India A was looking for a turn around after losing their first match of the triangular series to England A. They faced West Indies A in their next match at Leicester and found their groove.
West Indies A captain Jason Mohammed won the toss and decided to bat first. However, the decision backfired spectacularly. Chandrapaul Hemraj hit 45 as an opener and Mohammed himself hit 31 before Deepak Chahar demolished their batting before it could put up a big score. Apart from Devon Thomas’ 64 in 83 balls with 6 fours and 1 six, none of the other batsmen went past Hemraj’s 45.
Deepak Chahar’s 5/27 in 10 overs with 2 maidens was the reason behind WI-A folding for 221 in the last over. Other wicket-takers for the team were Shardul Thakur, Khaleel Ahmed, Krunal Pandya and Vijay Shankar, who picked one wicket each.
India’s reply was good with Prithvi Shaw with 27 in 16 balls with 6 fours. But Mayank Agarwal’s 112 in 102 balls with 11 fours and 2 sixes and Shubman Gill’s brilliant half-century was enough for India-A to win the match in dominating fashion. Dominic Drakes picked up two wickets for 27 wickets with good economy.
Gill scored 58* with 5 fours and despite Iyer getting out for 1, Pant (18*) made sure India A didn’t lose any other wickets and won the match by seven wickets.
Now West Indies A has lost both of their matches, while India A got onto the board with their first points, which is topped by hosts England Lions who have won both their matches so far.
WI-A 221 (D THOMAS 64; D CHAHAR 5/27) lost to IND-A 222/3 (M AGARWAL 112; D DRAKES 2/37 ) by 7 wickets