India A eyeing an encore in second ODI against West Indies
Bangalore: Their confidence on high after the comprehensive win in the opener, India A would look to seal the three-match unofficial ODI series against West Indies A in the second 50-over game between the two sides at the Chinnaswamy Stadium here tomorrow.
Skipper Yuvraj Singh stole the limelight with a breathtaking century to guide India A to a thumping 77-run win over the visitors in the opening match of the series yesterday, and come tomorrow the hosts would be looking for an encore.
All eyes were trained on on Yuvraj yesterday after he was handed a lifeline to return to the ODI team by being named captain of the India A team. And the dashing left-hander grabbed the opportunity with both hands and staked his claim for a national berth by scoring a brutal 89-ball 123 against the hapless Caribbeans in the opening match.
Yuvraj produced a sensational exhibition of strokeplay by hitting eight fours and seven sixes in his scintillating innings to help India raise 312 for four after being put to bat in the match which was reduced to 42-over-a-side affair due to two-hour delayed start on account of wet outfield.
India 'A' then bowled out the visitors for 235 in 39.1 overs, giving the home side a 1-0 lead in the series.
Come tomorrow, India A, a team on a roll after the cleansweep against New Zealand A, would be hoping to carry on the winning momentum in their future matches.
During his dazzling knock yesterday, Yuvraj shared two hundred runs partnerships with Mandeep Singh (67) and Yusuf Pathan (70 not out), who played perfect second fiddle to the left-hander.