Srikar Bharat Impresses, Top-Order Fails In Warm-Up Match Against Leicestershire

Srikar Bharat Impresses, Top-Order Fails In Warm-Up Match Against Leicestershire
Srikar Bharat Impresses, Top-Order Fails In Warm-Up Match Against Leicestershire

Wicketkeeper Srikar Bharat impressed with an unbeaten 70, at the same time as India’s top-order did not get batting apply on the primary day of their warm-up match towards Leicestershire in Leicester on Thursday. India ended the Day 1 on 246/8. Opting to bat after successful the toss, India’s high weapons failed to fireside because the guests slipped to 81 for 5. However, Bharat shone throughout his 158-minute keep within the center earlier than rain introduced an early finish to the day’s proceedings at Grace Road. In all, the 28-year-old batter from Andhra hit eight fours and a six whereas going through 111 balls. At stumps, Mohammed Shami was giving Bharat firm on 18.

Skipper Rohit Sharma (25) and Shubman Gill (21) bought out after getting begins. The opening duo, which is ready to start India’s innings within the one-off ‘fifth Test’, added 35 runs for the primary wicket earlier than the latter was dismissed by fast-medium bowler Will Davis.

India’s first-choice wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, who was representing the English county facet alongside Cheteshwar Pujara, Jasprit Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna, held on to the catch of Gill, who discovered the fence 4 occasions whereas lasting 38 minutes.

For the addition of one other 15 runs, India misplaced the wicket of Rohit, who hit three fours throughout his 64-minute keep within the center. Rohit’s departure paved the way in which for Virat Kohli’s arrival, and the previous India captain seemed to take the onus upon himself to prop up India.

In between, Hanuma Vihari (3) got here on to bat at quantity three however departed cheaply off the bowling of Roman Walker.

Shreyas Iyer did not open his account and walked again to the dressing room after going through 11 balls, having nicked Prasidh to the ready palms of Pant.

Interestingly Prasidh, who bought the ball to swing prodigiously, bought some ideas from Kohli proper earlier than Iyer’s dismissal.

All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja too did not make an influence as he was adjudged lbw off the bowling of Roman Walker, who completed the day with spectacular figures of 5/24.

With 5 of their batters again within the hut, Kohli and wicketkeeper Bharat bought collectively and added 57 runs to regular the ship.

However, Kohli, having struck 4 boundaries and a six, fell to Walker. The 21-year-old seamer then dismissed Shardul Thakur (6) to finish his five-wicket-haul and cut back India to 148 for seven.


Fast bolwer Umesh Yadav chipped in with 23 off 32 balls, hitting 4 boundaries within the course of.

The Test match, rescheduled after it was deserted owing to a COVID-19 outbreak final yr, begins on July 1.

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