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

Rohit 94 gives India A slender lead

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 3, 2012

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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

Jonathan Carter picked up his maiden five-wicket haul in first-class cricket, West Indies A v India A, 1st unofficial Test, Barbados, 2nd day, June 3, 2012
Jonathan Carter picked up his maiden five-wicket haul © West Indies Cricket Board

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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Posted by   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.

Posted by Percy_Fender 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.

Posted by   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 !!

Posted by Naresh28 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.

Posted by   on (June 5, 2012, 0:19 GMT)

@Bruisers from whr did u get these scores??

Posted by Bruisers 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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

Posted by sameer111111 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.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

Rahane really unlucky to get run out. I really hope that this boy is given an extended run since he has a sterling record in the domestic circuit, and had proved himself internationally in the shorter versions of the game.

Posted by passionatecricbug on (June 4, 2012, 14:31 GMT)

hahaha india top order still in ipl mode.....dosen't even look like they were looking to play a test match. Good for rohit that he got to 94 but i seriuosly doubt his technique......BTW why are we not trying Varun aaron and Pankaj Singh they atleast looked like attacking bowlers....there are some bowlers that look like begging for wickets .......and on captaincy even Dhoni would agree that he dosen't deserve a test cap, Gambhir would be a much better captain.

Posted by cric_follower on (June 4, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

time for VVS Laxman to retire!!

Posted by   on (June 4, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

While most of the comments focus on India and its "stars" I would like to bring into focus my West Indian Team's wonderful response with the ball. I would have loved to see our bowlers rattling this super star line up. On another note regarding our capitan I think he missed the boat by bowling himself and Bishoo too much. Given the poor response to the pace the capitan should have kept the attack rotating rather than bleed runs with himself and Bishoo.

Posted by sony_sr on (June 4, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

Dhoni is miles and miles ahead of the current crop of wicket keepers not just from india but amoung all test playing nations (friends from srilanka may disagree :)). The above is not at all based on his wicket keeping capabilities but when considering the overall value he adds to the team in terms of his batting, captaincy and fearless attitude. Lets not waste our time discussing about replacements for him. The other guys who are in the reckoning can be backups for dhoni.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (June 4, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

Rohit and the other guys whose name I can't spell, with 1st class averages of 60+ ...

neither has played in a Test match ....

who does your father have to be related too in order to play Test cricket in India? it is obvious ability to bat is not a concern ...

makes the WI selection panel look like a bunch of sensible blokes

Posted by Percy_Fender on (June 4, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

While it is heartening to read some of the comments for their vision and optimism it is appalling to read some from a particular state deriving pleasure in the performance of their preferred ones. This is a tendency that is totally unacceptable.I congratulate Anand Palwankar for his views. Tanvi Chitnis could be fair if she remembers that the Indian team is made of players other than from Mumbai.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

stunning knock by rohith.bad luck for him as he fell 6 runs short of his century

Posted by ramab on (June 4, 2012, 12:47 GMT)

To nkoch - Saha did much better in tough conditions in Australia than Dhoni. I feel he is best suited for test cricket as he is a better wk as well as batsman with good technique. Dhoni should retire from tests as he is good only in subcontinent conditions for test cricket. Also do not judge Rahane from this performance alone as he was run out. I would also like to see Awana in these games.

Posted by Percy_Fender on (June 4, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

I completely agree with venkatesh018. This series and in fact all the India A series in the future must be shown on the TV. It is ridiculous that to see that watchers of Star cricket in India get to see Clydesdale Bank 40 cricket in England both live and highlights while the BCCI with all its might cannot have one of the channels show some certain players of the future. In fact even the local 20/20 tournament Big Bash is shown.The priorities seem quite laughable at a time when the traditionalists are crying themselves hoarse about the future of the longer versions of the game.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

Absolutely correct, Dhoni might be a more attacking batsman than Saha, but as far as wicket-keeping is concerned, Saha is simply the best that India possess right now.Wriddhi also has a good batting technique reqd. for Tests. Also, Dhoni's batting in Tests is nothing to write home about. Simply, once Gambhir(or anyone suitable) takes over the Test captaincy, Dhoni would be out and W.Saha in.

Posted by satish619chandar on (June 4, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

Considering the facilities, i expected the batters to do much better.. Wish they have more purposeful outings in coming games..

Posted by   on (June 4, 2012, 10:34 GMT)

Those who wants to judge Saha's wicket keeping credibility, they should have seen the test match between India & Australia. The batting, no need to say, he is good in indian conditions as well as foreign conditions.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2012, 10:21 GMT)

Yay for Rohit Sharma! A job well done! He has certainly proved that he is a good batsman and definitely deserves a place in the ODI and Test side. He might not be very consistent but then, not everyone is! Just sad that he couldn't complete a century. I just hope that the selectors were watching this and now then can make a good decision. Oooh, not to mention he also took a wicket! A bit disappointed with Ajinkya Rahane's performance. He is an excellent batsman and he has proved that through the IPL. Sad to see such a good batsman lose an opportunity like this. Let's hope that in the second innings, he performs better. All the best to all the team members!

Posted by   on (June 4, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

It is frustrating that the end of day scores in cricket matches other than Tests are posted several hours after close of play. This seems to happen only in the West Indies. Is is not possible to post end of day scores five minutes after end of each days play?]

Posted by Vnott on (June 4, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

In 47 First class matches Jonathan Carter has picked 5 wickets. Yes.... 5 wickets in all and here he has picked 5 wickets against India A. Simply said .....very surprising and in a way says that India A did not bat well at all. Pujara, Tiwary and Rohit are our best middle order options after Virat and maybe Badri. So it is good to see all of them do well. Wud be nice to see Rahane, Dhawan and Mukund come to the party....

Posted by   on (June 4, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

It is interesting to see WI still in it even without their two best bowlers (Richardson - pace and Miller - spin) who because of their nationality were not selected. I am looking to see what is happening over the next few days!

Posted by   on (June 4, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

Good to see for the first time in Indian Cricket history - 4 players from Bengal getting a chance and all of them did reasonably well. Ashok Dinda is a proven fast bowler and as per Sourav Ganguly he is the best fast bowler of India. Shami Ahmed again proving his selection worth. Manoj Tiwary is the most unfortunate one as he was sidelined even after scoring a one day centuary, and Saha is obviously the the best wicketkeeper batsman of India in current times.

Posted by venkatesh018 on (June 4, 2012, 9:07 GMT)

I would love this A series to be shown live on tv.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

i dont think that saha is that good in wicketkeeping dhoni is way better then saha and and better player but i dont think aha is a bad player he is a good plaer but should work on his test match batting if he wants to pay test match for india

Posted by   on (June 4, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

Is this shown on any Television channel?

Posted by nkoch on (June 4, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

funny to see people seeing class of Tiwari and Saha who scored 40 and 56 respectively. They were simply better of the herd, not necessarily with a class. Give all these more time and let's see how they adopt to trying conditions.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

@ Anand you should also mention Tiwary, and more importantly all the bowlers.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

SAHA & TIWARI prove their class once again...... SAHA should include in the test squad....!! Well done Rohit!! Pujara is so inconsistent......!!

Posted by   on (June 4, 2012, 6:37 GMT)

Well played Rohit,u showed u r class under pressure,u r going to be next big thing in team india after SRT and Wall.dis is answer those who asked about his temparment.keep going.

Posted by   on (June 4, 2012, 6:26 GMT)

good to see pujara ,rohit score run in bouncy pitch

Posted by   on (June 4, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

Saha is the best wicketkeeper of India.........He should play in tests in place of Dhoni......

Posted by   on (June 4, 2012, 6:11 GMT)

Here it is. As I say the tour is very important to the players like Rohit & Pujara. Both really played matured innings, what we can say a test match inning. Rohit especially played superbly and I am sure he is succeed to remove the typical IPL stamp behind him. Pujara also played a captains knock and they both contributed 94 for the 4th wicket. In IPL as I previously mentioned , just wait for the WI A tour to judge young Indian tallent. I think this is the perfect tour at perfect time for the India, as in this tour we are playing as many as 3 test matches ( 4day matches ), 3 ODI & 2 T20. This tour ends on 2nd Jully and in Jully nly India will be visiting Sri Lanka for ODI series. So all the yougstars, come on. Rahane, Mukund,Dhavan, Rohit, Pujara, Saha......be ready for the show. You are having as many as 7 international matches to show your tallent...... So friends be ready to witness a classic "test match" as this match is heading towards thrilling end...

Posted by natmastak_so-called on (June 4, 2012, 5:58 GMT)

please include pujara .

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