Pune: West Indies fast bowler Cameron Cuffy staked his claim for the third and final Test against India with four wickets in a drawn warm-up match on Saturday.
Cuffy finished with four for 84 against national champions Railways, which made 402 in its first innings in reply to the tourists' 449 for eight declared. The West Indies was 35 for no loss in its second innings at stumps on the last day of a three- day game at the Nehru Stadium. Wavell Hinds remained unbeaten with 22 and Chris Gayle with nine. Middle-order batsman Yere Goud defied the West Indies attack for more than two sessions, scoring a solid 107 for his 11th first-class century in 63 matches to share the limelight with Cuffy. The 32-year-old Cuffy was replaced with Jermaine Lawson for the second Test against India after taking two wickets in the opening match, but enhanced his chances of regaining Test berth with a disciplined four-wicket effort. India has already clinched a three-Test series against Carl Hooper's West Indians following victories in the first two Tests at Mumbai and Chennai. The last Test starts at Kolkata on October 30. Cuffy, who conceded 51 runs in nine wicket less overs on Friday, made amends with three wickets for 13 runs in his lively eight-over morning spell to reduce the Railways to 225-4 after the hosts had resumed at 179-1. The West Indian paceman struck with the second delivery of the day when he bowled left-handed Murali Kartik at the batsman's overnight score of 72, which contained 13 fours. Overnight batsman Tejinderpal Singh (21) became Cuffy's second victim five overs later when he was trapped leg before offering no stroke to a fuller-length delivery. Cuffy then had Jacob Martin caught by Wavell Hinds for five runs in his seventh over. The Railways could gather runs comfortably only after Cuffy had been rested as Goud and skipper Abhay Sharma steadied the innings with a 55-run stand for the fifth wicket. Cuffy then returned for his second spell in the afternoon session to trap middle- order batsman Raja Ali (16) leg before for his fourth wicket. Goud kept defying the West Indies bowling and reached his hundred in the last session with a single to point off Cuffy. The 30-year-old batsman struck 12 fours in his 207-ball knock.
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