India vs Leicestershire, Tour Match, Day 1 Highlights: KS Bharat The Saviour As India Reach 246/8, Kohli Scores 33
IND vs LEI, Tour Match, Day 1 Highlights: KS Bharat scored 70* while Virat Kohli scored 33 as eight-down India were as four runs shy of the 250-mark at stumps on Day 1
IND vs LEI, Tour Match, Day 1 Highlights: KS Bharat top-scored with a 111-ball 70* as India reached 246/8 against Leicestershire at the Uptonsteel Cricket Ground at stumps on Day 1 of the Tour Game. The wicket-keeper batter played a fluent innings and was involved in a 50-lus stand with Virat Kohli (33). Kohli and Shardul Thakur were dismissed in quick succession by Roman Walker, who completed his five-wicket haul. Shubman Gill (21) and Rohit Sharma (25) had given India a bright start before India lost three quick wickets. Hanuma Vihari failed to make an impact and was dismissed on a score of 3. India won the toss and elected to bat against Leicestershire in their four-day Tour match at the Uptonsteel Cricket Ground. This will be the only practice game for Team India ahead of their rescheduled fifth Test against England in Edgbaston, starting July 1. Indian players will look look to hit their top form ahead of the crunch game against England. India lead the series 2-1 after the fifth Test was postponed last year due to a Covid outbreak in the Indian camp. The focus will be on skipper Rohit Sharma and former captain Virat Kohli as both look to get some playing time ahead of the Edgbaston Test. Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant and Prasidh Krishna have been drafted to the Leicestershire team for this game.
Here are the Highlights of India vs Leicestershire, Tour Match from the Uptonsteel Cricket Ground:
21:30 PM IST: STUMPS!
And it's stumps! India reach 246/8 in 60.2 overs.
21:14 PM IST: Bharat steady!
The patience of this man is amazing! Even against the moving ball, he is rock-solid
21:04 PM IST: India up the ante!
Both Mohammed Shami and KS Bharat are finding regular boundaries now! Shami has even hit a six too!
20:45 PM IST: India are eight down!
Umesh Yadav departs on 23. He gets caught by Evison off davis
20:32 PM IST: Half-century for Bharat!
The man deservedly gets to the mark! He took two runs off Sakande to complete his half-century in the 53rd over
20:25 PM IST: UMESH JOINS THE PARTY!
Even the fast bowler is now hitting boundaries. India have gone past the 200-mark.
20:12 PM: Another boundary!
KS Bharat is batting brilliantly here. he gets his sixth boundary of the day. This time against Abidine Sakande
20:10 PM: FOUR!
A beautiful flick by Bharat off Dabis as the ball travels past the ropes. He is batting on 43 now!
20:03 PM - THIRD SESSION STARTS!
19:39 - THAT'S TEA!
Tea has been called on Day 1. India seven wickets down but KS Bharat will look to take them past the 200-run mark.
19:36 - EXCELLENT BATTING FROM BHARAT!
What a shot from KS Bharat! A six off the first ball, pulls out the reverse sweep to find the boundary again.
19:21 - THAKUR FALLS AS WELL!
Another wicket falls for India as Shardul Thakur has been given his marching orders by Walker, who completes his five-for.
19:16 - KOHLI IS GONE!
Walker strikes as Kohli departs after a hard-fought 33-run knock. India now six down.
19:03 - PLAY RESUMES!
The action is resumes after another delay caused by rain. Hopefully we can have some interrupted action for the remainder of the day.
18:36 - RAIN IS BACK!
Kohli and Bharat are walking back to the dugout as rain is back to play spoilsport.
18:34 - PULLED AWAY FOR SIX!
Kohli pulls this away non-chalantly as it flies away for the first six of the match. Kohli moves into his 30s.
18:32 - KOHLI DRIVES AGAIN!
On the toes from Sakande and Kohli drives this emphatically. Easy picking for Kohli. He will collect four more runs.
18:22 - KOHLI NAILS THE DRIVE!
Kohli pulls off his trademark extra-cover drive. He collect four runs with that, and moves into his 20s.
18:12 - KOHLI DEFENDS!
Kohli has looked sharp more often than not. He has defended the balls well, and has left them when he needed to. Hopefully a good knock coming from the former skipper.
17:58 - BUMRAH RESUMES!
Bumrah is back into the attack, this time from the pavilion end. Has bowled well so far
17:54 - MATCH RESUMES!
The action resumes after a slight rain delay. India resume at 90/5. All eyes on Kohli now.
17:04 - KOHLI-BHARAT STEADY
The due has been tested regularly by Leicestershire's pacers but have held their own so far.
16:44 - OUT! JADEJA IS GONE!
Jadeja departs as India lost their fifth wicket. Excellent delivery by Walker. Hits Jadeja on the pads, and umpire raises his finger.
16:39 - WHAT A SHOT BY KOHLI!
Pitched full from Sakande and Kohli opens the face of the bat and places this towards third man for a boundary.
16:26 - PRASIDH KRISHNA REMOVES IYER!
Deserved wicket for Krishna, who has troubled Indian batters all morning. Iyer gets the faintest of edges and Pant takes another fine catch behind the stumps. From 50/1 to 55/4, India are now in trouble.
16:13 - VIHARS FALLS TOO!
Vihari cautious stay in the middle comes to an end. He falls for 3. (IND: 54/3)
16:09 - KOHLI IS OFF THE MARK!
Virat Kohli is off and running with a boundary. He had defended that ball but the substitute fielder at fine leg fails to clean this up. Ball goes between his legs for a boundary.
16:06 - IN WALKS VIRAT KOHLI!
Virat Kohli has joined Vihari in the middle. Both players will now look to steady India and notch up big scores.
16:04 - ROHIT FALLS!
Rohit tries to pull this for a boundary but mistimes it! India have now the lost wicket of both their openers. Rohit falls for 25.
15:53 - VIHARI CAUTIOUS!
Vihari is taking his time at the moment! Has started cautiously. Rohit, on the other hand, has looked solid and will look to end his stay it with a big score.
15:39 - GILL DEPARTS!
David gets the first breakthrough as India lost Gill, who edges this behind for Pant, who takes an easy catch. Gill falls for 21. In walks Hanuma Vihari.
15:35 - WHAT A SHOT!
Gill drives this towards mid-off and this will runs away for a boundary. He just loves playing this shot.
15:25 - OUCH!!!
That seemed to have hurt! Rohit looked as he was in some pain. He has taken off his gloves. But he is ok to go ahead.
15:20 - DRIVEN BY GILL!
Gill drives Davis and finds the boundary, this time towards midwicket. What a shot.
15:17 - DRIVEN THROUGH COVERS!
Rohit has driven Bumrah for an exquisite boundary through covers. In the slot, and the Indian skipper makes the most of it. Good start for India so far.
15:11 - END OF THE 4TH!
That's the end of Bumrah's second over. Pujara trying to put some shine on the bowl. A lot of movement so far for Bumrah and Will Davis.
15:08 - GILL IS UP AND RUNNING!
Driven away towards covers by Gill! Races away for a boundary. Bumrah doesn't look happy.
15:06 - IND PICK COUPLE OF RUNS!
India get a couple of runs after Rohit cuts this ball towards third man. Good start this for Rohit.
15:02 - ROHIT OFF THE MARK!
Rohit is off the mark after five balls. Bumrah targets the pad and the Indian skipper flicks this towards short fine leg.
14:58 - MATCH IS ABOUT TO START!
The match is about to start! Rohit and S Gill are out in the middle. J Bumrah has the new ball in his hands.
14:56 - 4 INDIANS IN LEI'S XI!
Cheteshwar Pujara, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant and Prasidh Krishna will play for Leicestershire in this match. Good move by the BCCI to test their players in these challenging conditions.
14:55 - HERE'S WHAT ROHIT SHARMA HAS TO SAY!
14:51 - IND Players Warming UP!
Indian players are currently warming up with some routine football drills.
14:51 - IND PLAYING XI!
14:51 - Here is the link to watch the match Live
14:48 - Here is Leicestershire's XI
14:38 - India win toss and Rohit Sharma elects to bat.