Superb Hope hundred highlights tame draw
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC):
West Indies right-handed batsman Shai Hope stroked a superb unbeaten hundred as the two-day tour game against the touring India finished in tame draw at Warner Park here yesterday.
The Barbadian hit an unbeaten 118 to help the WICB President's XI up to 281 for seven in reply to India's 258 for three.
Hope struck 15 boundaries in an innings requiring 229 balls in a shade under six hours at the crease.
"It gives you a lot of confidence because coming up against a decent side like India, the bowlers, the batters - all of them - are world class, so you have to take something from it," Hope said afterwards.
He added: "Whenever you come to the crease, it's about applying yourself no matter what time of day it is ... the wicket was primarily on the slow side, so it was about applying yourself.
"It was difficult to score quickly on it, but as long as you batted and wore down the bowlers, it became a lot easier in the evening."
Opener Rajendra Chandrika stroked 69 to press his claim to selectors, while Jomel Warrican hammered a cavalier unbeaten 50 down the order.
Leg-spinner Amit Mishra claimed four for 67.
Captain Leon Johnson fell in the day's seventh over for two when he edged seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Shikhar Dhawan at slip with the score on seven.
Hope and Chandrika then added 122 for the second wicket, a stand that left the hosts well placed at 67 for one at the lunch break.
Unbeaten on 35 at the interval, the right-handed Chandrika stroked 10 fours in an innings that spanned 142 balls and three and a half hours before finally perishing. He came down the wicket to Mishra, missed a big heave, and was stumped at 129 for two.
Off the very next ball, Jermaine Blackwood essayed a wild swing at the same bowler and edged a catch behind.
Roston Chase made three before flicking seamer Mohammed Shami to mid-wicket, and Shane Dowrich was lbw to Umesh Yadav for seven, to leave the President's XI stumbling on 151 for five at tea.
Mishra knocked over Vishaul Singh (14) and Damion Jacobs (one) after the break to leave the hosts on 177 for seven, but Hope and Warrican then frustrated India in an unbroken 104-run, eighth-wicket stand, which highlighted the final session.
Warrican faced 75 balls and counted seven fours.
Hope, unbeaten on 62 at tea, reached three figures in the final hour, with 12 fours off 208 balls.
INDIA 1st Innings 258 for three decl.
WICB PRESIDENT'S XI 1st innings
R Chandika st Saha b Mishra 69
*L Johnson c Dhawan b Kumar 2
S Hope not out 118
J Blackwood c wkpr Saha b Mishra 0
R Chase c Rahane b Shami 3
+S Dowrich lbw b Yadav 7
V Singh c Pujara b Mishra 14
D Jacobs c Rahul b Mishra 1
J Warrican not out 50
Extras (lb9, w3, nb5) 17
TOTAL (7 wkts, 87 overs) 281
Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-129, 3-129, 4-132, 5-150 6-171, 7-177.
Did not bat: M Mindley, K Joseph, J Dawes.
Bowling: Kumar 13-5-29-1, Mohammed Shami 17-2-62-1, Yadav 17-3-66-1, Ishant Sharma 13-2-48-0, Mishra 27-5-67-4.
Result: Match drawn.
*Players per side: 12 (11 batting, 11 fielding)
Umpires: Gregory Brathwaite, Nigel Duguid.