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India vs WI Board XI: Indian bowlers, apart from Ashwin, fail to impress

 Agencies |  2016-07-18 23:17:34.0  |  Basseterre

India vs WI Board XI: Indian bowlers, apart from Ashwin, fail to impress

The home side ended their second innings at 223/6 from 86 overs after resuming their second innings at 26/1, when play was called off in the final session. The visitors had finished their first innings on day two at 364 all out, after bowling out the hosts for 180 on the opening day.

Ashwin (3/59) impressed with his off-spin as he grabbed two more wickets on Sunday after scalping one home side batsman on Saturday. Other Indian bowlers struggled to get the wickets.

Indian pacers were also far from impressive in the first tour match against West Indies Board President’s XI earlier this week. Action now shifts to the four-match series with the first Test beginning in Antigua on July 21.

Shardul Thakur (0/26) and Ravindra Jadeja (1/42) started the day’s proceedings, and the Mumbai pacer got some movement immediately. He was on the mark with his line and length, just as in the first innings and troubled the batsmen. However, unlike day one, he was not able to garner any success.

Jadeja, meanwhile, bowled from the end opposite to the one from where he had sent down 13 overs in the first innings and had finished with 3/16. As such, he struggled with the cross wind across the stadium, and was taken for runs by the two batsmen.

Ashwin was re-introduced into the attack but Jadeja did not get any rest as skipper Kohli deployed him from the same end as in the first innings.

 And it paid immediate dividends as Jadeja got his man, with Campbell caught at mid-on by Lokesh Rahul. At the other end, Ashwin continued to trouble the batsmen with his bounce and turn while bowling to an attacking field. In the end, the wicket did come off a brilliant turning ball, with Hope caught by Kohli at leg slip in the 26th over of the innings.

Post lunch, the visitors retained only a little interest in the proceedings to try and see if they could force some quick wickets. But the batsmen were relentless, taking their stand to 62 and showed their intent as Jadeja was smacked for a third six as well. Soon after that, the match lost all steam as Stuart Binny (0/11) and Murali Vijay (0/34) were brought on to bowl.

Shami had been toiling without reward since day one, and finally got a wicket to show for, as Cornwall edged down leg-side to Wriddhiman Saha, who returned for keeping duties in the final session. 

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