Bridgetown, June 4: Rohit Sharma hit a fine 94 as India 'A' took a slender 25-run first innings lead over West Indies 'A' on the second day of the four-day unofficial Test here at the Kensington Oval on Sunday.
Rohit, who had a good season of Indian Premier League recently, continued in same form in the longer form of the game.
With Rahul Dravid retired from Test cricket, Rohit is one of the few youngsters eyeing a spot vacated by “The Wall.” He has brightened his chances of a Test call-up with this knock in the Caribbean.
There were also useful contributions from wicketkeeper Wridhiman Saha (56), skipper Cheteshwar Pujara (50) and Manoj Tiwary (40). Replying to West Indies 'A's 252, India 'A' were bowled out for 277. Saha was the last man out. Saha faced 92 balls and hit six boundaries.
For the hosts, it was Jonathan Carter, who shone with the ball. The medium paceman was impressive with the red ball. He claimed five wickets for 63 runs. This was his career best effort in first class games.
Carter bowled 17 overs. The 24-year-old right-arm paceman's previous best figures were 2/46. Left-arm fast bowler Delorn Johnson took 3/29 from 14.1 overs.
Before this game, Carter had taken only three first-class wickets. Carter had the visitors in early trouble, reducing them to 21/3.
Rohit was looking good for hi 13th first class century but his hopes were dashed when Carter trapped him leg before the wicket.
Rohit, 25, took 159 balls for his 94 and his knock was studded with 10 fours and a six.
West Indies 'A': 252 all out (Veerasammy Permaul 66, Devon Thomas 57, Jonathan Carter 35, Nkrumah Bonner 25; Shami Ahmed 3-43, Rahul Sharma 3-73) and three without loss.
India 'A': 277 (Rohit Sharma 94, Wriddhiman Saha 56, Cheteshwar Pujara 50, Manoj Tiwary 40; Jonathan Carter 5-63, Delorn Johnson 3-39).