SHIMOGA, India, CMC-West Indies A have snatched a crucial 75 run lead against India A on the third and penultimate day of the second unofficial Test here 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 at 18 and Kieran Powell was not out on 9 as the visitors made slow start in the second innings at Jawaharlal Nehru National College of Engineering Ground.
West Indies A – missing Fidel Edwards, who bowled just four overs – couldn’t 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 getting separated.
Jagadeesh became the first of seamer Miguel Cummins’ three victims.
Nayar was dismissed not long after as he was trapped in front by left-arm spinner Nikita Miller.
Cummins finished with three wickets for three for 58 while Veerasammy Permaul, Nikita Miller and Assad Fudadin picked up two wickets apiece.