Caribbeans take lead over India 'A' again

Second unofficial 'Test' at Shimoga.

Bad comeback: Kaif (File photo)SHIMOGA: And once again India’s Test aspirants responded weakly to West Indies ‘A’ as they ceded a first innings lead to the visitors in a match that looks to be meandering into a draw. But this also means that were the game being played on the lines of India’s domestic fixtures, the Caribbeans would have taken the spoils on account of first innings lead - just the way they'd have emerged on top in the first match at Mysore too.

On Friday, the third day of the second unofficial ‘Test’, the Indians’ reply to the West Indians’ first innings 406 ceased on 359, a deficit of 47, as they were able to muster 169 for the loss of the seven wickets that remained in the morning. West Indies ‘A’ began their second essay with marked watchfulness and had stretched the lead to 75 at stumps, as they wound up on 28 without loss in the 14 overs they had to contend with.

Resuming on 191/3, home opener VA Jagadeesh (86) added just seven to his overnight score before he was bowled by fast bowler Miguel Cummins. So long as Nayar was there, he sparkled – to the tune of an overall 88-ball 89 – but he was the second to fall when left-arm spinner Nikita Miller trapped him leg before.

Himachal Pradesh wicketkeeper-batsman Uday Kaul then held the tail together with an unbeaten 64, but Mohammad Kaif, also on the comeback trail, failed to impress when his stint ended on 26. India’s lower order collaborated in a series of half-baked partnerships: 32 (5th wicket), 28 (6th wicket), 31 (7th wicket) and 38 (10th wicket). But each time some measure of control was gained by the hosts, the West Indians struck.

Brief scores, 3rd day: West Indies 'A' 406 & 28/0 in 14 overs vs India 'A' 359 in 131.1 overs (Jagadesh 86, Nayar 89, Kaul 64*, Cummins 3/58).

Also read: Day 1 report
Also read: Day 2 report