Opener Kraig Brathwaite and middle order batsman Kirk Edwards made a persuasive case for their inclusion in the upcoming Test series as West Indies ‘A’ made a strong start to the first four-day match against India ‘A’ here, on Wednesday.
The 20-year-old Brathwaite, possessed of an experience of nine Tests, compiled a patient 92, while the 28-year-old skipper Edwards struck a boundary-packed 91. The two helped the visitors finish Day 1 on a comfortable 264/5, after rival captain Cheteshwar Pujara sent them in at the scenic Gangothri Glades Cricket Ground.
The Carribeans were jolted early when opener Kieran Powell was trapped in front by pace bowler Mohammed Shami in the third over of the morning. Brathwaite and Edwards then added 172 in 55.3 overs for the second wicket.
Edwards struck 11 fours and a six during his knock, while his partner found the fence 12 times.
The stand ended when Ishwar Pandey, the top Ranji wicket-taker last season, bowled Edwards for the second wicket of the innings. Thirty-six runs later, Brathwaite’s patience ended as he was caught behind off Jammu & Kashmir off-spinner Parvez Rasool.
Rasool picked up another when he caught Narsingh Deonarine (28) off his own bowling. The Windies had lost half their side when Haryana off-spinner Rajat Paliwal trapped the left-handed Leon Johnson in front, leaving them five down for 237.
Brief scores, Day 1:
West Indies 'A' 264/5 in 90 overs (Brathwaite 92, Edwards 91, Rasool 2/60).