Saturday, 4 October 2014

West Indies left cold in warm-up match

MUMBAI: Lack of intent has been the bane of West Indies cricket for long. It was no different on Friday when the visitors crumbled to a nine-wicket defeat against a second string Indian bowling attack in their tour opener at the Brabourne Stadium.

India 'A' spin-trio, led by the experienced Amit Mishra (3-26), Karn Sharma (2-27) and Parvez Rasool (1-7) gave a good account of themselves, picking six middle and lower order batsmen as West Indies folded for 148 in 38.1 overs. Delhi opener Unmukt Chand struck a classy 79 to see his team home in 25.3 overs.

The 22-year-old looked convincing against the four-pronged West Indian attack making the most of a docile wicket.

With no slow bowler in the playing XI, Pollard used Samuels as a spinner. But it was meat and drink for Chand, who clobbered two huge sixes off the Jamaican.

Murali Vijay was the only wicket to fall after he failed to clear the cover fielder while attempting a lofted drive.

"Last year, I was getting out frequently playing backfoot punches outside the off-stump. But now I've tightened my game around that area with some help from our coach Lalchand Rajput," said Unmukt after his fruitful innings.

"I had asked him to finish the job and not throw his wicket. That is something which he has worked on and I am glad about it," said Rajput. Chand,Parvez Rasool,Murali Vijay,Lalchand Rajput,Amit Mishra

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