INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE
Bangalore, 19 September
A timely century by Kirk Edwards (104, 104b, 12×4, 3×6) propelled West Indies A to a deserving 45-run, series-clinching victory against India A here at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium today. As in the previous game, put in to bat, West Indies A made the most of the opportunity to pile up 312/9 in their 50 overs with the 28-year-old Edwards guiding the team. In reply, the Indians faltered after skipper Yuvraj Singh (61, 59b, 4×4, 3×6) and opener Baba Aparajith (78, 96b, 6×4, 1×6) had put on 112 runs for the third wicket to finish on 267/8.
The victory helped the Caribbean side clinch the series 2-1 after they had come back from 0-1 down. The Indians promised a lot but delivered little in a series the hosts had been expected to win. The teams meet again on Saturday for a one-off Twenty20 bash.
For the second game running, India A, depending on Yuvraj, failed under pressure. Barring left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat, who grabbed a five-wicket haul, none of the other bowlers looked the part and to make matters worse, the batsmen too fumbled in sharp contrast to West Indies A, who showed greater discipline and character.
With opener Robin Uthappa (27) and Naman Ojha (0) failing early in the chase, it was left to Yuvraj and Aparajith to rebuild the innings. As long as the pair was at the crease, the Indians looked to be in the hunt but after their dismissals, it was a procession though Vinay Kumar (37 not out) offered some resistance.