Derbyshire Make 326 On Day One
Derbyshire 326-5 (Durston 95) v Indians
Tour game, Derby, day one
Derbyshire posted a score of 326 for five on the opening day of their three-day tour game against India as four players reached half-centuries.
After failing to impress against Leicestershire, some of India's bowlers did not enjoy a good day against a Derbyshire side that has also struggled this season.
Ben Slater (54), Billy Godleman (67 not out), Wes Durston (95) and 17-year-old wicket-keeper Harvey Hosein (53 not out) put that to one side to cap a good day for the home side.
India used eight regular bowlers before MS Dhoni bowled the final over of the day and perhaps neatly summing up India's problems, it went for 11 as Hosein reached his half-century.
Ravindra Jadeja (2-27), Pankaj Singh (1-63), Ishwar Pandey (1-34) and Stuart Binny (1-25) were India's wicket-takers.
Pankaj struck early to have Paul Borrington caught by Ajinkya Rahane for a 17-ball duck before Slater and Chesney Hughes (23) put on 70 together for the second wicket.
Jadeja bowled Hughes and had Slater caught by Dhoni and when Ishwar Pandey bowled Alex Hughes for one, Derbyshire were in an edgy position at 112 for four.
However, Godleman dug into make 67 not out in 159 balls and Durston cracked 95 in 90 balls with 14 fours and two sixes, carrying over some strong form in Twenty20 cricket into this fixture.
They added 124 together for the fifth wicket to completely change the complexion of the day and Durston was denied a century when he was caught and bowled by Binny.
Godleman ploughed on and Hosein, making his Derbyshire debut, made a fluent 53 not out in 89 balls as India toiled towards the end of the day and some of the numbers do not make pretty reading.
Ishant Sharma bowled nine no balls in his 12 overs, Varun Aaron bowled four maidens but leaked 45 in the other eight overs he bowled and even Pankaj's wicket was an expensive one.
Jadeja was by far the most economical while Pandey and Binny - the least experienced pair on the pitch - bowled tidily.
The game is India's final chance to prepare for the opening Test against England, which begins at Trent Bridge on 9th July.
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