Shrikar impresses India in warm-up match against Leicestershire, top-order fails | Cricket News


Leicester: Wicketkeeper Shrikar Bharat Impressed by an unbeaten 70, India’s top order failed to get batting practice on the first day of the practice match against Leicestershire here on Thursday.
Choosing to bat after winning the toss, India’s top guns failed to fire as the visitors slipped to 81 for five.
However, Bharat shone during his 158-minute stay in the middle before the day’s proceedings came to an early end due to rain on Grace Road.
In all, the 28-year-old Andhra batsman hit eight fours and a six off 111 balls. At stumps, Mohammad Shami was giving India 18 runs.
Captain Rohit Sharma (25) and Shubhaman Gill (21) were out after starting. The opening pair, ready to start India’s innings in a single ‘fifth Test’, were later dismissed by fast-medium bowler Will Davis before adding 35 for the first wicket.
India’s first-choice wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, who is representing the English county team along with Cheteshwar Pujara, Jaspreet Bumrah and the famous Krishna, caught Gill, who found the fence four times for 38 minutes.
For another 15-run extra, India lost the wicket of Rohit, who hit three fours during a 64-minute stay in the middle.
Rohit’s way was paved Virat KohliArrived, and the former Indian captain was thinking of taking on the responsibility of moving India forward.
Hanuma Vihari (3), meanwhile, came in to bat at number three but was bowled out cheaply by Roman Walker.
Shreyas Iyer failed to open his account and returned to the dressing room after facing 11 balls, he slipped the famous into Pant’s waiting hand.
Interestingly, the celebrity, who got the ball to swing superbly, got some tips from Kohli before Iyer was out.
All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja also failed to impress as he was declared LBW in the bowling of Roman Walker, who ended the day with an impressive figure of 5/24.
Five of their batsmen returned to the hut, Kohli and wicketkeeper Bharat came together and added 57 runs to stabilize the ship.
However, Kohli struck out Walker with four boundaries and a six. Then 21-year-old Seemar completed his five wickets by dismissing Shardul Thakur (6) and India scored 148 for seven.
Fast bowler Umesh Yadav hit four boundaries off 32 balls for 23 runs.
The rescheduled Test match will start from July 1 after being abandoned due to the Covid-19 outbreak last year.

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