West Indies A reach 67/1 against India A at lunch on Day 1 of 2nd unofficial Test

Zaheer Khan went wicket-less for India A in the first session on Day One of the second unofficial Test against West Indies A © Getty Images

Shimoga: Oct 2, 2013

Bidding to make a comeback to the senior team, veteran pacer Zaheer Khan on Wednesday went wicket-less as West Indies A made 67 for one at lunch against India A in the second unofficial Test Shimoga.

Zaheer, who has played just seven Tests after the 2011 ICC World Cup, conceded 11 runs in the six overs he bowled in the first session.

Zaheer, who has failed to take five wickets in a Test innings since October 2010, is seeking to return to the national side ahead of the West Indies tour to India in November.

The 34-year-old, who has taken 295 international wickets from 88 Tests and 282 wickets from 200 One-Day Internationals (ODIs), has been left out of the India squad since last year after he picked just one wicket against England at the Eden Gardens.

Electing to bat, West Indies A lost one wicket before lunch in their bid to give a solid platform for the later batsmen to capitalise on and put a big total as they did in the Mysore Test.

They understand a big total will open doors for clinching the three-match series.

The opening pair of Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell (33) began their innings with caution but just before lunch the latter gave a catch to Mohammad Kaif in the deep off left-arm orthodox spinner Bharghav Bhatt.

Captain Kirk Edwards and Brathwaite are batting at eight and 25 respectively.

Brief scores:

West Indies A 67 for 1 (Kraigg Brathwaite 25*, Kieran Powell 33; Bharghav Bhatt 1 for 11) vs India A.