West Indies A v India A, 1st unofficial Test, Barbados, 2nd day June 3, 2012

Rohit 94 gives India A slender lead

ESPNcricinfo staff

West Indies A 3 for 0 and 252 (Permaul 66, Ahmed 3-43) trail India A 277 (Rohit Sharma 94, Saha 56, Carter 5-63) by 22 runs

A five-wicket haul by Jonathan Carter restricted India A's lead to 25 on the second day of first unofficial Test in Barbados. Carter, a middle-order batsman who bowls lively medium pace, was well supported by left-arm fast bowler Delorn Johnson as India A's strong batting line-up failed to build upon decent contributions in the middle order.

After a fightback by the West Indies A lower order on the first day, their bowlers had a perfect start on the second morning as Johnson bowled Abhinav Mukund with the fifth ball of the first over. India were rocked by the run out of the in-form Ajinkya Rahane in the third over and then slipped to 21 for 3 as Shikhar Dhawan was caught behind playing a loose backfoot drive off Carter's first ball.

That brought the pair of other India Test hopefuls Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma together as they thwarted West Indies' bowlers in a 97-run partnership. Captain Pujara was out to a lifting Carter delivery after scoring a solid half-century, but Rohit continued playing attractive shots and was well supported by Manoj Tiwary, who scored 40, in an attacking half-century partnership.

Rohit looked well set for a century as he moved to the nineties with a six off Carter, but was out soon after to an inswinging delivery by Johnson. At 204 for six, India were in danger of falling short of West Indies' score, but Wriddhiman Saha's 56 helped India to a lead.

Just as the Indian batsmen failed to make a strong statement, West Indies' Devendra Bishoo, who is hoping for a Test comeback, struggled to make an impact while wickets fell to the faster bowlers.

West Indies openers played out six tricky overs before the end of play to set-up the match for an interesting third day.

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  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Hi friends ! It is very very unfortunate that we are not getting live telecast of the series. What is use in watching Clydesdale Bank 40 from Englad or Big Bash from Australia ? Our heros are playing superb cricket in WI. But no live coverage of the series. So Sad. We have as much as 10 sports channels out of which 5 channels are cricket special. Still we are getting our cricket updates on twitters. Our BCCI is suppose to be richest in the cricket world. Then why we are not getting live telecast of our matches in our country. Pl BCCI. Take some positive step in this. We want to watch our heros. Come on friends. Lets have strong demand about it to BCCI.

  • P Subramani on June 5, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    The remarkable thing about the West Indies is that they keep producing future stars all the time. I feel some of this team will be heard of in a big way considering that West Indies is presently regrouping. They have stars in the IPL apart from the regular Test team. Very soon I think we can expect the next Richards or Lara. The sad part is that now they all belong to different nations and West Indies is a country only forged by cricket. I wish the WICB will understand that. They cannot afford to be dictatorial. I wish this team gets a good sponsor.

  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    @Bruisers - I think you have come on a mission to dethrone Mukund from his slot?. Give the guy his due time and talk about replacement. You are being selective in your accusation as Rahane too flopped and you utter nothing about that...You clearly have a regional bias, grow up !!

  • Naresh on June 5, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    It's ridculous that someone mentioned Rohit Sharma has no technique. He is has been praised by Chappell's and Oz people could not believe that he sat on the bench with his talent.

  • Dummy4 on June 5, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    @Bruisers from whr did u get these scores??

  • Deepak on June 4, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    WINDIES A - 210 all out.. Rohit 4/41, B.Kumar 3/44, Shami 2/24, Rahul 1/67..... INDIA A - 22/3 (TARGET 186).. Mukund, Rahane & nightwatchman Rahul out... Mukund gets another duck. A pair for him this game. Pffff drop Mukund for next game for God's sake and pick Robin Bist. Let Rahane open with Dhawan.

  • Dummy4 on June 4, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    @Rally_Windies: While I might concede to your point about Indian selectors not picking Rohit or Cheteshwar yet, one must look at who these batsman would replace. The middle order of the Indian batting line-up while being a disappointment in the previous two away tours for India consists of Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman with the no.6 being rotated between Raina/Yuvraj/Kohli, it becomes increasingly tough to place these two in that batting order. With Dravid retired and Laxman looking to do so if nothing goes his way soon, it will definitely open up the batting order for these two and Rahane. The reason I am giving an elaborate explanation is that there is a method and reasoning behind the selections made by the Indian selectors and to compare that to the Windies selectors would be foolish, who have overlooked Gayle, Narine and shown great disrespect to one of your finest batsman, Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

  • Dummy4 on June 4, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    To all the Indian cricket fans, cricketers, journalists and administrators. Stop the whining about this or that player and who is better than who. It is a shame that you have One Billion people and you cannot produce the best test team, the best pace men etc.

  • Dummy4 on June 4, 2012, 17:05 GMT

    thats it rohit keep silencing your credits well played pujara and saha to was okay all rest will improve keep growing .TEAM INDIA WANTS YOU

  • Sameer on June 4, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    While Dhoni is one of the best ODI batsman in the world, Saha is by far the better test batsman in away conditions. People who has seen him bat will definitely vouch for him. Hope he gets an opportunity soon.

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