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

Johnson leaves India A in trouble

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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)
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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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  • FairPlayZ 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.

  • Lakpj 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.

  • 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..............

  • on June 12, 2012, 20:16 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • Bruisers 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.

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

    Hope awana get a chance. .

  • Itzmevv 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. .

  • 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_101 on June 12, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    THIS IS BOUND TO HAPPEN IF THE BEST BATSMAN IN THE DOMESTIC SEASON- RANJI (ROBIN BIST) IS NOT GIVEN A CHANCE TO PLAY, DESPITE THE SO CALLED "PRIVILEDGE ONES" FAILING REPEATEDLY. WAKE UP COACH....

  • FairPlayZ 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.

  • Lakpj 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.

  • 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..............

  • on June 12, 2012, 20:16 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • Bruisers 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.

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

    Hope awana get a chance. .

  • Itzmevv 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. .

  • 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_101 on June 12, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    THIS IS BOUND TO HAPPEN IF THE BEST BATSMAN IN THE DOMESTIC SEASON- RANJI (ROBIN BIST) IS NOT GIVEN A CHANCE TO PLAY, DESPITE THE SO CALLED "PRIVILEDGE ONES" FAILING REPEATEDLY. WAKE UP COACH....

  • MysticMan on June 12, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    At the risk of hogging the Comments section, let me weigh in with one thought... Sunil Gavaskar attributed his success in his maiden tour of WI in 1971 to the talks he had with Rohan Kanhai, who would say, "Give the first hour to the bowler and the remaining 5 are yours!". Aakash Chopra has written some excellent articles right here in ESPNCricinfo on how to get good starts. Shikar opened presumably to play his aggressive game to unsettle the bowling while Mukund played sheet anchor. They should go back to the nets and work smart (not hard). They got dismissed similarly so they need to iron out some technical flaws. Rahul Sharma needs to rethink how he can get wickets and remember that he is a spinner (not a T20 wicket-to-wicket specialist). The entire batting unit has failed in this test, barring Pujara so replacing one for another does not make sense (at least to me).

  • on June 12, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    Play Parvinder Awana in place f Rahul Sharma..Awana,Shami Ahmed,Dinda forms a very potent pace attack..........

  • AbhiNaik on June 12, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    Its taken two 4-day games after the ipl farce was over to show where our future stands in test cricket. The only saving grace being Pujara. Didnt get a mention when the movie was on i.e in April and May. He is a direct replacement for Dravid. Dissapointed with Rahane for not doing well. Btw just checked Shami's 1st class record. How did he get into the team ahead of Pankaj Singh or Awana.

  • on June 12, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Mukund, Dhawan and Rahane should be dropped. They have received quite a lot of chances. Instead we should get in players like Manvinder Bisla.

  • on June 12, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    ohh great this could well have been 2-0 if not for pujara. Future looks heavily bleak

  • MysticMan on June 12, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    West Indies A 217 and 204; India A 202 and 94. West Indies A won by 125 runs. The series now level 1-1 with 1 match to go. Expect WI to lay out a pace mat for the next test and wrap it up in no time at all! Here is a classic example of how a poor start ruins the innings. Seriouls thinking required on part of India think tank to figure out how to stabilize 1, 2 and 3. Rahul Dravid was fantastic at 3 because he held up one end and also calmed the batsman on the other end. Dropping one batsman or the other may not be the solution. We have to accept that Indian batsmen have a problem facing genuine pace and swing and invest in a group of individuals. Changing batsmen is not going to solve the issue. I would rather stay with the same 11 (since they presumably are the best) and back them. Dinda bowled well and created pressure from one end. Hope Shami is OK.

  • kool_Indian on June 12, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Very Good and sensible comments by 'Anand Palwankar' and 'Tennyson' - cheers guys!

  • on June 12, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    India: 94 all out. W. Indies win by a whopping 125 runs! A good wake-up call for the Indian boys!

  • on June 12, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    India are getting the licks of a lifetime....some hostile quick bowling from Johnson on the 4th morning leaves India @ 72/9. Johnson now has 6 wickets and some good spin bowling from Captain Permaul who has 3 wickets so far. Would love to see these young WI fast bowlers develop into the greats someday. They have the pace and height to do so. Hoping for the best! Proud WI fan.

  • MysticMan on June 12, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    India 72-9. Johnson has a 6-for. To add insult to injury, Shami Ahmed may be injured. Expect more of the same at Barbados. Unless the batsmen click, India A will end up losing the series 2-1.

  • on June 12, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Johnson: 6-24. One wkt remaining!

  • on June 12, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    India wiped off by the Windies. 72-9. Rohit, Saha, Rahul, Tiwary, Ahmed in that order.

  • on June 12, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    India wiped out by the Windies. 72-8. Rohit, Saha, Rahul, Tiwary gone!

  • on June 12, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Mukund, Dhawan and Rahane has been disappointing so for...I think it has exposed Mukund and Dhawan how ill prepared they are ...they join Badri as Champs on Indian tracks and exposed when ball is a bit faster. I cannot say the same for Rahane as he has played decently abroad when given opportunities.....

  • MysticMan on June 12, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    And now Rahul is gone! OUT! Rahul Sharma c wk Thomas b Johnson 0.

  • MysticMan on June 12, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Bad news.... In one over Rohit and Saha dismissed by Permaul. India 63-6. Manoj Tiwary may want to take his chances here and see how he can blast his way out of trouble. Indian batsmen need to stay a foot outside the crease and play forward.

  • on June 12, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Indian cricket desperately needs a batting allrounder at 6. India has no bowling superstars like Steyn or Anderson. So she needs 5 bowlers. Rohit has shown he can be the fifth bowler: 9 wickets in 2 matches, wow. Can he bat at no 6? Sure, easily at least as well as the aging VVS. Can he field better than VVS? Ha ha. Does Kohli deserve to bat at 5? Of course. Can Pujara take Dravid's spot at 3? Yes, he can. So get rid of VVS and both Pujara & Rohit can play. Sehwag & Gambhir haven't been doing well overseas at all but then, Rahane or Mukund have to really shine at least once overseas to take one of the opening spots and put pressure on Sehwag & Gambhir. Here the problem is that none of 4 openers (nor Dhawan for that matter) have handled the new ball well overseas.

  • MysticMan on June 12, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Permaul and Johnson starting proceedings for WI. Big shot from Rohit to get going. Lofted over mid-off and into the boundary for a SIX! IND 63-4

  • Percy_Fender on June 12, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    It has been a close match and I think the pitch is of uneven bounce. Besides I think Johnson and Holder look very good and will be heard of in the future. Like Ambrose,Walsh, and before them Croft, Garner and Holding. It is wonderful to see that the West Indies are re-grouping. Hopefully, in the near future they will be as formidable as they once were. I am happy that India A have come face to face with a different set of batting surfaces to the ones they have grown used to,at both Bridgetown and now at Kingston. The IPL need not be held responsible if the team loses. That is also part of learning. It must be remembered that many great batsmen failed in India as well. Just enjoy an even game of cricket.

  • on June 12, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    .....contd....and compare with Rohit. Dear friends it is a realy long process to find and produce an internatinal player. BCCI themselves done lot for Rohit. Now Rohit also responding well as after WC he scored 7 fifties in 18 ODIs. Won 2 MOS awards in India as well as WI. Remember his innings in last WI tour. In all first three ODI he only took India to victory. Followed same in India also. Under Sehwag's captaincy he played all first 3 ODIs & took India to victory before in 4 th Sehwag scored double. After tough Australia tour in Asia Cup Rohit and Virat took us to victory against Pak. Rohit made partnership with Virat of 173 runs in chasing a huge total.........This is Rohit today. In my opinion evrybody should support Rohit for his efforts. I request everybody please concider these my thoughts before critising Rohit. It is everybody's right to critisise anybody. But its my humble request to read this my article about Rohit. For today, all the best by heart to Rohit & Manoj.

  • on June 12, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Again recieving very disappointing comments. Very sad to read these -ve comments. Why after every single failure IPL hasbeen blamimed, just cant understand. In IPL Rahane scored lots of runs out of which most of runs were made copybook style. Evrybody praised Rahane. But after few failure in WI now people raising question over his tallent. The most suffered and repeatedly critisised player of India is Rohit Sharma. I personallyfeel very bad about him. And also liking his temporament as he is bravely facing all the critics. In the current WI tour what Rohit made wrong ? 126 runs & 9 wickets so far in 3 innings. Whats wrong in this ? I repeatedly reading everyday an article ' Has Rohit lost his way ?' what is this ? Last whole year after WC only those 4 innings in Australia made Rohit waste of tallent ? Last 5 years he is doing his best to maintain himself at international level. Yuvraj, Sachin, Dravid, Laxman etcetc... Just chk there records after playing 80 ODIs..........cntd.......

  • on June 12, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    It's good to see that finally the domestic cricketers are getting an exposure to what conditions outside the country are. This will surely help them to develop as a mature cricketer. Most of these youngsters have played on flat tracks which are largely biased towards the batsmen for their entire life. So in a way it's good for them as they will learn to negotiate with unfriendly tracks.

  • dadaprince on June 12, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Looks like Rohit has to play one of his best innings to save India A.

  • on June 12, 2012, 10:25 GMT

    That's IPL for you you know the 'fake' Cricket :)

  • on June 12, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Darekar did not break the Carter/Pagon partnership it was Dinda who broke it by having Carter caught at cover. Pujara also edged an out swinger from the left armer Johnson. The delivery Rahane just shot along the ground and Rohit has already been dropped not to anyone surprise playing too early at the ball.

  • Shezad45 on June 12, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Wow !! What a chance for Rohit to prove himself and get selected to the national team just have to keep calm and leave d bad and wide balls

  • on June 12, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    The bowlers from both sides gave performed exceptionally. This shows us that the batting pitch is not that good. The only way for India A to win now is if Rohit Sharma and Manoj Tiwary put up a good partnership. Let's not forget that they have the entire day to bat so even if they bat slowly but steadily, everything will be fine.

  • indiasupbangalore on June 12, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    As a indian supporter I am disappointed the fat lady has not sung yet, but a win from here looks almost impossible, I only wish the indians take the heart of tino best and fight till the end, it does not matter how you loose it !! Rahane has been my biggest disappointment so far, I just was expecting too much out of this series, only pujara lived up to the expectations.

  • on June 12, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    I am sorry to say but Indian cricket's future is very bleak.. it just doesnot look bleak!! These Sharmas. Rainas and Jadejas have time and again proved that they are only IPL flat track bullies.. As long as IPL remains in existence, Indian cricket will take steps backwards..

    R.I.P Indian cricket. May your soul rest in peace..

  • SNIFFLEATHER on June 12, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Another fantastic match is heading towards its climax. From a West Indian point of view, one would hope for a victory to keep the series alive going into the third test. Indid 'A' dug very deep last time out to come home with the win, but perhaps the giant quicks Delorn Johnson and Jason Holder will bring about a diiferent result in this game. The morning at St.Vincent, as ever, will be crucial. Due to the traditional help for the seamers early on, the game will likely be decided either way by lunchtime.

    Following their performances in this 'A' series, both Johnson and Holder should be in the shake up for the New Zealand series. Two young, tall fast men with great potential. I look forward to the day when the selectors can select the Windies attack from these two guys, Roach, Rampaul, Narine and Sammy.

  • Kapil_Choudhary on June 12, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Perfect chance for Rohit to stake his claim. Pujara has already done so and though Rohit too has a 94 on the tour, Pujara is clearly way ahead at the moment. Also, heavily disappointing the way Rahane has gone. Definitely seems there is a while to go before he can be promoted to the big leagues....

  • Essdeezone on June 12, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Wonder if it is the effect of IPL. Probably too many shots by the Indians, instead of applying themselves and staying at the crease. Don't think the match can be won (read saved) at all now. Too difficult for stroke-players like Rohit Sharma. Maybe Tiwari & Saha can do something, since they have the ability to apply themselves. All the best youngistan!!

  • on June 12, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    Seems to very difficult batting pitch. No batsman is performing confident atall. Like first test here also at the end of third day India A is struggling to save the match. In the first match Pujara took us to victry. But Pujara is gone for 1 and comparitively the playing conditions are suitable perfectely to WI bowlers. Now its upto Rohit, Tiwary @ Saha to show there power to take India to victry. I dont think there is any option for draw the match for either sides unless rain comes. Infect for Rohit & Tiwary it is a perfect chance to proove themselves for their test claime. Mental toughness is the only key to take to victry. Same is applicable to WI also. Rohit has scored 126 runs so far at abt 43 avg. Third highest run getter so far after Pujara & Braitwait. Plus he tok so far 9 wickets. Also third highest after Ahmed & Johnson. Looks like a fantastic efforts for anybody. But if he take today India to victory it will turn to extraordinary and awsom efforts. All the best Rohit/Tiwary.

  • on June 12, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    the situation remains pretty much the same for indian batsmen abroad. big names in domestic circuit, mukund, rahane, rohit, dhawan, saha, all flattering to deceive. pujara, the only one living upto his reputation. windies track is more suitable to sub-continental batsmen these days. just not able to assess the reason for their failures. the supposed next generation batsmen following in the footsteps of their seniors. the reason for pujara's success i guess, is his application at the centre. the batsmen need to learn that in test cricket, survival at the wicket is equally important, just like scoring runs are. they got out of jail in the first test. hoping that rohit and tiwary will put their hands up and be counted.

  • maddinson on June 12, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    This Johnson seems to be lot better than wayward Mitchell Johnson. Good prospect for WI cricket.

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  • maddinson on June 12, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    This Johnson seems to be lot better than wayward Mitchell Johnson. Good prospect for WI cricket.

  • on June 12, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    the situation remains pretty much the same for indian batsmen abroad. big names in domestic circuit, mukund, rahane, rohit, dhawan, saha, all flattering to deceive. pujara, the only one living upto his reputation. windies track is more suitable to sub-continental batsmen these days. just not able to assess the reason for their failures. the supposed next generation batsmen following in the footsteps of their seniors. the reason for pujara's success i guess, is his application at the centre. the batsmen need to learn that in test cricket, survival at the wicket is equally important, just like scoring runs are. they got out of jail in the first test. hoping that rohit and tiwary will put their hands up and be counted.

  • on June 12, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    Seems to very difficult batting pitch. No batsman is performing confident atall. Like first test here also at the end of third day India A is struggling to save the match. In the first match Pujara took us to victry. But Pujara is gone for 1 and comparitively the playing conditions are suitable perfectely to WI bowlers. Now its upto Rohit, Tiwary @ Saha to show there power to take India to victry. I dont think there is any option for draw the match for either sides unless rain comes. Infect for Rohit & Tiwary it is a perfect chance to proove themselves for their test claime. Mental toughness is the only key to take to victry. Same is applicable to WI also. Rohit has scored 126 runs so far at abt 43 avg. Third highest run getter so far after Pujara & Braitwait. Plus he tok so far 9 wickets. Also third highest after Ahmed & Johnson. Looks like a fantastic efforts for anybody. But if he take today India to victory it will turn to extraordinary and awsom efforts. All the best Rohit/Tiwary.

  • Essdeezone on June 12, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Wonder if it is the effect of IPL. Probably too many shots by the Indians, instead of applying themselves and staying at the crease. Don't think the match can be won (read saved) at all now. Too difficult for stroke-players like Rohit Sharma. Maybe Tiwari & Saha can do something, since they have the ability to apply themselves. All the best youngistan!!

  • Kapil_Choudhary on June 12, 2012, 8:45 GMT

    Perfect chance for Rohit to stake his claim. Pujara has already done so and though Rohit too has a 94 on the tour, Pujara is clearly way ahead at the moment. Also, heavily disappointing the way Rahane has gone. Definitely seems there is a while to go before he can be promoted to the big leagues....

  • SNIFFLEATHER on June 12, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Another fantastic match is heading towards its climax. From a West Indian point of view, one would hope for a victory to keep the series alive going into the third test. Indid 'A' dug very deep last time out to come home with the win, but perhaps the giant quicks Delorn Johnson and Jason Holder will bring about a diiferent result in this game. The morning at St.Vincent, as ever, will be crucial. Due to the traditional help for the seamers early on, the game will likely be decided either way by lunchtime.

    Following their performances in this 'A' series, both Johnson and Holder should be in the shake up for the New Zealand series. Two young, tall fast men with great potential. I look forward to the day when the selectors can select the Windies attack from these two guys, Roach, Rampaul, Narine and Sammy.

  • on June 12, 2012, 9:08 GMT

    I am sorry to say but Indian cricket's future is very bleak.. it just doesnot look bleak!! These Sharmas. Rainas and Jadejas have time and again proved that they are only IPL flat track bullies.. As long as IPL remains in existence, Indian cricket will take steps backwards..

    R.I.P Indian cricket. May your soul rest in peace..

  • indiasupbangalore on June 12, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    As a indian supporter I am disappointed the fat lady has not sung yet, but a win from here looks almost impossible, I only wish the indians take the heart of tino best and fight till the end, it does not matter how you loose it !! Rahane has been my biggest disappointment so far, I just was expecting too much out of this series, only pujara lived up to the expectations.

  • on June 12, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    The bowlers from both sides gave performed exceptionally. This shows us that the batting pitch is not that good. The only way for India A to win now is if Rohit Sharma and Manoj Tiwary put up a good partnership. Let's not forget that they have the entire day to bat so even if they bat slowly but steadily, everything will be fine.

  • Shezad45 on June 12, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Wow !! What a chance for Rohit to prove himself and get selected to the national team just have to keep calm and leave d bad and wide balls