Carter claims five but India A take lead
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):
A superb spell from medium-pacer Jonathan Carter overshadowed a brilliant innings of 94 by Rohit Sharma as India A grabbed a narrow first-innings lead over West Indies A at Kensington Oval yesterday.
Carter, who bowled at brisk pace from the Joel Garner end at the north, took a career-best five for 63 from 17 overs to help West Indies A dismiss India A for 277 late on the second day of the four-day Test match.
Carter was well assisted by left-arm pacer Delorn Johnson, who bowled with sustained pace to take three for 29 from 14.1 overs.
Sharma played well and was supported by half-centuries from skipper Cheteshwar Pujara and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, as India A secured a first-innings lead of 25.
West Indies A, who made 252 in the first innings on Saturday, had reached 3-0 off six overs in their second innings at the close - a deficit of 22 with two days left in the four-day encounter.
CARTER ALMOST UNPLAYABLE
Carter, who entered the match with just three first-class wickets, was almost unplayable as he got movement off the pitch in his first spell and later returned with reverse swing in his second spell.
He got the ball to deviate off the seam and sent back opener Shikhar Dhawan (9) at 21 for three with his first ball and also had skipper Pujara (50) both caught behind by keeper Devon Thomas with the score on 114 for four.
In his superb third spell, Carter brought the ball back in and trapped Rahul Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar leg-before wicket as India A slipped to 229 for eight. Carter's fifth wicket came when Shami Ahmed chipped a full length ball to skipper Veerasammy Permaul at mid-on at 231 for nine.
Rohit Sharma played well to keep the India A innings together, but fell four short of what would have been his 13th first-class century. The 25-year-old right-hander, with 80 one-day internationals under his belt and a highest first-class score of 307 not out, faced 159 balls and hit 10 fours and a six.
He looked set for a century before he was undone by a superb in-swinger delivered from around the wicket by left-arm pacer Delorn Johnson.
WEST INDIES A 1st Innings 252
INDIA A 1st Innings
|A Nukund b D Johnson||0|
|S Dhawan c wkp Thomas b Carter||9|
|A Rahane run out||0|
|C Pujara c wkp Thomas b Carter||50|
|Rohit Sharma b D Johnson||94|
|M Tiwary lbw b Holder||40|
|+W Saha c Carter b D Johnson||56|
|B Kumar lbw b Carter||1|
|Rahul Sharma lbw b Carter||6|
|S Ahmed c Permaul b Ahmed||2|
|A Dinda not out||8|
|Extras (b4, lb2, w1, nb4)||11|
|TOTAL (all out, 81.1 overs)||277|
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-1, 3-21, 4-114, 5-186, 6-204, 7-209, 8-229, 9-231, 10-277.
Bowling: D Johnson 14.1-3-29-3, Holder 18-4-46-1, Carter 17-1-63-5, Simmons 4-0-15-0, Bishoo 12-0-54-0, Permaul 16-2-64-0.
WEST INDIES A 2nd Innings
|L Simmons not out||2|
|K Brathwaite not out||0|
|TOTAL (without loss, 6 overs)||3|
Bowling: Dinda 3-2-2-0, Kumar 1-1-0-0, Ahmed 2-1-1-0.
Position: West Indies trail by 22 runs with all their second innings wickets in tact.
Toss: India A.
Umpires: Gregory Brathwaite, Joel Wilson.