India A reach 70/1 at tea on Day 2 of 2nd unofficial Test against West Indies A

Gautam Gambhir’s poor form with the bat continued as he was dismissed for 11 on Day Two of the second unofficial Test against West Indies A © IANS

Shimoga: Oct 3, 2013

Gautam Gambhir failed to impress yet again as India A reached 70 for one in reply to West Indies A‘s 406 all out at tea on the second day of the second unofficial Test in Shimoga on Thursday.

Gambhir appeared jaded as he did not play his usual attacking game and was out for 11. He batted for an hour and 10 minutes and faced 44 balls before he skied a shot to Fidel Edwards off Veerasammy Permaul, who had fantastic match figures of eight for 41 in the first unofficial Test in Mysore.

However, opener VA Jagadeesh carried his form from his last innings of 91 against New Zealand A in Visakhapatnam last month. Jagadeesh and captain Cheteshwar Pujara were batting on 38 and 10 respectively at tea.

Earlier, spinner Bhargav Bhatt came up with a career-best seven-wicket haul but that could not stop West Indies A from piling up 406 all out in their first innings at lunch.

Overnight batsmen Leon Johnson and Nikita Miller poured cold water on the Indian bowlers hopes of making early inroads in morning session.

They batted aggressively with some magnificent hits to the fence. It was Johnson who frustrated the home team the most as he put up a 97-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Miller (64 not out) on a pitch which was on the slower side.

Miguel Cummins was the last man out, who was cleaned up by Bhatt, which gave him his seventh wicket of the match so far.

Resuming at the overnight score of 283 for six, Johnson and Miller began their innings aggressively, hardly giving any chance to Indian bowlers to take advantage of the morning conditions.

No Indian bowler impressed on a pitch which was a bit on the slower side, but Bhatt made the cut by taking all the four remaining wickets, ending with career-best bowling figures.

After he picked up Johnson’s wicket, the Baroda lad quickly wound up the West Indies innings by removing Veerasammy Permaul (0), Fidel Edwards (1) and Cummins (0).

Brief scores:

West Indies A 406 (Kraigg Brathwaite 82, Assad Fudadin 63, Leon Johnson 91, Nikita Miller 64*; Bhargav Bhatt 7 for 113) lead India A 70 for 1 (VA Jagadeesh 38*, Gautam Gambhir 11, Cheteshwar Pujara 10*; Veeraswamy Permaul 1 for 20) by 336 runs.