Port of Spain: An outstanding two overs from Bengal medium-pacer Ashok Dinda, one of which was a Super Over after he had helped tie a chase West Indies A had threatened to pull off with ease, helped India A level the Twenty20 series at 1-1.
Dinda had been entrusted to bowl the final over of West Indies A’s chase of 155 and did excellently to dismiss the top-scorer of the match, Nkrumah Bonner, and concede just four runs from the last four balls. That meant the scores were level after 20 overs, and in the resultant one-over eliminator Dinda was exceptional once again to allow just four runs. Given a life, India A knocked off the required runs without much fuss.
Put in to bat, India A made 154 for 5 with Ajinkya Rahane finally finding form with a 64-ball 79 that included four fours and two sixes. The next highest score, however, was Shikhar Dhawan’s 33 in an opening stand of 61 in 10.2 overs with Rahane. Manoj Tiwary made 17 in a stand of 64 with Rahane, who fell in the penultimate over. For the hosts, Suleiman Benn was the most successful bowler with 2 for 23 from his quota.
Chasing 155, West Indies A were handed a 72-run platform from their captain Kieran Powell (34 off 27 balls) and Bonner. Powell’s run-out off the final ball of the ninth over was followed by Rohit Sharma bowling Danza Hyatt (101 for 2) and then Jonathan Carter being dismissed by Jalaj Saxena for 0 (131 for 3. Bonner was in aggressive mood, smacking three fours and two sixes as West Indies A went into the final ahead of the asking rate.
Then came the twist. Donner was out to Dinda for a 65-ball 82 off the second ball of the final over, with West Indies A needing two runs off five balls. Dinda was outstanding in the next four balls, conceding just one run to leave the hosts tied on India’s score and force a Super Over.
Dinda carried his nerve into that one-over eliminator, which cost just four runs as Carter and Bonenr were run out. India’s reply began poorly with Rohit out first ball, but two wides from Benn and a boundary from Dhawan took India home in three deliveries.
Brief scores: India A 154 for 5 in 20 overs (Ajinkya Rahane 79, Shikhar Dhawan 33; Suleiman Benn 2/23) beat West Indies A (Nkrumah Bonner 82, Kieran Powell 34; Ashok Dinda 1/23) in Super Over.