If Zaheer Khan's middling return to competitive cricket on Wednesday dampened the enthusiasm of a vociferous crowd at Shimoga, they were more or less stunned into silence by the twin failures of Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag on the second day of India A's four-day match against West Indies A on Thursday (October 3). Bhargav Bhatt continued the good work in the first half, collecting a career-best 7 for 113 to keep West Indies A down to 406. But India A lost big wickets in their reply, reaching 191 for 3 at stumps. (Day 2 highlights)
When the day began, all eyes were on the Delhi duo of Gambhir and Sehwag. Leon Johnson kept the crowd waiting, going from an overnight 36 to 91, falling with a century in touching distance.
Gambhir walked out to the middle with VA Jagadeesh, the compact Kerala opening batsman, but did not take first strike. Fidel Edwards had the new ball in hand, and bounded in from his long run-up, striving for pace, but lacking rhythm. In his first spell of four overs, Edwards raced past Zaheer's no-ball tally, overstepping nine times.