Bridgetown: The pace-spin combination of Mohammed Shami Ahmed and Rahul Sharma shared six wickets as India A bowled out West Indies A for 252 on the opening day of their four-day match at the Kensington Oval here on Saturday.
It took the Indians 87.3 overs to send the hosts back to the pavilion and make a dominating start in the three-match series.
Wickets tumbled at regular intervals and had it not been for half-centuries by wicketkeeper Devon Thomas (57) and lower-order batsman Veerasammy Permaul (66), the Caribbean side could well have folded up much earlier.
Bengal pacer Shami and off-spinner Rahul picked up three wickets apiece, while medium-pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar also did his bit by knocking off a couple of scalps.
It was a sedate start to the proceedings with Kraigg Brathwaite and Lendl Simmons pulling off just one boundary in a 20-run stand which ended when the latter was trapped leg-before by Bhuvneshwar. The right-hander contributed 11 runs to the total before his departure.
Just two runs later, Shami struck for India as Brathwaite, who also made 11, was caught behind by wicketkeeper Wriddhimaan Saha.