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Fudadin puts Windies A on top
Mysore— West Indies A stayed ahead by scoring 429 and removing India A’s top order for a little more than 100 runs on the second day of the first unofficial Test in Mysore.
After Kraigg Brathwaite and Kirk Edwards fell in the 90s on the first day, Assad Fudadin took his team to a strong total with the tail.
Lokesh Rahul and Manpreet Juneja tried to stabilise India after two wickets fell before the score crossed 50, but Nikita Miller removed Rahul to give West Indies the advantage again.
Resuming at 264 for 5, West Indies lost Chadwick Walton for 35 to Ishwar Pandey but Fudadin and Miller denied India any further success by putting on 88 for the seventh wicket.
Miller struck five boundaries during his 49 before being run-out.
Once he fell, with the score at 364, the rest of the tail did not add much but Fudadin took them past 400.
Fudadin made a slow start but blossomed.
The left-hander started the day on four not out and was unbeaten on 86 when the Windies were bowled out.
Fudadin struggled to find the middle of the bat early on, but said he decided to keep it simple on a pitch at Gangothri Glades Cricket Ground which offered great assistance to the bowlers.
“This was my first knock in India. On the first day I was still getting used to the conditions and I not feeling ‘myself’. I had to ‘catch myself’ on the on the second day and get used to the conditions a bit better. On the first day wickets were falling so I did not want to take any chances. I had to play it smart,” he said after Thursday’s play.
Overall Fudadin batted just for under five hours, faced 201 balls and hit 10 boundaries and a six. He added a crucial 88-run stand for the seventh wicket with Miller. Miller returned later in the day with the excellent figures of 9-4-10-1.
“I was out of touch a bit but I told myself ‘there is never a bad time to make runs’... whenever you get runs it is good for yourself and for the team,” Fudadin added.
“The team target was to bat four sessions and we decided to bat time rather than runs. The pitch was deteriorating and creating ‘rough’ for the Indian spinners so I had to be watchful. We decided if we batted a long time we had a chance to look at bowling them out twice.
“Miller was brilliant today. He batted really well with me and offered a lot of support. He was excellent with the ball in the final session. The fast bowler [Miguel] Cummins was also good with the new ball. He didn’t have much to work with but he was consistent and ‘at’ the batsmen all the time.”
Offspinner Parvez Rasool was India’s best bowler, taking the remaining three wickets for his fourth five-wicket haul in first-class cricket and finished with 5 for 116.
India put on a stable 45 for the opening stand which was broken by left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul who had Jiwanjot Singh caught behind for 16.
India were given a big blow when they lost captain Cheteshwar Pujara to Cummins after adding only 3 to the scoreboard and India’s score was only 49.
Rahul and Juneja steered the Indian innings with a 60-run stand, taking India past 100, but West Indies struck again when Rahul became Miller’s first victim for 46.
Juneja was given company by Harshad Khadiwale for about an hour before stumps during which he made a tolerant 5 off 36.
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