Nadeem's five-for puts India A on top vs West Indies A

Spinner Shahbaz Nadeem scalped a five-for as India A bundled out West Indies A for 228 in the unofficial first Test on Wednesday.

Spinner Shahbaz Nadeem scalped a five-for.   -  Getty Images

Spinner Shahbaz Nadeem scalped a five-for as India A bundled out West Indies A for 228 in the unofficial first Test on Wednesday.

India A ended the day at 70-1, with Priyank Panchal batting on 31 and Shubman Gill on 9.

After wining the ODI series 4-1, India A bowlers ensured it maintained domination over the host, who opted to bat at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.

Pacer Mohammed Siraj sent back both the openers — Jeremy Solozano (9) and Montcin Hodge (16) — in a confident start for India while his pace colleague Shivam Dube saw the back of rival skipper Shamarh Brooks (12).

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Brooks was caught by wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha, who is playing his first competitive match after a long injury lay-off. Saha is also part of senior Indian Test squad, which will play a two-match series next month.

Left-arm spinner Nadeem then swung into action to further tilt it in India’s favour as he cleaned up the middle order.

Nadeem first dismissed Roston Chase (25), who was caught by Saha, and then clean bowled Jahmar Hamilton (16).

The host was reeling at 97 for five at that time but Rahkeem Cornwall (59) and Jermaine Blackwood (53) took the side past 100-run mark. But with Nadeem removing both of them, West Indies A could not really extend the lead.

Brief scores

West Indies A first innings 228 (Rahkeem Cornwall 59, Jermaine Blackwood 53; Shahbaz Nadeem 5-62, Mohammed Siraj 2-61, Mayank Markande 2-41)  India A first innings 70-1 (Priyank Panchal batting 31, Abhimanyu Easwaran 28; Jomel Warrican 1-9)

(With inputs from PTI)