India A v West Indies A, 1st unofficial Test, Mysore, 4th day September 28, 2013

Miller five-for completes big WI A win

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West Indies A 429 (Brathwaite 92, Edwards 91, Rasool 5-116) and 130 for 3 dec (Powell 68) beat India A 245 (Juneja 84, Permaul 5-85, Miller 4-61) and 152 (Juneja 70, Miller 5-40) by 162 runs

West Indies A's spinners, led by Nikita Miller, dominated proceedings for the second successive day to set up the side's 162-run victory over India A in Mysore. Miller finished with 5 for 40 - showing astonishing accuracy over 36.4 overs - and took his match haul to 9 for 101 off 71.4 overs.

West Indies declared on their overnight score of 130 for 3 and set India a target of 315 for victory. India had a slow start and Miller struck early, dismissing opener KL Rahul in the 11th over for 9 off 42 balls.

Playing defensively, India were stifled by the West Indies bowlers and lost wickets at regular intervals. Jiwanjot Singh and Cheteshwar Pujara got starts and added 28 runs - the highest stand of the innings - in 12.5 overs for the second wicket but the batsmen fell to Veerasammy Permaul and Miller, respectively.

Manpreet Juneja struck a stoic 70 off 193 balls, doing his best to string together partnerships with the lower order to save the game for India, but with just four overs left in the day's play, Juneja was out leg before to Miller. Juneja was the last man dismissed, and knock was the lone bright spot for India. It followed up his lone hand in the first innings, and his first-class average after 13 matches is 79.44.

The win gives West Indies A a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The second four-day game between the two sides begins on October 2.

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  • Monoz on October 2, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Congrats WI. You could have easily thrashed these Indians by innings.

  • Manoj on October 2, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    I have made a decent and friendly conversation with potentially a WI fan ( Sir_Ivor). Somebody pokes his nose into this and pointing out others to grow up. But it is clear who need to grow up. Why shoudn't others comment in this forum cricket being a global sport.

  • sachit on October 2, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    LOL someone congratulates the WI and points out a failure of a player and a couple of other commenters drag a Team to the conversation that has absoutely NOTHING to do with the article and all of a sudden the article is about Sri Lanka's future ... no relevance at all. Grow up guys.

  • Manoj on October 1, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    @ Sir_Ivor: Thanks for the comment mate. Don't worry, Sri lankan A players will prove the past glory soon. Problem with them is that they have enough international matches to get confidence unlike India A players. See the results of ongoing 4 day matches against more fancied NZ A team who played well against strong Ind A team in 4 days. Even in the 1st one dayer, they came closer to the NZ A score of 300+.

  • James on September 30, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    @bladerunner: how could a one match wonder have a test average of 65 over 13 tests, and a first class average nearing 60 over 88 matches.

    However, it seems to me that rather than Indian batting, their bowlers were to blame. There was no one to support Rasool in either innings. Ishwar Pandey seems to have some technical shortcomings which prevent him from being effective against international sides- he needs to work on them. Dinda is pretty useless, even Shami is ordinary. Hope to see better performances from Zaheer Khan and Bhargav Bhatt in the second test.

    WI should realize that some of their best players are in this A team. Definitely time for an upgrade for players like Miller and Edwards into the test team.

  • Subramani on September 29, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Blade Runner if you are Sri Lankan as someone said you are, I will be worried because no one really good seems to be coming through in batting or bowling, I was told that there is a chap called Rambukewalle who is an opening batsman. But the last I heard about him was that instead of opening the batting for Sri Lanka he was opening the aircraft door in flight. Tissera Perera is good but like Malinga he is more interested in playing in the IPL. Chandimal is good but he is no Sangakarra. There is no-one even remtely like the great Mahela or Arvinda Desilva. What is happening in Sri Lanka. Where are the Rutnayakes and the Runatungas the De Mels and the Vaas's ?

  • Subramani on September 29, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    The team that SNIFFLEATHER has suggested really looks like the Champion team in the next two years. Incidentally, Miller showed how good he was in the Champions Trophy some years ago, probably in South Africa. He used to celebrate like Ussain Bolt does like an archer wielding his bow and arrow !I often wondered what happened to him till he showed everyone how good he is.Many people believe quite wrongly that the West Indies have never had great spinners. Sonny Ramdhin,Alf Valentine,the great Lance Gibbs and even the slow motion like giant Roger Harper were very good.But because they have had so many great pace bowlers, their spinners have not got their due.I believe Miller will be a match winner for them for many more years.On the Indian side, I am surprised that people are making prophecies and pronouncements on the basis of this one match played on a dubious pitch.Quite laughable.Juneja is defintely ready for India & Rahul should be so in one year considering how much he practices.

  • Dummy4 on September 29, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    A job well done by cpt Edwards and the team but the real challenge will be pulling off a repeat nxt week when Gambir, Sehwag & Zaheer Khan step in for the opponents. Hopefully Johnson & Cummins will be able 2 step up their game then as Miller's & Permaul's spin bowling is much less likely to challenge those 2.

  • Dummy4 on September 29, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    Tremendous performance by WI A. Congrats.

  • Dummy4 on September 29, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    @salilj90 : Dhaval, is in the MI team which is playing Champions T-20. As bbnn said too many tournaments are going on, many (even fringe players are tied up in those. FOUR teams in CLT, THREE teams in KPL Salve, and an under 19 team in a tourney abroad.

    Having said that, Pujara's form is depressing. Expected better from Rahul & Jiwanjyot. Juneja is the ONLY gain. could see a few glimpse of VVS in him. Keenly watching, how the selectors are planning to develop him.