An unbeaten 70 from KS Bharat was the standout efficiency by an Indian participant on the primary day of the warm-up match in opposition to a Leicestershire XI that included Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna. India’s tour of England and Eire acquired off to a shaky begin on Thursday on the opening morning of the warm-up fixture in opposition to a mixed Leicestershire and India XI.
Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill’s opening stand of 35 ended abruptly when the youthful opener was caught behind off Will Davis for 21, with Rishabh Pant, a part of a rejigged opposition XI, taking the catch. The wickets continued to tumble in Leicester, with three main India batters departing in fast succession – Rohit Sharma (25), Hanuma Vihari (3) and Shreyas Iyer (0) becoming a member of Gill again within the hutch early. And Ravindra Jadeja (13) was the fifth batter to fall within the morning session, leaving India 90/5 at lunch.
It was a regarding morning for India’s top-order, who significantly struggled in opposition to Leicestershire seamers Will Davis and Roman Walker. Two gamers with vastly contrasting profiles set about repairing the harm after lunch, with Virat Kohli and Srikar Bharat placing on a partnership of 57 within the afternoon. Kohli’s 33 got here off 69 balls and featured 5 boundaries, together with one huge six off Prasidh Krishna, with the previous skipper wanting in cheap contact earlier than he was trapped in-front by Walker.
And Bharat strengthened his case for a primary India cap with a well timed half-century, top-scoring on the day for India. The 28-year-old wicketkeeper-batter has been in and across the India set-up in each white-ball and red-ball cricket for 3 years, showing in a lot of squads as damage cowl however but to characteristic as a beginning participant.
| Kohli (33) lbw Walker.@RomanWalker17 strikes once more! This time he hits the pads of Kohli, and after a protracted wait the umpire’s finger goes up.
Out or not out?
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— Leicestershire Foxes (@leicsccc) June 23, 2022
But his possibilities of making his debut at Edgbaston in opposition to England will solely have been strengthened by his excellent 70 not out from 111 deliveries. He was there at stumps alongside Mohammed Shami, with India as much as 246/8.
Whereas it was the English seamers who did the harm with the ball, Leicestershire’s assault additionally characteristic a few of India’s bowlers to be able to get the entire squad some sport time forward of the upcoming T20Is in opposition to Eire and rescheduled fifth Check in opposition to England.
Jasprit Bumrah bowled 9 rusty however helpful overs, whereas Prasidh Krishna acquired by means of a superb set of overs himself, choosing up the wicket of Shreyas Iyer alongside the way in which.
Temporary Scores: Indians 246/8 in 60.2 ovs (KS Bharat 70 n.o., Virat Kohli 33, Rohit Sharma 25; Roman Walker 5/24, Will Davis 2/64) vs Leicestershire
(with ANI inputs)