2nd Unofficial Test: Pant, Siraj star as India A clinch series vs West Indies A

first_imgIndia A rode on superb batting performances from Rishabh Pant and Hanuma Vihari to beat West Indies A by 5 wickets in the 2nd unofficial Test and clinch the two-match series 1-0 on Friday.Chasing a mammoth target of 321 for victory, Pant remained unbeaten on 67 while Vihari scored 68 runs to reach the target in 67.1 overs on the final day of the match at Taunton. Captain Karun Nair also made a useful contribution of 55 runs.India A were 214 for 3 at the end of day three and were on course for a comfortable win but West Indies bowlers fought back on day 4 with two quick wickets to dent India’s charge.Sherman Lewis picked up the wicket of Ankit Bawne after Vihari’s run out which slowed India’s progress. But Pant batted with maturity and along with all-rounder Jayant Yadav, stitched a 99-run unbroken partnership for the sixth wicket to take India past the finish line.Be it India or India A, the boys are on a roll. India A first won the tri-series and have now beaten West Indies A in the longer format to clinch the series 1-0 in Taunton. pic.twitter.com/YoJqslti92BCCI (@BCCI) July 13, 2018Earlier, Mohammed Siraj starred with the ball once again in the second innings, picking up 4 wickets for 64 runs while Rajneesh Gurbani impressed with figures of 3 for 64 as West Indies A got bowled out for 210 on the third day.John Campbell and Jermaine Blackwood were the only two batsmen who made a significant contribution for the Windies as the rest of the batsmen failed to get going after a good performance in the first innings.advertisementSiraj ended the match with 8 wickets after picking up 4 wickets in the first innings as well while Shahbaz Nadeem was the next best bowler on show for India A with 4 wickets in the match.India had conceded a 110-run lead in the first innings after they got bowled out for 192 in reply to West Indies’s 302 all out.India A finished their tour of England unbeaten after winning the one-day tri-series and now the unofficial Test series. The first Test had ended in a draw last week.last_img read more