Kolkata: A gritty unbeaten half-century by Parvinder Singh helped Uttar Pradesh overcome a jittery start as they reached 206 for five in their first innings at the close of second day's play in the three-day practice match against the visiting West Indies here Friday.
West Indies have scored a healthy 466 in their first innings courtesy a patient 112 by veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul and an impressive 94 by Narsingh Deonarine. Right-arm medium pacer Imtiaz Ahmed was pick of the UP bowlers with figures of five for 117. Veteran India discard left-arm pacer Rudra Pratap Singh took three for 86.
The stockily built right-hander Parvinder quickly settled down after West Indies reduced UPCA to 96 for four as he remained undefeated on a well-crafted 78. Along woth Prashant Gupta (39), Parvinder added 107 runs for the fifth wicket to stem the rot that was engineered by left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul (2/61).
At stumps, Parvinder who hit 11 boundaries and two sixes was at the crease with wicketkeeper-batsman Amir Khan as UP still trail West Indies by 260 runs with warm-up game slowly and steadily seemed to be meandering towards a predictable draw. Earlier, the match began an hour late because of wet outfield as the West Indies, resuming the day at 333 for four went past 450-run mark which also gave them much needed batting practice ahead of two-Test series against India.
Their most experienced batsman Chanderpaul, who was nine short of his 68th first-class hundred, got to the mark in a 197-run fifth wicket partnership with Deonarine who was dismissed six runs short of what would have been a well-deserved century. Seamer Ahmed, who had impressed on the first day by picking up a couple of wickets, including that of Chris Gayle, added wickets of Chanderpaul (112; 15x4, 2x6) and Deonarine (94; 10x4, 2x6) in successive overs after UPCA took the second new ball in the 81st over.
But rookie Permaul, who was selected ahead of experienced Shane Shillingford, seized the opportunity as the 24-year-old allrounder put up a sterling display with the bat remaining unbeaten with an useful contribution of 38-ball-46 (8x4, 1x6).
His 67-run ninth wicket partnership with Tino Best, who was equally aggressive in an 28-ball 35 (3x4, 3x6), was the highlight of the morning session as the West Indies were bowled out in 103.3 overs.
On a wicket that had little to offer, the UPCA opener duo of Tanmay Srivastava and Mukul Dagar didn't face any difficulty against the Windies pace attack of Tino Best and Sheldon Cotterrell. Left-hander Srivastava (23) looked fluent during his short stay while the portly Dagar (42) was a little tentative before Cotterrell broke the 41-run opening partnership castling the former.
West Indies skipper Darren Sammy brought on Permaul to good result as the left-arm spinner gave another breakthrough dismissing former India batsman Mohammad Kaif (16). Dagar was bowled by Best before he could complete his half-century while in the next over right-hand batsman Arish Alam (0) became Permaul's second victim as the UPCA middle-order collapsed before Parvinder revived their innings with Gupta.