India Overpower Champions Leicestershire
India 161-5 (Patel 40) beat
Leicestershire 146-7 (Vinay Kumar 3-29) by 15 runs
Twenty20 warm-up game, Grace Road
India made it three warm-up game wins out of three by beating newly-crowned Friends Life t20 champions Leicestershire by 15 runs in their final game ahead of six limited overs matches against England.
Batting first, the tourists scored 161 for five before restricting a full-strength Leicestershire side to 146 for seven in reply with Ranganath Vinay Kumar taking three for 29.
Parthiv Patel, keeping wicket as India rested Mahendra Singh Dhoni, top scored with 40 at the top of the order while Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma both made 29 in good time in a solid batting effort.
Josh Cobb, whose four wickets helped Leicestershire beat Somerset on T20 Finals Day two days previously, returned two for 22 by dismissing Dravid and Sharma.
Andrew McDonald led Leicestershire's reply with 44 in 34 balls while Will Jefferson (20) and Abdul Razzaq (37 in 24 balls) made useful contributions but Vinay Kumar removed McDonald, James Taylor (5) and Jacques du Toit (13) to take the sting out of Leicestershire's batting and put them well behind the required rate.
Amit Mishra weighed in with two for 19 and there was a wicket apiece for Praveen Kumar and Ravi Ashwin.
India take on England in a Twenty20 International at Old Trafford on 31st August before playing a series of five One-Day Internationals.
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