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WICB President’s XI v India, 1st Warm up game – Day 2 Review

Amit Mishra
Indian cricketer Amit Mishra delivers the ball during the second day of a two-day tour match. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s first warm-up game against West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI at Basseterre ended in a draw with Indian bowlers getting some good practice on day 2. On a slower track, visiting team bowlers couldn’t bowl out the President’s XI. Earlier, India declared on their overnight score of 258/6 in 93 overs at the end of 1st day’s play.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar got some swing at the start and he provided the early breakthrough as opposition’s captain Leon Johnson edged one into slips for just 2 runs. Mohammed Shami bowled a few good overs at the start including a huge LBW appeal against Johnson but turned down as it was pitching outside leg.

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Umesh Yadav bowled with some serious pace though he couldn’t get any wickets. Ishant Sharma on the other end hardly troubled the batsmen and conceded no-balls instead.

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Rajendra Chandrika and Shai Hope had a big stand for 2nd wicket as they tackled the Indian bowling attack. Virat Kohli has some interesting defensive tactics as they failed to pick wickets.

Both the batsmen shared a century stand for the 2nd wicket in the process of getting to their fifties. India’s 40 overs wait for a wicket came to an end when Mishra went round the wicket and got Chandrika stumped for 69 to bring an end to 122-run stand. Chandrika scored 69 in 142 balls with 10 fours. Next batsman Jermaine Blackwood went for a heave on the first ball itself and ended up edging to the keeper.

In the next over, Roston Chase hit one straight to the midwicket fielder Rahane as Shami got his first wicket. A couple of overs later Umesh Yadav trapped Shane Dowrich in front as India picked 4 wickets in last 6 overs before the tea break. A couple of overs after tea, Mishra struck twice in his two overs. Vishaul Singh caught at short leg by Pujara and later Damion Jacobs lofted one straight to mid-off.

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West Indies collapsed from 129/1 to 177/7 and looked like getting bowled out very soon. But Shai Hope stood still at other end along with Jomel Warrican. Hope brought up his century in 208 balls with a single down the ground. Match went into last hour with India taking the new ball but they didn’t get any success. Warrican, with a boundary off square drive brought up his fifty in just 72 balls with 7 fours and soon the game was called off. Hope remained unbeaten on 118 off 229 balls with 15 fours.

Brief scores:

India – 258/6 (93) Rohit Sharma – 54*, Shikhar Dhawan – 51

WICB XI – 281/7 (87) Shai Hope – 118*, Rajesh Chandrika – 69

Match drawn

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