Sehwag, Gambhir fail again as India A reach 191/3 on Day 2

Updated: Oct 03, 2013, 17:43 PM IST

Shimoga: Virender Sehwag`s experiment to bat in the middle-order didn`t yield any favourable result while Gautam Gambhir`s woeful run of form continued as India A reached 191 for three at stumps on the second day of their second unofficial `Test` against West Indies A here on Thursday.

After West Indies A scored a decent 406 in their first innings, opener Gambhir (11) and No. 4 Sehwag (7) played atrocious shots off left-arm spinner Veeraswamy Permaul`s (2/60) bowling to get back to the cooler confines of the dressing room.

Unheralded Kerala opener Vasudevan Jagadeesh showed a lot of temperament as he remained undefeated on 79 in the company of in-form Abhishek Nayar, who again showed his utility with an useful 56.

Youngster Jagadeesh, who narrowly missed out on a century during a `Test` against New Zealand `A` earlier this year, showed a lot of composure during his 172-ball knock that included eight boundaries.

Nayar was in his attacking self as he smacked seven boundaries and a six in only 38 balls, coming into bat after skipper Cheteshwar Pujara (25, 90 balls) was dismissed after a dogged effort.

India were 215 runs behind West Indies A and require another 66 runs to avoid follow-on at the Jawaharlal Nehru National College of Engineering Cricket grounds.

The capacity crowd -- mostly engineering students were left high and dry by the Delhi duo Sehwag and Gambhir, who not only disappointed fans but also didn`t make a case for the two national selectors Roger Binny and Saba Karim, who have come to especially watch the senior players.

Gambhir didn`t look comfortable at all against seamer Miguel Cummins as he struggled for 43 balls with just a boundary to his name. Left-arm spinner Permaul got his scalp in his third over as Gambhir tried an ugly hoick but managed to offer a dolly to Fidel Edwards.

While Gambhir ran out of patience, Sehwag wasn`t even patient enough to grind it out as he played a dozen deliveries before trying to give Permaul the charge only to get stumped in the process.

PTI