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India Tour of England: Ishant Sharma, India struggle

Ishant Sharma was the most expensive bowler. His figures read 2/64 from 9 overs. (Source: AP File) Ishant Sharma was India's most expensive bowler. His figures read 2/64 from 9 overs. (Source: AP File)
By: Press Trust of India | Leicester | Posted: June 29, 2014 12:53 am | Updated: June 29, 2014 4:17 am

100 balls, including 17 fours as well. Cheteshwar Pujara (0-1) bowled a solitary over before the players went off again.

Post-tea, the two centurion batsmen didn’t take the field again. Dan Redfern (58) and Michael Thornely (23*) were the new batsmen and they put on 80 runs for the fourth wicket. The Indians deployed Singh and Jadeja once again as well as Pandey.

But it wasn’t until Sharma came back to bowl later in the session that they were able to make some inroads, after bowling listlessly throughout the day.

For Sharma, it was redemption as he took two wickets in one over perhaps showcasing that he had indeed overcome his struggles in the morning. He dismissed Redfern, after he had completed his fifty off 49 balls and Tom Wells (0) in the 59th over of the innings.

R Ashwin (0-10) then bowled a couple overs as the Indians delayed going off the field owing to poor light. When they finally did, a stipulated 22 overs were remaining in the day.

Earlier, on day one, India had won the toss and elected to bat first. The tour game was not accorded First-Class status as the visitors named all 18 players for the match. Eleven batsmen were nominated to bat and the top-order made good use of the dry conditions as also an ordinary Leicestershire attack to spend time in the middle.

Shikhar Dhawan (60), Gautam Gambhir (54) and Cheteshwar Pujara (57) had struck half-centuries, while Ajinkya Rahane (47*) and Rohit Sharma (43*) too spent valuable time in the middle and got a feel for the conditions.

Only Murali Vijay (20) and Virat Kohli (29) missed out as they were the only batsmen dismissed, while the others had retired after reaching their respective milestones.

Dhawan, who had retired hurt after being hit by a short delivery from Atif Sheikh, looked completely recovered as he fielded at first slip during the short morning session on Saturday.

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