Brief Scores: India 306 (KL Rahul 101, R Jadeja 75, CN Miles 3-42) vs County Select XI on Day One at Chester-Le-Street.
The Indian Test team is currently playing a three-day, first-class fixture against the County Select XI as part of their preparation before the all-important 5-match Test series against England. The former haven’t played any cricket since the WTC Final which took place four weeks ago and the tour game is an opportunity for the team to get some match practice as well as decide their combinations before the first Test which is scheduled to start on August 4 at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
The first day’s play was expected to favour the batting side as the pitch at the Riverside Ground in Durham was relatively flat and the weather, sunny. After Rohit Sharma opted to bat on winning the toss, KL Rahul’s century along with Ravindra Jadeja’s 75 off 146 balls helped carry the team to a respectable 300 following what was otherwise a dismal batting performance despite the favorable conditions.
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane missed the tour game due to minor injury concerns. Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and R Ashwin were amongst the players rested while Avesh Khan and Washington Sundar played against the Indians as part of the County Select XI due to the unavailability of some of their players.
Top order fails to perform
Rohit Sharma, along with Mayank Agarwal, opened the batting for the Indian team. Good bowling up front left Rohit searching for runs on what seemed to be a difficult 9 off 31 balls before he was forced to induce a false hook shot off the bowling of Lyndon James. On the other hand, Mayank who seemed in good touch, scoring freely for his 28 off 35, got out trying to play an expansive cover drive. Pujara also failed to make any significant contribution, 21(47), while Vihari who seemed at his orthodox best for his 24 off 71 deliveries got out playing an unexpected rash shot which flew straight to the fielder at mid-off.
KL’s innings provides stability