Amit Mishra’s 4 wickets helps India avoid embarrassment on final day
India had a brilliant first day of their two-day practice game against West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI at the Warner Park in St. Kitts as half centuries from Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma helped them to end the day on 258/3. The West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI’s bowlers hardly got any assistance from the pitch on the first day as they could take only 3 wickets in the entire day. However , intermittent rain and the overcast sky on the previous night gave some hopes to Indian seamers on day 2 ,but they failed to grab the chance.
Following India’s declaration on their overnight score of 258, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami began the proceedings with the ball. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was looking threatening with his inswingers. He was finally rewarded for his effort in the 7th over, when West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI’s captain Johnson edged a bowled to the slip cordon. But after that Indian bowlers had to toil hard as Rajen Chandrika and Shai Hope stitched together a long 122-run stand, that extended till the middle of the second session. With Bhuvneshwar and Shami looking clueless, captain Virat Kohli introduced Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav in the attack, but even they were unable to provide the breakthrough.
Leg spinner Amit Mishra was introduced in the 22nd over but even he was not looking too effective in the first session. Chandrika and Hope were looking well set for a big partnership as they remained unbeaten at the lunch interval.
Chandrika completed his half-century off 119 ballsy with a boundary off Shami in the 42nd over, helping Board President’s XI cross the 100-run mark in the process. Hope reached his fifty off 120 balls in the very next over. The duo completed a century stand off 222 deliveries. Both the batsmen were looking comfortable as Indian pacers were finding it hard to hit the right line and length.
The breakthrough finally came in the 48th over, when Chandrika was stumped off Mishra.
Jermaine Blackwood was dismissed on the very next ball, edging Mishra to Wriddhiman Saha , before Roston Chase saw off the hat-trick ball. However, Chase’s stay did not last long as he was dismissed by Shami in the following over. Shane Dowrich too lost his wicket a short while later, trapped in front by Yadav, as the hosts lost four wickets for 29 runs late in the second session.
Amit Mishra struck once again as he broke a 21-runs partnership between Hope and Vishaul Singh for the sixth wicket. Damion Jacobs became Mishra’s fourth victim when he failed to clear KL Rahul at mid-off. That was the last wicket to fall, as Jomel Warrican and Hope frustrated the Indian bowlers with a defiant partnership of 104 runs to take the total to 281 for 7, 23 runs ahead of India’s total. Hope went on to reach the hundred-runs mark off 208 balls while Warrican completed his fifty off 75 balls just before the end of play.
Brief scores: India 258/6 decl. (Rohit Sharma 54*, Shikhar Dhawan 51, KL Rahul 50; Jomel Warrican 2-61) vs West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI 281/7 (Shai Hope 118*, Rajendra Chandrika 69, Jomel Warrican 50*; Amit Mishra 4-67) – Match drawn.
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