Raymon Reifer starred with the ball to leave Windies A well-placed come the close of Day 2 of the second four-day match against India A at the County Ground in Taunton on Wednesday (July 11).
Resuming the day on 301 for 9, Windies could only add one run to their overnight score before Mohammed Siraj made Oshane Thomas (2) his fourth victim, leaving Shamarh Brooks unbeaten on 122. After bowling Windies out for 302 in 90.5 overs, India struggled against Reifer (5 for 50) and were dismissed for 192 in 48 overs, giving Windies a 110-run lead.
At the close of play, Windies were 96 for 1 in 25 overs, with John Campbell and Jermaine Blackwood unbeaten on 43 and 23 respectively. The Brooks-led side now lead India by 206 runs.
Batting might not have been his forte but the moment Oshane (3 for 66) got the ball in hand, he didn’t disappoint. The right-arm medium pacer dismissed R Samarth (10) and Hanuma Vihari (4) in consecutive overs to leave India in a spot of bother. Things started getting worse when Abhimanyu Easwaran (23) was caught behind off Raymon Reifer’s bowling.
Karun Nair, the skipper, and Ankit Bawne added 66 runs for the fourth wicket but couldn’t convert it into a big one. Nair struck six fours before falling to Reifer for 42. Rishabh Pant (3) and Jayant Yadav (nought) too got out in quick succession as India were reduced to 125 for 6. Reifer, the left-arm pacer, scalped three wickets in no time to complete his fifth first-class five-wicket haul.
Vijay Shankar, who came in to bat at No. 11, smashed a quickfire 17-ball 30 to save India from the danger of being asked to follow-on. Meanwhile, Bawne remained unbeaten on 43.
In their second essay, John Campbell and Devon Thomas looked in no hurry and got Windies off to a cautious start. The two added 51 runs for the opening wicket before Rajneesh Gurbani sent Devon back for 25. However, Campbell and Blackwood ensured that there were no more casualty before stumps were drawn.