India `A` reach 64/2 at lunch in reply to WI `A` score of 217
Kingstown (St Vincent): India A reached 64 for two at lunch, on the second day of their 2nd four-day `Test` against West Indies, here on Sunday.
Skipper Cheteshwar Pujara fresh from his match-winning knock in the first `Test` is unbeaten on 40 while Ajinkya Rahane scratched his way to an unbeaten 12.
Earlier, Bengal speedster Shami Ahmed dismissed the remaining two batsmen in quick succession to bowl West Indies out for 217. Shami finished with four wickets.
Having started from their overnight score of 212 for nine, Shami first castled opener Kraigg Brathwaite (66) who failed to add anything to the overnight score. He then wrapped Devendra Bishoo (2) on pads to end the home team`s innings for 217.
The India `A` openers Shikhar Dhawan and Abhinav Mukund failed to make significant contributions yet again as the two new-ball bowlers Jason Holder and Delorn Johnson troubled the batsmen.
Left-handed Dhawan (0) was bowled as he got an inside edge to left-arm pacer delivery. Mukund (8) who bagged a pair in the last match also didn`t last long as right-arm fast bowler Holder came from round the wicket and got one to hold the line as the Tamil Nadu opener was struck on the pads.
At 12 for two, Pujara and Rahane joined hands and added 52 runs for the third wicket till lunch.
Pujara played some cracking drives off one-change bowler Jonathan Carter while some of the deliveries really started keeping low.
Indians still need 154 runs to take the first innings lead.