India A all rounder Abhishek Nayar hoped that his team would be able to score a series-levelling win against West Indies A on Day Four even without much assistance from the wicket.
The hosts will need to take seven wickets on the final day with West Indies A trailing by 180 runs in the third unofficial ‘Test’ at KSCA stadium.
“The pitch has slowed down, but we have to be positive. Breaking the partnership between Assad Fudadin and Narsingh Deonaraine early on is crucial. Once we get one or two wickets, we can get into the tail,” he told reporters at the end of the third day’s play. Nayar said there wouldn’t be much help for the spinners on the fourth day but he expected India A to bowl in good areas and exploit the dew in the morning.
Talking about Cheteshwar Pujara’s 306*, Nayar said the skipper had accelerated exceptionally well to get to his third triple century in first class cricket. “In the dressing room we know Pujara can get big hundreds, double hundreds and triple hundreds,” he said.
Meanwhile, West Indies ‘A’ manager Lockhart Sebastien said his team would try to bat out the day and win the series. “We have two set batsmen at the crease and bat way down. We are hopeful, the wicket is still playing very well,” he said.
West Indies ‘A’ spinner Ashley Nurse said the pitch did not give any help to the tweakers and was hard on them.