On the day 3 (Saturday) at St. Kitts, some solid innings by the middle-order batsmen of WICB President’s XI helped to draw the three-day warm-up match against Indians. It was the India’s second and final warm-up match in the latest Caribbean tour.
On day 3, WICB President’s XI started their innings (2nd innings) from the overnight score 26/1 with the trailing of 158 runs. After a good and strong start by the host, Indians bowlers took 2 wickets in the quick succession and put focus to win the game. Opener John Campbell was dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja on 31 while Shai Hope was sent to the pavilion by Ravichandran Ashwin on 17 runs.
From the score 70/3, Jermaine Blackwood and Vishaul Singh put a strong half-century partnership. The partnership put 62 runs on the board for the 4th wicket before Vishaul Singh threw his wicket by a run-out. Non-striker Vishal Singh went for a clear non-existent single with striker Blackwood which gave a chance visitors to break that partnership and they did that comfortably by dismissing Vishaul Singh (39).
After that, Blackwood carried that innings with the new batsman Montcin Hodge. Blackwood completed his half-century with his patience knock and the partnership was rising comfortably. But soon after Blackwood was dismissed by Ashwin on 51 just sometimes before the tea break. The hosts were still trailing by 10 runs at the time of Blackwood’s dismissal. At the tea break, the hosts were at 175/5 and still trailing by 9 runs.
In the 3rd session, Indians tried hard to take the remaining wickets but the hosts had enough power to draw the match comfortably. Before the end of the match, Indians pacer Mohammad Shami took his first wicket in this match by dismissing Rahkeem Cornwall on 21, who was the first innings leading run score for the hosts.
After sometimes of that dismissal, the match was declared as a draw. At that moment, WICB President’s XI was at 223/6. Hodge remained unbeaten on 39 along with Jahmar Hamilton (6*).
Before the beginning of the 4-match Test series in Caribbean soil, Indian cricketers put positive performances on the field in the two warm-up matches. The first warm-up match was a 2-day match which was also resulted a draw against the same team.
Hope these warm-up matches will help the Indian cricketers in the upcoming 4-match Test series against West Indies in the Caribbean soil. Though there are some thinkable places for the visitors which are still need to improve quickly before the Test series.
The first Test will begin on 21st July at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua.
WICB President’s XI – 180 & 223/6 (Jermaine Blackwood 51, Montcin Hodge 39*, Ravichandran Ashwin 3/59)
Indians – 364
Result – Match Drawn