A middle-order collapse hurt India A as West Indies A (279 for six wickets) won the second unofficial ODI at Bangalore's Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday by 55 runs. Right-arm pacer Miguel Cummins took four wickets for 31 and Nikita Miller bagged back-to-back wickets of Yuvraj Singh and Yusuf Pathan to spell doom for the home team. India were all out for 244 in the 49th over. The three-match series is now level 1-1. India A won the first match on Sunday by 77 runs. The decider will be played in Bangalore on Thursday.
In what turned out to be decisive moment of the match, India A lost Yuvraj and Pathan off successive deliveries. Left-arm spinner Miller was on a roll as he got the better of Yuvraj (40) and Pathan (0) as the West Indians put pressure with a combination of good bowling and smart thinking. Kedhar Jadhav paid for poor shot selection after scoring 35 off 38 balls. The inability of the Indian batsmen to convert good starts proved to be a major undoing as Naman Ojha (34) became the fifth top order batsman to squander a decent start. (Also read: Yuvraj Singh rues dropped catches)
The slide started with Unmukt Chand, who was the third batsman to fall as the former India under-19 skipper threw his wicket away after playing a patient 72-ball 38. With India A needing 186 to win at a required rate of almost 7 runs per over, pressure mounted on Yuvraj. But the India A skipper, playing his second competitive comeback game, drove away from his body and spooned a fuller ball to extra-cover. Yuvraj's 40 off 58 balls had three fours and a six. A tentative Pathan edged Miller to slips only to make things worse for India.