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Left-arm spinners Nikita Miller (5/40) and Veerasammy Permaul (3/56) dealt India ‘A’ the shock of their lives as they bowled West Indies ‘A’ to a massive 162-run win in the first unofficial ‘Test’ here, on Saturday.
At the scenic Gangothri Glades Ground, the Windies declared their innings on an overnight 130/3 first thing on the fourth morning, leaving India a target of 315 to win. But apart from Manprit Juneja’s fighting 70, the hosts caved in without a fight and were shot out for 152 in 85.4 overs.
Miller’s five victims included skipper Cheteshwar Pujara, who was trapped lbw for 17, opener Lokesh Rahul, and Juneja, who was also snared leg before. Juneja had also top scored with 84 in the first innings.
Both the left-armers kept the Indians on a tight leash and picked up regular wickets. Miller conceded just 40 from his 36-odd overs, while Permaul gave away 56 in his 29. They combined to claim 17 of the 20 Indian wickets that fell in the game.
Miller had match figures of 9/101, while Permaul’s overall haul was 8/141. The teams now move to Shimoga for the second unofficial ‘Test’, with the last match slated for Hubli early next month.
Brief scores, 4th day: West Indies A 429 & 130 for 3 decl. (Kieran Powell 68, Parvez Rasool 2 for 41) beat India A 245 & 152 all out in 85.4 overs (Juneja 70, Miller 5/40, Permaul 3/56) by 162 runs.