Johnson hoping to build on 91

SHIMAGO, India – Leon Johnson said that overall the West Indies A team is pleased with their position after two day of the second ‘Test’ match against India A.

The left-hander fell none short of a deserved century, but still lifted the team to 409 in the first innings at the Jawaharlal Nehru National College of Engineering Cricket Grounds. India A are 191-3 in reply – with the wickets of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir falling to Veersammy Permaul.

Johnson’s 91 came off 131 balls and included 64 runs in boundaries. He added 97 for the seventh wicket with Nikita Miller, who made 64 not out off 95 balls with eight fours.

“I would say we are fairly satisfied with our position at the moment. We started the day trying to bat for as long as possible and we managed to achieve that and get over 400 for the second time in the series. The team achieved a lot of our objectives. We wanted to overall bat four sessions, which we did,” Johnson said.

“On the bowling side, we wanted to get three or four wickets by the end of the day’s play. We went into tea and they were one down. So we wanted two or three more and we ended up three overall in the end.”

He continued: “When we got Sehwag out, we thought the initiative was with us but Abhishek Nayar (55 not out) came and played well. The game is in the balance at the moment.”

The 26 year old was disappointed his missed out on what would have been his second first-class century. This was his 14th half-century at this level of the game.

“You need to make a conscious effort after crossing 50 to push on. It’s something I’m working really hard on and I’m looking to make the most of every innings I play. I think the last two seasons I struggled a bit,” he explained.

“This year, I played 10 matches, averaged around 45 for 700 runs. I have been batting pretty well. Even in the one-day series I got a few runs but I missed out in the last game. The pitch here was good and I didn’t want to miss out on it.”

Looking ahead to the next two days of the match he noted: “The first two days, I don’t think there was much for the spinners on the pitch. The Indian spinner [Bhargav Bhatt] got seven wickets and he bowled well but there was not a lot in there for it. We gifted him a couple of wickets.

“As it goes on, day three or day four there might be more assistance for the spinners. We will keep working. The aim is to make sure we stay in the game and look to build pressure and make it happen like we did in the first match last week.”

Fri, 10/04/2013 - 06:19