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Kirk Edward led West Indies A to the series win vs. India A – 3rd unofficial ODI

Zia Rana September 19, 2013

West Indies A 9-312 (Kirk Edwards 104, Leon Johnson 54, Jaydev Unadkat 5-55) beat India A 8-267 (Baba Aparajith 78, Yuvraj Singh 61, Veerasammy Permaul 3-55) by 45 runs.

The top order batsman of West Indies A, Kirk Edwards, blasted a ton in the second unofficial ODI as the visitors clinched the game and the series against India A.

The Windies A powered 312 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in the allocated 50 overs and the Blue Shirts A were restricted to 267 with two wickets remaining.

The third and final unofficial One Day International was played on Thursday, September 19, 2013, at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.

Earlier, Yuvraj Singh, the captain of India A, won the toss and invited the Caribbeans A to bat first. The batting was opened by Andre Fletcher and his skipper, Kieran Powell in a slow manner and they scored 17 runs in the first five overs. Both batsmen hit a couple of fours each in the next two overs and Powell got the first six of the day in the 9th over. He became the first victim at 74 in 13.2 overs after registering 40 off 33 with 1 six and 4 fours while Fletcher followed him five runs later for 28. Kirk Edwards and Jonathan Carter got in together and kept the score board moving with regular boundaries. The latter was gone for 35 and was replaced by Leon Johnson who opened his account with a six.

Kirk Edwards - A match winning hundred

Kirk Edwards – A match winning hundred

Kirk Edwards changed his gears while opting to attack, he reached his fifty with a six on the first ball of the 35th over and added another two fours in the same over. Johnson kept on consolidating at the other end and accumulated 10 runs in the 41st over with 1 six and 1 four. He completed his sixth List A fifty in the next one and was caught by Kedar Jadhav off Jaydev Unadkat for 54 from 42 with 3 lofty sixes and 4 fours. Kirk Edwards took charge after that and hit three back to back fours in the 45th over which was bowled by Siddarth Kaul. He thrashed his second List A century and was finally clean bowled by Unadkat for 104 off even balls with 3 big sixes and 12 fours. West Indies A smashed 312 runs with one wicket still in hand at the end of the 50th over.

Jaydev Unadkat was the star performer with five wickets, Shahbaz Nadeem held two whereas Vinay Kumar and Baba Aparajith shared one wicket each.

Robin Uthappa along with Baba Aparajith started off the chase for the home side by scoring 39 runs in 8 overs. Uthappa was run out in the next one for 27 and the next batsman Naman Ojha was caught behind by Devon Thomas off Jonathan Carter for a duck. The hosts were in some sort of trouble at 2-46 in 9.5 overs as Yuvraj Singh appeared on the scene next and hit the first six of the innings in the 14th one. He hit another 2 fours in the 18th over and was dropped at 40 whereas Aparajith kept on adding useful runs at his end. The skipper reached his 66th List A fifty with a grand six over midwicket and his partner attained his third List A half century in the 26th over.

The third wicket partnership was broken at 158 in 29.2 overs when the stumps of Yuvraj Singh were uprooted by Ashley Nurse for 61 from 59 deliveries with 3 spicy sixes and 4 fours. Kedar Jadhav got in next as Aparajith hit two continuous fours in the 32nd over. The latter became the fourth victim at 181 for 78 off 96 with 1 six and 6 fours while Jadhav departed 16 runs later for 17. Vinay Kumar was the only other notable batsman who remained unbeaten for 37 as India A scored 267 after losing 8 wickets in 50 overs.

Veerasammy Permaul was the highest wicket taker with three, Miguel Cummins got two whereas Jonathan Carter and Ashley Nurse claimed one wicket each.

West Indies A triumphed in the third unofficial One Day International vs. India A by a margin of 45 runs and grabbed the series 2-1.

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