Opener Kieran Powells half century after spinners Veerasammy Permaul and Nikita Millers magical spells tightened the West Indies A grip over India A on the third day of the first unofficial Test at Gangothri Glades Cricket Grounds on Friday.
At stumps,the visitors were 130 for three in reply to the hosts first innings total of 245 all out,a huge lead of 314 runs. Captain Kirk Edwards and Chadwick Walton were unbeaten on nine and zero respectively at the draw of stumps.
West Indies openers began their second innings with supreme confidence. Both Kraigg Brathwaite and Powell put on 112 runs partnership for the first wicket. While Brathwaite was cautious in his approach,Powell,who has been out of form in the series so far,came out with a positive frame of mind.
Unlike in his earlier knocks,Powell adopted an aggressive approach and belted the wayward Indian attack by scoring 68 in 88 balls with nine boundaries and a six,before he was caught and bowled by spinner Rajat Paliwal.
On the same score of 112,first innings hero Parvez Rasool packed off Brathwaite for 34 off 88 balls with five boundaries to his name. Rasool celebrated his seventh wicket of the match when he disturbed Narsing Deonarines furniture after he had made nine off 12 balls.
Permaul mauls hosts
Earlier in the day,Indian batsmen did not have any answer to magical spells by Miller and Permaul,who wreaked havoc despite overnight batsmen Manpreet Juneja and Harshad Khadiwale gave some resistance.
Permaul grabbed five wickets for 85 while Miller claimed four for 61 as they saw the later Indian batsmen fall like a pack of cards. Juneja was the top-scorer with 84 off 151 balls. His innings was laced with eleven boundaries. However,the other batsmen could not hold on and fell like a pack of cards.
Resuming their overnight first innings score of 124 for three,India added forty more runs before Permaul trapped Juneja leg before. Soon India lost two more wickets in the form of Paliwal (1) and Khadiwale (27),leaving India at 186 for six and a recovery from this stage looked unlikely.
Permaul,unlike the Indian bowlers,rattled the Indian tailenders Mohammad Shami,Ishwar Pandey and Ashoke Dinda by packing them off to the hut in quick succession.
Brief scores: West Indies A 429 and 130 for three in 34.5 overs (Kieran Powell 68,Kraigg Brathwaite 34,Kirk Edwards batting 9; Parvez Rasool 2/41,Rajat Paliwal 1/13) vs India A first innings 245 all out in 95.3 ovs (Lokesh Rahul 46,Manpreet Juneja 84; M Cummins 1/47,Veerasammy Permaul 5/85,Nikita 4/61). West Indies A lead by 314 runs with one day to go.