India ‘A’s poor run of form in the Caribbean continued as it lost the first of the three-match unofficial ODI series against the West Indies ‘A’ by two wickets in a last over thriller here.
Opting to bat at the National Stadium, India was all out for 190 in the allotted 50 overs with West Indies skipper Veerasammy Permaul picking up four wickets.
Ajinkya Rahane top-scored for India with a fine 58.
The home side also kept losing wickets at regular intervals in the run chase and at one stage it was 158 for eight and it looked like India would pull off a sensational victory.
But tailenders Permaul and Nikita Miller put together an unbeaten 35-run stand for the ninth wicket to seal the match in the West Indies’ favour with three balls to spare.
Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan (30) and Rahane gave India a decent start, while Manoj Tiwary (26) and Jalaj Saxena (22) also chipped in with some valuable runs, but the Windies bowlers always kept the visitors in check by taking wickets at regular intervals.
Permaul, who returned to lead West Indies after missing the two-match Twenty20 series, was the pick of the bowlers with figures of four for 33. Jason Holder (two for 30) and Jonathan Carter (two for 41) also contributed to the team’s success.
In reply, West Indies lost Adrian Barath (5) early but Kieran Powell (25) and Kirk Edwards (33) steadied the boat.
Thereafter, Carter, who hit a solid 39, and Assad Fudadin (26) always kept the hosts in the hunt.
The scores: India ‘A’ 190 in 50 overs (Rahane 58, Dhawan 30, Manoj Tiwary 26, Permaul four for 33) lost to West Indies ‘A’ 193 for eight in 49.3 overs (Powell 25, Edwards 33, Carter 39, Fudadin 26, Dinda three for 45).
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