India A ride on Zaheer’s four-fer to secure innings win
A commendable bowling effort from veteran Zaheer Khan (4/59) in the 2nd innings helped India A beat West Indies A by an innings and 54 runs in the 3rd and final unofficial Test at Hubli.
Earlier on Day 1, after being put in to bat, West Indies A were dismissed for a meager 268 with bowlers Dhawal Kulkarni (3//60) and Abhishek Nayar (4/61) delivering the wickets. Zaheer Khan finished with figures of 1/33 and also had the best economy rate (2.20).
India A’s response began solidly thanks to skipper Cheteshwar Pujara’s splendid triple century along with Gautam Gambhir’s patient knock of 123. The Windies bowlers looked listless as the Indian batsmen piled on the runs, taking the total to a massive 564 on day 3.
West Indies' second innings was marred with regular dismissals as the top order failed to convert starts once again. Despite Narsingh Deonarine’s valiant 99 and his 82 run partnership with Asad Fudadin (49) in the middle order, the Windies were barely past the halfway mark. Nayar (2/45) continued his momentum, picking a crucial wicket that put an end to the Fudadin-Deonarine resistance.
Deonarine then continued the resistance with Nikita Miller until Zaheer Khan struck in a thrilling spell that hastened the end of West Indies’ hopes. Jahmar Hamilton’s unavailability to bat due to injury meant Windies were a batsman short, and the loss of the last 4 wickets for just 8 runs added to their misery. They were bowled out for 242, losing by an innings to India A on the final day.
Brief scores: India A 564 for 9 dec (Pujara 306*, Gambhir 123) beat West Indies A 268 and 242 (Deonarine 99, Zaheer 4-59) by an innings and 54 runs