Spinners put West Indies A in charge
West Indies A 429 and 130 for 3 (Powell 68) lead India A 245 (Juneja 84, Permaul 5-85, Miller 4-61) by 314 runs
West Indies A tightened their grip on the four-day game in Mysore after their spinners ran through India A's lower order on the third day. The home side lost their final seven wickets for 61 runs as Nikita Miller and Veerasammy Permaul showed off the depth in West Indies' spin stocks and wrested a 184-run first-innings advantage.
Miller, who bowled an unchanged spell of 26 overs either side of lunch, told the Hindu, "It's a pitch where you don't want to bowl too slow because the batsman will have enough time. You want to bowl slightly fast. That was the plan and we executed it.
"We don't want to give the Indians the upper hand," Miller said. "So, we are looking at getting some more runs on the board, get a decent lead and take it from there."
Manpreet Juneja, the Gujarat batsman, followed up his recent impressive outings against New Zealand A with an 84 that steadied the hosts but his dismissal sparked a collapse that put the visitors in charge. India had moved on to 184 for 3 before Juneja was trapped lbw by left-arm spinner Permaul. The rest of the batsmen were clueless against the spinners, with only the wicketkeeper-batsman Rohit Motwani providing any resistance. He was unbeaten on 28 as the visitors ripped through the tail to secure a lead that big enough to allow them the option of enforcing the follow-on, an option they didn't take.
That lead was stretched further by an aggressive 68 from Kieran Powell, who dominated an opening stand of 112 with Kraigg Brathwaite. Offspinner Parvez Rasool, who was the most successful bowler in the first innings, then struck twice as West Indies ended the day on 130 for 3, ahead by 314.
Juneja, however, remained undaunted by the prospect of a tall final-day chase. "I think it is possible (India A win)," he said. "West Indies is on top as of now. If we have a decent target in sight, we might just go for it."