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India-A face series defeat after batting flop show

Gros Islet (St Lucia): India `A` stand on the verge of a probable series defeat after suffering yet another batting collapse in their second innings against West Indies `A` on the third day of the third and final unofficial cricket Test here today. After conceding a crucial 106-run first innings lead to West Indies `A`, India`s top-order yet again disappointed as the visitors ended the third and penultimate day at 181 for seven in their second essay, still trailing the home team by 75 runs.

After India`s first four wickets fell cheaply for just 35 runs, Manoj Tiwary showed some resilience with a gritty 62 off 119 balls to take the visitors forward in their second innings in wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha`s company. At stumps on day three, Saha remained unbeaten on 48 while giving him company was Shami Ahmed on 16. For the hosts, pace duo of Delorn Johnson and Kevin McClean scalped three wickets apiece to derail India`s innings.

With a healthy first innings lead on their side, Johnson and McClean bowled aggressively to put the hosts on top. Johnson, who has dismissed Abhinav Mukund four times on the tour so far, had his man again when he got the out-of-form India opener to edge one to keeper Devon Thomas. Mukund`s sequence of scores on the tour read a poor 0, 0, 8, 8, 10 and 20. The Chennai batsman`s dismissal brought the rain, forcing the players to walk off the field at the Beausejour Stadium.

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