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Yuvraj, Rahul shine as India A thrash West Indies A

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Updated: Saturday, September 21, 2013, 18:36 [IST]
 
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Bangalore, Sep 21: Captain Yuvraj Singh's fine all-round show (52 and 2/24) and legspinner Rahul Sharma's career best haul of 5/23 powered India A to a massive 93-run victory over West Indies A in the one off Twenty20 here on Saturday.

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Once India A posted 214/7 in 20 overs, it was always going to be tough for the visitors. They did not put up a fight and surrendered at 121 all out in 16.2 overs. Rahul finished with his T20 career-best bowling figures of 5/23 in 3.2 overs.

Yuvraj, Rahul shine as India A win T20

Opener Andre Fletcher was the top scorer with 32. The next best was from Devon Thomas with 21.

Now the teams will be involved in three-match series of four-day matches. India A will be led by Cheteshwar Pujara. First match is in Mysore from September 25.

Earlier, paceman Andre Russell took four wickets in four balls but that did not stop India A from posting a mammoth 214/7 in 20 overs.

Led by Yuvraj's (52, 35 balls, 4x4, 3x6) half century and Kedar Jadhav's quick 42 (21 balls, 4x4, 2x6), India A dominated the proceedings after opting to bat first at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. India A hit 14 boundaries and 11 sixes.

The final score could have been more if not for that crazy over in the 19th of the innings where Russell took four in four. Jadhav, Yuvraj, Naman Ojha and Yusuf Pathan fell to the big right-handed West Indian bowler. Russell dismissed Ojha for a golden duck to claim the hat-trick and added Pathan's scalp the next ball. He too fell for a first-ball duck. Russell ended with 4/45 in 4 overs.

From 189/3 at the end of 18 overs, India were pushed back by Russell as they slumped to 189/7 in 18.4 overs. But left-hander Sumit Narwal's 7-ball 18 not out (1x4, 1x6) took India A past the 200-run mark.

Yuvraj was slow to start but once he reached 25, he began to attack the bowler. From 25 off 24, he blasted his way to half century, needing just 9 deliveries to move from 25 to 51. His fifty came of 33 balls.

In the final five overs, India A plundered 73 runs. The foundation for this big score was laid by their openers.

Earlier, India A's 50 came in just 3.5 overs with Robin Uthappa and Unmukt Chand scoring at a brisk pace.

Chand was dropped on 22 by Nikita Miller off Veerasammy Permaul. Again, Chand enjoyed another reprieve on 42. Ronsford Beaton put down a catch off offspinner Ashley Nurse. Both were easy catches. However, Chand (47, 29 balls, 4x4, 2x6) fell in the same over to Nurse (10th of the innings) when Kirk Edwards completed a superb catch.

Amid dropped catches and misfields, Nurse stood out for the visitors with a fine spell of bowling. He finished with 2/18 in 4 overs.

By the end of powerplay overs of six, India A had raced to 70/0. In 10 overs, India A were 94/2 and moved to 141/3 in 15.

Left-arm spinner Permaul gave the visitors a success in the seventh over when he trapped Uthappa LBW. That ended a superb opening stand of 74 in just 6.4 overs. Uthappa made a 21-ball 35 with 1 four and 3 sixes.

Baba Aparajith, who scored a half century in the final one-day, batted at four but could not last long. He was dismissed for just three runs.

West Indies A had won the three-match one-day series 2-1 on Thursday.

Brief Scores

India A 214/7 in 20 overs (Yuvraj Singh 52, Kedhar Jadhav 42, Robin Uthappa 35, Unmukt Chand 47, Andre Russell 4/45, Ashley Nurse 2/18, Veerasammy Permaul 1/35) beat West Indies A 121 all out in 16.2 overs (Andre Fletcher 32, Devon Thomas 21, Rahul Sharma 5/23, Yuvraj Singh 2/24, R Vinay Kumar 2/22)

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Story first published:  Saturday, September 21, 2013, 13:41 [IST]

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