West Indies A v India A, 2nd unofficial Test, St Vincent, 1st day June 10, 2012

Bowlers give India A upper hand

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West Indies A 212 for 8 (Brathwaite 66*, Permaul 36, Dinda 2-22) v India A
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India A gained the upper hand in the second unofficial Test against West Indies A in St Vincent, after their bowlers restricted the hosts to 212 for 8 on the opening day. India were in a good position to bowl West Indies out for under 200 but a lower-order resistance, and Kraigg Brathwaite, who batted out the day to finish on an unbeaten 66, ensured that didn't happen.

West Indies, who chose to bat, lost opener Justin Guillen early. Donovan Pagon followed soon, bowled by legspinner Rahul Sharma. But Brathwaite held firm and added 48 with Nkrumah Bonner for the third wicket. Unfortunately for West Indies, the middle-order batsmen, despite getting starts were unable to push on. Bonner fell for 25, Jonathan Carter was dismissed for 19 and Kyle Corbin departed for 13. When Devon Thomas was trapped in front by Rohit Sharma, West Indies were in trouble at 130 for 6.

Brathwaite, however, was defiant and received good support from Jason Holder, who made 20 in a 34-run stand. Veerasammy Permaul did better, scoring a quick 36 before being cleaned up by Ashok Dinda. Permaul and Brathwaite took West Indies past 200, with the opener unbeaten at stumps, having faced 292 balls.

For India, Shami Ahmed, Ashok Dinda and Rohit Sharma picked up two wickets each.

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  • Naresh28 on June 11, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    It would be nice to watch the bowler Shami Ahmed. What makes him take wickets? Unknwn to most Indian fans. Time to give Awana a go aswell.

  • on June 11, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Mysticman, is the match being telecasted somewhere?

  • Percy_Fender on June 11, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    Seems like Mystic man is in the ground. It will be nice if I can reach you and keep connected because this match seems to be getting interesting.

  • MysticMan on June 11, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    West Indies bowling - Johnson 13-3-28-2, Holder 8-2-21-1, Permaul 31.2-14-58-5, Carter 6-1-27-1, Bishoo 21-3-60-1

  • on June 10, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    Thanks MysticMan for the updates

  • MysticMan on June 10, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    India all out 201. WI in reply 6 for no loss at stumps. Match set up intriguingly as the wicket appears to assist spinners.

  • MysticMan on June 10, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Shami Ahmed carrying on from his previous innings, huge slog swept SIX! IND 179-7 replying to 217. Rahul Sharma 23* just missed by Carter at slip off Permaul

  • MysticMan on June 10, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Bishoo strikes big blow as Saha is caught behind by Thomas for 20. Spin and bounce and Windies back on top. IND 161-7

  • MysticMan on June 10, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Tiwary LBW b Johnson 23. Full length ball, played across, missed and gone! India A in trouble 123-6. Permaul has 3 wickets, including Pujara's

  • MysticMan on June 10, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Pujara OUT! He went for pull and again the bounce was amazing. Popped up the catch to keeper Thomas. The skipper made 65. IND 115-5

  • Naresh28 on June 11, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    It would be nice to watch the bowler Shami Ahmed. What makes him take wickets? Unknwn to most Indian fans. Time to give Awana a go aswell.

  • on June 11, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Mysticman, is the match being telecasted somewhere?

  • Percy_Fender on June 11, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    Seems like Mystic man is in the ground. It will be nice if I can reach you and keep connected because this match seems to be getting interesting.

  • MysticMan on June 11, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    West Indies bowling - Johnson 13-3-28-2, Holder 8-2-21-1, Permaul 31.2-14-58-5, Carter 6-1-27-1, Bishoo 21-3-60-1

  • on June 10, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    Thanks MysticMan for the updates

  • MysticMan on June 10, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    India all out 201. WI in reply 6 for no loss at stumps. Match set up intriguingly as the wicket appears to assist spinners.

  • MysticMan on June 10, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Shami Ahmed carrying on from his previous innings, huge slog swept SIX! IND 179-7 replying to 217. Rahul Sharma 23* just missed by Carter at slip off Permaul

  • MysticMan on June 10, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Bishoo strikes big blow as Saha is caught behind by Thomas for 20. Spin and bounce and Windies back on top. IND 161-7

  • MysticMan on June 10, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    Tiwary LBW b Johnson 23. Full length ball, played across, missed and gone! India A in trouble 123-6. Permaul has 3 wickets, including Pujara's

  • MysticMan on June 10, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Pujara OUT! He went for pull and again the bounce was amazing. Popped up the catch to keeper Thomas. The skipper made 65. IND 115-5

  • MysticMan on June 10, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Rahane c Carter b Permaul 18 Rohit Sharma c and b Permaul 1 Tiwary is the new batsman

  • MysticMan on June 10, 2012, 17:49 GMT

    Afternoon drinks break. West Indies A ahead with 2 wickets in the last half hour - thanks to skipper Permaul. IND 97-4. Pujara 59*. Permaul 2 for 22

  • on June 10, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    @ mystic man

    frm whr do u get the live scores of these matches ??

  • on June 10, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    rohit ,pujara and manoj tiwary,ahmed ,dinda, rahane, iqbal abhdulla,and surya kumar yadav these cricketers are future of indian cricket.

  • Bruisers on June 10, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    @wootshire - Its not about the scores. Its the technique and the ability to survive in foreign conditions.. If you look at the way he has got out on his 5 Test appearances, you'll know what I mean. Out of the 10 dismissals in those 5 Tests, 3 have been BOWLED, 2 EDGED to wicket-keeper and 3 edged to SLIPS/GULLY.. To go with that a pair in the first match against WI A and a cheap 8, today, in the first innings of the second game. All this despite so much exposure to foreign conditions (right from the age-group levels like U-19 and NCA)

  • MysticMan on June 10, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Mukund continues to flounder! Mukund LBW b Holder 8. IND 12-2 in the 4th over. Holder shows the beauty of bowling around the wicket to the left-hander.

  • MysticMan on June 10, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    WI 217 all out. Shami gets 4. India in reply 1-1 at the end of the first over. S. Dhawan gone for a duck!

  • usernames on June 10, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Also, beyond any shadow of doubt, Pujara should be getting the #3 spot ahead of Rahane and Rohit (with Kohli at #5). It isn't just this series but the India 'A' tour to England in 2010 where Pujara was the top scorer. He had a double century in one of the matches, too. He has the temperament, the technique and the form to be given a long run in international cricket.

  • Surajrises on June 10, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is playing it very smart to be picked ahead of Pujara. Rohit is inconsistent with the bat and the Indian selectors have given Rohit enouhg chances. I hope this guy's bowling doesn't cost Pujara that No 3 spot in the Indian Test Squad.

  • usernames on June 10, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Robin Bist should have played and Darekar should have NEVER been allowed on that plane. Shami Ahmed seems to be good though it would be too early to take a call on his bowling but have him around the 'A' team and let him tour other countries. One year or so down the road, he should earn a test cap.

    The squad that should be playing after the first test, ideally, would be this: Rahane, Dhawan, Rohit, Pujara, Tiwary, Bist, Saha, Rahul, Dinda, Shami, Awana. A team with a lot better balance and a lot stronger plus you get to try out Awana. He is also an excellent prospect so it's important you keep him in the fray as well.

    I, for one, would love Tiwary to get a big century or two in the series. Rohit, Rahane and Pujara are already vying for two spots but if Tiwary clicks, it'll be a lot more competitive. It'll be an interesting 12-15 months ahead for the Indian team. Bist, too, has scored enough runs to warrant a place in the team ahead of Mukund who has his limitations.

  • wootshire on June 10, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    @ Bruisers, Robin Bist has a good start going but while 2686 @ 51.65 is promising, you're comparing him to someone who has 4765 @ 56.18 and a triple century (which to me is a fairly good indicator of test match level temperament). Mukund deserves a bit of time to acclimatize to the international scene - certainly more than just one series in England where he wasn't even the worst of the top 6 (i. e. Sehwag) - before everyone writes him off (lest we adopt England's famous chop and change policy of the 90s).

  • Bruisers on June 10, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    Don't know why the selectors are stuck on Mukund.. Robin Bist piled tons of runs in the domestic season and still can't find a place. What more should one do in domestic cricket to get picked in the Playing XI of an A side?? The selectors should be looking for middle-order recruits.. what's the point in playing three openers when we already have a settled opening combination in the senior side?

  • on June 10, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    It's great to see another all-rounder coming up. Rohit Sharma has really proved himself in this series. He took 5 wickets in the previous test match and also made 94 runs. This match, he has already taken 2 wickets and who knows, maybe he'll do some great batting in the first innings. I think this series is turning out to be a good opportunity for the players to prove themselves. Shami Ahmed is doing a good job as well, not to mention Ashoke Dinda. Let's see what the rest of the series holds for us!

  • hyped on June 10, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    rohit turning into an all rounder awsum performance mst be playing instead of laxman in tests!!!

  • rahulcricket007 on June 10, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    rohit sharma is turning to be an allrounder .

  • VivGilchrist on June 10, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Well, this proves two things, 1- There is very little batting depth in WI and 2- Braithwaite will never get a T20 contract.

  • on June 10, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Friends ! Once again brillient team efforts from India A. Come on Pujara & Co. Go for 2-0. Again Rohit is bowling well here. Grab 2 top wickets so far. In this tour he is trying to proove himself as a all rounder. Through twitter yesterday everybody praised Manoj Tiwary for his brillient fielding. Congrates to him also. Ahmed, Dinda, Rohit & Darekar bowled brillently. Theses all efforts shows our young Indian team are really giving there 100% to proove themself. All the best to everybody. And for WI, young Brathwaite impressed evryone. He batted whole day. Has done all the hard work. It is very crucial innings and a perfect lesson to the batsmen like Pujara, Rohit, Rahane & Tiwary. To spend maximum time on the wicket is the main feature of a test batsman. Great innings Brathwaite ! So on day 2 we are expecting our batsman follows the bowlers great show so far. So be ready to support our heros !

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  • on June 10, 2012, 5:28 GMT

    Friends ! Once again brillient team efforts from India A. Come on Pujara & Co. Go for 2-0. Again Rohit is bowling well here. Grab 2 top wickets so far. In this tour he is trying to proove himself as a all rounder. Through twitter yesterday everybody praised Manoj Tiwary for his brillient fielding. Congrates to him also. Ahmed, Dinda, Rohit & Darekar bowled brillently. Theses all efforts shows our young Indian team are really giving there 100% to proove themself. All the best to everybody. And for WI, young Brathwaite impressed evryone. He batted whole day. Has done all the hard work. It is very crucial innings and a perfect lesson to the batsmen like Pujara, Rohit, Rahane & Tiwary. To spend maximum time on the wicket is the main feature of a test batsman. Great innings Brathwaite ! So on day 2 we are expecting our batsman follows the bowlers great show so far. So be ready to support our heros !

  • VivGilchrist on June 10, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Well, this proves two things, 1- There is very little batting depth in WI and 2- Braithwaite will never get a T20 contract.

  • rahulcricket007 on June 10, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    rohit sharma is turning to be an allrounder .

  • hyped on June 10, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    rohit turning into an all rounder awsum performance mst be playing instead of laxman in tests!!!

  • on June 10, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    It's great to see another all-rounder coming up. Rohit Sharma has really proved himself in this series. He took 5 wickets in the previous test match and also made 94 runs. This match, he has already taken 2 wickets and who knows, maybe he'll do some great batting in the first innings. I think this series is turning out to be a good opportunity for the players to prove themselves. Shami Ahmed is doing a good job as well, not to mention Ashoke Dinda. Let's see what the rest of the series holds for us!

  • Bruisers on June 10, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    Don't know why the selectors are stuck on Mukund.. Robin Bist piled tons of runs in the domestic season and still can't find a place. What more should one do in domestic cricket to get picked in the Playing XI of an A side?? The selectors should be looking for middle-order recruits.. what's the point in playing three openers when we already have a settled opening combination in the senior side?

  • wootshire on June 10, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    @ Bruisers, Robin Bist has a good start going but while 2686 @ 51.65 is promising, you're comparing him to someone who has 4765 @ 56.18 and a triple century (which to me is a fairly good indicator of test match level temperament). Mukund deserves a bit of time to acclimatize to the international scene - certainly more than just one series in England where he wasn't even the worst of the top 6 (i. e. Sehwag) - before everyone writes him off (lest we adopt England's famous chop and change policy of the 90s).

  • usernames on June 10, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    Robin Bist should have played and Darekar should have NEVER been allowed on that plane. Shami Ahmed seems to be good though it would be too early to take a call on his bowling but have him around the 'A' team and let him tour other countries. One year or so down the road, he should earn a test cap.

    The squad that should be playing after the first test, ideally, would be this: Rahane, Dhawan, Rohit, Pujara, Tiwary, Bist, Saha, Rahul, Dinda, Shami, Awana. A team with a lot better balance and a lot stronger plus you get to try out Awana. He is also an excellent prospect so it's important you keep him in the fray as well.

    I, for one, would love Tiwary to get a big century or two in the series. Rohit, Rahane and Pujara are already vying for two spots but if Tiwary clicks, it'll be a lot more competitive. It'll be an interesting 12-15 months ahead for the Indian team. Bist, too, has scored enough runs to warrant a place in the team ahead of Mukund who has his limitations.

  • Surajrises on June 10, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is playing it very smart to be picked ahead of Pujara. Rohit is inconsistent with the bat and the Indian selectors have given Rohit enouhg chances. I hope this guy's bowling doesn't cost Pujara that No 3 spot in the Indian Test Squad.

  • usernames on June 10, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Also, beyond any shadow of doubt, Pujara should be getting the #3 spot ahead of Rahane and Rohit (with Kohli at #5). It isn't just this series but the India 'A' tour to England in 2010 where Pujara was the top scorer. He had a double century in one of the matches, too. He has the temperament, the technique and the form to be given a long run in international cricket.