India 'A' lose three, need 186 for a win

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Published: Tuesday, June 5, 2012, 11:39 [IST]
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India 'A' lose three, chasing 186

Bridgetown, Jun 5: India 'A' were in early trouble, chasing 186 to win their first unofficial Test against West Indies 'A' here at the Kensington Oval on Monday.

After the completion of the third day's action, India 'A' had lost opener Abhinav Mukund, Ajinkya Rahane and nightwatchman Rahul Sharma for just 22 runs in 10 overs.

On the final day, the visitors need further 164 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Rohit Sharma, who made a fine 94 in the first innings, will have to come up with another such knock to steer India 'A' home.

Left-hander Mukund was dismissed for a duck and Rahane left the middle after making five runs. Rahul was the next to go for three runs. They were 15/3. Mukund bagged a pair as he was out for zero in the first innings too.

Shikhar Dhawan and captain Cheteshwar Pujara ensured there was no further damage as they ended the day. Pujara is on nought and Dhawan is 13 not out.

Earlier, Rohit shone with the ball, claiming four wickets for 41 runs in 16.3 overs. Paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar took three wickets. Shami Ahmed had two wickets.

West Indies 'A' collapsed after a bright start. Both their openers Lendl Simmons and Kraigg Brathwaite struck half centuries. From 134/4, they were bowled out for 210 in 78.3 overs. They had started the day on 3/0.

The hosts had conceded a 25-run first innings lead on the second day.

Brief Scores: West Indies 'A' 252 all out in 87.3 overs (Veerasammy Permaul 66, Devon Thomas 57, Jonathan Carter 35, Nkrumah Bonner 25, Shami Ahmed 3/43, Rahul Sharma 3/73) and 210 all out in 78.3 overs (Lendl Simmons 53, Kraigg Brathwaite 50, Nkrumah Bonner 36, Devon Thomas22, Rohit Sharma 4/41, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3/44) India 'A' 277 all out in 81.1 overs (Rohit Sharma 94, Cheteshwar Pujara 50, Manoj Tiwary 40, Jonathan Carter 5/63, Delorn Johnson 3/39) and 22/3 in 10 overs (Jason Holder 2/12).


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