Bharat’s 50 Keeps India Afloat 

| Updated : June 27, 2022, 6:31 pm
Updated : June 27, 2022, 6:31 pm


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BENGALURU: Wicketkeeper Srikar Bharat propped up India’s innings on the first day of their warm-up match against Leicestershire on Thursday after the top-order of the visitors was decimated by Roman Walker. India recovered to finish the day at 246-8 after being 81-5 at one stage.

Jasprit Bumrah, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant and Prasidh Krishna took the field for Leicestershire as Indian management wanted to give match practise to as many players in the squad as possible before the rescheduled 5th Test.

After India opted to bat first, the openers – Rohit Sharma and Shubhman Gill – gave them a decent start. However, both of them failed to make a big score and got out in good succession. Hanuma Vihari, Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja also fell cheaply.

Virat Kohli dug his heels in and added 57 runs for the 6th wicket with Bharat. He was adjudged lbw for 33 off Walker and the batsman looked pretty unhappy with the decision. The 21-year-old seamer then nipped out Shardul Thakur (6) to complete his five-wicket-haul and left India tottering at 148-7.

Pacer Umesh Yadav cracked a breezy 23, which included four boundaries, and stitched up a 66-run partnership with Bharat. After Umesh got out, Mohammed Shami also reeled off a few blistering shots. Bharat, on the other hand, looked amazingly composed during his stay at the crease. At stumps, they were unbeaten at 18 and 70 respectively.

The fifth Test between India and England will be played at Edgbaston between July 1 to 5.

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