Bat­ting col­lapse leaves In­dia A odds-on for win

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

TEST STAR Jer­maine Black­wood and at­tack­ing opener John Camp­bell struck half-cen­turies but West Indies A suf­fered a bat­ting col­lapse to let In­dia A back into the sec­ond four-day Test yesterday.

Re­sum­ing the penul­ti­mate day at the Som­er­set County Ground on 96 for one in their sec­ond in­nings, Windies A were even­tu­ally dis­missed for 210, with Black­wood top-scor­ing with 67 and Camp­bell get­ting 61.

How­ever, the last nine wick­ets tum­bled for 85 runs, as new-ball seam­ers Mo­hammed Si­raj (4-64) and Ra­jneesh Gur­bani (3-64) ran through the in­nings.

Left with a tar­get of 321, In­dia pro­duced an­other ster­ling sec­ondin­nings ef­fort to end on 214 for three, with Hanuma Vi­hari top-scor­ing with an un­beaten 65, cap­tain Karun Nair stroking 55 and Ab­hi­manyu Easwaran chim­ing in with 31.

The right-handed Easwaran en­sured a solid start to the in­nings when he put on 51 for the first wicket with Raviku­mar Sa­marth (18).

CAUGHT

Left-arm seamer Ray­mon Reifer re­moved Sa­marth to a catch at the wicket while fast bowler Ro­mario Shep­herd also claimed Easwaran to a catch be­hind, to put West Indies A in con­trol at 78 for two.

How­ever, Vi­hari and Nair then com­bined in a solid 136-run, third­wicket stand that put the In­di­ans back in con­trol of the run chase.

The right-handed Vi­hari struck five fours in an in­nings last­ing 123 balls in just over 21/2 hours while Nair slammed eight fours in a counter-at­tack­ing 63ball knock be­fore per­ish­ing to the fi­nal de­liv­ery of the day.

Black­wood and Camp­bell had ear­lier ex­tended their sec­ond-wicket stand to 74 be­fore be­ing sep­a­rated.

BLACK­WOOD

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