Windies A stages strong comeback after Gowtham's six-wicket haul hands visitor slender lead

Krishnappa Gowtham pierced through West Indies A lower order, returning figures of 23.4-5-67-6.

India A's Krishnappa Gowtham returned figures of 23.4-5-67-6 against West Indies A at Tarouba in Trinidad on Thursday. (FILE PHOTO)

India A's Krishnappa Gowtham returned figures of 23.4-5-67-6 against West Indies A at Tarouba in Trinidad on Thursday. (FILE PHOTO)   -  N. Sudarshan

After India A bowled out West Indies A for 194, courtesy Krishnappa Gowtham's fine showing with the ball, the host crawled back into the game, snapping up three wickets for 23 before the end of second day's play at Tarouba in Trinidad on Wednesday.

Resuming at 23/1, West Indies A lost Akim Frazer early, trapped in front by Umesh Yadav. Brandon King, who walked out next, failed to impress as well, as he became Yadav's next victim. Jeremy Solozano found good company in Vincentian Sunil Ambris and the duo put up a strong fight to take the host side's score to 102/4, adding 66 for the fourth wicket. Both the batsmen also scored their respective half-centuries in the process.

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Soon after Shivam Dube managed to curb the threat, removing Ambris leg-before, Gowtham took over. There was no stopping the all-rounder as he single-handedly got the better of most of West Indies A's lower order, with the exception of Yannic Cariah. The side was made to wrap its first innings up as it fell short of India A's first innings score by seven runs.

West Indies A, however, had revenge on its minds, when it came out to bowl in the second innings. The young Chemar Holder shined again, dismissing both the openers Priyank Panchal and Abhimanyu Easwaran for single-digit scores. Another wicket fell in the seventh over, when paceman Miguel Cummins had Mayank Agarwal taking the long walk back to the pavilion.

Shahbaz Nadeem, was sent in next, as the nightwatchman, to bat out the remaining overs alongside an unbeaten Shubman Gill batting on five.

Brief scores: India A 201 and 23/3 (Chemar Holder 2-14) leads West Indies A 194 (Jeremy Solozano 69 n.o., Sunil Ambris 43; Krishnappa Gowtham 6-67, Umesh Yadav 2-29) by 30 runs