India A v West Indies A, 1st unofficial Test, Mysore, 2nd day September 26, 2013

West Indies stay ahead by removing India's top order

ESPNcricinfo staff

India A 124 for 3 (Juneja 47*, Miller 1-10) trail West Indies A 429 (Brathwaite 92, Edwards 91, Fudadin 86*, Rasool 5-116) by 305 runs

West Indies A stayed ahead by scoring 429 and removing India A's top order for a little more than 100 runs on the second day of the first unofficial Test in Mysore. After Kraigg Brathwaite and Kirk Edwards fell in the 90s on the first day, Assad Fudadin took his team to a strong total with the tail. Lokesh Rahul and Manpreet Juneja tried to stabilise India after two wickets fell before the score crossed 50, but Nikita Miller removed Rahul to give West Indies the advantage again.

Resuming at 264 for 5, West Indies lost Chadwick Walton for 35 to Ishwar Pandey but Fudadin and Miller denied India any further success by putting on 88 for the seventh wicket. Miller struck five boundaries during his 49 before being run-out. Once he fell, with the score at 364, the rest of the tail did not add much but Fudadin took them past 400 with a patient and unbeaten 86 during which he faced over 200 deliveries.

Offspinner Parvez Rasool took the remaining three wickets for his fourth five-wicket haul in first-class cricket and finished with 5 for 116.

India put on a stable 45 for the opening stand which was broken by left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul who had Jiwanjot Singh caught behind for 16. India were given a big blow when they lost captain Cheteshwar Pujara to Miguel Cummins after adding only 3 to the scoreboard and India's score was only 49. Rahul and Juneja steered the Indian innings with a 60-run stand, taking India past 100, but West Indies struck again when Rahul became Miller's first victim for 46. Juneja was given company by Harshad Khadiwale for about an hour before stumps during which he made a tolerant 5 off 36.

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  • Dummy4 on September 27, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Razool is good; but not better than Aswhwin, or even Sir Ravindra. Nikita Miller seems to be better than all of them. Why he is constantly ignored by WI selectors is something difficult to fathom.

  • sam on September 27, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    I think Pervez will be better than Ashwin in ODIs. In ODIs Ashwin hardly ever gets quick runs, can't field anywhere apart from slips and bowls 10 economical overs. Even Rasool can bowl 10 economical overs and will be a value with the bat and in the field. In test cricket obviously Ashwin's batting is much superior to Rasool as he used to be an opening bat. Plus he has bowling experience in his side. So play Mishra in ODIs against teams which don't play spin well, Rasool against the rest except SL and Pakistan and against those play Ashwin. And Manprit Juneja looks a terrific bat. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than Dhoni's favourite Suresh Raina for real cricket (test cricket).

  • Cricinfouser on September 27, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    Ashwin is nothing special. Majority of his wickets came from bowling in suitable conditions in India. Once, he gets wickets in buckets in Aussie or South Africa, than you can put him on a pedestal. India's biggest concern should be batting, especially ahead of the next world cup. Batting in Aussie won't be easy and they won't prepare flat pitches to suit teams from the subcontinent. Anyway, I reakon as a bowler, Kumble was way better than Ashwin, who could get wickets anywhere. Cheers.

  • Clifford on September 27, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Good to see Windian spinners taking wickets. Maybe the WI selectors will grow some ... er ... courage and pick two spinners when the conditions allow. Many pitches in the Caribbean are good for spin and our spinners take a lot of wickets in FC cricket (admittedly the batsmen are not so against spin generally) but guys like Miller have been taking bundles of wickets for years and can;t get to play.

  • P Subramani on September 27, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    There have been many responses to Al_Bundy's observations. Having read his views in the past, I gt the impression that he belongs to a particular brand of cricket watchers. While I agree with him that Parvez Rasool is very good, I m not sure if he is better than Ashwin at this stage. He may become better with another year in domestic cricket and by discussing things with his mentor Bishen Bedi or with Erapali Prasanna who was also a bowler who also bowled off spin. Being from Karnataka, Pras also speaks colloquial Hindi ! So it would be great if Parvez avails of the knowledge of these two greats.But what I agree with Al_Bundy is that Rasool has a great spin bowler's temperament.The fact that he is from J and K makes him truly special. Incidentally, in the same number of tests, Ashwin has one wicket more than Vernon Philander and is so closer to 100 wickets.In fact when these two bowlers get to 100 they will be the fastest after a long time. So Ashwin is quite good Al_Bundy !

  • james on September 27, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    West Indies shouldnt have wasted time batting a second Innings. Sure they are 94/0 now but they should've just put 1 run on the board in the second innings, which wouldve left IND A chasing 240. That wouldve been pleanty to defend.

  • Carl on September 27, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Fine effort in the field by the Windies 'A' boys. Not only the spinners but Cummins, who bowls with serious pace, troubled the batters - even on this deck. Johnson too shared the new ball and bowled decently. Powell is kicking on as we speak, could be an interesting final day!

  • Dummy4 on September 27, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Why doesn't Nikita Miller get more games for the West Indies? 280 first class wickets at an average of 15. Spectacular, even if the Carribean wickets are good for spin bowling.

  • Al on September 26, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    Kohli is well suited to replace Tendulkar. When that happens, Juneja can take Kohli's place. As for Rasool, he is a better bowler, batsman, and fielder than Ashwin. How come a young fellow like Ashwin is such a lousy fielder? Didn't Kohli, Rohit, Jadeja, etc. provide him any fielding tips?

  • Vivek on September 26, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    Well rahul should have stayed..that was really unnecessary shot to play that he admitted later..but he showed good temparment and he is techniquely sounds good..he along with juneja,rasool are the bright spots for the feature..i hope juneja continues his form..

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