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June 12, 2012
West Indies A 217 (Brathwaite 66, Ahmed 4-48) and 204 (Carter 74, Pagon 67, Darekar 6-67) beat India A 202 (Pujara 67, Permaul 5-58) and 94 (Johnson 6-34, Permaul 4-22) by 125 runs
Delorn Johnson and Veerasammy Permaul combined to rout India A for 94 on day four of the unofficial Test in Kingstown, propelling West Indies A to a 125-run victory that levelled the series at 1-1 with a game to play.
India had begun the day needing 163 more in their pursuit of 220, with six wickets in hand. They managed only 37, as it took the pair of left-arm spinner Permaul and left-arm quick Johnson just 16.4 overs to claim the remaining wickets on a wearing track.
The first batsman dismissed was Rohit Sharma, bowled by Permaul off a delivery that kept low. In the same over, Permaul trapped keeper Wriddhiman Saha lbw for a duck with an arm ball, breaking what was India's last recognised batting stand.
After Permaul produced figures of 4-2-5-2 to all but seal the game for West Indies, Johnson - who had picked up four wickets on the third evening - troubled the tail with a spell of out-swing and short-pitched bowling.
Johnson had Rahul Sharma edging one of his outswingers from around the wicket to keeper Devon Thomas to complete his maiden first-class five-for. No. 9 Shami Ahmed edged another of Johnson's outswingers, only to be dropped by Jonathan Carter at second slip. He was then struck on the left hand by a short one and needed treatment. Not long after, the working over was complete: Johnson had him fending a well-directed bouncer to the keeper.
The only batsman to show some resistance was Manoj Tiwary, who played 62 balls to top score with 20. He was eventually claimed by Permaul, edging to slip while pushing at a flighted delivery. India's last pair, Akshay Darekar and Ashok Dinda, hit out - there were a few edges and a couple of dropped catches - before Darekar was bowled to give Permaul his fourth wicket.
Permaul, West Indies' captain, said his team had worked hard for the win. "India have a big batting line-up with guys who are well known in the IPL, but we knew once we worked hard and played good cricket over the five days we [knew we] could beat them," he was quoted as saying by CMC. "We played well and when you play well you deserve some success."
India had claimed an unlikely win in the first unofficial Test by two wickets, and Permaul said his team had done well to bounce back after that disappointment. "This is a good comeback after the way we lost in Barbados. We felt we should have won there. After that defeat we were a bit down. But we came back here and got it right."
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