Cricket News Cheteshwar Pujara slams hundred in warm-up game vs West Indies A in Antigua

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Ajinkya Rahane last scored a hundred in 2017 against Sri Lanka.Cheteshwar Pujara was the Man of the Series in India’s win in Australia.India will play two Tests against West Indies.center_img New Delhi: Cheteshwar Pujara warmed up for the upcoming two-Test series against West Indies in style by slamming a hundred on day one of the three-day warm-up game against West Indies A in Coolidge, Antigua on Saturday. Pujara was ably assisted by Rohit Sharma who hammered 68 and there were solid contributions from KL Rahul (36), Rishabh Pant (33) and Hanuma Vihari (37*) as India ended the day on 297/5. Virat Kohli did not bat on the opening day while Ajinkya Rahane, the skipper of the team for this match, fell cheaply for 1.Rahane’s dismissal has once again opened up a big debate about his form. The right-hander, who has been in wretched form for the past couple of years and also had a poor county stint with Hampshire, edged Jonathan Carter behind stumps to keeper-captain Jahmar Hamilton. He faced six deliveries before his dismissal. Rahane has gone without a hundred for the past two years. His last three-figure knock came against a below-par Sri Lanka side in August, 2017. In the last 12 Test matches, he has crossed half-century mark only five times in 20 innings. His place in the playing XI is not under threat at least for this two Test series but the same can’t be said for the home series against South Africa and Bangladesh at home if he happens to fail in the current series.On the other hand, Pujara has been in magnificent form in the Test arena in the last one year. In the series against England, his century in Trent Bridge allowed India to win the Test match despite losing the five-match series 4-1. However, in the series against Australia Down Under, Pujara was in sublime form scoring three centuries in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. His tally of 521 runs at an average of 74 played a massive part in India winning the four-match series 2-1 and securing a series win for the first time Down Under. The two-match Test series will be the first for both West Indies and India in the ongoing World Test Championship. The first Test will be played at the Sir Viv Richards stadium in Antigua on August 22 while the second Test will be played on August 30 at Kingston, Jamaica.RELATED last_img read more

USC faces South Florida for first time since 1979

first_imgUSC women’s tennis coach Richard Gallien has been coaching tennis for more than 25 years.He’s seen hundreds of players improve, mature and graduate.Quite a few of his players have gone on to become head coaches themselves. But according to Gallien, he has never coached against one of his former players — until today.The No. 17 USC women’s tennis team takes on No. 27 South Florida today at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Tennis Stadium.The Bulls are coached by Agustin Moreno, who Gallien coached at Pepperdine in 1986.“We talk all the time,” Gallien said of Moreno. “He’s a good friend of mine.”Gallien said despite the friendship, both coaches have been keeping it serious.“We’re both a little too tight for [smack talk],” Gallien said.Adding to the seriousness is the cramped schedule of both teams.South Florida is coming off a 5-2 loss at No. 2 Florida last Tuesday and will face San Diego on Sunday.The Women of Troy swept San Diego State last Tuesday and will host Texas on Sunday.With both teams playing three games in five days, there is no time to joke around.“It’s a quick turnaround,” said sophomore Danielle Lao. “But we’re rested and ready.”Gallien says he doesn’t expect his team to take the midweek match lightly.“South Florida’s a very good team,” he said. “They’ve been consistently ranked about 25 in the country for the past three years or so. They have two ranked doubles teams, which is really hard to do.  It’ll be a good match.”Although also USC has a pair of ranked doubles teams, it is an area Gallien feels his team needs to improve in.“We didn’t play that well in doubles against San Diego State,” he said. “I think the girls will be extra motivated and excited to make amends.”Despite their lackluster doubles performances, the Women of Troy did win their first match in a week and a half when they went against the Aztecs.“It was a good win,” Gallien said. “It was good to get some momentum, and now we want to keep it going.”Fans can help the team “keep the momentum” by showing up at Marks Stadium tomorrow afternoon.Admission is free and there will be In-N-Out Burgers available for purchase.The Women of Troy are 1-0 all-time against South Florida with their only other meeting coming in 1979 during the AIAW Nationals.last_img read more