India 'A' fight back after early losses

Second 'Test' vs West Indies 'A' at Shimoga.

Another failure: SehwagSHIMOGA: Cheteshwar Pujara 25. Gautam Gambhir 11. Virender Sehwag 7. You don’t need to look beyond these figures to know how India ‘A’ fared on the second day of the second unofficial ‘Test’ against the Caribbeans.

After stuttering in their reply to the visitors' first innings 406, India steadied the boat through Kerala opener VA Jagadeesh (79*) and Mumbai all-rounder Abhishek Nayar (56*). The pair combined for 77 runs in an unbroken fourth-wicket stand that saw them through to stumps, as India 'A' finished the second day on 191/3, 215 runs in arrears.

A strengthened home side picked to counter the loss of the first match at Mysore could do very little at Shimoga. Resuming on an overnight 283/6, the Windies powered ahead through Leon Johnson (91) and Nikita Miller (64*), despite left-arm spinner Bhargava Bhatt mopping up the tail to finish with 7/113. Johnson and Miller added 97 for the seventh wicket in quick time before vacating the stage to Bhatt, who cleaned up the last four.

The young Baroda and Kings XI Punjab bowler claimed both the half-centurions, as West Indies ‘A’ fell from 380/6 to 406 all out.

India’s first-match tormentors then came back to haunt them. Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul drew first blood with Gambhir and returned to have comeback man Sehwag stumped for just seven. Miller had earlier claimed captain Pujara, which meant that things weren't all going swimmingly for India at 114/3, before Jagadeesh and Nayar initiated the rescue act.

Brief Scores, Day 2: West Indies ‘A’406 in 121.5 overs (Brathwaite 83, Fudadin 63, Johnson 91, Miller 64, Bhatt 7/113) vs India 'A' 191/3 in 58 overs (Jagadeesh 79*, Nayar 56*).

Also read: Day 1 report

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