India vs County XI: Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara have decent hit on Day 3 as warm-up match ends in draw

India vs County XI: Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara have decent hit on Day 3 as warm-up match ends in draw


India’s top-order batsmen spent some quality time in the middle in their second innings as their three-day warm-up match against County Select XI ended in a draw on Thursday.

Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara opened the second innings for India on Day 3 vs County Select XI (Courtesy of BCCI)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • India scored 311 and 192 for 3 declared in both innings vs County Select XI
  • Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari had a good outing with the bat on Day 3
  • KL Rahul hit a hundred in the 1st innings while Ravindra Jadeja scored 2 fifties in the match

India’s top-three batsmen had a decent outing on Day 3 as their three-day warm-up match against County Select XI ended in a draw at Chester-le-Street in Durham on Thursday.

The Rohit Sharma-led Indian team declared their second innings at 192 for 3 with Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari spending some quality time in the middle along with the in-form Ravindra Jadeja, who followed up his first-innings 75 with 51 before retiring out.

Mayank and Pujara opened the second innings for India and added 87 with the former scoring 47 while the latter made 38. Vihari followed in at No. 3 and remained unbeaten on 43 after his 84-run partnership with Jadeja.

The Irish-born off-spinner Jack Carson accounted for both the Indian wickets of Mayank and Pujara before the visitors declared with Vihari and Shardul Thakur (6 not out) at the crease, setting a target of 284 runs to chase for County Select XI.

The county side in reply managed 31 runs on the board without losing a wicket before the close of play.

India had posted 311 in their first innings thanks to KL Rahul’s (101) 15th first-class hundred and then bowled County XI out for 220 with Umesh Yadav (3 for 22) and Mohammed Siraj (2 for 32) playing the starring roles with the ball.

INJURY BLOWS FOR INDIA

India suffered yet another injury blows on Thursday as all-rounder Washington Sundar joined the list of retirements from the tour due to a finger injury.

Sundar, who was playing for County Select XI due to the unavailability of some of the local English players, was hit on the finger by a short ball from his India teammate Siraj which was the possible cause for the injury. He will need at least 6 weeks to recover which effectively rules him out of next month’s five-Test series against England.

Sundar is the third Indian player to be ruled out of the upcoming series after fast bowler Avesh Khan and opening batsman Shubman Gill. Avesh, who was also playing for County XI, also sustained a finger injury while Gill returned home on Thursday with a shin injury that will keep him out of action for at least 3 months.

The Indians will play an intra-squad game from July 28 before facing England in the first Test at Trent Bridge on August 4.

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