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India 'A' collapses, Pujara stands tall with 67 runs

India TV News Desk 11 Jun 2012, 14:27:01 IST
India TV News Desk
Kingstown, Jun 11: India ‘A' skipper Cheteshwar Pujara (67) stood tall amid the ruins after his West Indies ‘A' counterpart Veersammy Permaul wrecked the visiting line-up with a five-wicket haul on the second day of their second unofficial cricket Test here.

India ‘A' top-order once again flopped as the side folded up for 202, giving the hosts a vital 15-run first innings lead.

In reply, the West Indies ‘A' were 6 for no loss in their second innings with openers Kraigg Brathwaite (4) and Justin Guillen (1) at the crease before draw of stumps yesterday.  

It was yet another shambolic batting performance by the Indians as Permaul quite literally ripped through the middle order for figures of five for 58 at Arnos Vale.

Earlier, India ‘A' wasted little time at the start of the day, wrapping up the Windies innings with the hosts adding just five to their overnight 212 for eight before being dismissed.

Brathwaite, unbeaten on 66, was bowled by seamer Shami Ahmed (4-48) without adding to his score and Devendra Bishoo followed soon afterward, trapped LBW by the same bowler for two.

But the visiting side's response was hardly any better as they plunged to 12 for two before Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane stitched up the innings with a 74-run, third wicket stand.