Team India scored 246 runs for the loss of eight wickets on the first day of the practice match. Kona Bharat hit a half-century.
The Indian cricket team has started its tour with a warm-up match in England. Under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, Team India has started playing a four-day practice match against Leicestershire from today i.e. Thursday. Due to rain and bad weather, only 60.2 overs could be played on the first day.
India won the toss and decided to bat first but it did not go in their favor. Team India’s top order failed completely. Half of India’s team had returned to the pavilion within 100 runs. Except Kona Bharat, no player of the team could play a big innings. India scored 246/8 on the first day with the help of Bharat’s unbeaten innings of 70 runs. Bharat (70 *) and Mohammed Shami (18 *) are unbeaten on India’s side.
India’s top order fails
Talking about the Indian innings, Indian captain Rohit Sharma (25) and Virat Kohli (33), who were battling poor form during the Indian Premier League, once again disappointed. Both these star batsmen failed to play big innings despite staying at the crease. Rohit and Shubman Gill (21 off 28 balls) opened the innings. Gill looked in good touch but Davies got him caught by wicketkeeper Pant to give Leicestershire their first breakthrough in the 10th over with a score of 35 runs. Gill hit four fours in his innings. Walker then showed his mettle. The fast bowler sent Rohit and Hanuma Vihari (03) to the pavilion in their successive overs. Krishna made India’s score 55 for four in the 21st over by getting Shreyas Iyer caught by Pant without opening the account. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja (13), who was ruled out of the final stage of the IPL due to injury, became Walker’s third victim.
Kohli fails to play a big innings, Bharat hits half-century
Kohli and Bharat then tried to handle the innings with a 57-run stand for the sixth wicket but Walker dealt India the sixth blow by dismissing the former Indian captain lbw. Kohli hit four fours and a six in his 69-ball innings. Walker took his fifth wicket with Shardul Thakur (06) lbw to take India’s score to 148 for seven.
Important innings of Umesh and Shami
Bharat then shared a 66-run partnership for the eighth wicket with Umesh Yadav (23) to take the team’s score past 200 runs. Bharat completed his half-century in 93 balls. Davis broke the partnership by dismissing Umesh. Umesh hit four fours in his innings of 32 balls. After this, Bharat and Shami did not let India get any more shocks till the stumps. In the meantime, Shami also hit sixes and fours off consecutive balls of Davis. 21-year-old Leicestershire’s young fast bowler Roman Walker troubled the Indian batsmen a lot and took five wickets for 24 runs.
Four players from India playing from Leicestershire
To give all players a chance to practice, India’s Test specialist batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant and pacer Jasprit Bumrah and the famous Krishna are playing for Leicestershire.
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