him in form of Darren Bravo’s wicket as he was cleaned up by the Mumbai pacer.
A decent stand looked to be formed between Ramdin and Samuels in which Samuels looked comfortable. However, Ramdin was been sent back by Binny, courtesy of good catch from Chand. Despite of Test Captain Ramdin and ODI captain Sammy in the team, Pollard captain West Indies in this game but couldn’t do anything special with bat as he was cleaned up by Mishra, who did the same to Sammy in his nex over. With loss of 6 wickets at 76, Holder and Samuels decided to attack as they put on a partnership of 47 in just 39 balls before Samuels was trapped infront of wickets by Karan. Samuels was top scorer for them with 56 off 59 balls, who completed fifty in 53 balls scoring 9 fours.
Spinners Karan Sharma, Amit Mishra and Parvez Rasool didn’t did late to srap the reamining wickets as West Indians bowled for 148 failing to play even 40 overs. Other than Samuels, only Holder managed to cross twenty run mark as he scored 21 runs and the second top scorer been extras, 28.
With just a total of 149 needing, India A openers Vijay and Chand played off with ease. They went to Lunch break at 35 for 0 at 7 overs and came out with attacking the opposition bowlers. The openers shared a stand of 71 off 73 balls before Vijay was dismissed by Roach for 26. However, after that wicket Indians didn’t gave any joy for the West Indians as Unmukt Chand and Karun Nair kept scoring boundaries. Chand brought up his fifty of 60 balls and Nair was happy to give the strike to his counter partner. They both put on a unbeaten stand of 78 off just 80 balls sealing India A’s win by 9 wickets with 147 balls.
India A: 149 for 1 in 25.3 overs (UBT Chand 79*, KK Nair 28*; KAJ Roach 1/28) beat West Indians: 148 all out in 38.1 overs (MN Samuels 56, JO Holder 21; A Mishra 3/26, KV Sharma 2/27) 9 wickets