India 'A' in trouble, chasing 220 for a win

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Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 13:24 [IST]
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India 'A' in trouble, chasing 220

Kingstown, Jun 12: India 'A' were in deep trouble chasing 220 for victory against West Indies 'A' in the second unofficial four-day Test here on Monday.

Left-arm paceman Delorn Johnson was the wrecker-in-chief of Indian top order as he dealth four huge blows to leave the visitors on the brink at 57/4. He took all the four wickets to fall during Indian chase.

Johnson finished with figures of 4/20 in nine overs as India are still 163 runs adrift of the target on the final day.

Abhinav Mukund, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane and captain Cheteshwar Pujara were all dismissed with single digit scores.

At the close of play Arnos Vale Ground, Manoj Tiwary and Rohit Sharma were at the crease. Tiwary was batting on 15 while Rohit had scored eight runs.

Rahane was the first batsman to go, for just five runs. Soon, Dhawan followed for eight. Mukund was the third wicket, for eight.

Skipper Pujara, who carried the team home in the first match, fell for one run.

Earlier in the day, left-arm spinner Akshay Darekar inspired India to come back in the contest. His six-wicket haul for 67 runs in 24 overs was key in restricting West Indies to 204 all out in 71.3 overs.

The hosts, however, recovered from a poor start to go past 200 runs. From 81/5, they were helped by twin half centuries. Jonathan Carter (74) and Donovan Pagon (67) took West Indies to safety with a 86-run stand for the sixth wicket.

Brief Scores: West Indies 'A' 217 all out in 90 overs (Kraigg Brathwaite 66, Veerasammy Permaul 36, Nkrumah Bonner 25, Shami Ahmed 4/43, Ashok Dinda 2/22, Rohit Sharma 2/31) and 204 all out in 71.3 overs (Jonathan Carter 74, Donovan Pagon 67, Akshay Darekar 6/67, Rohit Sharma 2/47) Vs India 'A' 202 all out in 79.2 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara 67, Rahul Sharma 30, Manoj Tiwary 23, Veerasammy Permaul 5/58, Delorn Johnson 2/28) and 57/4 in 20 overs (Manoj Tiwary 15 batting, Delorn Johnson 4/20).


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