Shimoga: If awards were given out for outstanding performances at the end of the first day's play in Shimoga, the organisers would have needed about 10,000 medals. Players from West Indies A and India A did their bit on a slow day, but even in still and balmy conditions, the spectators, who took every vantage point at the Jawaharlal Nehru National College of Engineering ground and stayed the course, were the stars. West Indies A, after choosing to bat, ended the day on 283 for 6.
Wednesday (October 2) was a day of dour cricket as India A's bowlers simply could not get enough from a pitch that was on the slower side. While the bounce was even, there wasn't enough carry for the quick bowlers to force the pace, even when they bent their backs, and on a first-day pitch, the spinners did well to mop up four wickets.
Once the result of the toss was known, spectators trained their sights on watching Zaheer Khan on the comeback trail.