Johnson, McClean put West Indies A in control
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.