India A took a 25-run first-innings lead over West Indies A on the second day of the first four-day match between the two sides at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Sunday.
Rohit Sharma's sparkling innings of 94 was matched by Jonathan Carter, a 24-year-old medium-pacer from Barbados who picked up a career-best 5 for 63 to help bowl India A out for 277. West Indies A had made 252 on the opening day. Delorn Johnson, a left-arm-pacer, complemented Carter by taking 3 for 29.
India A's first innings started in disastrous fashion as Abhinav Mukund and Ajinkya Rahane were dismissed for ducks. The innings was in tatters when Shikhar Dhawan (9) was caught behind with the scoreboard reading 21 for three.
It took the calming influence of Rohit to rebuild the innings. He was supported by half-centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara (50), the captain, and Wriddhiman Saha (56), the wicketkeeper.
Rohit put on 93 for the fourth wicket with Pujara and was then involved in another fruitful stand, of 72 off 95 balls for the fifth wicket with Manoj Tiwary, who made 40.
The visitors suffered a lower middle-order collapse as they went from 186 for five to 231 for nine, before a last-wicket stand between Saha and Ashok Dinda took them past the West Indies A score.
West Indies A were three without loss at stumps in their second knock.