India A v West Indies A, Croydon, 2nd day June 18, 2010

Pujara double ton grinds West Indies A

Cricinfo staff

West Indies A 12 for 1 trail India A 543 for 8 (Pujara 208*, Saha 62, Jaskaran 58) by 531 runs

Cheteshwar Pujara led from the front with an unbeaten double-century to set India A to an imposing 543 for 8 in Croydon. It was another tough day in the field for West Indies A, whose bowlers struggled to contain the Indians, save for Andre Russell, who took a second five-for in as many first-class games.

Pujara resumed his innings on 111 with Wriddhiman Saha, and the pair ensured India held the advantage early on. Saha fell for 62, caught by the wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton off Russell. Jaskaran Singh provided valuable support to Pujara as he neared a double-century. Jaskaran too helped himself to a half-century, hitting nine boundaries in his 58. Pujara declared the innings when on 208 and his knock included 34 fours and a six. Russell finished with 5 for 97.

West Indies however lost the early wicket Kraigg Brathwaite for 3 to their nemesis on tour, Jaidev Unadkat. West Indies will look to bat out the third day and not let India retain the edge.