Windies ‘A’ take first one-dayer
ST GEORGE’S – An unbroken 35-run ninth wicket stand between captain Veerasammy Permaul and tail-ender Nikita Miller pulled West Indies “A” out of a hole and fired them to a tense two-wicket win over India “A” in the first One-Day International here yesterday.
Chasing a meagre 191 for victory at the National Stadium, West Indies were languishing at 158 for eight before Permaul and Miller combined to steer the hosts to 193 without further loss, with three balls remaining in the innings.
Permaul, voted Man of The Match after his earlier four-wicket haul, finished on 22 not out, while Miller chipped in with 12, to secure West Indies A a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Earlier, India “A” were bowled out for 190 off the last ball of the innings, after winning the toss and batting. Ajinkya Rahane top-scored with 58.
Permaul earned four for 28 with his steady left-arm spin, while seamers Jason Holder (2-30) and Jonathan Carter (2-41) undermined the visitors.
West Indies A lost Adrian Barath for five early in the run chase and fellow opener Kieran Powell followed at 42 for two after hammering a brisk 25 off 24 balls.
Test batsman Kirk Edwards stroked 33 off 44 balls with two fours and a six to add 29 for the third wicket with Nkrumah Bonner (14).
When Bonner perished at 71 for three, Edwards combined with top-scorer Jonathan Carter (39) to put on another 27.
Edwards departed with the score on 98, paving the way for a 54-run fifth wicket stand between left-handers Carter and Assad Fudadin.
Carter faced 75 balls and hit two fours, while Fudadin scored 26 from 44 balls.
Both fell in a slide that saw four wickets tumble for six runs before Permaul blasted a four and a six off 13 balls to see his side home. (CMC)