5 Instances of Indian domestic teams defeating International teams
Here we look at instances of the Indian domestic teams defeating national teams of other countries.
Updated - May 6, 2020 6:30 pm
4. Karnataka vs West Indians in 1978-79
West Indies toured India in the 1978-79 season with a depleted side under Vanburn Holder due to Pacer’s World Series. The team from the Caribbean suffered their first Test series defeat on the Indian soil as the hosts won the 6-match Test series by 1-0 margin. West Indies were due to tour Sri Lanka in the latter half of February. However, before they left India, the West Indians took on the Karnataka team in Ahmedabad; two days after the Test series concluded in Kanpur.
Gundappa Viswanath led the Karnataka team against the West Indians who were captained by Alvin Kallicharran. The International side were quite strong with as many as 9 players featuring in at least one match during the Test series. Karnataka, who batted first, were six wickets down at the score of 59 with Malcolm Marshall claiming five of them. However, they were rescued by R Sudhakar Rao who smashed a gritty ton. He scored an unbeaten 107 with 12 fours and two sixes as Karnataka finished with 219/10.
The top three of the West Indians team – Alvin Greenidge (25), Alvadon Williams (57) and Faoud Bacchus (74) collectively scored 156 runs but the team was bowled out for only 220. Left-arm spinner Bharamiah Vijayakrishna took six wickets to keep down the first-innings lead of the tourists to just one run. Karnataka put on a much better batting performance in the 2nd essay where they made 292/8 before declaring the innings. Sudhakar scored 72 this time and was the lone half-centurion for his team.
Opener Alvadon Williams anchored the 292-run chase for the International side with small partnerships. An 8th wicket partnership of 56 runs with wicket-keeper John Lyon put West Indian team at 278/7. But two wickets by Vijaykrishna in quick span left them reeling at 280/9. Their skipper Kallicharran was absent hurt and didn’t come to bat. Williams remained unbeaten on 126 during his 232-minute effort which resulted in his team’s 11-run defeat.