Gros Islet (St Lucia), Jun 18: Opener Kieran Powell struck a dour century to give West Indies 'A' a 90-run first innings lead over India 'A' on the second day of the third and final unofficial Test at the Beausejour Stadium here on Sunday. Powell's dogged 139 off 255 balls has put the hosts in a good position with two days to go for the completion of the Test.
At the close of play on Sunday, West Indies 'A' were 320/8 in 104 overs. Offspinner Jalaj Saxena took three wickets for the visitors. Pacemen Shami Ahmed and Parvinder Awana had two scalps apiece. Powell, who has played eight Tests for West Indies with a highest score of 81, struck his third first class hundred. This was his highest individual score in first class cricket, surpassing his previous best of 131.
The 22-year-old left-hander, who began the day on 16, took 172 balls to reach the three-figure mark. In all, he batted for six hours and 46 minutes for 139 runs. He hit 12 fours and three sixes.
Powell was finally dismissed by Ahmed. He was the eighth man to return to the pavilion with West Indies in a good position, at 312/8 in 100.1 overs.
Wicketkeeper Devon Thomas had the next best score of the innings, with a 50 off 90 balls with two fours and two sixes.
The series is level at 1-1. India 'A' batsmen have an uphill task to turn the game around if they have to return home with a series win.
India 'A': 230 all out in 74 overs (Jalaj Saxena 61, Cheteshwar Pujara 33, Ajinkya Rahane 32, Manoj Tiwary 32, Wriddhiman Saha 27; Devendra Bishoo 3-40, Jonathan Carter 3-57) Vs West Indies 'A' 320 for eight in 104 overs (Kieran Powell 139, Devon Thomas 50, Donovan Pagon 30, Kyle Corbin 26; Jalaj Saxena 3-55, Parvinder Awana 2-78)