Amit Mishra © Getty Images
Amit Mishra picked three wickets  © Getty Images (File Photo)

 

By Shiamak Unwalla

Oct 3, 2014

Amit Mishra‘s three-wicket haul ensured West Indies were never in a position of strength as they crashed to 148 for nine in 38.1 overs in the first practice match against India A. Lendl Simmons was retired out early on in the innings, while Marlon Samuels’ 56 was the top score for the visitors.

West Indies started their tour to India on a positive note when Kieron Pollard won the toss and elected to bat first. However, soon he was left ruing his decision as one his batsmen continued their old habits of getting starts and throwing away their wickets. The shot selection was questionable, and the ability to deal with spin was abject.

Dhawal Kulkarni and Jasprit Bumrah kept openers Leon Johnson and Lendl Simmons quiet with some good bowling at the start. Kulkarni was getting just enough movement to keep the batsmen on their toes, while Bumrah was quick but wayward. Johnson soon edged one to Unmukt Chand at slip, who took a good catch.

Simmons and Darren Bravo then steadied the ship before Simmons inexplicably decided to walk back. He was retired not out, but it was unclear whether he had injured himself. Bravo soon played on off Kulkarni, going for a cut shot that was not wide enough. Marlon Samuels, who came in at No 4, was joined by Denesh Ramdin and the pair almost the score to take West Indies to 70 for two.

They were soon 76 for five, as Ramdin’s attempted drive off Stuart Binny was brilliantly caught by a diving Chand at slip. Soon, Kieron Pollard and Darren Sammy were both back in the hut as well, each man a victim of Amit Mishra’s googly. Mishra added Jerome Taylor — also bowled — to his list of victims to end with excellent figures of 10-1-26-3.

Jason Holder batted responsibly at the other end, and ensured that the Indian spinners didn’t run through the tail. After batting for 46 balls he finally ran out of patience and stepped out to off-spinner Parvez Rasool. He missed, and Sanju Samson did the rest. Ravi Rampaul tried to slog the ball, but could only manage three, as West Indies folded up for 148 for nine.

Brief scores:

West Indies 148 for 9 in 38.1 overs (Marlon Samuels 56; Amit Mishra 3 for 26) vs India A.

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(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic. You can follow him on Twitter @ShiamakUnwalla)