West Indies Cricket Board President's XI 180 and 26 for 1 (Ashwin 1-14) trail Indians 364 (Rahul 64, Jadeja 56, Kohli 51, Cornwall 5-118) by 158 runs
'Milestones and numbers don't matter to me' - KL Rahul
While KL Rahul struck his second consecutive half-century of the tour, captain Virat Kohli and allrounder Ravindra Jadeja also struck form with fifties on the second day of the warm-up match against West Indies Cricket Board President's XI in Basseterre. All of India's batsmen except Shikhar Dhawan, who made a fifty in the first match, scored in double digits as the visitors made 364 to lead the hosts by 184 in the first innings. They looked set to score more when Rahul and Kohli were batting but offspinner Rahkeem Cornwall's five-for restricted them.
Resuming the second day at 93 for 3, the Indians were led by Rahul who marched from his overnight 30 to score 64 before retiring out. Rahul and Kohli put on a partnership of 88 for the fourth wicket as Kohli scored 51. But the captain was dismissed soon after Rahul retired, lbw to Cornwall, who had also dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara the night before.
"That was the purpose of coming here early to get used to the wickets and conditions and I'm really happy with the way I've batted in the last two innings," Rahul said after the day's play. "The wickets here have been hard, the weather is hot and humid so it's not very easy to go out there and get runs but [I'll] try to use these two innings and the time before the Tests to prepare well for the Test series. So I'm really happy with the way I'm prepared.
"Out here it was a little slow and the outfield's heavy and the ball is getting really soft after 20-30 overs, so getting runs is kind of hard."
Ajinkya Rahane then led the visitors past 250 as Stuart Binny was caught behind for 16 off Cornwall. Rahane too fell to the same bowler for 32. The Indians were 254 for 7 and Wridhhiman Saha's run-out made it 298 for 8. The innings was revived by Jadeja, who came in at No. 9, as he scored 56 off 61 with eight fours. He first put on 44 with Saha and then 47 with R Ashwin, who scored a patient 26 off 61. Jadeja was eventually caught and bowled by Cornwall, who finished with 5 for 118.
"The pitch is offering a little bit so you have to be consistent with your lines," Cornwall said. "No nerves whatsoever [against a strong batting line-up], I back my skills to do what I have to do and at the end of the day we're playing a game of cricket, so they have to bat and I have to put the balls in the right areas.
"It is very special, they are top quality batsmen, you have to do your best against them. This will take me a long way. Once you perform against the best, it will always urge you to perform better. This game taught me a lot - I think patience and the way some of these guys carry themselves. It kept me to go and improve on my game."
The hosts batted for eight overs before stumps and lost opener Leon Johnson, caught and bowled by Ashwin, for 17 in the last over of the day. They were 26 for 1 at the end of the day and trailed by 158 runs.
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