North Sound, Jul 25 : A brilliant spell by Shahbaz Nadeem (5/62) helped India to restrict West Indies A to 228 for five on the opening day, here on Wednesday.
After winning the toss, the hosts opted to bat first but they didn't get off to a great start on the opening day as Siraj sent back both the openers -- Jeremy Solozano (9) and Montcin Hodge (16). Mayank Markande too chipped in with two wickets as the hosts lasted for just 66.5 overs.
Later, Middle order batsmen, Jermaine Blackwood (53) and Rahkeem Cornwall (59) played handsomely and guided their team to 228 in 66.5 over. Nadeem then tilted proceedings in India’s favour as he cleaned up the middle order. He first dismissed Roston Chase (25), caught by Saha, and then clean bowled Jahmar Hamilton (16).
India A had to wait 29 overs for the next wicket. It was Nadeem who provided the breakthrough as he had Blackwell stumped. The other set batsman Cornwell fell in the next Nadeem over when he was caught by Gill for 59.
Markande then wrapped up the tail and finished with two wickets for 40 runs while Nadeem finished with five wickets for 67 runs from his 22 overs.
However, after that India in their first innings have scored 70 runs in 22 over with Priyank Panchal (31*) and Shubham Gill (9*) are at the crease. Panchal with Abhimanyu Easwaran (28) made 61 for the first wicket in 18 overs.(UNI)