Indian Bowlers Struggle On Final Day
Indians 333-4 (Dhawan 60, Pujara 57) drew with
Leicestershire 349-5 (Robson 126, Smith 101)
Tour game, Grace Road
India's bowlers found the going tough as Leicestershire reached 349 for five before a rain-interrupted tour game at Grace Road was drawn.
Angus Robson - brother of England opener Sam - and Greg Smith both scored centuries after India had struck early to dismiss captain Matthew Boyce.
After that, however, the home side held sway and both Robson and Smith would retire before India used 10 bowlers in all; even Cheteshwar Pujara turned his arm over.
All 18 members of their touring party played some part in the match, one of just two before the opening Test against England begins at Trent Bridge on 9th July.
As expected, after the entire second day's play was abandoned due to rain, which continued to threaten on the final day, India declared on their score of 333 for four.
Just 7.4 overs into Leicestershire's innings, Ajinkya Rahane took a fine catch to dismiss Boyce off the bowling of Pankaj Singh but his fellow seamers were struggling.
Bhuveneshwar Kumar leaked runs early on and Ishant Sharma endured a horrendous start to his third tour of England.
His first over included four fours and four no balls, and he would go on to bowl two further no balls later in the day, conceding 64 runs in nine overs while Bhuveneshwar finished with nought for 46 in seven.
Robson struck 126 in 146 balls with 24 fours and Smith struck 101 in 102 balls with 17 fours and two sixes.
Both sixes came off left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja and the latter saw him reach three figures, after which he retired, along with Robson.
Dan Redfern reached a half-century in just 49 balls and Leicestershire brought up the 300 when Michael Thornely (23 not out) hit Jadeja for another six.
There was some late cheer for Ishant when he dismissed Redfern and Tom Wells (0) in two balls before the two sides shook hands once the final hour began.
Half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan (60), Pujara (57) and Gautam Gambhir (54) helped India pile on the runs on the opening day before the rain arrived to interrupt their preparations.
The will now make the short trip to play Derbyshire in a four-day game that begins on 1st July.
© Cricket World 2014
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