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West Indies on top in Tour game against Uttar Pradesh

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West Indies bowlers got a boost of confidence in unforgiving conditions before relative unknown Parvinder Singh crafted a stylish half-century to lead an Uttar Pradesh fight-back in their tour match today here.

Permaul has taken 2-61 from 17 overs and there was one wicket apiece for Darren Sammy, Sheldon Cottrell and Tino Best, but Singh was unbeaten on 78, as UP reached 206 for five, replying to the Windies’ first innings total of 466, when bad light stopped play about 25 minutes before the rescheduled close with 12 overs remaining on the second day of three in the match at the Jadavpur University Complex.

The visitors would have felt reassured when Uttar Pradesh stumbled to 96 for four about 10 minutes before tea, but Singh struck 11 fours and two sixes from 101 balls in just over 2 ¼ hours and featured in a half-century, fifth-wicket stand with Prashant Gupta to ease the home team’s pain.

This followed Permaul being the feature attraction in a half-century, ninth-wicket stand with Tino Best that extended West Indies’ first innings to lunch, after Shivnarine Chanderpaul expectedly completed his 68th first-class hundred, Narsingh Deonarine failed to reach his 10th, and the Caribbean side stumbled to 383 for eight.

Permaul was not out on 46, Best made 35, Deonarine finished with 94 and Chanderpaul ended with the top score of 112, as the Windies batting took shape ahead of the first Test against Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s side, starting this coming Wednesday at Eden Gardens on the other side of this eastern city.