Rohit Sharma led the mid-innings rescue effort after a top-order collapse as India ‘A’ managed to take a slender 25-run lead against the West Indies ‘A’ on the second day of their first four-day cricket Test here. At the draw of stumps, West Indies ‘A’ were 3 for no loss after bowling out India ‘A’ for 277.
Rohit missed out on a century, falling for 94, but his carefully crafted knock, complemented by skipper Cheteshwar Pujara (50) and Wriddhimaan Saha (56), pulled India out of trouble after the top-three departed, contributing just nine runs to the total.
For the Caribbeans, medium-pacer Jonathan Carter was the wrecker-in-chief scalping five wickets in his 17 overs and he was ably supported by express bowler Delorn Johnson, who managed three for 29 in 14.1 overs. The Indian bowlers had done a fine job by bowling out the hosts for 252 on the first day itself but the team put up a below-par effort with the bat to leave the match wide open.
Brief scores: WI ‘A’ 1st innings 252; India ‘A’ 1st innings 277 (R Sharma 94, J Carter 5/63); WI ‘A’ 2nd innings 3/0