West Indies A ahead
West Indies A snatched a crucial 75-run lead against India A on the third and penultimate day of the second unofficial “Test”, yesterday.
The Windies were 28 without loss in their second innings, and with just a day’s play remaining today, a draw appears the most likely outcome.
Kraigg Brathwaite was batting on 18 and Kieran Powell was not out on 9 as the visitors made a slow start in the second innings at the Jawaharlal Nehru National College of Engineering Ground.
West Indies A—missing Fidel Edwards, who bowled just four overs—could not find enough in the pitch to blast their way through the lower order, and dismissed the Indians for 359.
Uday Kaul, who hit five fours and a six to be unbeaten on 64, held the lower order together after the hosts began the day on 191 for three, in response to the West Indies first innings total of 406.
The two overnight not out batsmen, Vasudevan Jagadeesh, who scored 86, and Abhishek Nayar, 89, stretched their fourth wicket partnership to 99 before being separated.
Jagadeesh became the first of seamer Miguel Cummins’ three victims.
Nayar was dismissed not long after, trapped in front by left-arm spinner Nikita Miller.
Cummins finished with three for 58, while Veerasammy Permaul, Nikita Miller and Assad Fudadin picked up two wickets apiece.
West Indies A vs India A
West Indies A 1st Innings 406
India A 1st Innings (Overnight: 191-3)
V Jagadeesh b Cummins 86
G Gambhir c FH Edwards b Permaul 11
C Pujara c Powell b Miller 25
V Sehwag st wk Walton b Permaul 7
A Nayar lbw b Miller 89
M Kaif c Deonarine b Fudadin 26
U Kaul not out 64
Parvez Rasool c Johnson b Deonarine 11
B Bhatt c Miller b Cummins 11
Z Khan b Cummins 0
Mohammed Shami c wk Walton b Fudadin 15
Extras (lb 4, nb 10) 14
TOTAL (all out; 131.1 overs) 359
Fall of wickets: 44 (Gambhir), 104 (Pujara), 114 (Sehwag), 213 (Jagadeesh), 245 (Nayar), 273 (Kaif), 304 (Parvez Rasool), 321 (Bhatt), 321 (Khan), 359 (Mohammed Shami)
BOWLING: Edwards 4-0-30-0 (9nb); Cummins 25-7-58-3 (1nb); Permaul 32-8-88-2; Deonarine 25-3-66-1; Miller 31-4-90-2; Fudadin 14.1-3-23-2
West Indies A 2nd innings
K Brathwaite not out 18
K Powell not out 9
Extras (lb 1) 1 TOTAL (0 wickets; 14 overs) 28
To bat: Walton, Edwards, Fudadin, Edwards, Johnson, Cummins, Deonarine, Miller, Permaul
BOWLING: Khan 5-2-6-0; Shami 4-2-16-0; Rasool 3-2-1-0; Bhatt 2-0-4-0
Toss: Won by West Indies A, who chose to bat
Umpires: K Bharatan and SL Shastri
Match referee: Chinmay Sharma