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Pujara lone bright spot for India ‘A’ yet again

cricket Updated: Jun 11, 2012 23:36 IST
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India ‘A’ skipper Cheteshwar Pujara (67) stood tall amid the ruins after his West Indies counterpart Veersammy Permaul wrecked the visiting line-up with a five-wicket haul on the second day of their second unofficial cricket Test here.

India ‘A’ top-order once again flopped as the side folded up for 202, giving the hosts a vital 15-run first innings lead.

In reply, the West Indies ‘A’ were 6 for no loss in their second innings with openers Kraigg Brathwaite (4) and Justin Guillen (1) at the crease before draw of stumps yesterday. It was yet another shambolic batting performance by the Indians as Permaul quite literally ripped through the middle order for figures of five for 58 at Arnos Vale.

Earlier, India 'A' wasted little time at the start of the day, wrapping up the Windies innings with the hosts adding just five to their overnight 212 for eight. Brathwaite, unbeaten on 66, was bowled by seamer Shami Ahmed (4-48) and Devendra Bishoo followed soon afterward.

Another collapse

But the visiting side's response was hardly any better as they plunged to 12 for two before Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane stitched up the innings with a 74-run, third wicket stand.

But Permaul then struck twice to bring West Indies A back into the game. Pujara and Manoj Tiwary then put on 27 for the fifth wicket before both fell in quick succession.

Struggling at 123 for six, India were then boosted by two successive partnerships as Wriddhiman Saha (20) and Rahul Sharma (30) added 38 for the seventh wicket before Sharma and Shami Ahmed (20) put on a further 32 for the eighth wicket.

Brief scores: West Indies ‘A’ 1st inngs 217, India ‘A’ 1st inngs 202, West Indies ‘A’ 2nd inngs 6 without loss