Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja each took three wickets for Team India.© BCCI
Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja took three wickets each, while Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj each took two wickets to help Team India make a comeback on Day 2 of the warm-up match. India declared at 246/8 of the nightly score. Mohammed Shami justified Rohit Sharma’s statement statement when the pacesetter sacked Leicestershire skipper Sam Evans for £1. It wasn’t great news for India from the battle front, as Cheteshwar Pujara, who played for Leicestershire, was sent off by Shami for a duck.
In the 14th over, Mohammed Siraj also struck, turning down opener Louis Kimber for 31 caught behind by wicketkeeper KS Bharat to leave Leicestershire reeling at 44/3.
Siraj struck for the second time and sacked Joey Evison for 22, leaving the hosts in trouble 71/4.
Leicestershire desperately needed a partnership and Rishabh Pant, who played for the hosts alongside Rishi Patel, did exactly the right thing to bring the team total above the three-digit mark.
The 58-run partnership between Pant and Patel was broken when Shami struck for a third time to sack Patel at 34, while Leicestershire lost half of his side for 129. In the next over Shardul Thakur, Sam Bates sent for 8 as the hosts lost their sixth. wick for 138.
Rishabh Pant and Roman Walker struck a much-needed partnership to take the Leicestershire team past the 150 run. Pant also moved on with his half-century. The duo of Pant and Walker struck up a 70-run partnership that was broken by Ravindra Jadeja.
Jadeja sent Pant back to the pavilion for 76. Pant’s knock consisted of 14 fours and one six. Left arm spinner Jadeja delivered a double blow this time, sending Walker and Nathan Bowley across in one.
Shardul Thakur cleared Abidine Sakande as Indians outplayed Leicestershire for 244 to take a slim 2 run lead in the first innings.
With a 2-run lead wicketkeeper batter, KS Bharat and Shubman Gill led off for India in the second innings and the duo gave India a solid start to land a 50 partnership.
The 62-run partnership was eventually broken when India’s Navdeep sacked Saini Gill for 38. The Indians were 80 for one at stumps on Day 2, taking an 82-run lead.
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