India vs Essex Practice Match: India and Essex ended the only warm-up match in a draw. India were India were 89/2 in the second innings against Essex when rain stopped play and the match was called a draw. In the first innings of the match, India were bowled out of 395 after Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya struck individual half-centuries for the side. In reply, Essex were reduced to 45/2 after the Indian seamers got a good start but the batsmen showed resistance on the lats of the match and managed to score 359/8 (d). For India, it was Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma who were among the wickets as the two right-hand bowlers shared 7 wickets among themselves. India in the second innings had a dismal start after Shikhar Dhawan was out for a duck to get a pair in this match. Later, Pujara was also caught out for 23. Ajinky Rahane along with KL Rahul remained unbeaten before rain stopped play. India and England begin the five-match Test series from August 1.
India vs Essex Practice Match Highlights
India vs Essex Practice Match ends in a draw
India and Essex ended the only warm-up match in a draw. India were India were 89/2 in the second innings against Essex when rain stopped play and the match was called a draw.
India lead by 89 runs
India end the second session at 53/2, lead by 89 runs with KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane at the crease. Essex got early breakthrough as they removed Shikhar Dhawan for a duck and then got rid of Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara departs for 23 as Walter picks up a wicket. India are 41/2. India now lead by 77 runs with KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane out in the middle
An early breakthrough for Essex as they remove Shikhar Dhawan for a duck in the second innings. Matthew Quinn has cleaned him up for 0 and India are 4/1
India begin second innings
India have begun their second innings against Essex after they made the declaration at 359/8. Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul are out in the middle as India begin the proceedings with 36-run lead
Essex resume play
Essex batsmen are back. India bowlers, on the other hand, are struggling to pick these last two wickets quickly. Ishant Sharma though has been good with his line and length and has picked three wickets so far in the innings
Essex 345/8 at lunch
Essex 345/8 at lunch, trail by 50 runs against India. The tail-enders are looking really strong in the middle. Indian bowlers need to wrap the Essex innings quickly
Ishant Sharma strikes and Walter is caught by Ajinkya Rahane for 75
Essex go past 300
Essex have gone past the 300-run mark against India. Paul Walter is looking steady and has been getting runs quite easily so far. He is dispatching the bad deliveries to the fence and is also rotating the strike nicely
Umesh Yadav gets another one - his 4th wicket in the match. He has been the cream of India's bowler. ESS 283/7
GONE! Umesh Yadav strikes and Foster has to walk back. India finally get a wicket on Day 3. Essex 277/6
Third boundary of the day and Paul Walter and James Foster are looking steady at the moment. Indian quick bowlers would be looking to pick early wickets and prevent Essex to stitch a stand
Essex begin proceedings
Essex begin the proceedings on day 3 of the warm-up match. Indian bowlers have certainly struggled to pick wickets against the County side but the visitors would now seek a turn around in this game
India vs Essex
Hello and welcome to our Live Blog on Day 3 of the India vs Essex Practice match. It has been a testing couple of days for India and the side will be eager to figure out a good bowling combination on the final day. Essex are trailing by 158 runs, and India will feel the need to bowl them out quickly to return to bat and get some more batting time before heading on to the first Test at Edgbaston.