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

Date: Wednesday, 25 July, 2018 22:36 IST Match Status: Yet to Start
  • 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.

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

    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

    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? 

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

    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... 

  • 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.

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

    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.

  • 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. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

    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. 

  • India 256/5

    FIFTY! Dinesh Karthik completes his half-century, moves to 53 off 51 balls. Played some really good strokes in his innings. Rahul and Karthik forged a 100-run stand as well.

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

    Rahul carries his good form from Indian summer to England

    Fifty up for Rahul off 77 balls... hasn't put a foot wrong really... spanking form mirroring that from the IPL... if there is one man you ought to pick based on form and merit on this tour, it is him. 

  • IND 238/5 after 63 overs

    KL Rahul completes a well-composed half-century. Karthik into 40s as well.

  • IND 232/5 after 61 overs

    With the help seven boundaries Karthik has raced to 38 off 31 deliveries. KL Rahul is batting on 49.

  • Essex right arm quick continues to hunt for his first wicket

    Dixon works up pace again... and he is still moving the ball... Rahul goes in to play, thinking this was moving away but it darted in and he pulled out at the last minute... perhaps kissed his arm... almost a full blooded hit that judging from batsman's reaction at least... 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

    Dinesh dealing in boundaries

    Spanking shot from DK... cover drive for four... he is into his 30s now... looking good. Hasn't played a false stroke yet. 

  • IND 217/5

    Four boundaries already in the third session of play.

    Rahul & Karthik on 41 and 31 respectively.

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

    Loud loud shot... Rahul survives... might just have been too much height... Matt Dixon works up good pace. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

    Tea session begins

    Absolutely spanking drive for four from DK... the third session has begun. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

    KL Rahul looking in fine nick

    Tea time at Chelmsford then... India have reached 201/5. Rahul looking in superb touch, just like early in the summer, and looks to have shrugged off his duck at Lord's. You can also say he has already played himself in the playing eleven... just who will sit out is the question. Maybe we will have the answer in second innings. 

  • Tea, Day 1

    India end the afternoon session on 201/5 after 56 overs. The visitors added 101 in the second session of play having lost the wickets Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli. KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik stitched a solid partnership of 54.

  • India 197/5 after 55 overs

    KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik combine forces to forge a solid 50-run stand. Rahul has so far looked in good touch and taken over from captain Virat Kohli.

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

    IND 190/5

    Superb pull from Rahul... swivels on his backfoot... short ball and pulled to the boundary... Rahul has taken on the baton from Virat in this session.... 

  • India 185/5. First over of spin in the 52nd over of the innings. Left-arm spinner Aron Nijjar into the attack.

  • KL Rahul is on 28 currently. Do you agree with this opinion?

  • Video: Kohli's dismissal

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

    Two wonderful strokes from Rahul in that last over... leaning into the drives, full and on the front foot, close to his body and in his zone... looks the second best batsman for India today... almost matching Virat! 

  • Rahul motoring along nicely, keeping the scoreboard ticking

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

    India 163/5

    Shots! Drives on the either side for both Rahul and DK... the latter almost digging out the ball but what timing... 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

    First loose shot from Virat all day... plays away from the body and Walter has his wicket... Chopra, who dropped a couple at first slip takes this one... Virat out for 68. Dinesh Karthik in. 

  • OUT! Virat Kohli gone! caught by Varun Chopra at first slip off Paul Walter's bowling. He is dismissed for 68, India 147/5

  • At the end of 44th over, India have 146/4 on the board.

    Virat Kohli continues to find the fence, 12 times in his innings of 68. KL Rahul getting his eye in.

  • Watch the stroke that got Indian captain Virat Kohli to his half-century

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

    OUT! M Vijay gone for 53, IND 134/4

    Nips back from length... the left-arm bowler Walter hasn't bowled well... but he gets this one to come in after pitching... from behind the batsman seemed like it kissed Vijay's thigh pad before knocking back his off stump... but there was a large gap between bat and pad. And he's bowled for 53. KL Rahul is in now... 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

    Goes on to show Virat is batting in different league here

    Seven fours in half-century for Vijay and a few of them were streaky... cannot say that about even a single one of Virat's nine boundaries... what a rampaging half-century so far...

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

    What a start for Kohli in red ball leg of this England tour India 131/3

    Virat has back to back fours and half-century off 67 balls.... stupendous stroke making... if Anderson is preparing with a county game this weekend, Kohli is getting up the gears as well. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

    104-ball half-century for Vijay... streaky through the slip cordon but effective in the end... he is in his element now... leaving well and picking the boundary balls easily.

  • FIFTY! Murali Vijay raises his half-century with a boundary.

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

    Kohli gets four off the last ball to have the final say!

    Virat responds... on the front foot and cover driven for four... what an over... what entertainment for crowd at Chelmsford... this summer is all about Virat, isn't it? 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

    Quinn's movement causes some trouble

    Quinn is getting that movement through that slope to the right... almost a leading edge from Virat... And now again... completely squared him up...  another magnificent over from Quinn.

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

    Captain Kohli on fire!

    Shot! Virat continues his spanking hot form... on drives for four and not a fielder moved... brilliant shot to follow the one in the first session through cover... 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

    We are back again... and loud appeal off the second ball against Vijay for lbw... he survives on 45*. 

  • The players back on the field for the second session of play. India 100/3

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

    India hitting the nets during lunch break... DK, Ashwin and Rahul batting

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

    Interesting insights on the ground and how Kohli has adapted to counter the outward movement

    One of the BBC commentators told me about the slope on the pitch towards right of the ground... it is because of the long square which has nearly 20 pitches... so because of that slope there is some outswing and it takes the ball shaping away from the right hander... that's how Rahane got out. But Virat's trigger movement has covered that well enough so far.

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

    Kohli's new methods to bat in English conditions.

    The best part about Virat's knock so far is the trigger movement... he has looked to come on to the front foot as early as possible and easily shifted his weight. The top order, especially Pujara and Rahane, were trying to wait out a little and play on the backfoot. Cost Pujara dearly even as Dhawan fell cheaply too. There are question marks over Pujara's inclusion in the first Test and it remains to be seen what Rahul can do here. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

    Kohli at his authoritative best!

    Virat Kohli has simply taken the game from its neck... he has looked batting on a truly different wicket. The top order felt as if they were batting on a rampant green top with the new ball doing a lot. It can be said that the wicket eased out a bit and ball lost its shine after an hour... but, scoring at nearly 100 is different. He played a gorgeous drive through cover which was shot of the day. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

    Vijay, the grafter, has waded through the tough phase

    Vijay has been solid at one end... he has batted time and in the first hour was very patchy. Some really dangerous streaky shots and a couple nicks that were put down... truth told he is lucky to be there... but he has shrugged that off and in the second hour enjoyed batting here. A couple of the drives towards midwicket were particularly brilliant. He is hanging in there which is all that matters really. 

  • Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

    Lunch at Chelmsford and India have motored to 100/3. Vijay is 45 not out after surviving two dropped catches while Virat Kohli has set the hectic pace. 32 off 34 balls... 

  • Lunch, Day 1: Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli steer India to 100 for the loss of three wickets after 28 overs.

    The duo added 56 off 58 balls, has been a good counter attack. Will be an interesting second session and will be intruging to see once the spinners come to bowl in the afternoon session. Join us after the break.

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: Jul 25, 2018





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