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India vs West Indies A: Cheteshwar Pujara hits hundred, Rohit Sharma shines on Day 1

first_img India Today Web Desk AntiguaAugust 18, 2019UPDATED: August 18, 2019 09:39 IST India vs West Indies A, Day 1: Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma shone on Saturday in Antigua (@BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPujara hit 100 for 187 while Rohit made a stroke-filled 68Ajinkya Rahane led the team in the absence of injured Virat KohliHanuma Vihari and Ravindra Jadeja remained unbeaten as India reached 297/5 at stumpsIn what was their first red-ball assignment ahead of their World Test Championships campaign, India made a strong start to the 3-day practice match against West Indies A by posting 297 runs on Day 1 in Antigua. On a rain-interrupted Saturday, India batsmen shone even as skipper Virat Kohli was rested.Virat Kohli did not walk out to bat as he was rested due to a finger injury he picked up during the 3rd ODI last week against West Indies. India would not have wanted to risk playing their captain and rather give him time to fully recover and get fit for the 1st Test, starting August 22.In Virat Kohli’s absence, Cheteshwar Pujara struck a fine hundred before retiring hurt to make way for other batsmen. Pujara took only 187 balls to get to the 3-figure mark as he went about smashing 8 boundaries and a six during his knock.Pujara will be crucial to India’s chances in the upcoming 2-Test series, which also marks the start of their World Test Championships campaign.Pujara had a stellar tour of Australia where he scored 521 runs in the series with three hundreds at an average of over 74 and walked away with the man-of-the-series award. Pujara’s performance in Australia caught the attention of the cricketing world as he lead his side to a historic 2-1 series win win.Ajinkya Rahane, who was leading the side in the absence of Virat Kohli, failed as he was dismissed for 1. In Prithvi Shaw’s absence Lokesh Rahul and Mayank Agarwal opened the batting for India. Both the openers got starts but failed to convert them into big knocks.advertisementHow good was that knock! @cheteshwar1 walks back after scoring a fine century. He is retired not out at 100 with #TeamIndia at 245/4. pic.twitter.com/l8k1ka4YKlBCCI (@BCCI) August 17, 2019Rohit steps up and deliversIn what is great news for Team India ahead of the much-anticipated Test tourney, Rohit Sharma stepped up and delivered for the team in the middle-order, The India vice-captain in limited-overs had always found it hard to crack the red-ball code but he oozed class on Saturday.Rohit made 68 from 115 balls in a stroke-filled innings. More importantly, Rohit gave Pujara good company as the duo went on to add 132 runs for the 4th wicket.Rohit will have to push for a spot in the playing XI, considering Hanuma Vihari’s availability in the squad. Vihari remained unbeaten on 37 as India reached 297 for 5 at Stumps on Day 1.It’s pouring here and that will be end of Day’s Play with #TeamIndia at 297/5. Vihari unbeaten at 37. See you all tomorrow pic.twitter.com/4w1Ff3tn8RBCCI (@BCCI) August 17, 2019Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who is under pressure after an ordinary ODI series, hit a quickfire 33 before he was dismissed by Jonathan Carter.Carter was the pick of the bowlers for West Indies A as the medium pacer picked up the wickets of Rishabh Pant, Ajinkya Rahane and Mayank Agarwal to finish with figures of 3/39 on the opening day.India vs West Indies A – 3 – day practice match – Brief ScoresIndia 297 for 5 (88.5 overs). Cheteshwar Pujara (100 retd hurt), Rohit Sharma (68), Hanuma Vihari (37*); Jonathan Carter (3/39) at Stumps on Day 1 vs West Indies A. Also Read | Steve Smith 1st batsman to score seven successive 50+ scores in AshesAlso Read | Fans slam Jofra Archer for smiling after nasty bouncer to Steve SmithAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow Cheteshwar PujaraFollow India tour of West Indies 2019Follow Virat KohliFollow Ajinkya RahaneFollow KL RahulFollow Rishabh PantFollow Hanuma Vihari India vs West Indies A: Cheteshwar Pujara hits hundred, Rohit Sharma shines on Day 1India vs West Indies A, practice match, Day 1: Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma took up the responsibility of scoring big on the opening day at the Coolidge Cricket Ground after captain Virat Kohli was rested due to an injury concern.  advertisement Nextlast_img