Holder, Lewis devastate India - Windies A claim early advantage

By Sports Desk July 04, 2018
Chemar Holder. Chemar Holder.

Windies A pacers Chemar Holder and Sherman Lewis tore through the Indian A batting line-up with four wickets apiece to hand the team an early advantage on day 1 of the first unofficial Test at Kent Cricket Ground.

After dismissing the Indians for 133 in the first innings, Windies enjoyed a 15-run lead after ending the day at 148 for 3.  After winning the toss and choosing to bat the Indians were rocked at 3 for 3 with both openers Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal dismissed for first-ball ducks after falling to Holder and Lewis respectively.  In-between the quick dismissals Ravikumar Samarth got off the mark but his progress was capped at just two runs.

Captain Karun Nair attempted to steady the ship and hit a few boundaries as himself and Hanuma Vihari put a 42-runs stand together for the struggling team.  Raymon Reifer, however, intervened by removing Nair lbw for 20.

 Vihari and Vijay Shankar struck up another partnership worth 60 runs but Reifer popped up against to crush the resistance, this time dismissing Shankar for 34.  After Vihari fell for 37 Lewis and Holder rooted out the rest of the India line-up in just six overs.

In response, Shamarh Brooks led the way for the Windies with 51 unbeaten, with Chandrapaul Hemraj contributing a respectable 42.


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