West Indies A vs India: Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Kuldeep Yadav shine as visitors dominate on Day 2

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West Indies A vs India: Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Kuldeep Yadav shine as visitors dominate on Day 2

Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Kuldeep Yadav struck thrice each as India bowl West Indies ‘A’ out for 181 on the second day of the practice match at Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua, on Sunday.

After declaring on their overnight score of 297 for 5, pacer Ishant Sharma rocked the West Indies ‘A’ batting order, leaving them reeling at 30 for 2. The pace spearhead of the Indian team removed Windies ‘A’ top-order batsmen Jeremy Solozano and Brandon King before returning to dismiss opener, Kavem Hodge.

Ishant was provided full support by Umesh, who picked up the big wicket of Darren Bravo for 11.

Captain Jahmar Hamilton and all-rounder Jonathan Carter led a middle-order fightback for the hosts but left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep removed them both to help India restrict West Indies ‘A’ under 200.

In their second innings, India lost Mayank Agarwal early (12) but Hanuma Vihari continued his good run of form with an unbeaten 48. Notably, Vihari was unbeaten on 36 when India declared their first innings.

Also, Mayank opened with captain Ajinkya Rahane instead of KL Rahul. Rahane, who is not in the best of form, had the much-needed match practice out in the middle as he scored just 20 runs but faced 95 balls in the second innings. Rahane was dismissed for 1 in the first innings.

Brief Scores:

India (1st Innings): 297/5 from 88.5 overs declared (Pujara 100 retired, Rohit Sharma 68, Rishabh Pant 33, Hanuma Vihari 37 not out; Jonathan Carter 3/39)

West Indies (1st innings): 181 in 56.1 overs (Kavem Hodge 51; Umesh 3/19, Ishant 3/21, Kuldeep 3/35)

India (2nd Innings) at stumps on Day 2: 85/1 in 34 overs (Vihari 48 not out, Rahane 20 not out; Shepherd 1/3)

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