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Johnson, Miller put Windies A on top
SHIMOGA—Leon Johnson missed his century by nine runs as the West Indies A built a formidable total of 406 against India A on the second day of their unofficial four-day Test match here yesterday.
At stumps, India A, who were reduced to 114 for three, are 191 for three, still trailing the visitors by 215 runs at the Jawaharlal Nehru National College of Engineering Ground.
Left-handed number six batsman Johnson added 55 runs to his overnight score of 36 not out hitting 16 fours to top score with 91 and leading a lower order resistance against the Indian bowlers.
Resuming from an overnight score of 283 for 6, West Indies A added 123 runs and lost their final four wickets in the first session.
Nikita Miller scored an unbeaten 64 and added 97 runs with Johnson for the seventh wicket.
He smashed eight fours in his steady 95-ball knock.
Left-arm spinner Bhargav Bhatt was the wrecker-in-chief, picking up seven wickets for 113.
Bhatt ran through the tail-end as the West Indies A lost their final four wickets for 26 runs.
VA Jagadeesh and Abhishek Nayar, unbeaten on 79 and 56 respectively, have taken India A to within 66 of avoiding the follow-on.
The Indian A batsmen dismissed cheaply include Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir who are both seeking for a return to the national senior side.
Sehwag’s experiment to bat in the middle-order didn’t yield any favourable result while Gambhir’swoeful run of form continued.
Gambhir (11) and No. 4 Sehwag (7) played atrocious shots off left-arm spinner Veeraswamy Permaul’s (2-60) bowling to get back to the cooler confines of the dressing room.
Opener Vasudevan Jagadeesh showed a lot of temperament as he remained undefeated on 79 in the company of in-form Abishek Nayar who again showed his utility with a brave 56.
Jagadeesh, who narrowly missed out on a century during a ‘Test’ against New Zealand ‘A’ earlier this year, showed a lot of composure during his 172-ball knock that included eight boundaries.
Nayar was in his attacking self as he smacked seven boundaries and a six in only 38 balls, coming into bat after skipper Cheteshwar Pujara (25 off 90 balls) was dismissed after a dogged effort.
India were 215 runs behind West Indies A and require another 66 runs to avoid follow-on.
The capacity crowd of over 10,000—mostly engineering students were left high and dry by the Delhi duo Sehwag and Gambhir, who disappointed fans.
Gambhir didn’t look comfortable against seamer Miguel Cummins as he struggled for 43 balls with just a boundary to his name. Left-arm spinner Permaul got his scalp in his third over as Gambhir tried an ugly hoick but managed to offer a dolly to Fidel Edwards.
While Gambhir ran out of patience, Sehwag wasn’t even patient enough to grind it out as he played a dozen deliveries before trying to give Permaul the charge only to get stumped in the process.
All India ‘A’ wickets fell to opposition left-arm spinners as Nikita Miller accounted for Pujara after he shared a 60-run second wicket partnership with Jagadeesh.
Amidst the fall of big guns, Jagadeesh admirably put a price tag on his wicket adding 77 runs for the unbroken fourth wicket stand with Nayar.
Earlier, left-arm spinner Bharghav Bhatt came up with a career-best seven-wicket haul but that could not stop Johnson and Miller who poured cold water on the Indian bowlers.
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