Unofficial Test: Openers hand India A advantage

Openers Mayank Agarwal and Priyank Panchal brought up half-centuries as India A needs 93 more runs to win against West Indies A with seven wickets in hand and an entire day's play remaining.

India's test opener Mayank Agarwal made an impressive 81 off 134 balls, which included 10 fours.   -  Getty Images

Openers Mayank Agarwal and Priyank Panchal scored well-made fifties as it was advantage India A at the end of day three in the second unofficial Test match at Port of Spain.

West Indies A began the day struggling at an overnight score of 12/4. International batsmen Sunil Ambris and Jermaine Blackwood stitched together a 55-run partnership for the fifth-wicket to revive the side from trouble.

In the 19th over, Shivam Dube removed Blackwood after he made an useful 31 as Abhimanyu Easwaran took the catch. Ambris went on to make a stroke-filled 71 off 93 balls with 10 shots to the boundary.

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

Indian off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham claimed all of the last five wickets and ended with figures of five for 17 in 7.5 overs as Windies A was bowled out for 149 in the second innings setting the visiting side a target of 278.

India A started the chase in stunning fashion as both Mayank and Priyank were finding the middle of the bat. The openers put up a partnership of 150 runs as the West Indies A bowlers toiled hard to get a wicket.

Mayank made 81 with ten fours and Priyank scored 68 with nine fours and one six. Left-arm pacer Raymon Reifer finally got the first breakthrough of the innings in the 40th over by castling Priyank and fast bowler Chemar Holder removed Mayank five overs later.

Test specialist Hanuma Vihari didn't make much of a mark as he was out for just one. India A had lost three wickets for just 28 runs by then. Easwaran and Anmolpreet Singh remained unbeaten at the end of the day as the visitor needed 93 runs to beat the home team on the last day with seven wickets in hand. 

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 - 149 (Sunil Ambris 71, Jermaine Blackwood 31, Krishnappa Gowtham 5/17, Sandeep Warrier 3/43).

India A - 185/3 (Target - 278) - (Mayank Agarwal 81, Priyank Panchal 68, Chemar Holder 2/34, Raymon Reifer 1/44)