India A skipper Yuvraj Singh was left distraught after his bowlers leaked runs in the final unofficial ODI against West Indies in Bangalore on Thursday. After letting the West Indians score a daunting 312, the Indians went down by 45 runs to lose the three match series 2-1.
Yuvraj, making his cricket comeback in this series, looked solid once again. His 61, however, was not enough to help India A reach anywhere close to their target. Yuvraj is clearly unhappy with the way his bowlers leaked runs. The likes of Siddharth Kaul, Vinay Kumar, Jaydev Unadkat and Yusuf Pathan were targeted in particular.
"It (the defeat) is very disappointing. Credit to West Indies as they put just too many runs on the board today. We discussed before the game how we are going to bowl but it didn't work out," said Yuvraj in a post-match chat. (Match highlights)
The West Indian who decimated India's bowling was Kirk Edwards, who hit a-run-a-ball 104 after the visitors were put into bat. Yuvraj was all praise for the Barbados cricketer and said his ability to switch gears was impressive. "He started slowly and played really well once he switched gears. He took the match away from us completely," Yuvraj said.
Indian batsmen too showed fighting spirit with Baba Aprajith scoring 78 at the top. He partnered Yuvraj to take the fight into the West Indies camp. The 112-run stand for the 3rd wicket between them finally went in vain.
"Me and Baba played well but both of us got out at the wrong time," said Yuvraj, when asked if his team could have stolen a win despite a challenging target.
The two teams will now lock horns in a one-off T20, to be played on Saturday.