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Tense day ahead after Holder gives Windies edge

Published:Tuesday | June 5, 2012 | 12:00 AM

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):West Indies A came alive in a spectacular last hour to gain the upper hand over India A at the close of the third day of the first four-day Test match yesterday.

Fast bowlers Jason Holder and Delorn Johnson bowled with pace and extracted sideways movement as they ripped out three wickets in the final session to set up up an enthralling final day.

India A, chasing 186 for victory, limped to 22 for three on a good batting surface and will enter today's last day at Kensington Oval needing another 164 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

sharma's career best

Holder, the six-foot-seven-inch pacer, operated from the Joel Garner End and has so far claimed two for 12 off five overs. Johnson, the six-foot-five-inch left-armer, steamed in from the Malcolm Marshall End at the south and ended the day with one for nine off five overs.

Earlier in the day, West Indies A suffered a batting collapse as they were all out for 210 in the second innings after resuming the day on three without loss. The Windies were coasting at 134 for two in the afternoon session, but then lost their last eight wickets for just 86 runs. Chief destroyer for India was off-spinner Rohit Sharma, who had career-best figures of four for 41 from 16.3 overs.

The West Indies resumed the day on three without loss and got an ideal platform from openers Lendl Simmons and Kraigg Brathwaite (50), who hit contrasting half-centuries in an opening stand of 68. Simmons top-scored with a blazing 53 with five fours and two sixes off just 66 balls.

Donovan Pagon was leg before for a three-ball duck, while Bonner hit 36.