India are all set to play the rescheduled fifth Test match against England from July 1. To get acclimatised to the English conditions, the Indian team is playing a 4-day warm-up game against Leicestershire County Cricket Club at the Uptonsteel County Ground in Leicester. The playing XI of Leicestershire features four Indian players namely Jasprit Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna, Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara.
The Indian team won the toss in the warm-up game and elected to bat first. Jasprit Bumrah was seen bowling to the Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shubhman Gill. The Indian team lost wickets quickly and were reduced to 81 for 5 before Virat Kohli and Srikar Bharat stitched a partnership of 57 runs to rescue the innings.
One of the highlights of the warm-up game so far was when Prasidh Krishna dismissed Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer for a duck right after having a conversation with Virat Kohli. At the end of the 19th over, Kohli was seen having a conversation with Krishna. It seemed as if he gave some bowling advice to the seamer.
The Indian pacer came back to bowl his next over and got Iyer on the very first ball. The ball was well outside off as Iyer looked to play it through the covers, but it nipped back in, took the thick outside edge and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant did the rest to complete the dismissal.
☝️ | Iyer (0) c Pant, b Krishna.
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Iyer was dismissed for an 11-ball duck as India’s struggle in the opening session of the practice game continued. After winning the toss, openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill got the team off to a decent start and stitched a 35-run stand.
The Indian team don’t have much time to get used to the conditions as they play England just after this warm-up game. The team is on the verge of making history as they look to win a series on English Soil after 15 years. India are currently leading the series 2-1 and will be eager to get the series win under its belt through either a win or a draw in the final Test match.