Bowling plan backfired, says India ‘A’ captain
India “A” captain Cheteshwar Pujara has conceded that poor strategy caused them to lose to West Indies “A” in their opening four-day match of the unofficial test series.
Pujara has admitted that his decision to bowl first had backfired, and that conditions did not assist their decision to use three seamers for the match.
Spinners Nikita Miller and Veerasammy Permaul steered West Indies “A” to a 162-run victory to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
“We went in with three pacers and found nothing in the pitch for them, not even reverse swing,” Pujara said.
“Personally, I thought we should have batted on winning the toss. Opting to bowl was a mistake.”
West Indies “A” declared their second innings closed on the overnight score of 130, setting India “A” a 315-run target.
The match was dominated by the West Indies spinners who exploited a slow pitch, shared 19 wickets between them, and bowled out the hosts for 152 on the final day.
“If we had wickets in hand we could have chased the target,” said Pujara.
“We needed a very good start for that. But we lost three wickets before lunch. Later, as the ball became older, it was tougher to bat.”
The teams head to Shimoga for the second unofficial test starting tomorrow.