Leon Johnson missed out on a hundred for the second time in two innings, his score of 81 symbolic of West Indies ‘A’s failure to build on good beginnings here on Wednesday.
“I’m happy with the way I played, but I was disappointed to miss out on a hundred again,” said Johnson after the opening day’s play in the third four-day ‘Test.’
“We were in a good position but let it slip after tea; we shouldn’t have lost seven wickets. But, we can’t take anything away from the bowlers. (Abhishek) Nayar and (Dhawal) Kulkarni put it in the right areas,” he said.
Kulkarni was one of India ‘A’s best performers on the day, taking three for 60, and believed that the home side was now in control of the contest.
“We’re pretty happy with their total, especially because they had lost only two at lunch. We bowled them out in one day; so I’d say we’re ahead,” Kulkarni said.
“I just wanted to be aggressive,” Kulkarni said of his approach.
“The wicket initially did a bit, but then it slowed down. The only thing to do was hit the pitch as hard as possible and bowl to my plan.” — Principal Correspondent