Gros Islet (St Lucia), June 19 : India A look like losing the
third and final cricket 'Test' and with it the series to West Indies A
after pacers Delorn Johnson and Kevin McClean devastated them on the
third day of the match.
Trailing by 106 runs on first innings,
India were 181 for seven at stumps on the penultimate day of the game
here at the Beausejour Cricket Stadium Monday.
West Indies lost
their remaining two wickets in 20 minutes, adding 16 runs to their
overnight 320 for eight to be bowled out for 336 in the first innings in
reply to India's 220. Off-spinner Jalaj Saxena and medium-pacer
Parvinder Awana claimed three wickets each.
batsmen, barring Manoh Tiwari, yet again struggled against the new ball
bowlers and Johnson (3/43)and McClean (3/47) who bowled with a lot of
fire, making the ball wobblearound.
Tiwary's 62 propped the
innings while wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha was holding things
together at the end with an unbeaten 48 and India barely have a 75 runs
lead with three wickets in hand.
Johnson then ran through India's top-order to leave the visitors tottering at 30 for three at lunch.
Abhinav Mukund clobbered two fours and a six in 20 off 13 balls before
nicking Johnson behind and his partner Ajinkya Rahane followed in a
similar fashion after scoring only two runs.
McClean then claimed
the prized wicket of captain Cheteshwar Pujara for two, courtesy a
brilliant one-handed diving catch at gully by Kieran Powell, leaving
India at 28 for three in the sixth over of the innings.
break, Indian innings was in complete disarray as Rohit Sharma's poor
form continued when he edged Johnson to Kyle Corbin at third slip for
Tiwary and Saha then rescued the innings with a precious 95-run fifth-wicket stand.
hit 10 fours and a six in an innings lasting 119 balls and 154 minutes
while Saha has so far faced 152 balls in three hours and 34 minutes at
the crease, and hit six fours.
India were rebuilding their
innings steadily when McClean returned to trap Tiwary in front at 130
for five and with just two runs added, Saxena was brilliantly taken by
Devendra Bishoo at point off McClean.
Bishoo then bowled Akshay Darekar for 15 to leave West Indies in full control of the 'Test.'
A 230 (Jalaj Saxena 61, Cheteshwar Pujara 33, Ajinkya Rahane 32, Manoj
Tiwary 32, Wriddhiman Saha 27; Devendra Bishoo 3-40, Jonathan Carter
3-57) 181 for seven (Abhinav Mukund 20, Manoj Tiwary 62, Wriddhiman Saha
batting 48, Akshay Darerkar 15, Shami Ahmed batting 16; Delorn Johnson
3-43, Kevin McClean 3-47)
WestIndies A 336 (Kieran Powell 139,
Devon Thomas 50, Donovan Pagon 30, Kyle Corbin 26; Jalaj Saxena 3-55,
Parvinder Awana 3-81, Shami Ahmed 2-75)