India A beat West Indies A by 77 runs after Yuvraj Singh's scintillating ton

Yuvraj Singh marked his comeback to professional cricket with an 89-ball 123 against West Indies A © AFP (File Photo)

Sep 15, 2013
 
India A completed a comfortable 77-run victory over West Indies A in the first unofficial One-Day International (ODI) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.
 
Buoyed by a scintillating century from comeback man and captain Yuvraj Singh (123 off 89 balls), along with half-centuries from Yusuf Pathan (70 not out off 32 balls) and Mandeep Singh (67 off 78 balls), India A posted a mammoth 312 for four on the board after the game was reduced to a 42-overs-a-side contest due to a wet outfield delaying the start.
 
The visitors then lost wickets at regular intervals in a bid to keep up with the required rate and were never really in the match. After a brisk start in which openers Nkrumah Bonner (16) and captain Kieron Powell (17) scored 24 off the first three overs, Vinay Kumar found the former’s outside edge and a couple of overs later he got the leading edge of Powell’s bat to send the duo packing.
 
Narsingh Deonarine and Andre Fletcher tried to manufacture something after Sumit Narwal got his first wicket, dismissing Kirk Edwards (19), but after a 54-run partnership, Fletcher (29) found the leading edge going for a sweep of spinner Yusuf Pathan to end his effort. Deonarine stuck around to score a half-century, but it wasn’t enough as the Windies collapsed for 235, after a rearguard gutsy knock from Ashley Nurse (57 off 50 balls).

For India A, Vinay Kumar, Narwal, Rahul Sharma and Yusuf Pathan all picked up a brace each.

Read the first innings report here
 
Brief scores:
 
India A 312 for 4 in 42 overs (Yuvraj Singh 123, Yusuf Pathan 70*; Miguel Cummins 1 for 50) beat West Indies A 235 in 39.1 overs (Narsingh Deonarine 57, Ashley Nurse 57; Sumit Narwal 2 for 28, Vinay Kumar 2 for 42) by 77 runs.