Basseterre (St. Kitts):
Indian bowlers, with the exception of off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, were far from impressive as they struggled for wickets on the third and final day of the second tour match against the West Indies Board President’s XI which ended in a draw.
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 today after scalping one home side batsman yesterday. 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.
Opener John Campbell stepped out and smacked him for two sixes, and thereafter Ashwin was re-introduced into the attack.
Jadeja did not get any rest though, as skipper Virat 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. But Shai Hope (17) and Jermaine Blackwood (51) defied him for nearly five overs.
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.