Indian team consolidated their position on Day 3 of their warm-up match against Leicestershire on the back of splendiferous show by their batsmen. The visitors were 364-9 at stumps with a lead of 366 runs. Interestingly, Cheteshwar Pujara – who had taken the field for Leicestershire – also batted for India to get more practice time. Also, Ravindra Jadeja and Shreyas Iyer batted twice in the same innings.
The visitors, who were 80-1 at the close of play on Day 2, lost Hanuma Vihari early as the right-hander fell to Will Davis for 20. Srikar Bharat and Ravindra Jadeja were also dismissed in quick succession.
Iyer oozed confidence and played a string of attractive shots along with forming a crucial alliance of 46 runs with Shardul Thakur. However, the day belonged to Virat Kohli who turned the clock back and batted imperiously. The former Indian captain looked amazingly at ease and executed his shots with aplomb. Kohli made 67 off 98 balls, which included five boundaries and two sixes, before he was prised out by the pacer Jasprit Bumrah.
Pujara occupied the crease steadfastly and grounded out 22 off 53 balls. Both Jadeja and Iyer came out to bat again as both the teams mutually agreed to give Indian players more time to practice before the rescheduled 5th Test.
After Kohli was dismissed, Iyer and Jadeja put together a 68-run partnership as both of them coasted along fluently. Iyer was again nipped out by Kamlesh Nagarkoti for 62.
Jadeja and Mohammed Siraj were batting at 56 and 1 respectively at stumps.
The rescheduled fifth Test between England and India will be played at Edgbaston between July 1 and 5. India are leading the series 2-1 at the moment.