Indians enjoy West Indies workout, lead by 74 runs

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2002, 18:25 [IST]
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Arundel: India bowlers Ajit Agarkar and Harbhajan Singh took eight wickets between them on the second day of their tour match against West Indies 'A' on Wednesday.

At stumps India was 87 for three in its second innings having previously declared on their overnight score of 253 for seven. The Indians then bowled out West Indies 'A' for 266, medium-pacer Agarkar taking four for 55 and off spinner Harbhajan four for 79. With one day left India now lead by 74 runs. For West Indies 'A' Devon Smith (69), Ryan Hinds (62) and Dwayne Bravo (55) were the men in form. Hinds and Bravo gave the crowd plenty of entertainment in a fifth- wicket stand of 117. Bravo was particularly aggressive, pulling Harbhajan for four before going down on one knee to sweep the spinner for a huge six off the next ball. He reached his 50 by smashing Harbhajan to the offside boundary and celebrated by hitting the next ball through the leg side for four. But Harbhajan had his revenge when Bravo, going down on one knee to sweep, was lbw.

One run later, new batsman Chris Gayle was lbw to Agarkar for nought and the bowler struck again with the last ball before tea as Hinds top-edged an easy catch to wicket-keeper Ajay Ratra and was out for 62. Agarkar had taken two early wickets for India, having opener Daren Ganga caught by Ratra for four with just eight runs scored before Donovan Pagon was lbw for a duck. Meanwhile Smith, twice missed by India, was eventually run out after Wasim Jaffer had dropped him in the gully. Before the close Shiv Sunder Das was caught behind for a duck off Test bowler Reon King, while Sanjay Bangar (27) was lbw to Jermaine Lawson and Ratra (eight) snared cheaply by Hinds. But Jaffer will start Thursday on 43 not out with Parthiv Patel nought not out.

India's players have just one more warm-up match - against Hampshire beginning on Saturday - before they go to Lord's for the first Test of a four-match series against England starting on July 25.


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