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Gaikwad misses ton but India A clinch series 4-1

Needing 237 for the win, India A won the fifth one-day by 8 wickets

Ruturaj Gaikwad missed out on a century by just one run but three fifties from the top three ensured India A got to the target of 237 with ease in the fifth and final one-day against West Indies A. Having clinched the series earlier by winning the first three one-dayers, India A bounced back from a narrow defeat in the fourth to end the series on a high.

Gaikwad and Shubman Gill put on 110 for the opening stand. In his knock of 99, Gaikwad smashed 11 boundaries and three sixes while Gill struck eight fours and three sixes in his innings of 40-ball 69. Shreyas Iyer carried the momentum forward as he too brought up his half-century and remained unbeaten on 61 off 64 balls.

Earlier, the home team started on a positive note with Sunil Ambris and Kjorn Ottley putting together a 77-run stand for the first wicket. Once Navdeep Saini removed Ottley, West Indies A lost wickets in a cluster. From 77-1, the hosts were reduced to 89-4 as the middle-order failed to get to double digits.

Relishing their call-up to India’s T20 side, the Chahar brothers Deepak and Rahul picked up two wickets apiece. Krunal Pandya, Khaleel Ahmed and Axar Patel picked up a wicket each. Saini too claimed two wickets for 31 runs.

Gill ended up as the highest run-scorer in the five-match series with 218 runs while Gaikwad finished second with 207 runs, followed by Iyer (187) and captain Manish Pandey (162).

Fast bowlers Khaleel Ahmed and Saini were the top-two wicket takers with nine and eight wickets respectively while Krunal took seven from three matches.

Brief scores: West Indies A 236 in 47.4 overs (Sherfane Rutherford 65; Navdeep Saini 2-31, Deepak Chahar 2/93, Rahul Chahar 2/53) lost to India A 237/2 (Ruturaj Gaikwad 99, Shubman Gill 69, Shreyas Iyer 61) by eight wickets.

Series: India A win five-match series 4-1

Player of the Match:
Ruturaj Gaikwad 

BCCI Desk

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India A seal series with big win in Antigua

Captain Manish Pandey scores century, Krunal Pandya takes 5/25
Manish Pandey of India bats during the Third International T20 match (T20i) held at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai between India and Sri Lanka on the 24th December 2017

Photo by Deepak Malik / BCCI / Sportzpics

Continuing their fine form, India A sealed the five-match series against hosts West Indies A with a commanding 148-run win in the third one-day on Tuesday. After captain Manish Pandey’s 100 and Shubman Gill’s 77 powered India A to a massive 295/6, Krunal Pandya ran through the batting line-up claiming 5/25. With two more matches still to be played, India A have taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the tournament.

Having elected to bat first, the visitors were dealt an early blow when Anmolpreet was dismissed for a duck but Gill and Shreyas Iyer stitched a 109-run stand for the second wicket to put India A on course for a big total. It was Rahkeem Cornwall who broke the stand and picked up wickets of both the batsmen. It was Gill’s (77) second successive fifty while Iyer narrowly missed out on his second half-century of the tour as he departed on 47.

However, Pandey carried the momentum forward and hit attacking shots at regular intervals as India A pressed the accelerator. In his knock of 87-ball 100, Pandey smashed six boundaries and five fours.

The home team started on a positive note as the openers raised a fifty-run stand, but once Navdeep Saini removed John Campbell for 21, India A stepped up the attack. From 51-1, West Indies A were reduced to 103-5. Krunal Pandya was the destroyer in chief as he claimed a five-wicket haul in just seven overs. Hanuma Vihari picked two wickets in 2.2 overs.

Brief scores: India A 295/6 in 50 overs (Manish Pandey 100, Shubman Gill 77, Shreyas Iyer 47; Rakheem Cornwall 2/37) beat West Indies A 147 in 34.2 overs (Keemo Paul 34, Sunil Ambris 30, Krunal Pandya 5/25, Hanuma Vihari 2/23) by 148 runs

Man of the Match: Manish Pandey

BCCI Staff

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