IND vs LEI: Leicestershire first innings cut to 244 runs, India’s strong start in second innings

The second day of the warm-up match against Leicestershire saw a strong performance from the Indian bowlers. The India team racked up the Leicestershire team by just 244 runs. Only Rishabh Pant fought for Leicester. He played a 76-run inning. After this, by the end of the day’s play, the Indian team had scored 80 runs for the loss of 1 wicket in their second innings.

On the second day of the match, the Indian team declared the innings with the score of the first day: 246/8. Following this, Leicestershire’s opening pair landed on the pitch. The scoreboard reached just 14 runs Mohammed Shami walked Leicester captain Sam Evans (1). After this, in his next over, he also showed Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara (0) playing for Leicester the way to the pavilion. Siraj also started giving the Leicester team scares from the other end. He took the wickets of starters Lewis Kimber (31) and Joy Evison (22). By the time he reached 71, all four Leicestershire wickets had fallen.

From here Rishabh Pant and Rishi Patel took Leicestershire over the 100 mark. Rishi Patel was also a victim of Mohammed Shami after scoring 34 runs. After that, the wickets continued to fall at regular intervals. Rishabh Pant became a victim of Ravindra Jadeja after scoring 76 of 87 balls. Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja took 3 wickets each for India. While Mohammad Siraj and Shardul Thakur got 2-2 wickets.

The Indian team sent out KS Bharat as a starter in their second innings. Bharat shared a 62-run partnership for the first wicket with Shubman Gill. Gill fell victim to Navdeep Saini after scoring 38 runs. KS Bharat (31) and Hanuma Vihari (9) returned to the arena undefeated. By the end of the second day’s game, the Indian team had scored 80 runs for the loss of a wicket.

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On the first day of the match, winning the toss and opting to bat first, the Indian team got off to a very poor start. Captain Rohit Sharma (25) was giving up his wicket only in the total of 35 runs. After this, India had lost 5 wickets when it reached 81 runs. KS Bharat and Virat Kohli (33) supported the team with a pair of 57 runs, but here Kohli also kept walking. After this, the shutters continued to fall from one end and KS Bharat (70) remained frozen at the other end. Thus, on the first day, India scored 246 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. Leicestershire fast bowler Roman Walker took 5 wickets.

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