West Indies A v India A, 3rd unofficial Test, Gros Islet, 3rd day June 18, 2012

Johnson, McClean put West Indies A in control

ESPNcricinfo staff

India A 230 & 181 for 7 (Tiwary 62, Johnson 3-43, McClean 3-47) lead West Indies A 336 (Powell 139, Saxena 3-55) lead by 75 runs

The fast-bowling pair of Delorn Johnson and Kevin McClean combined to put West Indies A firmly in control of the unofficial Test against India A in St Lucia, on day three. After West Indies' last two wickets had added 16 to their overnight score of 320, Johnson and McClean scythed through India's top order, leaving them gasping at 35 for 4 while facing a first-innings deficit of 106. Manoj Tiwary and Wriddhiman Saha promised to stage a recovery, before West Indies struck once more, India going to stumps on 181 for 7.

In their second innings, India began with a flourish: Abhinav Mukund hit two fours and a six to race to 20 off 12, before edging left-armer Johnson to the keeper, Devon Thomas. Four balls later, the other opener, Ajinkya Rahane also nicked one off Johnson behind. Then McClean had captain Cheteshwar Pujara - he was caught by a diving Kieran Powell at gully. Rohit Sharma fell, caught at third slip, just before lunch.

After the interval, Tiwary and Saha rebuilt. They accumulated 95 runs from 34.2 overs, before McClean broke through, trapping Tiwary lbw for 62. Robin Bist did not come out to bat, and was spotted with heavy strapping on his right thumb. While Saha remained not out on 48, West Indies continued to chip away at the other end, leaving India seven down and 75 ahead at the end of the day's play. The stars, Johnson and McClean, finished with three apiece.

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  • Anny on June 19, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    Ranji trophy is the biggest domestic tournament in India and out of the top ten scorers in this year only two batsmen make it to India A team and out of that only one gets to play all three matches. out of top ten wicket takers in this year's ranji only two make it to the India A and none of the both plays all three matches, well this says a lot about how serious we are about our cricket, i cant believe badrinath,aaron,stuart binny,manish pandey,karthik,sa yadav are not playing in India A

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Really good to see the indian technical committee finally take notice of the disaster that has already knocked the cricket team.sometimes it looks to me as if india is copying the westindian debacle when their greats retired from the international scenario.they say ,you get to see a big talent pool in the ipl and still you cannot win matches outside the subcontinent.i would rather say that the selection of shami ahmed has been the brightest spot of this tournament coz he was an unused talent of the knights .another good thing has been the consistency of the very atheletic saha,who has always showed the intent to succed in foreign wickets right from his debut in southafrica.wish,he could have given more opportunities.then comes our unluckiest player tiwary,he still manages runs whenever required.and obviously pujara justified the praise he keeps on receiving from the indian greats.one thing which is very disappointing is to see rohit not clicking.i mean,if not him,who has the technique?

  • Gaurav on June 19, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    It can be hard hitting on youngsters but series like this will prepare them well. Lets not be over critical but I guess bowling unit had less firepower. Needed to bring in more of fast bowlers like Aaron to check rather than the current crop. Rohit Sharma has been given enough chances, we should look ahead and give other youngsters more chances. He may be talented, but as he is not at all converting, we should move ahead.

  • amit on June 19, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    i think only pujara is going to take dravid place.. rohit sharma dont click in this series i think he missed a good chance ... if yuvraj wil be fit he might take place of dravid .. hope .. i dont know why ashok maneriya is not taken realy waste of time waste of series for indians ..and on other side west indies should hav a chance to choose some players from these guy's they are awsome .. well done WI hard luck INDIA A

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2012, 15:20 GMT

    12-11-8-0, what's going on over there? They must be playing agst India. Same old same old, seniors or "A" team.

  • Ashok on June 19, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Another lack lustre performance by the Indiana heading for defeat. Mr. Rajput said that their technique is sound. If he is correct, how come they cannot play pace bowling? Is the Pitch bad or ball keeping low? Good batsmen find a way to play & score runs without excuses. It is sad to see teams going abroad bat so poorly. They performed attrociously in Tests in both England & Australia. Now India A is doing the same in WI. Can these guys bat any where else apart from on Indian Pitches? Good batsmen adapt. It is good to see at least 3 guys who look good in this team - Pujara, Shami Ahmad & Saha. Tiwary to some extent has also played well especially in this test. Mukund was total failure. Rohit Sharma has confirmed that he is only good in short formats of the game. BCCI should think twice before sending the next team abroad regarding balance in bowling, batting & all round categories. The team must also keep a specialist to coach them in building strong mental attitude.

  • aravamuthan on June 19, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    When it comes to middle order, Badrinath must be the first choice. The fighter he is, he always comes good when cornered, a quality which is a rarity in the current crop. Please stop witch-hunting and give the guy his due. Many of these guys would have frittered away if they have undergone the ordeal that Badri has gone through. Let us not carried away by the clamour for youngsters. Age is just a number.

  • Shailendra on June 19, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    @ satish619chandar ...fully agree with you.The current bunch of player is very talented; all are good stroke player But one thing is missing in all of them and that is PATIENCE...Which is the most important in test cricket. If you want to succeed in Test Cricket then You have to spent Some time on the wicket......Before this series We were expecting an alternate for Rahul Dravid But He played average 180 balls Per match he played in His career And average stay at the crease is 3 Hr/ ining.But Here guys are not batting for 10 balls...

  • Ambrish on June 19, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Let us accept the facts. The West Indies bowlers have done a commendable job. They have capitalized on the known weaknesses of the Indian batsmen and gotten their wickets cheaply. The Indian batsmen, apart from an odd 50 or two, have demonstrated that they do not have the technique and the temperament to succeed in international cricket. The Indians have failed against all forms of bowling - pace, seam, swing and spin. The Indian bowling has also shown itself to be below par. No outstanding consistent performances thus far from any one. The Indians, overall, have a long way to go in order to measure up to the rigors of international cricket.

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2012, 11:47 GMT

    WI youngsters has traditionally done well over the years, so I don't think it's much of a surprise. If you check their performances in under 19- world cups and so forth they always perform well. Something weird just happens when they enter the senior team, I guess it's because the senior team is doing so badly so instead of settling into a good team they are called upon to make massive contributions at an early stage in their career

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