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Renshaw, Starc put Aussies beyond 250 on opening day … Umesh Yadav claimed four wickets on a pitch that offered big turn

first_imgBy Sudipto GangulyPUNE, India (Reuters) – Paceman Umesh Yadav claimed four wickets on a pitch that offered big turn to help India restrict Australia to 256 for nine after the touring side had made a solid start on the opening day of the four-match series yesterday.Paceman Mitchell Starc, who would be expected by Australia to play a role similar to that of Umesh with the ball, smashed an unbeaten 57 to frustrate the hosts and take his team past 250.Earlier, David Warner made 38 and added 82 for the first wicket with Matt Renshaw after captain Steve Smith won the toss and opted to bat against a spin-heavy India.Smith said he expected turn from the very first ball on the dry pitch at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in the Western Indian city of Pune, a venue making its debut as a Test centre.India captain Virat Kohli appeared to agree with his counterpart, bringing on spin spearhead Ravichandran Ashwin, the top-ranked Test bowler, in just the second over of the day.After four overs from paceman Ishant Sharma, Kohli opted to utilise spin from both ends when he brought on Jayant Yadav against the left-handed duo.The sparse crowd thought Jayant had bowled Warner around his legs for 20, but the off-spinner had overstepped the crease and it was called a no-ball.UMESH STRIKESWarner and Renshaw were able to put loose balls away before Kohli brought on his other paceman, Umesh, in the 28th over.Umesh needed just two deliveries to break the opening stand when Warner dragged the ball onto his stumps.Australia then took an ultra-defensive approach against a side unbeaten in their last 19 Tests, but more chances eventually came India’s way.Smith and Shaun Marsh added 37 for their stand in almost 20 overs before the latter was caught down the leg side attempting to sweep Jayant.The hosts struck two quick blows when left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Peter Handscomb (22) leg-before after the right-handed batsman had added 30 runs with Smith.In the next over, Ashwin lured Smith into a drive taken by Kohli at midwicket, to dismiss the world’s top-ranked Test batsman for 27.All-rounder Mitchell Marsh did not last long either, out leg-before to Jadeja for four.Renshaw, who had to leave the field in the morning with an upset stomach, returned to the crease to hit 68 before he was caught out at slip off Ashwin.Umesh dismissed Matthew Wade for eight before taking the wickets of Steve O’Keefe and Nathan Lyon in successive deliveries.Australia were boosted by Starc late on, as the left-hander smashed five fours and three sixes to add 51 for the unbroken final wicket with number 11 batsman Josh Hazlewood, not out on one. AUSTRALIA 1st inningsM. Renshaw c Vijay b R. Ashwin 68D. Warner b U. Yadav 38S. Smith c Kohli b R. Ashwin 27S. Marsh c Kohli b J. Yadav 16P. Handscomb lbw b Jadeja 22M. Marsh lbw b Jadeja 4M. Wade lbw b U. Yadav 8M. Starc not out 57S. O’Keefe c Saha b U. Yadav 0N. Lyon lbw b U. Yadav 0J. Hazlewood not out 1Extras: (lb-6, nb-9) 15Total: (for 9 wickets, 94 overs) 256Fall of wickets: 1-82, 2-119, 3-149, 4-149, 5-166, 6-190, 7-196, 8-205, 9-205.Bowling: I. Sharma 11-0-27-0 (nb-1), R. Ashwin 34-10- 59-2, J. Yadav 13-1-58-1 (nb-1), R. Jadeja 24-4-74-2 (nb-2) U. Yadav 12-3-32-4 (nb-1).last_img read more

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Fair, Cooney continue shooting woes against Pittsburgh

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 19, 2014 at 6:53 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 It’s been an uncharacteristic two games for the Syracuse offense. C.J. Fair, averaging nearly 17 points per game, has scored just 25. Trevor Cooney, who’s shooting 41.2 percent from beyond the arc, has made just four of his last 13 3s.The pair managed just eight combined points in the second half of Syracuse’s (18-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast) 59-54 win against Pittsburgh (16-2, 4-1) on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. In their place was a 16-point day for Tyler Ennis — he scored 12 earlier in the week against Boston College — and Rakeem Christmas, whose shooting percentage continues to climb up toward 75.“I’m just trying to stay big and take up space down low,” said Christmas, who went 4-for-4 against the No. 22 Panthers, “and then go up strong when I have a good look.”Fair rattled off seven quick points to start the game, but finished with just 13 and went just 2-of-6 from the free-throw line. Cooney added just six points with a single 3-pointer in each half.Late in the game, Syracuse turned to Ennis — averaging 11.9 points per game — for its most crucial buckets.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They’re playing Trevor and C.J. hard,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “We’re trying to give him an opportunity where he can get to the basket. He just has a knack for doing it that’s as good as just about anybody that I’ve seen.”Cooney and Fair still managed to deliver some critical baskets for the Orange, though. The forward hit a 3-pointer early in the game to helped Syracuse establish an early lead. The guard hit a 3 early in the second half to stretch the Orange’s lead to seven before Pitt rallied to lead for much of the second half.As the two teams battled, Fair sunk a jump shot to give SU a 48-46 lead with 6:27 remaining, but he didn’t score for the rest of the game. Ennis took on that burden.“A lot of teams are going to pay a lot of attention to me and Trevor and then he’s making plays,” Fair said. “He’s making the defense pay for not helping off. If he can continue making plays like that it’s going to open up so much more things.” Commentslast_img read more

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