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SHIMOGA---Leon Johnson missed his century by nine
runs as the West Indies A built a formidable total of 406
against India A on the second day of their unofficial four-
day Test match here yesterday.
At stumps, India A, who were reduced to 114 for three,
are 191 for three, still trailing the visitors by 215 runs at the
Jawaharlal Nehru National College of Engineering Ground.
Left-handed number six batsman Johnson added 55 runs
to his overnight score of 36 not out hitting 16 fours to top
score with 91 and leading a lower order resistance against
the Indian bowlers.
Resuming from an overnight score of 283 for 6, West Indies
A added 123 runs and lost their final four wickets in the first
Nikita Miller scored an unbeaten 64 and added 97 runs
with Johnson for the seventh wicket.
He smashed eight fours in his steady 95-ball knock.
Left-arm spinner Bhargav Bhatt was the wrecker-in-chief,
picking up seven wickets for 113.
Bhatt ran through the tail-end as the West Indies A lost
their final four wickets for 26 runs.
VA Jagadeesh and Abhishek Nayar, unbeaten on 79 and
56 respectively, have taken India A to within 66 of avoiding
The Indian A batsmen dismissed cheaply include Virender
Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir who are both seeking for a
return to the national senior side.
Sehwag s experiment to bat in the middle-order didn t
yield any favourable result while Gambhir swoeful run of
Gambhir (11) and No. 4 Sehwag (7) played atrocious shots
off left-arm spinner Veeraswamy Permaul s (2-60) bowling
to get back to the cooler confines of the dressing room.
Opener Vasudevan Jagadeesh showed a lot of temperament
as he remained undefeated on 79 in the company of in-form
Abishek Nayar who again showed his utility with a brave 56.
Jagadeesh, who narrowly missed out on a century during
a Test against New Zealand A earlier this year, showed a
lot of composure during his 172-ball knock that included
Nayar was in his attacking self as he smacked seven bound-
aries and a six in only 38 balls, coming into bat after skipper
Cheteshwar Pujara (25 off 90 balls) was dismissed after a
India were 215 runs behind West Indies A and require
another 66 runs to avoid follow-on.
The capacity crowd of over 10,000---mostly engineering
students were left high and dry by the Delhi duo Sehwag
and Gambhir, who disappointed fans.
Gambhir didn t look comfortable against seamer Miguel
Cummins as he struggled for 43 balls with just a boundary
to his name. Left-arm spinner Permaul got his scalp in his
third over as Gambhir tried an ugly hoick but managed to
offer a dolly to Fidel Edwards.
While Gambhir ran out of patience, Sehwag wasn t even
patient enough to grind it out as he played a dozen deliveries
before trying to give Permaul the charge only to get stumped
in the process.
All India A wickets fell to opposition left-arm spinners
as Nikita Miller accounted for Pujara after he shared a 60-
run second wicket partnership with Jagadeesh.
Amidst the fall of big guns, Jagadeesh admirably put a
price tag on his wicket adding 77 runs for the unbroken
fourth wicket stand with Nayar.
Earlier, left-arm spinner Bharghav Bhatt came up with a
career-best seven-wicket haul but that could not stop Johnson
and Miller who poured cold water on the Indian bowlers.
Lendl Simmons says the pres-
ence of cricket legend Brian
Lara has raised team morale
in the Red Force campaign for
the Champions League T20
title in India.
Red Force crushed Chennai
Super Kings, one of the tour-
nament favourites, by eight
wickets on Wednesday to
secure their semi-final spot
and finish top of the league.
Simmons, named man-of-
the-match for an outstanding
all-round performance in the
game with bat, ball and in the
field, says the team has been
benefitting from Lara s advice.
"When he s around, the
team has a different vibe and
everybody buzzes with posi-
tivity. When he talks, we all
listen," said Simmons, who top
scored with a 41-ball 63 against
"So far whatever he s told
us have benefitted our team.
Although he hasn t played too
much T20 cricket, he helps us
a lot in terms of understanding
the process of going about your
Simmons also contributed
with the ball by taking two
wickets for ten runs in two
overs as well as a couple catch-
es including one on the second
attempt at long-off to dismiss
Super Kings captain MS Dhoni.
The Trinidadians are now
preparing to take on Mumbai
Indians in the second semi-
final, in Delhi tomorrow. (CMC)
stalwart Shivnarine Chan-
derpaul is among a 15-mem-
ber squad named by the
West Indies Cricket Board
for two Tests and three ODIs
against India later this this
The squad also includes
rookie batsman Chadwick
Walton and speedster Shel-
don Cotterell who will have
to pass a fitness test before
leaving for India.
Darren Sammy will lead
the team which includes sea-
soned campaigners in Chris
Gayle, Marlon Samuels while
the lucky Tino Best will share
fast bowling duties with
Kemar Roach, Cotterell and
The selectors have opted
for two frontline spinners in
Shane Shillingford and Veer-
Kieron Powell is Gayle s
opening partner while Darren
Bravo, Kirk Edwards, Nars-
ingh Deonarine, Samuels and
Chanderpaul will be expected
to hold their own in the mid-
T&T captain Denesh
Ramdin reclaims the wicket
keeping gloves with Walton
expected to be his understudy.
KINGSTON---West Indies Women
head coach Sherwin Campbell has
expressed disappointment with the
batting performance of his team
on the eve of their home series
against New Zealand.
Campbell was referring to a poor
batting display by the Caribbean
women in a 50-over practice match
against Jamaica s Under-17 boys
team on Wednesday.
The West Indies Women s team
was bowled out for 65 in 34 overs
and was asked to bat again to com-
plement the full 50 overs.
"Most of the players got them-
selves out, and it s something we
have to talk about," said Campbell.
"There were too many soft dis-
missals and we would have to address
that because players need to bat as
long as possible in this format".
Anisa Mohammed scored most
runs for the West Indies Women s
team with 23. Only two other players
reached double figures---Deandra
Dottin (15) and Stafanie Taylor (12).
Campbell says he was disappoint-
ed with the failure of the players to
apply themselves but noted that
they were playing a male team.
"The batters didn t get too much
out of the game, but I am sure they
will get better" said Campbell.
He said the players have two more
days to improve on the weak areas
before the Jamaica leg of the series
West Indies Women will face New
Zealand in three One-Day Interna-
tional at Sabina Park on Sunday,
Tuesday and Thursday before trav-
elling to Barbados to take on England
and New Zealand in the tri-nation
Twenty20 Series from October 14
"New Zealand is a good team as
they have been ranked in the top
four in women s cricket for the past
five years," Campbell added. (CMC)
Leon Johnson....missed his century by nine runs
Campbell disappointed on eve of women's home series
in WI 15 for India
Darren Sammy (Captain)
Team management unit
Ottis Gibson (Head Coach)
Richie Richardson (Team
Andre Coley (Assistant Coach)
C.J. Clark (Physiotherapist)
Hector Martinez Charles (Strength
& Conditioning Coach)
Richard Berridge (Video &
Virgil Browne (Massage Therapist)
Adriel "Woody" Richard (Media
Oct 31 to Nov 2: Practice match
Wed 6 to Sun 10: 1st Test
Thu 14 to Mon 18: 2nd Test
Thu 21: 1st ODI
Sun 24: 2nd ODI
Wed 27: 3rd ODI
Lara's presence raised team
morale says Simmons
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