Ajinkya Rahane scores much-needed fifty ahead of first Test

India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, who has not scored a hundred in more than two years, hit a fighting 54 off 162 balls on the final day of the warm-up game against West Indies A on Monday.

Rahane, who is the stand-in captain in the warm-up game, had come to open the innings after failing in the first essay.   -  FILE PHOTO/ GETTY IMAGES

India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane got much needed runs under his belt ahead of the first Test as the visitor reached 174 for five at lunch on the final day of the three-day warm-up game against the West Indies A here on Monday.

Rahane, who has not scored a hundred in more than two years, made a fighting 54 off 162 balls before a reverse sweep led to his dismissal. Rahane, who is the stand-in captain in this game, had come to open the innings after failing in the first essay.

The Mumbai batsman had looked horribly out of touch during his 35 overs at the crease on day two. His 20 not out on Sunday had three boundaries but he played more than 80 dot balls, a testimony to his struggles.

Rahane and Hanuma Vihari had resumed the innings at 84 for one and both batsmen managed to score half-centuries. Vihari, who was on 48 overnight, went on to make 64 off 125 balls in an innings comprising nine fours and a six with India extending their lead to 279 runs.

Off-spinner Akim Frazer removed both Rahane and Vihari while Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja were the other batsmen to be dismissed. Wriddhiman Saha (6) and R Aswhin (5) were in the middle when lunch was called.

Brief Scores: India 297/5 decl and 174/5 in 70 overs at lunch (Hanuma Vihari 64, Rahane 54); West Indies A 181 all out in 56.1 overs