Bangalore: Confident after a comprehensive victory in the opener, India A would look to seal the three-match one-day series against West Indies A in the second game between the two sides, at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, on Tuesday.
Skipper Yuvraj Singh stole the limelight with a breathtaking century to guide the hosts to a thumping 77-run win in the opening match of the series on Sunday. India A, now, would certainly be looking for an encore.
All eyes were on Yuvraj after he was handed a lifeline to return to the ODI team by being named captain of India A. The dashing left-hander responded with a brutal 89-ball 123 against to stake his claim for a national team recall.
Yuvraj produced a sensational exhibition of stroke-play by hitting eight fours and seven sixes in his scintillating innings to help India A pull off a comprehensive win over a rattled West Indies A.
No wonder India A would be hoping to carry on with the winning momentum.
Just like Yuvraj, Yusuf Pathan — also looking for a comeback to the ODI team — displayed his attacking skills and tore apart the West Indies A bowling attack to score his runs off just 32 balls with the help of four boundaries and six hits over the fence.
But openers Robin Uthappa and Unmukt Chand, both of whom excelled against New Zealand A, failed to replicate their form in the first match. The duo would be hoping to get back amongst runs, which will ensure a rollicking start for the hosts. Uthappa, particularly, would be hoping an improved showing with the bat to catch the eyes of national selectors ahead of the limited overs series against West Indies and South Africa.
In the absence of the experienced Irfan Pathan and Praveen Kumar, the India A bowling attack, led by R Vinay Kumar, lived up to expectations on Sunday.
With a cushion of 312 runs to defend in just 42 overs, Indian bowlers stuck to a more or less disciplined line and length against Caribbean batsmen.
The quartet of Vinay Kumar, Sumit Narwal, Rahul Sharma and Yusuf Pathan scalped two wickets apiece to bowl out West Indies A for 235 runs. Yuvraj would surely be expecting similar performances from his bowlers on Tuesday.
The West Indies A, on the other hand, who performed well during their home series against Sri Lanka-A in June, will look for improvement as they need to win this game to keep the series alive.