Practice Match Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja Among Runs On Final Day

MUMBAI: Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari and Ravindra Jadeja spent some useful time on the pitch in the drawn three-day warm-up match between India and County XI ahead of the five-Test series against England.

India, after taking a 91-run lead in the first innings, declared their second innings finished at 192 for three, setting a tough target of 284 for County XI to win. When both the teams agreed to draw the match, County XI scored 31 runs in 15.5 overs for no loss.

Cheteshwar Pujara was only able to score 21 runs in the first innings and hence the Indian team management sent him to open the innings with Agarwal in the second innings. Agarwal is set to open the innings with Rohit Sharma in the first Test with Shubman Gill being ruled out due to injury.

Agarwal scored 47 off 81 balls and Pujara scored 38 runs in 58 balls. Both of them added 87 runs for the first wicket. Vihari also kept the hope of getting a place in the middle order by scoring 43 not out off 105 balls.

Jadeja scored a half-century in the second consecutive innings. He scored 51 runs before being retired and showed that at number seven he was ready to make a useful contribution with the bat. Jadeja and Vihari added 84 runs for the third wicket.

Agarwal’s dismissal ended his partnership with Pujara. His Indian teammate Washington Sundar took the catch of off-spinner Jack Carson. Both Sundar and Avesh Khan were playing for County XI, but they will have to return home due to injuries.

Like Agarwal, Pujara also had a chance to boost his confidence by scoring big before the first Test, but he too was caught at leg slip off Carson. India landed in this match without captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane.

These two are likely to play in the practice match between the team itself. Rohit Sharma, who was captaining in this match and KL Rahul, who scored a century in the first innings, did not come out to bat in the second innings.

Umesh Yadav impressed in the bowling, while Jasprit Bumrah, who was ineffective in the final of the World Test Championship, took only one wicket.

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