Spinners push India 'A' to the edge

1st unofficial 'Test': West Indies 'A' lead by 314 at the end of the third day

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Five-wicket haul: Veerasammy PermaulMYSORE: Caribbean left-arm spinners Veerasammy Permaul and Nikita Miller claimed a combined nine wickets to peg India ‘A’ back in the first unofficial ‘Test’ at Gangothri Glades Ground here, on Friday. Permaul (5/85) and left-arm spinner Miller (4/61) dismissed the hosts for 245 in their first innings, after they resumed on an overnight 124/3, and then saw West Indies ‘A’ race to 130/3 by close on the third day for an overall lead of 314 runs.

Kieran Powell hit a power-packed 68 before he was caught and bowled by Services off-spinner Rajat Paliwal. Parvez Rasool, who had taken five wickets in the visitors' first innings, then removed Kraig Brathwaite (34) and Narsingh Deonarine (9) in quick succession to bring some cheer to the home camp as play ended.

But the day belonged to Permaul and Miller who sent India hurtling towards a prompt collapse. Having taken the score to 184/3, India lost the next seven wickets for just 61 runs. Manprit Juneja compiled a well-made 84 before he was trapped in front Permaul. One run later, his partner Harshad Khadiwale (27) was caught off the bowling of Miller.

None of the others, except wicketkeeper Rohit Motwani (28) put up a fight, as Miller and Permaul ran through the lower order. With one whole day remaining, India 'A' will have to fight for survival on Saturday to avoid going one-down in the three-match series.

Brief scores:
West Indies A 429 (Kraigg Brathwaite 92, Kirk Edwards 91; Parvez Rasool 5 for 116) and 130 for 3 (Kieran Powell 68, Parvez Rasool 2 for 41) vs India A 245 (Manprit Juneja 84, Lokesh Rahul 46; Veerasammy Permaul 5 for 85, Nikita Miller 4 for 61)