India A v West Indies A, 1st unofficial Test, Mysore, 3rd day September 27, 2013

Spinners put West Indies A in charge

ESPNcricinfo staff

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."

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  • charlie on September 28, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    Whatever happens from here on with this WI " A" team it looks better balanced than the First team , just needs one more pacer to round it off . This opproach to opening the batting is more like it ; bat long and steady , pick the singles , before you know it 100 runs on the board . Furthermore I would like to see a first team challenge of " A" like club cricket . Just on application and temperament alone i'll give it to the A'S .

  • Cric on September 28, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Whatever!!!!!!Thing is that Indians who are playing are getting some valuable exposure..Well played WI A

  • Naresh on September 28, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    India can take out of this game one bright prospect for the future....Juneja. This guy has displayed that he belongs to the big league judging by the number of balls he has faced and his scores. He seems like a test batsman quality player. The bowling as usual is not living up to expectations.By now the selectors have developed a clear picture of the batsman to choose for SA trip. Bowling is still a worry - from us fans to the selectors...keep it up you are doinga great job.

  • Saurabh on September 28, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    Well played West Indies A.I had read a post by a Miller fan sometime ago about the talents of the young left arm tweaker and what a show he has put on alongside Permaul...its not just pacemen who strike in pairs,couple of quality spinners can be as lethal. India A's batting came up a cropper on two occasions in the game.Was reminiscent of how the national side fared against the spin duo of Monty and Swan last winter.Its public knowledge that our spin cupboards are bare- to use a phrase from Harsha Bhogle - and its impacting not just our bowling but our batting too.With few top grade spinners around,the batters get their runs against mediocre bowling,and are ill-prepared for the more stern examination they face against better bowlers of spin. I dont know what happened but all of a sudden we are faced with a crisis in the form of producing world class spinners.

  • Carl on September 28, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    I won't even comment in response to Cricketdebator, Chanders needs no defence.

    Good win for the 'A' boys today. Well done. Extraordinary to see Permaul and Miller share 17 wkts! Great that Powell, Brathwaite, Edwards and Fudadin got runs - all in contention for test squad spots. Can't wait to see Cummins debut in the longer format too - a potentially great new ball partner for Roachy.

  • Dummy4 on September 28, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Cricketdebator.I am sure you know a thing or two about cricket,but to say that Chanderpaul has not contributed to WI cricket and that he is not an important component of the team is baseless.Firstly,he is a batsman of rare quality,let his record speaks.He has been around for almost two decades in which time WI cricket with the exception of Brian Lara has lost its batting glaze.Chanderpaul through his gritty batting has held a fragile batting side from total collapse many a times by executing his fine art of concentration,something he knows so well.In Bangladesh he batted well like he has done for the most part of his career.The result,WI won the series.He made a century in the 418 run chase against Australia.Chanderpaul alone cannot win matches,unfortunately he has never been is in a team like what Lloyd or Richards had.Chanderpaul's avg in test cricket is 51.8 and to his name is 28 centuries and 61 fifties.At nearly 40,he still bats like he was 20 yrs ago.Chanderpaul is pure class.

  • Dummy4 on September 28, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    India should have given chance to more spinners than bowler like Dinda...

  • Android on September 28, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    come on india its time to restore pride

  • sam on September 28, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    India should have picked a second spinner (preferably a left arm in Rakesh Dhruv or any other competent left armer like Harmeet, etc.) ahead of the perennially useless Ashok Dinda. Wrong reading of the pitch and also a batting second blunder at the time of toss. However good lesson for young Indian batsman on a tough pitch against good spinners. Juneja got out to a grubber. He is ready. We don't need Tendulkar playing 200 matches for sentimental reasons. Juneja currently is a far better batsman than Tendulkar. Play him and drop Tendulkar.

  • Dummy4 on September 28, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    Look at the love and affection many Indian fans are showing to West Indies. And real happiness in their resurgence. Some of the fans from a few other cricketing nations can learn a few lessons reading these comments. Some of their players too.