West Indies A extend lead to 235 by lunch on day 3

India A pacer Sandeep Warrier and spinner Krishnappa Gowtham shared five wickets between them but West Indies A still managed to extend their lead to 235 on the third day of the second unofficial Test here on Friday. (DH Photo)

India A pacer Sandeep Warrier and spinner Krishnappa Gowtham shared five wickets between them but West Indies A still managed to extend their lead to 235 on the third day of the second unofficial Test here on Friday.

West Indies A had started the day at 12 for four in their second innings, but overnight batsmen Sunil Ambris (48 batting) and Jermaine Blackwood (30) ensured that they cross the three-figure mark, as the hosts took lunch at 107 for seven.

Shivam Dube broke their stand by dismissing Blackwood and then Gowtham removed Shane Dowrich (5) and Raymon Reifer (0).

Giving Ambris company at the break was Rakheem Cornwall (6).

On Thursday, India A's first innings folded for 190, a total they owed to Dube (79 off 85) and opener Priyank Panchal (58 off 125). They shared a 124-run stand for the sixth wicket after the batting collapse.

Pacer Chemar Holder was the standout bowler for the hosts, taking five wickets for 54 runs in 12.5 overs and helping his team gain a healthy 128-run lead. However, West Indies squandered the advantage by losing their four wickets for 12 runs in the second innings.

India A leads the three-match series 1-0.

Test specialists Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal were dismissed cheaply, leaving India A tottering at 11 for four in the first hour after West Indies A scored 318.

Agarwal (4), who wanted some game time before the Test series got a beauty from new-ball bowler Holder, who bowled at a brisk pace and also extracted disconcerting bounce.

Holder got one to climb up from the back of the length with a shade away movement that squared the Karnataka opener resulting in a nick behind the stumps.

Abhimanyu Easwaran (0) tried to punch one-off backfoot but couldn't keep it down as the point fielder got a straight catch to give Holder his second wicket.

Skipper Vihari (0) also didn't trouble the scorer as Holder got one to nip back in and the ball also kept a bit low, trapping him plumb in-front.

Anmolpreet Singh's lack of technique against quality pace bowling was exposed with Holder squaring him up with a bouncer as he fended awkwardly. The ball ballooned to the point fielder for a simple catch.

This was after West Indies A, starting the day at 243 for five, could add another 75 runs before lunch with Rahkeem Cornwall (56 no off 70 balls) scoring the bulk of the runs.

Leg-spinner Mayank Markande got three wickets and so did pacer Mohammed Siraj.

Brief Scores:

West Indies A: 318 and 107 for seven in 30 overs (S Ambris 48 batting, J Blackwood 30; S Warrier 3/43, K Gowtham 2/2).

India A 190/10 in 46.5 overs (Dube 79, Panchal 58; Chemar Holder 5/54). 

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