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Edwards 104 gives WI series
BANGALORE—Kirk Edwards made a case for a return to the senior side by hammering a century as West Indies A claimed the series with a 45-run victory over India A in the third unofficial One Day International here yesterday.
Edwards, who last played for the West Indies in May last year, increased his comeback chances with a top score of 104 to anchor the Caribbean side’s second victory in a row following their opening lost to India A.
A half century from Leon Johnson as well powered the visitors to a formidable 312 for nine in 50 overs while the Indians stumbled to 267 for 8 in 50 overs after the collapse of a promising third wicket century stand.
Edwards arrived at the crease after a powerful 74 run opening stand in just 13 overs between skipper Kieran Powell and Andre Fletcher.
Edwards was guilty of not converting his starts in the first two matches. In the first match on Sunday, he edged to the keeper after making a brisk 19; on Tuesday he moved to 36 after smashing a six over square leg but was stumped down the leg side the following ball while trying to repeat the stroke. Yesterday, he held back, initially preferring to play from the crease. Three boundaries off Yuvraj Singh, through the off side and over midwicket, got him going.
What would have helped settle Edwards early was the start provided by the openers. Kieran Powell, who had struggled to push on in the earlier matches, made a conscious effort to force his way into form, risking his wicket with a few top edges. When Edwards walked in at No. 3, he had the cushion of 74 runs made in just over 13 overs. Powell scored 40 from 33 balls including four fours and a six while Fletcher’s knock of 28 yielded two fours and a six.
Edwards’ built his innings steadily taking singles before accelerating and reaching fifty with a massive six over long-on that was headed perilously close to the press box windows.
He hit 12 fours and three sixes and shared stands of 66 and 93 with Jonathan Carter and Leon Johnson.
Johnson scored an aggressive knock of 54 in 42 balls that contained four fours and three sixes. Carter followed up his century in the second match with a well played 35.
The good start rubbed off on Carter and Johnson as well, who shared stands of 66 and 93 with Edwards. Edwards’ knock was a typical one-day innings - steady building followed by acceleration. He focused on taking singles, and as his fifty approached, had the confidence to waltz down the track to the offspinner Yusuf Pathan and loft over deep midwicket.
He took apart the part-timers, cutting the offspin of B Aparajith past the wicketkeeper and short third man for boundaries. Johnson’s more aggressive knock at the other end put West Indies on the path to a big score and after he was dismissed, caught at cover, Edwards took control. West Indies made 100 runs off the last ten overs to shut out the hosts.
Jaydev Unadcat was the pick of the Indian bowlers with five for 55.
The only effort that kept India in the hunt was the third-wicket stand of 112, off 117 balls, between Baba Aparajith and Yuvraj.
Yuvraj powered along at more than a run-a-ball, slogging the spinners several rows back. Aparajith, who replaced the out-of-sorts Unmukt Chand, made good use of the opportunity with some positive drives. A worried Powell summoned his troops for a quick chat after the stand grew. When Yuvraj played back to a straight delivery by Ashley Nurse and lost his stumps, India’s resistance receded. India needed another big partnership to wrest the initiative but Yuvraj’s departure proved untimely.
Aparajith hit six fours and a six while Singh smashed four boundaries and his three sixes as he continued his run of form with 61.
Veerasammy Permaul grabbed three for 55 while Miguel Cummins picked up two for 46. CMC
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