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Gaikwad, Gill and Saini make it 2-0 for India A

ESPNCricInfo
15 Jul 2019, 17:42 GMT+10

3:00 AM ET

A 151-run first-wicket stand between Ruturaj Gaikwad (85) and Shubman Gill (62) set up India's first-innings total of 255, after which pacer Navdeep Saini ran through West Indies A with a five-wicket haul to give India A a 2-0 lead in the series.

Between them, Gaikwad and Gill struck nine fours and three sixes and batted nearly 31 overs, but a solid comeback from Romario Shepherd (4-36) in the death overs restricted India A from posting an even bigger total. The captain Manish Pandey, Ishan Kishan and Hanuma Vihari were all dismissed in their twenties.

West Indies A began their chase poorly, losing John Campbell in the second over to Khaleel Ahmed. When Saini came to bowl, in as second-change, he dismantled the backbone of West Indies A, removing Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase and Jonathan Carter.

From 77 for 5, West Indies A clawed their way to a respectable 190 courtesy Raymon Reifer's fighting 71, but with no support from the other end, West Indies fell 65 runs short with nearly six overs still to play. Shepherd capped off a solid all-round day for himself by staying not out for 34.

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