Bangalore: There were several boxes that could have been ticked by India A's players, but only Yuvraj Singh, the captain, came close to taking the opportunity. Instead, it was West Indies A who made the most of the final one-dayer, taking the series 2-1 with a 45-run win. Kirk Edwards, who has been held in high esteem in the islands for some time now, cracked an authoritative century in a total of 312 for 9, something that proved insurmountable. (All the highlights from the match)
When Yuvraj won the toss and put West Indies A in, there was a real chance for the quick bowlers to make an impact under overcast skies. Prime among them was Siddarth Kaul, the bustling medium-pacer who was brought into the mix in place of Sumit Narwal. While the pitch was a batting belter, there was just enough cloud cover to suggest that the white ball might do a bit. (Read Blog: Yuvraj and the over that changed everything)
Andre Fletcher and Kieran Powell seemed well aware of this, and were decisive in leaving the ball alone when it did not threaten the stumps. Jaydev Unadkat, who would end with career-best figures of 5 for 55, was anything but threatening early on, his ability to bring the ball back into the right-handed batsmen conspicuous by its absence.