A-plus for Miller
MYSORE – Spinners Nikita Miller and Veerasammy Permaul steered West Indies “A” to a 162-run victory over India “A” yesterday in the first four-day game of the three-match unofficial “Test” cricket series.
Miller took five for 40 and Permaul three for 56 as the home side were bowled out for 152. Off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine chipped in with two for 29.
Earlier, the West Indies “A” declared their second innings on the overnight total of 130 for three, setting India “A” a 315-run target.
The West Indies “A” spinners then ran through the hosts’ line-up in 85.4 overs on the final day without conceding a single extra.
Miller got the ball rolling with the wicket of Lokesh Rahul, while Permaul followed up with the wicket of Jiwanjot Singh.They continued to strike at regular intervals, not letting India “A” get a foot in the door.
Although Manprit Juneja put up a valiant fight with a 193-ball knock of 70 prolonging the India “A” innings, he couldn’t find enough support at the other end to carry the team through to a possible draw.
Juneja, who was also the top scorer for his team in the first innings with 84, was the last man to depart, trapped leg before by Miller.
The second “Test” starts on Wednesday. (CMC)