Manoj Tiwari led India A has done it yet again as they registered a 16 run win over touring West Indies in the second practice in Mumbai. Delhi’s Unmukt Chand, who had scored vital 79 runs in the first match, scored brilliant century to ensure the victory of his team. His inning of 101 runs scored in 111 balls, included 8 boundaries and three splashing sixes enabled India A to give a real good target of 282 runs in 48.1 over for West Indies to chase.
In reply, despite the brilliant inning of 102 runs played by Dinesh Ramdin, the visitors could make only 266 runs. Apart from him, Derren Sammy (50) and Jason Holder (54) tried to save the match but could not succeed.
Dhawal Kulkarni took 3 wickets for 39 runs, Jaspreet Bumrah 2 for 43 and Karn Sharma proved little expensive as he gave 70 runs and could take only 2 wickets. However, India’s opener Murali Vijay contributed just 22 runs off 21 balls. KK Nair played a responsible inning of 64 crucial runs with 4 boundaries and 4 sixes. Other notable factor is contribution of 20 runs by new entrant Gurkeerat Singh.
However another talented batsman, Sanju Samson could not do well and got out on 5 runs. J E Taylor proved to be the only bowler who took 3 wickets for 51 runs for West Indies. R Rampaul, KAJ Roach and KA Pollard took two wickets each.
These two matches have given a valuable exposure to the young Indian players and it is nice to see Youngsters like Unmukt Chand, Jaspreet Bumrah, KK Nair shining. Dhawal Kulkarni has also been able to showcase his mettle. They are the future of Indian cricket after all.