India vs Leicestershire Day 2 Match Summary:
Indians (18 ov) 246/8d & 80/1
Day 2 – Indians lead by 82 runs.
After Indians (read KS Bharat) piled up 246 in the first innings after declaring for 246. Leicestershire had a long way to go. With no first-choice players for the team, they weren’t too left behind. They looked to be folded early. With top batters scoring just 3, 1, and 0. Let us dive into
However, Pant was there to respond to the ball queries in the 14th over, at 44 for 3. Cheteshwar Pujara, who was trying to cut Mohammed Shami, was one of the wickets. And while the Indians carried on with a second productive practice day, he brightened a dismal day at Grace Road.
With both conventional and creative strokes, Pant outplayed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, and Shardul Thakur (Jasprit Bumrah played for Leicestershire) to hit 76 off 87 balls and offset the Indians’ 246 first-innings total that was declared overnight. He helped his team score 244, trailing behind by just 2 runs.
As India came on to bat again, Rohit Sharma was replaced by KS Bharat. Bharat had scored a fifty in the first innings. Jasprit Bumrah also didn’t bowl. As a result, Navdeep Saini was given the opportunity to bowl, and he dismissed Shubman Gill with his second loose in-between shot of the game.
The Indians are in the lead and on Day 3 the focus will be on big names such as captain Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. The players have looked out of touch and people are desperate to see them perform. Bumrah has a good opportunity to get accustomed to England’s conditions. He will be the lead bowler for the team.
It is great news to learn about Rishabh Pant and KS Bharat’s form. Shubhman Gill’s shot selection remains a concern. We hope the match is helping India learn about conditions and finalize on playing XI for the test against England.