Unofficial Test: India A pacers rock Windies A after batters fail

India A was dismissed for just 190 in reply to West Indies A's 318 but fast bowlers Sandeep Warrier and Mohammed Siraj brought the visitor back into the game as 19 wickets fell on day two.

Mohammed Siraj got the wicket of Montcin Hodge in both the innings.   -  Getty Images

India A pacers Sandeep Warrier and Mohammed Siraj left West Indies A tottering at 12 for 4 at the end of second day's play in the second unofficial ‘Test’.

Windies A began day two on 243 for five and immediately lost Raymon Reifer off a Siraj delivery in just the second over of the day. The Test team's wicket-keeper Shane Dowrich followed Reifer soon after he was bowled by Mayank Markande. Rahkeem Cornwall's late slog took the home team to a respectable 318.

Siraj and Markande were the pick of the India A bowlers as they finished with three wickets each. In reply, the visiting side began its innings in a disastrous manner.

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Fast bowler Chemar Holder rattled the Indian batsmen as he single-handedly reduced the opposition to 11 for four in 4.3 overs. Test opener Mayank Agarwal was the first to depart for four, while Abhimanyu Easwaran, Anmolpreet Singh and another Test specialist Hanuma Vihari were all out for a duck.

Left-arm pacer Raymon Reifer then came into the attack to remove Srikar Bharat. India A was struggling at 20 for five when all-rounder Shivam Dube joined opener Priyank Panchal in the middle. The duo stitched together a 124-run partnership to bail the visitor out of trouble.

Dube top-scored with an impressive 79 off 85 balls, while Panchal made a steady 58. Romario Shepherd cleaned up the tail as India A was bowled out for 190 and West Indies A claimed a big first-innings lead of 128.

In its second sojourn, Windies A began cautiously as skipper Kraigg Brathwaite looked to be in fine touch. But the Indian pacers had other ideas. Warrier picked up two wickets in the fourth over, including that of Brathwaite. Siraj removed first-innings top-scorer Montcin Hodge in the very first ball of the next over.

Warrier came back to remove night-watchman Jomel Warrican as the home team slumped to 12/4 from 12/0 in 15 balls. West Indies A ended the day on the same score as the India A pacers ensured the match was evenly poised at stumps on Day two.

BRIEF SCORES:

First Innings:

West Indies A - 318 in 113 overs (Montcin Hodge 65, Rahkeem Cornwall 56 no, Mayank Markande 3/79, Mohammed Siraj 3/63).

India A - 190 in 47 overs (Shivam Dube 79, Priyank Panchal 58, Chemar Holder 5/54, Romario Shepherd 3/29).

Second Innings:

West Indies A - 12/4 (Kraigg Brathwaite 10, Sandeep Warrier 3/3, Mohammed Siraj 1/8).