Warm-up: Batsmen put India on top on day 2

K. L. Rahul, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja struck half-centuries as India took a healthy lead against the West Indies Cricket Board President's XI on the second of the three day warm-up game.

K. L. Rahul hit nine fours and a six in his knock of 64.   -  G. P. Sampath Kumar

After bundling out the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President's XI for 180 on the first day, India did well with the bat to score 364 on the second of the three-day warm-up game at St. Kitts on Friday.

Half-centuries by K. L. Rahul, Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja carried India well past the 300-mark. Except Shikhar Dhawan (9), all of the visitor's batters finished with double-digit scores.

The host, in its second innings, was 26 for one, trailing by 158 runs, as the day ended.



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"That was the purpose of coming here early to get used to the wickets and conditions and I'm really happy with the way I've batted in the last two innings," Rahul said after the day's play.

"The wickets here have been hard, the weather is hot and humid so it's not very easy to go out there and get runs but [I'll] try to use these two innings and the time before the Tests to prepare well for the Test series. So I'm really happy with the way I'm prepared."

"Out here it was a little slow and the outfield's heavy and the ball is getting really soft after 20-30 overs so getting runs is kind of hard."

With track seemingly aiding spin, the Indian slow bowlers will hope to register the first win of the tour before the Test against the West Indies begins on July 21.

Ravindra Jadeja used the bounce on offer to good effect in the first innings and was nearly unplayable at times. Fellow spinners, Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra will also be expected to trouble the host's batting line-up.

Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall took five wickets for the host. Cornwall was also the top-scorer (41) for his side, hitting seven fours in his 56-ball stay.