West Indies ‘A’ batsmen up against it as they seek draw
A triple century from captain Cheteshwar Pujara has given India A control over West Indies A and a chance to force an outright win in their third unofficial “Test” yesterday.
Pujara displayed discipline and character to remain unbeaten on 306 as India A declared their innings at 564 for nine at tea on Day Three of the match at KSCA Stadium.
Pujara, 139 overnight, increased his run rate to gain a substantial lead after Abhishek Nayar (11) and Paras Dogra (seven) were removed by medium-pacer Assad Fudadin and left-arm spinner Nikita Miller, respectively.
He played some delightful shots smashing 33 boundaries and adding 177 runs to his overnight score to become only the ninth batsman ever, and the second Indian, to score three first-class triple-centuries.
He reached his triple ton by covering driving a delivery from left-hand medium fast
Delorn Johnson for an exquisite boundary after facing 410 balls.
The skipper’s innings were not entirely flawless, as he was dropped by Ashley Nurse when he was on 198 and survived and lbw decision against Delorn Johnson on 299.
Pujara’s innings have given his side, trailing 1-0 in the series, four sessions to force a result.
Nurse finished with three wickets for 106 runs while Nikita Miller picked up two for 112.
West Indies A were 116 for three in their second innings at the close of day three.
Kieran Powell played across the line and was trapped lbw, four balls later first innings hero Leon Johnson lost his off stump, and Kraigg Brathwaite was lbw as three wickets fell with just 57 runs on the board.
Narsingh Deonarine and Assad Fudadin are unbeaten on 44 and 36 respectively. —CMC
West Indies ‘A’ vs India ‘A’
West Indies A 1st Inns 268
India A 1st Innings (O/N:334-3)
V Jagadeesh b Johnson 16
G Gambir b Deonarine 123
C Pujara not out 306
V Sehwag c Nurse b Miller 38 A Nayar c sub (Walton) b Fudadin 11 P Dogra b Miller 7
U Kaul c sub (Walton) b Nurse 26 D Kulkarni c Cummins b Deonarine 6 Z Khan c Powell b Nurse 19 B Bhatt b Nurse 0 I Pandey not out 0 Extras (b 1, lb 6, w 3, nb 2) 12 TOTAL (9 wickets dec; 150 overs) 564
Wickets at: 35 (Jagadeesh), 242 (Gambhir), 317 (Sehwag), 340 (Nayar), 359 (Dogra), 452 (Kaul), 491 (Kulkarni), 531 (Khan), 531 (Bhatt)
BOLWING: Cummins 23-4-71-0 (2nb, 1w); Johnson 22-3-98-1; Carter 6-1-22-0; Miller 40-8-112-2; Nurse 29-1-106-3; Fudadin 16-3-60-1 (2w); Deonarine 13-1-78-2; Brathwaite 1-0-10-0
West Indies 2nd Inns
K Brathwaite lbw b Pandey 21 K Powell lbw b Khan 6 L Johnson b Kulkarni 1 N Deonarine not out 44 A Fudadin not out 36 Extras (b 1, lb 5, nb 2) 8
TOTAL (3 wickets; 35 overs) 116
To bat: Carter, Hamilton, Miller, Nurse, Johnson, Cummins.
Wickets at: 17 (Powell), 18 (Johnson), 57 (Brathwaite)
BOWLING: Khan 8-1-32-1 (1nb); Kulkarni 7-1-22-1 (1nb); Nayer 4-0-12-0; Pandey 6-3-11-1; Sehwag 8-0-25-0; Bhatt 2-0-8-0
Toss: Won by India A who elected to bowl first
Umpires: S Asnani and R Deshpande
Match referee: B Raghunath