India-A suffers first defeat, goes down by five runs to WI-A

Axar Patel’s fiery 81 goes in vain as India-A falls short in its chase of 299. Roston Chase shines for the host.

File Photo: Axar Patel rallied with the tail but couldn’t see India-A home.   -  K. R. Deepak

Axar Patel’s reargaurd effort went in vain as India A suffered a five-run defeat against West Indies A in the fourth unofficial One-Day International (ODI) of the five-match series here.

With the series already won, India A tasted its first defeat in the tour on Friday. Axar’s knock of 81 (63b) was not enough as India failed to chase down a target of 299.

The India-A top-order batsmen failed to put up big scores despite getting starts and at one stage the team was struggling at 160 for six. Then came Axar and in the company of Washington Sundar, he raised 60 runs for the seventh wicket to keep India A in the hunt.

Axar marshalled the tail beautifully but Khaleel Ahmed and Navdeep Saini fell in a space of three balls towards the close. India A needed nine runs off the last over but only managed to obtain three, eventually finishing on 293 for nine.

 

Axar hit eight boundaries and one six during his fiery knock. Sundar (45), Krunal Pandya (45), skipper Manish Pandey (24), Ruturaj Gaikwad (20) and Hanuma Vihari (20) all got starts but couldn’t prolong their stay. Rovman Powell (2 for 47) and Keemo Paul (2 for 61) shared four wickets between them for West Indies A.

Roston Chase shines

Earlier, Roston Chase (84), Devon Thomas (70), Jonathan Carter (50) and skipper Sunil Ambris (46) shone with the bat for West Indies A to post 298 for nine after being sent into bat. Left-arm pacer Khaleel continued his fine form, returning with figures of 4 for 67 while Avesh Khan picked up 3 for 62.

 

The fifth and final one-dayer will be played at the same venue on Sunday.