Comeback man Wriddhiman Saha and Shivam Dube shared 124 crucial runs for the sixth wicket after a top order struggle as India A took a 71-run lead in its first innings on Day 2 of the first unofficial Test against West India A here.
After resuming on 70 for 1, India A added 229 runs at the expense of seven wickets. At stumps, the visitor was placed at 299 for 8 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. India A had bowled out the home side for 228 on the first day.
Saha, who has been named in the senior squad for the tour of Windies next month, scored an unbeaten 61 off 146 balls. He hit six fours.
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The Bengal wicketkeeper-batsman and Dube revived the India A innings after it was reduced to 168 for 5. After Dube was out, India A lost two lower-order batsmen in quick succession for the addition of just seven runs.
Krishnappa Gowtham (6) and Shahbaz Nadeem (0) were out at the score of 299.
Earlier, opener Priyank Panchal (49) and Shubman Gill (40) added 46 runs for the second wicket before they were separated. Captain Hanuma Vihari contributed 31 runs off 80 deliveries while Srikar Bharat was out for a first-ball duck.
For West Indies A, pacer Miguel Cummins was the most successful bowler on the day with three wickets while off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall took two. Chemar Holder and Jomel Warrican got one wicket each.
West Indies A: 228 all out in 66.5 overs.
India A: 299 for 8 in 99 overs (Wriddhiman Saha 61 not out, Shivam Dube 71, Priyank Panchal 49; Miguel Cummins 3/36).