Highlights, India vs Essex, warm-up match, Day 1 in Chelmsford: Karthik, Pandya steer visitors to 322/6 on opening day

Highlights, India vs Essex, warm-up match, Day 1 in Chelmsford: Karthik, Pandya steer visitors to 322/6 on opening day

22:36 (IST)

India close the first Day's play for 322 for the loss of six wickets.

Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik all scored half-centuries, Karthik still unbeaten on 82, will have a chance to get a hundred tomorrow. Giving him company is Hardik Pandya on 33.

Good day's practice for India's top order. Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara missed out big time, while Rahane did spent few minuties in the middle before he was dismissed. Lot to take from the Day 1. Catch us tomorrow as we begin our blog at 2:15 pm IST. As always it has been a pleasure.

22:35 (IST)

Stumps, Day 1

End of play then... India 322/6. DK 82* while Hardik Pandya has motored to 33* off 58 balls as well. Should be enough for overnight declaration and give the new ball to the bowlers. Unless they want the bowlers to get some batting as well. 

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

22:35 (IST)
22:19 (IST)

Hardik Pandya's cameo burst has put India across 300 and it is looking a healthier total than it looked like earlier in the day. Overall, India will be happy with this batting effort and will look to declare overnight. Another 12 minutes of play remaining. Can DK get his hundred? 

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

22:19 (IST)
22:18 (IST)

IND 311/6 after 80 overs

DK along with Pandya keep the scoreboard ticking as they complete 50-run stand for the 7th wicket. New ball taken!

22:09 (IST)

India go past 300 in the 78th over.

DK along with Pandya keep the scoreboard ticking as India go past the 300-mark. Still a little over 2 overs left before the new ball is made available.

21:56 (IST)

IND 294/6 after 74 overs

DK copies Rahul in text book manner... swivels and pulls for four... crack of the bat around Essex county club... 

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

21:56 (IST)
21:44 (IST)

India 278/6 after 71 overs

Hardik Pandya has stroked few of boundaries early in his innings. Dinesh Karthik is looking steady works the ball around for singles.He moves into 60s.

21:33 (IST)

Rahul perishes in pursuit of a big shot

Rahul miscues one off spin... was looking to clear the boundary... end of a good innings which should get him into the first Test.

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

21:33 (IST)
21:24 (IST)
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IND 261/6 in 67.3

OUT! KL Rahul falls for 58. India lose their 6th wicket. Spinner Aron Nijjar takes the wicket. Hardik Pandya comes out to the center. 

21:25 (IST)

Karthik's form in England a big plus for the Indian side.

IND 258/5

Fifty for DK... coming at 100-plus strike rate... looked in no trouble at all... motored along nicely. Seems a regular fit in the keeper-batsman slot. 

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

21:25 (IST)

Highlights

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Latest Updates:IND 322/6 after 84 overs at the close of play

Preview: India’s lone warm-up match ahead of their Test series against England Test series has been shortened by a day due to the ongoing heatwave in Britain, Essex chief executive Derek Bowden has said.

India will begin their match against Essex at Chelmsford later on Wednesday with temperatures expected to soar to a draining 30 Celsius, leading officials to truncate the fixture, which will now end on Friday instead of Saturday.

File image of Virat Kohli. Reuters

File image of Virat Kohli. Reuters

Bowden dismissed the speculation that the quality of Essex’s pitch led the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to curtail the match.

“The outfield is not unsafe and the decision has nothing to do with that. The reason the game has been cut to three days is because of the heat and the very busy schedule for the Test series,” Bowden is quoted as saying by the Telegraph.

“We had a meeting with the ECB, the BCCI this morning and agreed to cut short the match... “

India will travel to Edgbaston on Saturday to prepare for the first of their five-match series against England, which begins on 1 August.

The Test series is well poised for a showdown with the hosts winning the one-day international series after the visitors had clinched the Twenty20 tournament.

With inputs from Reuters

 

Updated Date: July 25, 2018 23:17:34 IST

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