India 'A' have their backs against the wall

India ‘A’ stand on the verge of a probable series defeat after suffering yet another batting collapse in their second innings against West Indies ‘A’ on the third day of the third and final four-day match on Tuesday.

After conceding a crucial 106-run first innings lead to West Indies ‘A’, India’s top-order yet again disappointed as the visitors ended the third and penultimate day at 181 for seven in their second essay, with a slender lead of 75 runs with only a couple of wickets left as Robin Bist is unlikely to come out to bat.

West Indies scored 336 all out in 112 overs in their first innings.

After India’s first four wickets fell cheaply for just 35 runs, Manoj Tiwary showed some resilience with a gritty 62 off 119 balls to take the visitors forward in their second innings in wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha’s company.

At stumps on day three, Saha remained unbeaten on 48 while giving him company was Shami Ahmed on 16. For the hosts, pace duo of Delorn Johnson and Kevin McClean scalped three wickets apiece to derail India’s innings.

India ‘A’ had won the first four-day match by two runs before West Indies ‘A’ levelled the series with a thumping 125-run win in the second match.

Brief scores: India ‘A’: 230 all out and 181/7 in 67 overs (Manoj Tiwary 62, Wriddhiman Saha 48 n.o.; Delorn Johnson 3-43, Kevin McLaren 3-47) vs West Indies ‘A’: 336 all out in 112 overs.

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