WI A slide to 203-run defeat

Chandrapaul Hemraj

West Indies A ended the England A Tri-series winless after losing their final match to India A by 203 runs at Northampton yesterday.

India A were propelled to 354-6 from their 50 overs while West Indies A rolled over for a dismal 151 all out in 37.4 overs.

The subcontinent side, who had already booked their spot in the final, were rocked early when Chemar Holder removed Rishabah Pant and Shreyas Iyer in the fourth over but the Caribbean side failed to make further inroads.

Sunil Ambris

Hanuma Vihari joined 18-year-old Prithiv Shaw to put on a 160-run stand with Shaw notching up his third List A century.

The pair faced 23.1 overs with a scoring rate of over six runs per over.

Shaw duly brought up his century from 90 balls with 14 fours before becoming Holder’s third victim.

Vihari carried on the assault, batting with the middle order and sharing in partnerships worth 42, 59 and 65.

Vihari smashed 13 fours and five sixes in his innings but was run out by Jermaine Blackwood off the final ball of the innings.

Holder picked up 3-70 from his 10 overs.

In reply, the Caribbean side lost Jermaine Blackwood, who failed to score, and Andre McCarthy early on but Chandrapaul Hemraj stabilized the innings with Sunil Ambris.

Hemraj, in his typical aggressive nature, clobbered Prasidh Krishna for three boundaries in one over but tried to accelerate the increasing asking rate by guiding Krishna to third man but was caught behind for an entertaining 43. Apart from Ambris’ 37 and Raymon Reifer’s 26, no other batsman made any useful score.

Speaking to Hemraj after the match, he explained that it was a disappointing series for the side and him personally, having started well in three of his four innings but the blow of losing Rovman Powell and Jason Mohammed to injuries at a crucial part of the tour was hard on the side.

India’s limited overs specialist left-arm orthodox, Axar Patel, picked up 4-34.

India A will now face England Lions for the title on Monday in London.

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