West Indies A v India A, 2nd unofficial Test, St Vincent, 4th day June 12, 2012

Johnson and Permaul crush India A

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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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  • Naresh on June 15, 2012, 11:37 GMT

    Mandeep Singh's name has been mentioned. I watched the IPL and found this guy has some talent. Only the future will tell. Also lots of people bash Rohit Sharma - this guy scored a century against top bowlers in the IPL. Give him time. With maturity he could be an exciting prospect for India.

  • Scott on June 14, 2012, 11:09 GMT

    @everfaithful77, i agree with your comments but i disagree with brathwaite. he has not got the skills for test match cricket as he doesn't leave the ball enough or cash in on the bad balls to get runs- he would need to bat 400 balls to reach a century which would just cause draws or losses for the windies if

  • Sean on June 14, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    As a WI fan I am pleased that the youngsters have been able to level the series, I only hope that K Edwards is drafted in for the final game to get him back to scoring runs. Johnson seems to have all the skills, over & around the wicket each way swing with pace from a high left arm action, with Gabriel recouperating and J Holder also bowling well. Watch out NZ. St.Lucia is a batting wicket expect India A to bounce back and draw the series. Last comment Permaul seems to be the real deal while Bishoo continues to struggle; he needs a consistent googly and maybe a stint with Anil Kumble and or in Ranji Trophy.

  • Surj on June 14, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    @SPaul and @Palwank, all criticism of the Indian A team are rooted from frustrating experiences and facts. For example, some of your so called first team prospects cant even cross 10 against a lowly West Indian attack. Again, it shows that even your junior players suffer from same old disease. Except that Pujara, no one is good enough. But you guys still dance with the names of players like that left hander opener (toured earlier with the Sr. team) and RG Sharma - who were tried earlier and doesnt have a clue of how to play on good sporting tracks! India will have to grind for few years before they start to compete - this is not a top of the head prediction but a well researched observation!

  • Dummy4 on June 14, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    This test series has so far been highly competitive, and invaluable in terms of exposure to the young men trying to break into their respective national test team. It would have been more useful for them as well as provide them with highly valuable experience if this series was rather a full fledged 5 match test series by scapping off the less useful ODIs & T20 fixtures.

  • rienzie on June 14, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    cannot get lucky for two tests in a row, nice to see the winides trash them!

  • Ashok on June 13, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    Congrats WI - great win. A disappointing show - team India got bundled out for below 100. A one sided loss of this nature makes the team look really bad. Admittedly India was hampered by Visa delays to one of their seamers. But the batting was supposed to show case the limited bowling in the team.The openers have been attrociously poor - much fancied Dhawan & Mukund who scored so heavily in IPL & in Ranji. The middle order with potentially 4 star candidates for the Indian Test team did little except for Pujara in last 4 innings.Much was expected of Rohit Sharma, Rahane & Tiwary. The Indian team was also expected to do well in England & Australia but there was total collapse of much fancied batting too.The real concern here is why does the Indian team batting fail so badly despite the most talented guys included? BCCI need to focus on this aspect of the Indian teams sent abroad.Indian players have few more chances to prove themselves but so far it has been a poor batting show! .

  • Dummy4 on June 13, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Again some horrible comments on Indian A team. Its a treditional habbit of we Indians to critisise our team evry time after we loose. At any level. Whole cricketing world is playing IPL but no country is pointing out their players that they were part of IPl after every single loss. England, Australis, WI, SA, SL, NZ etc etc......evry top player are the the part of IPL. But SL board pointed out IPl after there loss against Pak and I m sure not Eng or WI board will pointout IPL after there loss in forthcoming ODI & T20 matches though there top batsmen were part of IPl including Gayle, Pieterson, Pllord etc. Infact Almost every country is organising such T20 Tounaments once in a year. But we are only blaiming IPL for any loss. Friends have u looked at the wicket on day 4 ? It was horrible. It seems to be toss to be so crucial in third test also. The winning toss will have upper hand as toss winner team will go for batting first. And again the team batting in fourth inning will suffer.

  • Dummy4 on June 13, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    why badrinath mandeep ojha aswin aaron in the team. what has shami ahmed bhubneswar kumar has done

  • Dummy4 on June 13, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    IPL big guns failed again in foreign soil ..... against Pace as well as spin . lack of temperment..?

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