MUMBAI, India – Marlon Samuels made a classy half century but that was the only highlight for West Indies as they lost by nine wickets to India A at Brabourne Stadium yesterday.
The classy right-hander stroked eight boundaries in a polished 56 with eight boundaries as West Indies were restricted to just 148 for nine off 38.1overs after winning the toss and electing to bat.
Opener Lendl Simmons retired hurt on 12 with a back complaint and could not resume his innings. India A then raced to 149 for one to win in the 26th over.
India’s bowlers were steady with leg-spinner Amit Mishra’s three-wicket haul doing most of the damage. Jason Holder (21) batted responsibly and ensured that the Indian spinners didn’t run through the tail.
After batting for 46 balls he finally ran out of patience and stepped out to off-spinner Parvez Rasool. He missed, and Sanju Samson did the rest. Holder and Samuels added 48 for the seventh wicket.
In the second half of the match, the India A batsmen motored to the small target. Opener Unmukt Chand was particularly impressive with 79 not out off 81 balls. He hit eight fours and two consecutive sixes off Samuels’ off spin.
He added 71 for the first wicket with Murali Vijay who made 26 before he was well caught head-high by Samuels off Kemar Roach’s first ball. Chand was then joined by the attacking Karn Nair who scored 28 not out off 26 balls to rush to victory.
The two teams will meet in a second 50-over warm-up match tomorrow at the Wankhede Stadium.
West Indies: 148 All Out (38.1 Overs). Marlon Samuels 56, Jason Holder 21, Lendl Simmons 12, Kemar Roach 10; Amit Mishra 10-1-26-3, Sharma 7.1-1-27-2, Dhawal Kulkarni 6-2-14-1, Parvez Rasool 3-1-7-1.
India A: 149/1 (25.3 Overs). Unmukt Chand 79*, Karun Nair 28*, Murali Vijay 26; Kemar Roach 4-0-28-1, Ravi Rampaul 6-1-25-0, Marlon Samuels 7-0-35-0, Jerome Taylor 5-0-25-0.
Result: India A won by 9 wickets.
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