Cheteshwar Pujara on the erge of double ton as India A post 422/5 at lunch on Day 3

Cheteshwar Pujara is batting on 199 at lunch on Day 3 of third unofficial Test © IANS (File Photo)

Hubli: Oct 11, 2013

Saurashtrian run-machine Cheteshwar Pujara cracked an unbeaten 199 as India A rode on their captain’s brilliance to gain control of the third unofficial Test against West Indies A by taking a substantial 154-run first innings lead.

Pujara showed urgency in his batting to remain unbeaten at 199 as the hosts reached 422 for five at lunch on Day 3 of the match at KSCA Stadium.

The India A captain played some delightful shots as he smashed six boundaries while adding 60 runs he added to his overnight 139 not out.

Pujara, who had paced his innings cautiously, changed gears after he lost his overnight partner Abhishek Nayar (11) and Paras Dogra (7) early in the morning.

Gentle medium-pacer Assad Fudadin had Nayar caught by substitute wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton and left-arm orthodox spinner Nikita Miller cleaned up Dogra.

India A wicketkeeper Uday Kaul, who had bailed his team out in the Shimoga Test with a superb half century, complemented his skipper well as they put on an unbeaten 63 runs for a sixth-wicket partnership.

Kaul is batting on 16 off 41 balls with one boundary to his credit.

Brief scores:

West Indies A 268 (Leon Johnson 81, Assad Fudadin 47; Abhishek Nayar 4 for 61) trail India A 422 for 5 (Gautam Gambhir 123, Cheteshwar Pujara 199*; Nikita Miller 2 for 89) by 154 runs.