Indian Batsmen Plunder Runs
Indians 333-4 (Dhawan 60) v Leicestershire
Tour game, Grace Road, day one
India's batsmen took full advantage of a friendly wicket and an inexperienced bowling attack to reach stumps on day one of their tour game against Leicestershire at Grace Road on 333 for four.
However, although Shikhar Dhawan (60), Gautam Gambhir (54) and Cheteshwar Pujara (57) all scored half-centuries, Dhawan retired hurt after taking a blow to the arm - perhaps the only downside to a good first day of their tour of England.
Ajinkya Rahane, unbeaten on 47, and Rohit Sharma, not out on 43, also enjoyed time at the crease.
Of the eight bowlers used by Leicestershire, four have not made a single County Championship appearance this season while two - James Sykes and Michael Thornely - have one appearance to their name.
Anthony Ireland and Jigar Naik lent some experience to the attack but could only take a wicket between them as the worst first-class side in the country, if the league table is a good guide - and generally by this stage of the season, it is - was no match for India's top order.
Ireland did strike early to remove Murali Vijay for 20 in 51 balls, breaking a 46-run stand for the opening wicket before a combiation of Dhawan, Gambhir and Pujara added 119 runs for the second wicket.
Dhawan was struck and exited after medical attention with the score on 116 and both Gambhir and Pujara retired in less painful circumstances to allow their team-mates to make some runs.
Along with Vijay, Virat Kohli was the only man to miss out, as he made 29 in 49 balls before he was bowled by Shiv Thakor.
That made the score 259 for four and subsequent to that, Rahane and Sharma added 74 runs for the fifth wicket to take India to stumps.
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