Jamaican spinner bowls Windies ‘A’ to ‘Test’ win
Left-arm spinners Nikita Miller and Veerasammy Permaul steered West Indies “A” to a 162-run victory over India “A” yesterday, earning their team a 1-0 lead in the three-match “Test” series.
Miller took five for 40 and Permaul three for 56 as the home side were bowled out for 152. Off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine chipped in with two for 29.
Earlier, West Indies “A” declared their second innings closed on the overnight score of 130, setting India “A” a 315-run target.
The West Indies “A” spinners then dismissed the hosts in 85.4 overs on the final day to get off to a winning start in the series.
Miller got the ball rolling with the wicket of Lokesh Rahul, and Permaul followed up with the wicket of Jiwanjot Singh. They continued to strike at regular intervals, not letting India “A” get a foot in the door.
Although Manprit Juneja put up a valiant fight with a 193-ball knock of 70, he didn’t have adequate support at the other end.
Juneja, who was also the top-scorer for his team in the first innings, was the last man to depart, trapped leg before by Miller.
The second unofficial “Test” match between the teams bowls off on Wednesday.