Thursday 26 June 2014 

Indian Batsmen Plunder Runs

Shikhar Dhawan drives against Leicestershire
Shikhar Dhawan made 60 and was one of three Indians to score a half-century against Leicestershire
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Shikhar Dhawan is tended to after being hit
However, Dhawan would leave the field after being hit on the arm
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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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Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs