India progress to 264-5 despite Holder heroics on first day

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – India captain Virat Kohli and opener Mayank Agarwal stroked half-centuries but West Indies skipper Jason Holder responded with a terrific display of pace bowling, as the home side shared honours on the opening day of the decisive second Test here yesterday.Sent in at Sabina Park in excellent conditions, India reached the close on 264 for five, with Kohli top-scoring with 76 and Agarwal getting 55.Well-placed on 157 for three at tea, India lost both Ajinkya Rahane (24) and Kohli insidethe first hour following the resumption, but Hanuma Vihari carved out an unbeaten 42 and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, an unbeaten 27, to deny West Indies any further success in the session in a crucial 62-run, unbroken sixth-wicket partnership.Low-keyed in the Antigua opening Test which West Indies lost by 318 runs inside four days last week, seamer Holder sprung to life in the humidity of the country’s capital with a haul of three for 39, including the prized wicket of Kohli.In 20 probing overs, the six-foot, seven-inch Barbadian troubled all India’s batsmen with his bounce and movement, and was unlucky not to have had more success.The morning session, however, belonged to debutant off-spinning all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall, who took his first Test wicket and held a sharp chance at first slip off Holder, as India lost two wickets before lunch.West Indies captain Jason Holder celebrates after claiming the prized wicket of India captain Virat Kohli on yesterday’s opening day of the second Test at Sabina Park.Agarwal, in only his fourth Test, put on 32 for the first wicket with KL Rahul (13) to give India a solid start to the encounter.It was Holder who got the breakthrough in the seventh over of the day when he got one to leave Rahul for Cornwall to snare the catch in the cordon off the resulting edge.Introduced on the stroke of the first hour, Cornwall then struck in his third over when he had Cheteshwar Pujara (6) caught at point by Shamarh Brooks cutting one that bounced sharply.On 46 for two, India were steadied by Kohli and Agarwal who posted an enterprising 69 for the third wicket, a partnership which carried the visitors to lunch at 74 for two.The second session belonged to India as Kohli extended his stand with Agarwal, before putting on a further 49 for the fourth wicket with Rahane.All told, Kohli faced 163 balls in 3-½ hours and struck 10 fours while Agarwal punched seven boundaries in an innings lasting 127 deliveries and 2-¾ hours.Unbeaten on 41 at lunch, Agarwal reached his half-century in the eighth over after the resumption with two streaky boundaries off seamer Kemar Roach, the first an inside edge to fine leg and the second and outside edge through gully.He was given out caught at the wicket on 55 in Roach’s next over but had the decision overturned by DRS. However, he failed to cash in on the reprieve and was dismissed in the very next over, caught at first slip by Cornwall off Holder, trying to cut one too close to him.Unfazed, Kohli exquisitely drove speedster Shannon Gabriel to the cover boundary in successive overs before raising his 22nd Test half-century, 15 minutes before tea, as he and Rahane took India safely to the break.West Indies struck in the first over after the interval, however, when Roach got one to straighten and brush Rahane’s edge, and give debutant wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton his first Test dismissal.By then, Holder had his tail up and Kohli had put on 38 for the fifth wicket with Vihari when he was undone by a peach of a leg-cutter from his opposite number and could only nick his defensive push to Hamilton.Stumbling on 202 for five, India’s recovery was engineered by Vihari who has so far stroked eight fours in an 80-ball knock to be in sight of his third half-century in his sixth.Pant, meanwhile, has faced 64 balls and belted two fours and a six – a clean hit over long-on off part-time off-spinner Roston Chase.INDIA 1st innings Rahul c Cornwall b Holder 13 Agarwal c Cornwall b Holder 55 Pujara c Brooks b Cornwall 6 Kohli c wkp. Hamilton b Holder 76 Rahane c wkp. Hamilton b Roach 24 Vihari not out 42 Pant not out 27Extras: (b-8, lb-13) 21Total: (5 wkts, 90 overs) 264Fall of wickets: 1-32, 2-46, 3-115, 4-164, 5-202 Bowling: Roach 19-7-47-1, Gabriel 12-0-57-0, Holder 20-6-39-3, Cornwall 27-8-69-1, Chase 12-4-31-0.WEST INDIES – J. Holder (captain), K. Brathwaite, J. Campbell, S. Brooks, D. Bravo, R. Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, J. Hamilton, R. Cornwall, K. Roach, S. Gabriel.last_img read more

Badgers, Werwie off to strong start

first_imgIn transitioning between the fall and spring season, the UW women’s golf team has found a way to maintain its consistency. The spring season got off to a strong start with its win at the BYU Entrada Classic, making it the second win this season and sixth victory in school history.“In the fall, one of our strengths was that we were fairly consistent and we had decent depth, and I have seen the same things show to be true so far this spring. Our strength is really truly in our consistency and our depth. We tend to drive the ball very accurately, keep the ball in play and are a pretty steady golf team most of the time we are out there,” head coach Todd Oehrlein said.In the BYU Classic, the Badgers were led by redshirt freshman Alexis Nelson, also seeing strong performances by Kris Yoo, Lindsay Danielson, Alyssa Elliot and senior Carly Werwie to push them past Oklahoma State by five strokes for the win.“I thought I played well; I just had five bad holes the whole tournament that really hurt me. Other than that, I thought I hit the ball really well, and I thought I gave myself really good opportunities to put some low numbers out there. I feel good going into these last couple of tournaments,” Werwie said.Beyond BYU, Oehrlein has been impressed with the team’s nine tournament rounds of play.“I’m happy with where we are at given the time of year, but none of that is going to mean anything if we don’t continue to improve, continue to make it better from this point forward, and that has to be our focus,” Oehrlein said.Although a great start for the team, the girls and coaches are looking forward to the next round of tournament play at the Indiana Invitational starting April 4. The team is banking on continuing its strong play and hard efforts to improve on its early-season play.“The BYU tournament was an excellent event for us, good competition, good tournament, good field and I was really proud of how we played, but that one is done now, and we kind of just have to move past it and get ourselves ready for the next tournament, ” Oehrlein said.Despite what the Midwestern weather can bring, Werwie feels the mindset of the team is really good going into the final stretch of the spring season and has full confidence in the team to pull out another victory at Indiana.“I would say we are fully capable of winning this tournament. It’s a tough course, but I think we see the potential that we have, and we are really excited that it is all starting to click for us,” Werwie said.Werwie providing veteran leadershipThe Badgers are continuing to work towards building a championship caliber level team around young talent.This year’s squad has only one senior in Werwie, signaling the vast potential the program has moving forward.“We have a neat group in that I think we have a whole team full of players that are very committed, very dedicated and are all on the same page. Right now, having everybody on the same page with the same goals, has really made a big difference,” Oehrlein said.Werwie has proven to be a valuable asset to the team given her insight into the game.“Carly has been a great all around kid for us; she has been a great role model and has just been really helpful to all the younger kids,” Elliot said. “She has worked really hard to get where she is; she is very competitive, and that’s great for the younger kids to see, and she puts a lot of time and effort into everything she has done. We hope to bring in more players like that, that have that competitive drive.”Despite her senior standing, Werwie admits to feeling no extra pressure of being the senior of the team. She feels she is surrounded by a great group of leaders regardless.“We get along really well, and it makes it fun; it’s not stressful,” she said.After building a fun yet competitive environment, the Badgers look forward to continued success throughout the rest of the season and into the future.“We have a ways to go yet, and I am proud of the way they are working, I am proud of their approach right now. Their practices are productive; they have purpose. It is nice to see progress, but there is a lot of season left,” Oehrlein said.last_img read more