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West Indies A 1st Innings (Toss): 283/6 (90 Overs) (Kraigg Brathwaite 82, Assad Fudadin
63, Leon Johnson 36, Kieran Powell 33; Bhargav Bhatt 21-2-76-3, Parvez Rasool 26-7-71-1,
Zaheer Khan 16-5-44-1, Mohammed Shami 16-2-59-1).
India A 1st Innings: 359 all out (131.1 Overs) (Abhishek Nayar 89, VA Jagadeesh 86, Uday
Kaul+ 64, Mohammad Kaif 26; Miguel Cummins 25-7-58-3, Assad Fudadin 14.1-3-23-2,
Veerasammy Permaul 32-8-88-2, Nikita Miller 31-4-90-2).
West Indies A 2nd Innings: 223/3 (81 Overs) (Kraigg Brathwaite 104, Narsingh Deonarine
93, Kieran Powell 14, Assad Fudadin 3; Bhargav Bhatt 27-1-104-2, Zaheer Khan 13-4-27-1,
Parvez Rasool 27-10-39-0, VA Jagadeesh 5-1-11-0).
West Indies A opener Kraigg Brath-
waite went ahead and brought up the
only hundred (104 not out) of the
match on a final day when everybody
just went through their motions, yes-
terday on the fourth day of the second
unofficial Test against India A in Shi-
The match was called off at 3.30 pm,
the earliest it could have been, and the
teams travelled to Hubli, waiting for a
more interesting contest.
There wasn t even an outside chance
of a result after 20 wickets had taken
three days to fall on a slow and flat
pitch. The only matter of interest left
was to see how Zaheer Khan would
bowl. He tested the batsmen with some
short-pitched bowling, but had only a
wicket to show for his eight overs
bowled on the final day to take his
innings figures to 13-4-27-1.
Zaheer began the day with a con-
centrated short-ball barrage at Kieran
Powell. The pitch didn t offer much
bounce, but Zaheer s accuracy meant
he hit the batsman on the forearm
twice, and made him fend too. Powell
managed to punch him for a four, but
was eventually caught on the back foot
when Zaheer bowled one full and outside
off. The edge was taken, Zaheer s plan
had worked, but that was the last success
he got in his first first-class match of
One of the few players who would
have come out happy for this match
was West Indies A captain Kirk Edwards.
Not because of his scores, but because
during the match he received the news
he has been picked for the Tests against
India. He last represented West Indies
in May 2012.
Although he believed he shouldn t
have been here in order to make the
comeback. Before the start of the match,
when asked if this tour could help him
force his way back, he said he was hop-
ing he wouldn t have to play the A tour
to return to the national squad.
Back in the side now, Edwards is
"grateful", but not content. "It feels good
to be back to international cricket," he
said, "but having said that, I am in the
squad and not in the XI. I am not guar-
anteed to play. But it is a step closer to
where I want to be so I am grateful."
Edwards did go on to suggest he was
not entirely happy with being out of
the side. "I can t say I was confident of
making the team because I have seen
worse things happen to me over the last
couple of years," he said. "I never count
my chickens before they are hatched.
"I was frustrated at the beginning
but you have to face the reality," he
added. "Instead of thinking about things
not happening for you, it is best to think
about what is happening for you. You
need a positive mindset. You need to
be confident that whatever you set out
to do, nobody can stop you from doing."
Edwards prescribed similar attitude
to others who might think they have
been hard done with. "Sorry, my heart
is a bit cold about feeling bad for people
because it is just cricket," he said.
"Sometimes the guys who really don t
have to do much and they get picked.
Then there are guys who really have to
work hard and get picked. I have
observed that over a period of time. I
have no feelings for people who - I don t
want to say I don t have feelings for
them---but whoever is hard done needs
to suck it up, and go and work extra
hard and get back instead of sting around
and moping about the situation."
Was it hard to tell himself the same
when "worse things" were happening
to him? "Not very hard because that s
how I am," Edwards said. "Just a tough
life, buddy. You just have to face it.
century in draw
Windies A batsman Kraigg Brathwaite remained unbeaten on 104.
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