India A v West Indies A, 2nd unofficial Test, Shimoga, 1st day September 28, 2013

Brathwaite, Fudadin click on meandering day


West Indies A 283 for 6 (Brathwaite 82, Fudadin 63, Bhatt 3-76) v India A

An enthusiastic holiday crowd of over 10,000 packed under - and on - the trees that surround the cricket ground of Shimoga's Jawaharlal Nehru College of Engineering, but what happened on the field of play didn't match their enthusiasm. The pitch was pancake flat and slow, the disheartened India A bowling a little listless, and the fielding poor. However, West Indies A balanced it out by throwing away wickets, not taking full advantage of three dropped catches, and failing to convert two half-centuries into hundreds. They ended at 283 for 6 with Kraigg Brathwaite and Assad Fudadin scoring fifties, and Leon Johnson and Chadwick Walton cushioning the blow of two quick wickets with a 68-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

The day began with pleasantries for West Indies A. First they won the toss on the benign pitch, and then as they waited to go out to bat they were treated to a rendition of "Rally Round the West Indies". Similarly hospitable bowling followed from Mohammed Shami and Zaheer Khan, who couldn't manage movement in the air. There wasn't going to be much off the pitch anyway. The openers got through the quicks' opening spell without having to play at many deliveries.

Against spin, though, Kieran Powell and captain Kirk Edwards lost their heads. Powell holed out to cow corner, and Edwards walked past one soon after he was dropped and hit a six off left-arm spinner Bhargav Bhatt. Narsinh Deonarine played across the line to Zaheer, and was given out lbw.

West Indies A had gone from 55 for 1 to 98 for 3, but Brathwaite wasn't about to lose his mind. He ground the runs out with the spinners - Bhatt and Parvez Rasool offered enough cutting and driving opportunities, sometimes off successive deliveries. Fudadin wasn't as alert as Bratwaite, but he was dropped by VA Jagadeesh and Mohammad Kaif on 12 and 27 at square gully and backward point. Abhishek Nayar and Shami were the unfortunate bowlers.

Either side of tea, the two added 117 runs. After the drops, the game settled into a lethargic little stroll with easy runs for the two. Zaheer bowled a third spell, but wasn't effective. After Zaheer was taken off after two overs in that spell, spin came on at both ends, and pretty much only a mistake was going to get any batsman out. The mistakes duly arrived. Fudadin fell lbw while sweeping Bhatt, and Brathwaite edged to the keeper while cutting Rasool.

The twin breakthrough didn't buoy India A enough to overcome conditions, and Johnson and Walton began to accumulate runs again. Both of them showed preference for clearing the infield, and kept managing to find vacant spaces to put the ball in. Johnson did that five times in one Rasool over, taking 20 off it. He ended the day unbeaten on 36.

India A didn't claim the new ball, but in the 88th over of the day Walton handed them fillip by trying to square-drive a wide ball and offering Uday Kaul an easy catch.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2013, 15:15 GMT


    It is understandable nd accptble that the road for sehwag and gambhir ended. But what is d problem wid Zak? How can one say suddenly that he failed miserably with one inngs? 20-5-66-1 frm a guy cmin out f an injury on a dead rubber is failure!? By which standards? b4 tis match Zak bowled in 5 Inngs after being dropped frm natinal team. The scorecard shows 4/17 vsCSK, 1/30 vs Kings XI,2/40 vs Gujarath,1/72 nd 5/79 vs M.Pradesh..Is this bad enuf to tell that he past his prime? Give him 1-2 series to prove himself and fitness then judje him. If u are thinkin f future pacers..B.Kumar,Mohit Sharma,I.Pandey,Jaydev Unadkat,Umesh Yadav,Varun Aaron if he regain fitness, are d future prospects

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    I wonder what Indians fans think about the A team selection. I check the squad and about 6 players are 30 and over. Not sure about that policy. It's good for WI youngsters though. They get to play against experienced campaigners

  • binu on October 3, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    @Nampally , Kerala pacer Sandeep Warrior is a good prospect but he is not getting enough chances even today he was not able to get a place in the eleven for South zone Duleep trophy

  • Ashok on October 3, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    @Alwyn Jose & @ Jose Pullimpatta: You both Pose an interesting Question - who are the Potential Indian seamers? I think B.Kumar is the best at the moment. All others are work in progress. Ishant Sharma has never learnt the basics of bowling to decent length- with continued barrage of short pitched balls which get thrashed. Yadev has dropped significantly in last 8 months & is on the way Out. The upcoming guys are I.Pandey & Unadkat. Mohit Sharma needs to work on this pace but is promising bowler. Dhawal Kulkarni is good but inconsistent. M. Shami & Vinay Kumar have been tried but failed. I liked the seamer from RR in IPL -Shukla. He has pace & hostility to attack the batsmen. So my list of 6 promising seamers Is: B.Kumar, I.Pandey, Shukla, Unadkat, Mohit Sharma & Kulkarni. Ishant Sharma should learn to bowl decent length & controlled direction as does Yadev.

  • Ashok on October 3, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    I have said this before & I will say it again. WI team has always been weak against spin,whilst it played the pace bowlers comfortably. It was proven again by Bhat capturing 7 wkts. with LH orthodox spin. Rahul Sharma or any RH leg spinner would have been an excellent choice but the Selectors do not seem to understand. It does not look like either Gambhir, Sehwag or ZAK will make it to the India Team again. Their days are over. They should hang up their spikes & bring them out for the local games only. Whilst Sehwag & ZAK are heading 35, Gambhir is not far behind. None of them or in great physical shape either & their form is poor. Try Jagadish & Rahul - are other youngsters fighting for an opening spot. One guy who always has performed well but never made it to the Indian team is Nayar. He has scored in every team below the National level this year. Why not give him a chance in the XI as an all rounder- a dependable bat + a useful seamer. Sad to see guys in form do not get selected.

  • Harry on October 3, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    It is good that Gambhir and Sehwag failed - this means more talented fit youngsters get to play at the international level while these two can play county and IPL where they belong. Pujara needs to stop worrying about getting into the ODI team and focus on tests for now. Otherwise he will go the S. Badrinath way.

    I will also make a bold statement - Ind should plan on getting MSD away from test captaincy and groom a younger future leader. MSD is playing way too many games and we need him to keep his batting form. Pujara can be a good test captain. MSD can captain the ODI side and Raina can captain the T20 side.

  • santhosh on October 3, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    Thats the difference between UV and these guys....there is no commitment left in Gambhir and Sehwag....they should not be included in the playing 11....end of the road for them...

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Jose to Jose: Mohit Sharma, Bhuvanesh Kumar, Jaydev Unadkat, (Umesh Yadav (do you know why he is not in the current A team? They seem to be trying out different players in different tournaments. Umesh doesn't seem to think thru while bowling; but it can be developed, by a guide like ZAK), Mohamed Shami . All these are good investments. You can't compare raw materials/ WIP with Finished Goods which are almost crossing out of date. In a crunch, even Vinay Kumar is usable.

    The key issue is building for future.

    I had said this many a times. no Indian bowler is better than Zak, in thinking thru tactics to get the batsmen out. We should use him as pace/swing bowling coach ASAP. even language will not be a problem.

    P.S. By the way where did you pick up names like Irfan, Awana, Mithun, et al, from my observations. I couldn't find them even with a microscope

  • kiran on October 3, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    I think Gambhir and Shewag go to the root level to get form and fitness back.

  • siddhartha on October 3, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    So Zak,Gambhir ,Sehwag all failed miserably.I think West Indies will recall K.Edwards into the team.He did pretty well in Indian pitches when he came here last time.Good to see Permaul and Miller performing well. I guess MIller will be in the test squad too.Will be interesting too see West Indies XI.

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