Highlights, India vs Essex, warm-up match, Day 2 in Chelmsford: Foster, Walter guide hosts to 237/5 at Stumps, trail by 158

Highlights, India vs Essex, warm-up match, Day 2 in Chelmsford: Foster, Walter guide hosts to 237/5 at Stumps, trail by 158

22:37 (IST)

That's it from us here as we wrap coverage for Day 2. Walter and Foster remain unbeaten and have added 51 for the 6th wicket. Indian bowlers still need 5 wickets in order to bat again. Some Indian batsmen, who missed out in the first innings, would be itching to have a bat again and for that we will meet tomorrow at 2 pm onwards. Chetan Narula will be there at the ground, providing all the valuable information, so do tune in, until then it's a goodbye.

22:35 (IST)

Day 2, Stumps - Essex 237/5 after 58 Overs, trail by 158 runs
 

Stumps then at Chelmsford. Essex had finished day two at 237/5. Umesh Yadav the pick of the bowlers with 2-23 from 14 overs. Mohammed Shami started off well but was expensive in his short last spell. Ishant Sharma did the same, but controlled it towards the end to finish with 2-38. Hardik Pandya was easily the second best bowler, inducing the batsmen forward and should have got a wicket or two. 

 
Shardul Thakur had a good outing as well, though it is difficult to see him get in. Ravindra Jadeja bowled only 2 out of 58 overs so it was a hectic work out for the pacers. He went for quite a few runs and it will be interesting to see if he bowls on day three. 

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

22:35 (IST)
22:06 (IST)

In case you're wondering why Ravichandran Ashwin hasn't bowled yet, here's why:

So apparently, the news is that Ashwin was hit on his finger in the morning practice. He did bowl in the lunch break and word is that it is only a minor bother. He should be fine, but that is the reason why he hasn't taken the field. 

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

22:06 (IST)
21:59 (IST)

Essex 200/5

Foster and Walter have frustrated India as they look to avoid lose a wicket towards the end of Day 2. No signs of Ravichandran Ashwin.

21:31 (IST)
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Essex loses half side- Essex 186/5. 

OUT! Umesh Yadav gets some swing late in the day to get rid of Rishi Patel. He is bowling into the wind, just hint of movement and takes the outside edge.. He has bowled really well, been the pick of the bowlers. Want to talk about selection?  He should play the first Test after missing out the entire South African tour.

21:10 (IST)

After 41 overs, Essex 169/4

Breakthrough for India. Finally Pepper falls for 68 with a strike-rate of 90-plus. Ishant Sharma with a lucky second wicket gets inside edge on to his stumps and bowled. 

20:57 (IST)

Essex 150/3, after 38 overs

Boundary off the last ball, but Thakur is bowling a nice spell. Shami at the other end and these two started off proceedings after tea. Pepper got to his half-century. Solid effort against a Test quality attack. 

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

20:57 (IST)
20:15 (IST)

Day 2, Tea  - Essex 130/3  after 34 Overs, trail by 265 runs

Last ball of the session and through the slip cordon for four.Thakur has been good in his short spell and India will be happy with their pacers in this session. Hard work under the sun but it's gone well. 

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

20:15 (IST)
20:09 (IST)
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Essex 113/3

OUT! Wicket for Thakur. Jadeja takes the catch at backward point. Miscued shot from Westley. He lived by the sword and died by it. The pull shot was not really there as Thakur got some extra pace to take his first wicket. 

20:02 (IST)

Spin for the first time in the 31st over as Ravindra Jadeja comes into the attack

Chetan Narula, Freelance Cricket journalist at Chelmsford

20:02 (IST)

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Latest update:Day 2, Stumps - Essex 237/5 after 58 Overs, trail by 158 runs
Stumps then at Chelmsford. Essex had finished day two at 237/5. Umesh Yadav the pick of the bowlers with 2-23 from 14 overs. Mohammed Shami started off well but was expensive in his short last spell. Ishant Sharma did the same, but controlled it towards the end to finish with 2-38. Hardik Pandya was easily the second best bowler, inducing the batsmen forward and should have got a wicket or two.

 Shardul Thakur had a good outing as well, though it is difficult to see him get in. Ravindra Jadeja bowled only 2 out of 58 overs so it was a hectic work out for the pacers. He went for quite a few runs and it will be interesting to see if he bowls on day three.

1st day, report: Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik scored an aggressive 82 not out while captain Virat Kohli warmed up nicely for the first Test against England with a half century as India recovered from early jitters to post 322 for 6 on the opening day of their three-day tour-match against county side Essex.

Opener Murali Vijay (53 ff 113 balls) and Lokesh Rahul (58 off 92 balls) also scored a half century each after the visitors opted to bat after winning the toss.

Coming at number seven at the fall of Kohli (68) in the second session, Karthik smashed as many as 14 fours from 94 deliveries to remain not out on 82 along with Hardik Pandya (33 not out off 58 balls).

File image of Indian Test team. Reuters

File image of Indian Test team. Reuters

Karthik stitched 114 runs with Rahul for the sixth wicket to take India's score past the 300 mark.

Kohli, who had struggled all through the previous Test tour of England in 2014, was instrumental in reviving the Indian innings after the visiting side were reduced to 5/2 in the third over and 44/3 in the 19th over.

He came out at number five at the fall of Ajinkya Rajhne (17 off 47 balls) and along with Vijay resurrected the Indian innings with a 93-ball 68 which was studded with 12 fours. The 90 runs he shared with Vijay four the fourth laid the foundation for the likes of Karthik and Rahul to flourish down the order as India batted for 84 overs.

With his 92-ball 58 which was studded with 12 boundaries, Rahul himself made out a case to be in the playing eleven in some point of time in the long Test tour.

After all the drama over the condition of the pitch and the outfield at this ground, which apparently led to the curtailing of the match by one day, the Indians won the toss and got down to the business of spending time at the middle ahead of the five-match Test series beginning in Birmingham on 1 August.

The Indian side were, however, in the dock initially with opener Shikhar Dhwan being dismissed for a first ball duck while one down Cheteshwar Pujara made just one before he was out in the third over, leaving the visitors at 5/2.

Dhawan was caught behind as the top-order found new ball bowler Matt Coles (2-31) too hot to handle. Coles also dismissed Pujara cheaply, caught behind again, leading to Rahane coming out at number four.

Even in the practice game, it was surprising to see Rahane walk out to bat at number four. He was dropped at first slip when on four, while Vijay also enjoyed an extra life when dropped at second slip when on six.

Vijay was also dropped at first slip when on 18. It would have made India's start even worse, but together they added 39 runs for the third wicket and somehow stabilised the innings.

T were a lot of streaky edges from both batsmen as the new ball continued to move around. Rahane, in the 19th over, finally nicked behind to reward Matthew Quinn (1-27) who used the pitch's slope to generate away swing.

It brought Kohli to the crease as the Essex crowd welcomed him with cheers. And immediately, the visiting skipper got down to business, unleashing an array of boundaries against the wayward Paul Walter (2-90).

At one point in the first session, Kohli was scoring at 100-plus strike rate as India went to lunch at 100/3.

Making his lives count, Vijay scored his half-century off 104 balls. Kohli, at the other end, got to his half-century off 67 balls, and he was key in keeping the scorecard ticking.

Walter managed to rectify his line and length for a small passage of play before tea, as he removed both set batsmen in the space of four overs. Vijay was bowled, while Kohli was snapped up at first slip, Varun Chopra making no mistake for a change.

India went to tea at 201/5 with Rahul and Karthik building up a solid partnership. The duo played some attacking shots, especially Rahul, who seemed to have shrugged off the disappointment of getting dropped after his duck at Lord's.

Rahul scored his half-century off 77 balls, while Karthik played shots all over the park. The two matched each other stroke for stroke, even playing identical pull strokes. They put on 114 runs for the sixth wicket, and added respectability to India's total.

Later, Rahul holed out, miscuing off left-arm spinner Aron Nijjar (1-36). Karthik and Hardik Pandya batted out the remainder of the day.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: July 26, 2018 23:01:04 IST

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