Unmukt, Mishra shine as India A crush West Indies

Mumbai: Veteran leg-spinner Amit Mishra and talented youngster Unmukt Chand put up impressive performances as India A made short work of the touring West Indies side in the first of the two warm-up One-Dayers here on Friday.

It wasn’t the ideal practice session for the visitors as they were bundled out for a paltry 148 runs in 38.1 overs at the Brabourne Stadium. Chasing a paltry target of 149, India A surpassed the target in only 25.3 overs with Unmukt Chand scoring unbeaten 79 off 81 balls with 11 fours and two sixes. While bowling first, Mishra produced a brilliant spell of leg-break bowling grabbing three for 26 in 10 overs.

The 31-year-old Delhi bowler went through the defences of skipper Kieron Pollard (2), Darren Sammy (0) with his googlies and also cleaned up Jerome Taylor (0). West Indies batsmen struggled against the India A attack with the only exception being Marlon Samuels.

The 33-year old Jamaican held the fort with his 59-ball 56 that consisted of nine fours.

He added 47 runs with pacer Jason Holder (21) for the sixth wicket before being trapped leg before by Karn Sharma.

West Indies received an early jolt when opener Leon Johnson (0) was caught in the second slip off Jasprit Bumrah in the fourth over while his partner Lendl Simmons was retired out on 12.

Simmons had a back problem and did not resume the field during the course of the game. Only four of the batsmen reached double digits including tail-ender Kemar Roach (10).

Leg-spinner Karn picked up two wickets for 27 runs, while off-spinner Parvez Rasool, Dhawal Kulkarni, Bumrah and Stuart Binny bagged a wicket a piece. While chasing, Murali Vijay made a patient 26 off 37 before being caught by Samuels in the short cover region off Kemar Roach as he added 71 runs for the opening stand with Chand.

Chand guided the team to victory with an unbeaten 78-run stand with Karun Nair. Nair struck three fours and a six in his 36-ball 27.

Brief Scores:

West Indies 148 (Marlon Samuels 56, Jason Holder 21; Amit Mishra 3/26, Karn Sharma 2/27) lost to India A 149 for 1 in 25.3 overs (Unmukt Chand 79*; Roach 1 for 28) by 9 wickets.

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