West Indies A v India A, 2nd unofficial Test, St Vincent, 3rd day June 11, 2012

Johnson leaves India A in trouble

ESPNcricinfo staff

India A 202 and 57 for 4 (Tiwary 15*, Rohit 8*, Johnson 4-20) need another 163 to beat West Indies A 217 and 204 (Carter 74, Pagon 67, Darekar 6-67)

Like the first one, the second unofficial Test between West Indies A and India A in St Vincent was on its way to an exciting finish at the end of the third day. On a day of fluctuating fortunes, it was West Indies who finished on top at stumps, having reduced their opponents to 57 for 4 in a chase of 220. Left-arm seamer Delorn Johnson, who also plays for Windward Islands, picked up all those four wickets, including that of the in-form India captain Cheteshwar Pujara.

West Indies had gained a slender lead on the second day and the objective on the third would have been to set India a challenging target. However, India's bowlers pulled things back after their batsmen had faltered on the second day. India's response was led by left-arm spinner Akshay Darekar, who removed opener Kraigg Brathwaite for 21 and wicketkeeper Devon Thomas in quick succession to leave the hosts at 81 for 5. Brathwaite was caught at slip after another long stay at the crease and Thomas was trapped in front by an arm ball. But Jonathan Carter and Donovan Pagon staged a recovery.

Carter, the Barbados batsman, made 74 off 97 balls, striking six fours while Pagon was more attacking, making 67 off 72, including four sixes. That stand of 81 was brought to an end by Ashok Dinda, but Pagon and the tailenders stretched the lead to 219. Pagon, from Jamaica, has also played two Tests for West Indies. Darekar picked up six wickets.

Though India would have backed themselves to chase the target, they were left worried by the end of the day. Abhinav Mukund continued his poor run this series to be trapped in front while Ajinkya Rahane was bowled by one that kept low. Shikhar Dhawan was bowled while trying to drive and the most valuable wicket of Pujara came when he nicked an inswinging delivery to the wicketkeeper. India were reeling at 30 for 4; their situation was only marginally better when Rohit Sharma and Manoj Tiwary added an unbeaten 27 before stumps. Johnson, deservedly, led his team off the field at the close, having left them with an excellent chance of levelling the series.

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  • Zameer on June 12, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    This is reality check for India. All the star performers in IPL are turning out to be flops in the test arena. I understand we should be some patience with youngsters.

    However there is some good news as well. Akshay Darekar, Shami Ahmed, Pujara and Rohit have some good signs.

    I believe if Saha would have saved this game, then he could have been good prospect for Test squad.

    Next Match i guess they should give Robin Bist, Jalaj Saxena and Bhuvneshwar Kumar a look in.

    Lastly i wonder who the team manager/coach is. Shouldnt we have a exp. senior cricketer like Kumble/Dravid/Ganguly who have toured WI can guide and share thier exp on tour.

  • Lakpriya on June 12, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Look at the names of the players in the teams, India have a star studded side with a top order that have averages over 50 and WI team that has couple of experience players but rest are quite known. But still WI nearly won the 1st game and easily won the 2nd. India should seriously consider about their young batsmen's weaknesses when playing quick bowlers on difficult conditions. If these games were played in India, these batsmen would piled on over 500 in both the matches.

  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    Indians used to hit local players in IPL, they cant play international players. Again this is another proof.......100th proof.........who is counting..............

  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Is it a surprise seeing Indian batsmen failing on foreign pitches?

  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    Why RobinBisht is not part of playing 11? Highest run scorer of Ranji , Don't understand why Dhawan has given chance ahead of bist , Dhawan played well in IPL not in long version of game (Ranji) , Rahul Sharma hasn't performed well in longer version of game and he is playing as specialist Spinner though Rohit is getting more success , Don't understand why selector opting a team based on IPL , When Team is going for this kind of game they should think about Ranji Performance , I would Prefer Saxena over Mukund and Dhawan as opener who did brilliant job for Rajasthan since past few session.

  • Deepak on June 12, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    Totally agree with Anand Palwankar.. Others have failed too in the series like Tiwary, Dhawan and the overrated Mukund. People don't talk about other batsmen failures but keep on chanting Rohit Sharma's name for all wrong reasons. And yeah for the next game drop Rahul Sharma and get Awana in the XI. Also drop Mukund get Bist in the middle-order... The XI should be Dhawan, Rahane, Pujara, Rohit, Bist, Tiwary, Saha, Darekar, Shami, Dinda, Awana.. Just the one spinner because Saint Lucia is a quick track and spinners (esp. leggies) won't get much help.

  • Vishnu on June 12, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Hope awana get a chance. .

  • Vishnu on June 12, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    Hope Awana and Robin bist get a game soon.if u r nt going to reward the ranji toppers then wats d need of dat tournament. .

  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    As I posted earlier, the WI pace bowling production line has been reopened, Holder is still young and should be developed further by being placed in the Barbados team with Roach & Best. Time for Fidel to concentrate on ODI & T20 body not up to Tests anymore. Johnson seems to be a very good prospect, if he could be properly checked for physical weaknesses and his action vetted for possible danger of injury that would be ideal. Another A tour and first class season he should be along with Gabriel and Holder part of the tallest pace attack in the world!!! And more are coming look out for Cottrell, Hoyte, Cummings, McClean, Richardson plus the return of Taylor (remember he has a 100 too)

  • RAHUL on June 12, 2012, 17:16 GMT


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