India A look to seal the three-match unofficial ODI series against West Indies A after winning the first match by 77 runs.
Bangalore: Their confidence on high after the comprehensive win in the opener, India A would look to seal the three-match unofficial ODI series against West Indies A in the second 50-over game between the two sides at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Tuesday.
Skipper Yuvraj Singh stole the limelight with a breathtaking century to guide India A to a thumping 77-run win over the visitors in the opening match of the series on Sunday, and come Tuesday the hosts would be looking for an encore.
All eyes were trained on Yuvraj in the first match after he was handed a lifeline to return to the ODI team by being named captain of the India A team. And the dashing left-hander grabbed the opportunity with both hands and staked his claim for a national berth by scoring a brutal 89-ball 123 against the hapless Caribbeans in the opening match.
Yuvraj produced a sensational exhibition of strokeplay by hitting eight fours and seven sixes in his scintillating innings to help India raise 312 for 4 after being put to bat in the match which was reduced to 42-over-a-side affair due to two-hour delayed start on account of wet outfield.
India A then bowled out the visitors for 235 in 39.1 overs, giving the home side a 1-0 lead in the series. India A, a team on a roll after the cleansweep against New Zealand A, would be hoping to carry on the winning momentum in their future matches.
During his dazzling knock, Yuvraj shared two hundred runs partnerships with Mandeep Singh (67) and Yusuf Pathan (70 not out), who played perfect second fiddle to the left-hander.
The Caribbean side would be hoping for a better show from their top-order batsmen, especially Kirk Edward, who became the 14th West Indian batsman to score a century on debut and third West Indian to score a debut hundred against India.
The West Indies A top order - Nkruma Bonner (16), captain Kieran Powell (17) and Edwards (19) would be hoping to utilise their starts in the remainder of the series.
Narsingh Deonaraine (57) and Ashley Nurse (57) were the only two batsmen who showed intent with fighting half-centuries while chasing India's mammoth total.
The visitors would also be hoping for fireworks from allrounder Andre Russel, who has a reputation of winning matches on his own. The West Indies A bowling attack cut a sorry figure against the ruthless Indian batting line-up on Sunday.
All the West Indian bowlers, including pace duo of Miguel Cummins and Ronsford Beaton went for runs in the first match. The series is an opportunity for a number of young West Indian players to show their skills, especially with the senior team set to tour India next month.
And the likes of skipper Powell, vice-captain Veerasammy Permaul, Russell, Andre Fletcher, Devon Thomas, Edwards, Nikita Miller and Deonarine, all of whom have featured in the senior team, would be hoping to impress upon the selectors.
India A: 1 Yuvraj Singh (capt), 2 Unmukt Chand, 3 Robin Uthappa, 4 Mandeep Singh, 5 Yusuf Pathan, 6 Baba Aparajith/Kedar Jadhav, 7 Naman Ojha (wk), 8 R Vinay Kumar, 9 Jaydev Unadkat, 10 Sumit Narwal, 11 Rahul Sharma
West Indies A: Kieran Powell (capt), 2 Nkrumah Bonner, 3 Kirk Edwards, 4 Narsingh Deonarine, 5 Andre Fletcher, 6 Devon Thomas, 7 Andre Russell, 8 Ashley Nurse, 9 Nikita Miller, 10 Ronsford Beaton, 11 Miguel Cummins