Indian top-order falters against County XI in warm-up game

Indian top-order falters against County XI in warm-up game

Neither Rohit Sharma nor Mayank Agarwal were able to make a mark in the first innings.

Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara
Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Team India was scheduled to battle it out against the County Select XI for a three-day practice match starting in Durham on Tuesday, July 20. The Indian team is playing without Virat Kohli as Rohit Sharma is skippering the side. However, Rohit wasn’t able to make a big mark in the first innings of the match. The opener chipped in just 9 runs and walked back to the pavilion on his 33rd delivery.

The speedster Lyndon James bowled a delivery that quite didn’t have as much bounce as Sharma expected. Looking to pull over the mid-wicket, Rohit top-edged the ball which was brilliantly caught by Jack Carson. He ran to grab the running catch that provided a glimpse of the 1983 World Cup, where Kapil Dev had caught Viv Richards by running backward with his eyes set tight on the ball.

Rohit Sharma, however, seemed to be in a pretty decent form as he started his innings by mostly playing the maximum deliveries at the back foot. Sharma got off the mark with a flick on the leg side and then paired it up with a beautiful drive for another four. He though played short innings but the time on the field would have boosted his confidence.

Mayank and Pujara departed soon after Rohit Sharma

Rohit stayed firm on one end and let Mayank Agarwal take the charge to play a few belligerent shots. Though Agarwal could not hold on to his innings for long, he looked positive on the ground hitting frequent boundaries. In his knock of 28 runs, he smashed as many as 6 fours before James hit the middle stump to remove him and scalp his second wicket of the match.

Lyndon James was bowling to Agarwal constantly at the off-stump before bringing in an impressive in swinger to dismiss him. The ‘white walker’ of Team India Cheteshwar Pujara then walked into the field. He could contribute 21 runs further before James Rew stumped him off Jack Carson. Ahead of the Test match series against England this practice game will come in handy for the players to get some real-time game practice and pull their socks for the big challenge.