Shimoga,5 Oct: Opener Kraigg Brathwaite smashed a brilliant century and Narasingh Deonaraine cracked a flamboyant 93 as the second unofficial Test between India A and West Indies A ended in a tame draw here today. In reply to West Indies A’s 406 in the first innings, India A were all out for 359.
A conclusive result being out of question, West Indies A, deciding on batting practice, reached 223 for three in 81 overs in the second innings when the umpires decided to call off the match owing to bad light around 3.30 pm.
For West Indies A, Brathwaite top-scored with 104 not out, while Deonaraine delighted the crowd with some aggressive shots before finding himself trapped lbw by Baroda lad Bharghav Bhatt.
Brathwaite, the left-handed Guyanese, got little support from Kieran Powell and captain Kirk Edwards as the visitors slumped to 43 for two. Deonaraine joined Brathwaite at this stage to script a 144-run partnership for the third wicket. While Brathwaite hit 15 boundaries in his 247-ball knock, Deonaraine faced 142 balls, hitting 13 fours and two sixes. For the hosts, Bhatt took two for 104 in 27.1 overs, while India-discard Zaheer Khan grabbed one in the second innings to take his haul to two wickets in the match.
Bhatt claimed seven wickets in West Indies A’s first innings and Khan bagged the wicket of out-of-form Powell for 14 when he was caught by Uday Kaul behind the stumps. Zaheer bowled two spells without making any impression on a slow pitch. Edwards and Powell are named in the senior West Indies side for their tour of India next month.