Published On: Thu, Dec 27th, 2018

Pujara hit century and Rohit Sharma played strong innings, Team India in strong position

New Delhi: Right-handed visitor Cheteshwar Pujara once again landed a ground for the Indian team as a troubleshooter. The Indian team had a poor start in the three-day practice match against West Indies-A at the college ground in Antigua, but Pujara’s unbeaten century and Rohit Sharma’s strong innings helped the Indian team.

Pujara hit century and Rohit Sharma played strong innings, Team India in strong position

Pujara hit century and Rohit Sharma played strong innings, Team India in strong position

At one time the Indian team had lost three wickets within 53 runs. By the end of the first day’s play, the Indian team has scored 297 runs for 5 wickets. Hanuma Vihari returned unbeaten after scoring 37 runs and Ravindra Jadeja 1 run. In this practice match, team captain Virat Kohli won the toss and selected the batting dates. India had a poor start and lost their first wicket as Mayank Agarwal.

Mayank Agarwal was bowled by Jonathan Carter on a personal score of 12 runs. After this, the second opener KL Rahul also went on to score 52 runs. He was sent to the pavilion by Kion Hardig for 36 runs. After a while vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane was also dismissed for just one run. Carter sent him to the pavilion. After this, the Indian team did not lose any wickets till lunch. However Pujara added 132 runs for the fourth wicket with Rohit Sharma. Both batsmen took good advantage of their superb form. Both played shots where they wanted.

Both of them played the fine ball of the West Indies A bowlers and did not back down from hitting the bad ball. Rohit was completely frozen, but in the meantime he was sent to the pavilion by Akeem Fraser. Rohit scored 68 runs in 115 balls with the help of eight fours and a six. After this Pujara’s Hanuma played well. Just after tea, Pujara completed his century and retired. He scored 100 runs in 187 balls with the help of eight fours and a six.

Captain Kohli did not reach to bat due to a thumb injury in the last ODI against the West Indies. The Indian team has to play its first match of the World Test Championship against West Indies in Antiga from 22 August. India have won the T20 series 3-0 and the ODI series 2-0 here. Now he has to play a two-match Test series.