BANGALORE, India (CMC):
Kirk Edwards made a case for a return to the senior side by hammering a century as West Indies 'A' claimed the series with a 45-run victory over India 'A' in the third unofficial One Day International here yesterday.
Edwards, who last played for the West Indies in May last year, increased his comeback chances with a top score of 104 to anchor the Caribbean side's second victory in a row following their opening loss to India 'A'.
A half-century from Leon Johnson as well powered the visitors to a formidable 312 for nine in 50 overs while the Indians stumbled to 267 for 8 in 50 overs after the collapse of a promising third-wicket century stand.
Edwards arrived at the crease after a powerful 74-run opening stand in just 13 overs between skipper Kieran Powell and Andre Fletcher. Powell scored 40 from 33 balls including four fours and a six while Fletcher's knock of 28 yielded two fours and a six.
Edwards' built his innings steadily taking singles before accelerating and reaching fifty with a massive six over long-on that was headed perilously close to the press box windows.
He hit 12 fours and three sixes and shared stands of 66 and 93 with Jonathan Carter and Leon Johnson.
Johnson scored an aggressive knock of 54 in 42 balls that contained four fours and three sixes. Carter followed up his century in the second match with a well played 35.
West Indies made 100 runs off the last ten overs to shut out the hosts.
india tries to hold on
Jaydev Unadcat was the pick of the Indian bowlers with five for 55.
The only effort that kept India in the hunt was the third-wicket stand of 112, off 117 balls, between Baba Aparajith and Yuvraj Singh. Aparajith scored 78 hitting six fours and a six while Singh smashed four boundaries and his three sixes as he continued his run of form with 61.
Veerasammy Permaul grabbed three for 55 while Miguel Cummins picked up two for 46.