Vihari, Rahane  hit half-centuries in drawn India  contest

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua,( CMC) – Hanuma Vihari and Ajinkya Rahane both gathered half-centuries as India’s three-day warm-up match against West Indies A petered out into a stalemate here Monday.Resuming from their overnight 84 for one at Coolidge Cricket Ground, India declared their second innings on 188 for five with Vihari top-scoring with 64 and Rahane stroking 54.Off-spinner Akim Fraser eventually accounted for both to finish with two for 43.Set 305 for victory, West Indies reached 47 for three before the game was called off at the scheduled tea break.Kavem Hodge, who top-scored with 51 in the first innings, fell cheaply for five after miscuing a pull at pacer Jasprit Bumrah to square leg while Brandon King’s run-a-ball 14 ended when he edged a drive at off-spinner Ravi Ashwin to slip.And opener Jeremy Solozano’s hour-long vigil over 16 ended when he missed a forward defensive stroke to left-arm spinner Ravi Jadeja and was lbw.Vihari and Rahane had earlier dominated in a second wicket stand which they stretched to 96 before being separated.The right-handed Vihari, resuming on 48, reached his half-century off the fourth ball of the morning with an edged boundary off pacer Marquino Mindley.All told, he faced 125 balls and struck nine fours and a six while opener Rahane, starting the day on 20, counted five fours and a six off 162 balls in just over 3-½ hours.The match is the only warm-up for India before the opening Test starting Thursday at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.DRAWN CONTEST..INDIA 1st Innings 297 for six decl.West Indies A 1st Innings 181India 2nd Innings(overnight 84 for one)M Agarwal c wkp Hamilton b Shepherd 13A Rahane c Harding b Fraser 54H Vihari lbw b Fraser 64+R Pant run out 19R Jadeja c Solozano b Pierre 9+W Saha not out 14R Ashwin not out 10Extras (lb2, nb3) 5TOTAL (5 wkts dec, 78 overs) 189Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-118, 3-147Bowling: Mindley 8-2-22-0, Harding 5-0-15-0 (nb1), Shepherd 9-6-22-0, Carter 5-2-3-1, Pierre 28-7-72-1 (nb1), Hodge 4-1-7-0, Mohammed 1-0-1-0, Fraser 17-1-43-2 (nb1), Francis 1-0-1-0.WEST INDIES A 2nd InningsJ Solozano lbw b Jadeja 16K Hodge c Jadeja b Bumrah 5B King c Rahane b Ashwin 14J Mohammed not out 2J Carter not out 1Extras (b4, lb2, nb3) 9TOTAL (3 wkts, 21 overs) 47Fall of wickets: 1-15, 2-34, 3-40Bowling: Ishant Sharma 3-1-4-0 (nb1), Bumrah 4-0-13-1 (nb2), Ashwin 8-4-18-1, Umesh Yadav 3-1-3-0; Jadeja 3-1-3-1.Players-a-side: 16 (11 bat, 11 field)last_img read more

Roberson struggles in 1st career start, draws criticism from Boeheim

first_imgJim Boeheim has said it all along — Tyler Roberson isn’t ready to play big minutes for Syracuse.The freshman was forced into 23 minutes of action on Tuesday with Jerami Grant injured and managed just two points, three rebounds and one block.“He’s not ready to play,” Boeheim said after the Orange’s 67-62 loss to Georgia Tech (14-16, 5-12 Atlantic Coast). “The reason he didn’t play is because he’s not ready. He doesn’t know the defense, he doesn’t know the offense.”The forward made his first start for No. 7 SU (26-4, 13-4) after playing only 50 total minutes during the first 16 Atlantic Coast Conference games.Roberson came to Syracuse as the No. 55 recruit in the country, but has been stuck behind Grant, C.J. Fair, Rakeem Christmas and, to an extent, Michael Gbinije in the rotation of forwards.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith Grant injured, fans have recently started clamoring to see expanded minutes for Roberson and some have argued that he should’ve gotten more minutes all season. Boeheim dispelled that notion with blunt criticism of Roberson after the game.“He cannot help us right now. That’s why he didn’t play,” Boeheim said. “If anybody can help us, they’re going to play. He just cannot help us. He hurts us on defense and he’s not ready to help us out offensively. “Mike’s a better option. He better knows what we’re doing.”Until Grant returns, though, the Orange is out of options. Even if Roberson doesn’t start again, he’ll have to get some minutes since Gbinije is also the team’s backup guard. And Baye Moussa Keita, one of SU’s other starting options, was just as inept as Roberson on Tuesday, scoring just one point, grabbing three rebounds and committing four fouls in 16 minutes of action.The biggest issue, though, is that their expanded roles coincided with one of Syracuse’s worst defensive outings of the season.“Gbinije and Roberson, they’re not as experienced and comfortable as Jerami,” Fair said. “He knows that position in-and-out and they’re just new to it. It’s hard for Gbinije and Tyler to play at the level Jerami did.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 5, 2014 at 12:43 am Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2last_img read more