Shimoga: Oct 4, 2013
Uday Kaul was unbeaten on 55 as India A reached a total of 344 for nine at tea on Day Three of the second unofficial Test against West Indies A in Shimoga on Friday. Mohammed Shami was batting on nine, as India A trailed by 62 runs in reply to West Indies A’s first-innings total of 406.
Earlier in the day, VA Jagadeesh and Abhishek Nayar put together a 99-run partnership for fourth wicket.
The wicketkeeper-batsman from Kangra fought hard to stay on the wicket as he saw wickets tumbling at the other end. The youngster came in when India were struggling at 245 for five.
Kaul struck four boundaries and a six off 148 balls in his dogged innings.
Resuming at 269 for five at lunch, Indian batsmen struggled to accelerate and managed to score 25 runs in 16 overs, losing Mohammad Kaif for 26 when he was caught by Narasingh Deonaraine off Assad Fudadin.
After the second drinks break, Deonaraine removed Parveez Rasool for 11 and right-arm Barbadian fast bowler Miguel Cummins struck a double blow by sending Bharghav Bhatt (11) and Zaheer Khan (0) to the pavillion.
The West Indies A attack was good but could not capitalise, giving opportunity to the Indian tailenders to stick around a defiant Kaul and reduce the deficit.
Cummins bagged three for 58 and two wickets each were shared by Veerasammy Permaul and Nikita Miller.
Fudadin and Deonaraine took one wicket apiece.
Earlier, resuming at overnight score of 191 for three, Jagadeesh and Nayar began sedately but missed out on their centuries.
The unheralded Kerala opener Jagadeesh, who showed good temperament for his undefeated overnight score of 79, added only seven runs to his tally before being dismissed.
The youngster, who had also missed out on a century during the unofficial Test against New Zealand A earlier this year, had showed a lot of composure during his 198-ball knock that included eight boundaries.
Once Jagadeesh was packed off, Nayar (89) had to take a long walk back to the pavilion after he was trapped lbw by left-arm spinner Nikita Miller.
Cummins was the first to provide the breakthrough in the morning as he bagged the prized wicket of Jagadeesh before Miller took Nayar’s wicket.
West Indies A 406 (Kraigg Brathwaite 82, Assad Fudadin 63, Leon Johnson 91, Nikita Miller 64*; Bhargav Bhatt 7 for 113) lead India A 334 for 9 (VA Jagadeesh 86, Abhishek Nayar 89, Uday Kaul 55*; Miguel Cummins 3 for 58) by 62 runs.