Windies A stun India A on Day one of the first Test
Windies A lead India A by 15 runs at the end of Day 1 of the first Test with 7 wickets remaining in the first innings courtesy of excellent pace bowling spells from Chemar Holder (13-57-4) and Sherman Lewis (11.1-35-4).
After winning the toss, India A Captain Karun Nair took a bold move of batting first. However, many a times there is a fine line between being bold and being silly and this decision proved to be the latter.
Such was the weather and the bowling performance by Windies A bowlers that India A was left tottering at 3 for 3 within the first seven balls. Opener Prithvi Shaw (0) was bowled by Chemar Holder on the very first ball on the match. On the last ball of the first over, Holder also removed Ravikumar Samarth.
The first ball of the next over brought another golden duck for opener Mayank Agarwal. Captain Karun Nair (20) and Hanuma Vihari then tried to stabilize the innings but Nair was dismissed for 20. Vihari (37) then paired with Vijay Shankar (34) to show some fighting spirit but once they were out, the entire team folded up for 133 in the 43rd over. Chemar Holder and Sherman Lewis bagged 4 wickets each.
Although Ankit Rajpoot (11-32-2) gave India A a good start by dismissing John Campbell in the first over, Chanderpaul Hemraj and Shamarh Brooks fought back. At the end Of Day's play, Brooks (51*) and Sunil Ambris (24*) were at the crease as Windies A morally won the first day of the Test match.
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