By BV Swagath
The Second Unofficial Test between West Indies A and India A is headed towards another exciting finish like the First Match at Barbados. On the fourth and final day, India A need 183 more runs to win with six wickets in hand. The match could go either way on the final day, however, this time West Indies A are in a better shape to win it and level the series 1-1.
Left arm quick Delorn Johnson has already caused heavy damage to the visitors with figures of 9-0-20-4 leaving India A tottering along at 57 for 4. At stumps, Rohit Sharma (8*) and Manoj Tiwary (15*) are battling the Windies’ bowling attack after the top order was decimated by Johnson. After this pair, India A is left with Wicket Keeper Wriddhiman Saha and the bowlers to follow.
West Indies resuming Day 3 on 6/0 were bundled out for 204 with left-arm-spinner Akshay Darekar claiming 6 for 67 in 24 overs. India A certainly missed a trick as they had the hosts in desperate trouble at 81 for 5 but couldn’t quite deliver the finishing blows. Jonathan Carter with 74 (from 97 balls with 6 fours) and Donovan Pagon with 67 (from 72 balls with 4 fours and 4 sixes) rescued the homeside.