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Ajinkya Rahane goes into first Test with welcome runs as game against West Indies A ends in draw

Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari were impressive on the final day with the bat against West Indies A, as the 3-day tour game ended in a draw.

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New Delhi Updated on: August 20, 2019 9:23 IST
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Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari were impressive on the final day with the bat against West Indies A, as the 3-day tour game ended in a draw.

India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane got much needed runs under his belt ahead of the first Test as the 3-day tour game against West Indies ended in a draw.

Rahane, who has not scored a hundred in more than two years, made a fighting 54 off 162 balls before a reverse sweep led to his dismissal. Rahane, who is the stand-in captain in this game, had come to open the innings after failing in the first essay.

The Mumbai batsman had looked horribly out of touch during his 35 overs at the crease on day two. His 20 not out on Sunday had three boundaries but he played more than 80 dot balls, a testimony to his struggles.

Rahane and Hanuma Vihari had resumed the innings at 84 for one and both batsmen managed to score half-centuries. Vihari, who was on 48 overnight, went on to make 64 off 125 balls in an innings comprising nine fours and a six. Rishabh Pant, however, was dismissed on 19 and Ravindra Jadeja also failed to impress, scoring 9.

Wriddhiman Saha and Ravichandran Ashwin were the unbeaten batsmen, at 14 and 10 respectively before India declared their second innings, giving the Windies A a target of 305.

Indian bowlers made a bright start to the second innings, with Jasprit Bumrah, Ashwin and Jadeja scalping a wicket each in 21 overs, before both the teams shook hands. West Indies A ended with the final score of 47/3.

On day two, seniormost pacer Ishant Sharma bowled a fiery opening spell while left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav promised to pose stiff competition for Ashwin as India dominated proceedings against West Indies A after second day of warm-up game.

Having declared on their overnight score of 297 for 5 at the end of the first day, India bowled out the home team for 181 in 56.1 overs with Ishant (3/21), Kuldeep (3/35) and Umesh Yadav (3/19) sharing the spoils.

The second day was about the Indian bowlers trying to find their groove after switching formats.

Umesh, who hasn't been among the top three pacers in the starting line-up, also gave a good account of himself rocking the A team's middle-order.

For Kuldeep, getting three wickets will keep him in a good headspace and if India happen to play five bowlers with two spinners, he is sure to play his part.

The first Test begins here on Thursday.

Brief Scores: India 297/5 decl and 188/5 declared in 78 overs (Hanuma Vihari 64, Rahane 54). West Indies A 181 all out in 56.1 overs and 47/3 in 21 overs (Solozano 16; Jadeja 1/3)

(With inputs from PTI)

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