As many as five Indians came for both the teams during the four-day practice match as the visitors wanted to finalize preparations for the rescheduled fifth Test against England starting in Birmingham from 1 July.
It was a much-needed outing for Ashwin, who went to England late after testing positive for the virus. He looked in good touch as he bowled 11 overs and took two wickets for 31 runs.
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Fast bowler Jaspreet Bumrah led India on the fourth and final day when the country woke up to the news of their captaincy. Rohit Sharma Positive test for COVID-19, which cast serious doubt on participation in its sole test.
If he misses, Gill will have to take responsibility for giving India a good start and Punjab’s Better, who was earlier dismissed for 21 and 38, finally managed to convert the start with 62 off 77 balls with eight hits. Fence and two max.
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He emerged as the top scorer after turning to Leicestershire, who set a target of 367 to win after India declared their second innings at 364 for seven.
Hanuma Vihari, who also batted for both the teams, spent some time in the middle making a 26-run innings with a vigilance of 86 balls. His scores in the previous innings were 3 and 20.
Chasing 367, Leicestershire lost Hassan Azad (12) on the fourth day but Gill shared a 67-run partnership with skipper Samuel Evans (26) to keep the innings steady.
However, spinner Ashwin dismissed both the batsmen in the set.
The 35-year-old from Chennai caught the first gill Mohammed Shami In the 28th over and then wicketkeeper Shrikar Bharat came in with a clean take behind the stumps to affect the stumpings by removing Evans.
Vihari and Lewis Kimber (58 not out) then combined to form a 72-run partnership to take Leicestershire closer to the 200 mark.
When did Vihari’s investment end? Ravindra Jadeja (1/35 in 8 overs) gave him a catch in the 56th over.
Kimber and Joy Avison (15 not out) batted for another 10 overs, adding 37 runs before both teams decided to shake hands.
Famous Krishna and Bumrah bowled for both the Indians and Leicestershire but both remained wicketless on the final day.
While Krishna bowled five overs for 19, Bumrah turned his hand for 8 overs for 12 runs.
Among other Indians, Cheteshwar Pujara also batted for both the teams, while Shreyas Iyer And Jadeja batted twice in India’s second innings on Saturday.