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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, September 26, 2013
MYSORE---Powerful half centuries
from Kirk Edwards and Kraigg
Braithwaite that were steering West
Indies A into a position of strength
were undermined as India A hit back
with quick late strikes on day one
of their first unofficial four-day Test
match in India yesterday.
Both batsmen missed their century
as West Indies A reached 264 for
five at the Gangothri Glades Cricket
Edwards and Braithwaite kept
India A s bowlers at bay for almost
two sessions with a 172-run second-
The two came together in the third
over at the loss of opener Kieran
Powell, who was dismissed by
Mohammad Shami, after West Indies
were asked to bat.
Edwards was the dominant part-
ner in the stand, hitting 11 fours and
a six in his innings but his dismissal
for 91, to Ishwar Pandey, in the 58th
over allowed India A a chance to
claw their way back into the game.
Brathwaite, who had played more
than 200 deliveries in his innings,
was dismissed for 91 by Parvez Rasool
11 overs later after hitting 12 fours.
West Indies A slipped from 175 for
1 to 237 for 5, but Assad Fudadin and
Chadwick Walton prevented any fur-
ther damage, ending the day at 264.
Rasool took 2 for 60 to be the
leading wicket taker for India A.
West Indies A skipper Edwards
said he was disappointed that he was
unable to score a century.
"Obviously I am disappointed, it
would have been nice for me and
Kraigg to get a century because we
did all the hard work," said Edwards.
"But it was not to be. You have
to just accept it and move on".
After a slow start Edwards blos-
somed to hit eleven fours and a six
of 162 balls while Braithwaite batted
for close to five hours and hit 12
boundaries of 215 balls.
"The pitch was a bit spongy in
the beginning so it required a bit
more patience. We had to get our-
selves in and see that phase out," he
"I thought myself that if the guys
were going to attack me I am going
to make use of their energy and let
them bowl the short stuff at me .I
just teased them a bit and took what
was on offer later on". (CMC)
Late strikes erode
Windies A position
Coach of the T&T cricket
team David Williams says that
his team was unfortunate to run
into Tisara Perera in that kind
of form and this is why they
went under by four wickets to
the Hyderabad Sunrisers in
their second match of the Kar-
bonn Smart Champions League
T20 tournament in Chandigarh.
Batting first, T&T made 160
for eight in their 20 overs.
Hyderabad was rescued by the
Sri Lankan Perera with a robust
unbeaten 57 and took the win
by four wickets with three balls
Williams said: "The guys were
unfortunate to run into Perera
in that kind of form. You tried
the short ball he hit you, you
tried the yorker he hit you as
In form medium pacer Rayad
Emrit was pummelled all over
the park and went for 57 runs
from his four overs. Despite the
fact that Sunil Narine grabbed
four for nine, his team still lost.
Williams continued: "It was just
one of those times when a man
comes in and plays out of this
world and takes a game from
you. I thought the guys played
well but a costly over from Emrit
turned the game and we could
"Emrit went for runs but at
the same time he has been bowl-
ing really well for us all season
and he would come back good
again. I thought that with 160
on the board we would be able
to defend that but the ball was
wet and fielding also proved to
be a problem."
T&T lost the toss and was
asked to bat by Sunrisers skipper
"The toss was important
because when you look at the
history of the ground, ten times
the team batting second have
won the match. Had we won the
toss we would have bowled first.
Bowling second you had to con-
tend with the wet ball and this
affected the team definitely."
Williams said they are still in
the tournament and although
the boys are disappointed they
would bounce back.
"We are still in this tourna-
ment, we need to win our next
two games now and we will
move forward. The guys are pro-
fessionals and they would come
back strong. We have the next
few days to sort ourselves out
and we go to Ahmedabad looking
for a win against the Titans."
Williams: Perera was just unstoppable
T&T cricket team was greet-
ed by heavy rain upon arrival
at the Hyatt hotel in Ahmed-
The team, which lost its sec-
ond match of the Karbonn
Smart Champions League T20
series to Hyderabad Sunrisers
on Tuesday night had a practice
session scheduled for yesterday
but it had to be called off
because the ground was water-
The players would have to
stay indoors for quite a while
it seems, as the weather fore-
cast over the next few days is
very bleak. In fact, organisers
of the tournament have already
shifted the Mumbai Indians
match which was carded for
tomorrow to Jaipur because the
water level at the ground was
very high and it would take a
while to get the venue ready
T&T plays the Titans on
Monday at Ahmedabad and
they would be hoping to get in
some cricket towards the end
of the week should the weather
Organisers have already indi-
cated to the team management
that they should be on the
lookout for a possible move to
Jaipur if the bad weather con-
tinues over the weekend.
T&T, with one win and a
loss, must win their final two
matches to guarantee a place
in the semifinals. The final
match of the preliminaries is
on October 2 against the Chen-
nai Super Kings at the Fer-
ozshah Kotla ground in Delhi.
The Titans, who they play
on Monday in Ahmedabad,
have also won and lost one
match and will be looking to
get past the Red Force in order
to put themselves in place with
a good chance of qualifying.
Heavy rain greets TT in Ahmedabad
Brad Hodge s late assault on Lions bowlers
and an unexpected four-wicket burst from
legspinner Pravin Tambe propelled Rajasthan
Royals to the top of Group A with eight points
and also extended their unbeaten run in
Jaipur to ten, yesterday.
Before the start of the match, 160 was
thought to be a par score, even though 422
runs had come in the previous match between
Otago Volts and Perth Scorchers.
But Hodge smashed an unbeaten 46 off 23
deliveries, 20 of them in the last over bowled
by Sohail Tanvir, Lions best bowler in the
innings till then, to transform an average start
into a match-winning total.
Royals, who were asked to bat, had made
slow progress to 69 in their first ten overs,
with their first three batsmen already dis-
But the innings was revived, first by a brief
cameo from Shane Watson, then another
equally important innings by Stuart Binny,
before the late counterpunch by Hodge.
Over number 13 for Royals was the one that
shifted the pendulum their way. Watson and
Binny were in the rebuilding mode and the
score stood at 83 for 3. Aaron Phangiso, who
had bowled his two overs for 15 before that,
wasn t prepared for the attack.
Watson smashed two sixes and a four, while
Binny found the boundary as well to raise the
run rate from below seven to above eight.
When Phangiso came to bowl the 16th, Wat-
son had been dismissed, but this time Binny
went after him, hitting the bowler for a six
over wide long-on and following it up with
a four through extra cover to spoil Phangiso s
figures to 52 runs in four overs.
From there on, the baton was passed to
Hodge, who first picked up a couple of bound-
aries in the 17th over bowled by Dwaine Pre-
torius, and then destroyed Tanvir s tally in
Tanvir had only given 15 in his three overs.
But he erred by bowling length in the second
ball of the last over and Hodge dispatched it
to the wide long-on boundary for four.
The next ball was short of length and coming
into the batsman, but Hodge managed to slap
it over cover. He pulled the next over deep
square leg for a six before punishing the last
one---a fuller length delivery---over long-off.
Lions, in their chase, never got into a posi-
tion to threaten the total---they lost early wick-
ets, two of them in consecutive deliveries off
Vikramjeet Malik---and all hopes of a late fight
were doused once Tambe was introduced.
Rahul Dravid had brought he 41-year-old
legspinner in the team as a response to the
pitch that was used for this game and the
bowler didn t disappoint.
He struck on his third delivery, dismissing
Hardus Viljoen, who had added 53 for the
fourth wicket with Alviro Petersen.
With the win, the New Zealand side not
only kick-started their Champions League
campaign, they set a few records on the way.
Rajasthan Royals 183 for 5 (Hodge 46*,
Binny 38, Tsotsobe 2-26) vs Lions 153 for 9
(Petersen 40, Tambe 4-15, Faulkner 2-22,
Malik 2-26). Rajasthan won by 30 runs.
Otago 242 for 4 (Broom 117*, ten
Doeschate 66, de Boorder 45) vs Perth
Scorchers 180 for 6 (Cartwright 73). Otago
won by 62 runs
West Indies A Kirk Edwards, right, and Kraigg Brathwaite
during their 172-run partnership against India A on the first
unofficial Test in Mysore, yesterday.
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