Making up for his first-ball duck in the first innings, Shubman Gill struck an unbeaten 204 while skipper Hanuma Vihari came up with an important knock of 118 not-out as they led a remarkable comeback after India A were in deep trouble having suffered a top-order collapse.
Reduced to 50 for 4 in their second innings, an unbroken 315-run stand for the fifth wicket helped the visitors set a stiff target of 373 for West Indies A on Day 3 of the four-day encounter at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy.
Starting the day at 23 for 3, with only a slender lead of seven runs, India A lost nightwatchman Shahbaz Nadeem early in the day as Akim Frazer trapped him in front. Barring that dismissal – which happened in the 18th over of the innings – there wasn’t nothing in terms of success for West Indies A as they had to go through 72 overs without any wickets going down as Gill and Vihari grew from strength to strength with their partnership.
Scoring at a strike rate of over 80, Gill hit 19 fours and 2 sixes during his 250-ball stay. Vihari was the more sedate of the two as he batted for 221 deliveries, which included 10 fours and a six.
India A eventually declared their innings at 365 for 4, leaving West Indies A with a tricky 15-over period to contend with. Openers Jeremy Solozano and Montcin Hodge managed to come out unscathed, having added 37 runs as the hosts go into the final day needing 336 more.