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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Dinda bowls India A to victory at Port of Spain


It must have been a thriller – not many Super Overs have been bowled deciding the fate of a match – Eliminator at India A vs WI A.

At Port of Spain, Ashok Dinda became the hero as Indians and WI were tied at 154 in the 2nd unofficial T20.  With Ajinkya Rahana scoring fluently, India made 154 for 5, Bonner’s 82 livened the chase as West Indies also finished at the same score after 2o overs.

West Indies had won the first T20 and in the 2nd match at Port of Spain,  Indian openers  gave a good start making 61 off as many.  First to get out was Shikhar Dhawan  for 33. Ajinkya Rahane, made a solid  79,  taking the total to 131. The tall Sulieman Benn  bowled economically and picked up a couple of wickets.  India made 154/5. 

Nkrumah Bonner, smashed 82 off 65 balls with three fours and two sixes. In the final over they needed 2 off 5 balls.  Bonner was claimed by Dinda off the 2nd ball.  Dinda conceded just 1 run in the 4 balls bowling a heroic spell – making it a tie, taking the game to the Super over eliminator.  It was not to be a high scoring one as it is feared to be

West Indies made only 4 runs – Dinda bowled yet another splendid over – his figures reading 1,1,1(run out),1,(run out) – no 6th delivery as WI had lost 2 wickets.  For WI, Suleiman Benn ws the bowler.  Needing a paltry 5, Rohit Sharma was run out off the 1st ball, 2nd was a wide, a single, another wide and off the next Dhawan struck a boundary ending the chase.  Manoj Tiwary remained not out with a solitary run. 

Now the focus shifts to the three unofficial ODIs, starting June 27.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

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