India A vs West Indies A: Wriddhiman Saha and Shivam Dube help India A gain 71-run lead on day two
Wriddhiman Saha scored 61 not out on day two. (file photo, © BCCI)

The middle-order pair of Wriddhiman Saha and Shivam Dube drove India A out of a jam and into the lead over West Indies A on day two of the first four-day match at North Sound.

At stumps, Saha was 61 not out having put on 124 for the sixth wicket with Dube, who made 71. India A lead West Indies A by 71 runs.

The visitors began the day on 70/1 and lost Priyank Panchal for 49, ruled lbw to Jomel Warrican. The slide continued as Rakeem Cornwall dismissed Shubman Gill for 40 and Srikar Bharat for a golden duck, and when skipper Hanuma Vihari fell to Miguel Cummins for 31 the scorecard read 168/5.

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From here, Dubey and Saha combined to stem the flow of wickets until shortly before stumps, West Indies A clawed back through Cummins. Talented Mumbai allrounder Dube hit seven fours and four sixes in his 108-ball 71, while Saha collected six fours in his unbeaten innings.

Dube was bowled by Chemar Holder late in the day, and in the final over of play Cummins got K Gowtham and Shahbaz Nadeem.

Brief scores: India A 299/8 (Dube 71, Saha 61*) lead West Indies A 228 by 71 runs