CRICKET-WIS/IND-LEAD Solozano leads resilient batting to frustrate Indians.


Opener Jeremy Solozano struck his second half-century of the match but fell just short of a hundred as West Indies A produced a resilient display to frustrate India A and force a draw in the final four-day 'Test' here Friday.

Resuming the final day at the Brian Lara Stadium on 37 without loss in pursuit of 373 for victory, the hosts batted the entire day to reach 314 for six, with the left-handed Solozano hitting a composed 92.

Brandon King struck an entertaining 77 while Sunil Ambris chipped in with 69 as West Indies A batted in partnerships throughout to deny India a clean sweep of the three-match series.

Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem claimed five for 103 but off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham, who took six in the first innings, proved ineffective this time around leaving the visitors' attack devoid of real danger.

Solozano and Montcin Hodge (25) extended their opening stand to 68 before Nadeem struck, getting the right-handed Hodge to steer a gentle catch to captain Hanuma Vihari at first slip.

Any hopes India A harboured of quickly making inroads were then dashed as Solozano combined with King in a 99-run, second wicket stand which took the hosts safely to lunch at 128 for one.

On 58 then, Solozano struck eight fours in an innings which lasted 249 balls while King looked in superb touch in belting 10 fours and three sixes in an 82-ball cameo.


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