The ongoing practice match between Team India and County Select XI has produced some excellent red-ball cricket at Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street. Rohit Sharma's side registered a total of 311 in the first innings on the back of a brilliant 101-run knock by wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul. While India's top order failed to make a major impact, Ravindra Jadeja smashed a scintillating half-century batting at number 6.
As India came out to bowl on Wednesday, the onus was on the trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Siraj to deliver the goods. After the County Select XI had gone off to a steady start, Umesh Yadav provided the crucial breakthrough when he clean bowled Jake Libby. The 33-year-old pacer continued to trouble the opposition batsmen throughout the afternoon and came up with a magical delivery later on to dismiss host team's skipper Will Rhodes.
What a cracking delivery by Yadav!
It was the fifth delivery of the 28th over and the ball had gone slightly old. However, it did not stop Umesh Yadav from showing his class. Bowling from round the wicket, the right-arm pacer bowled the delivery at a good length which was nipping inside the left-handed batsman. However, the ball drifted away at the very last moment which completely bamboozled Rhodes as the ball went on to hit the sticks, giving India their 4th wicket of the innings.
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Mixed outing for Indian bowlers in Durham
It was a mixed outing for the Indian bowlers on Wednesday against the County Select XI. At the time of writing, the score of the home side read 212/8 in 82 overs. Umesh Yadav was undoubtedly the star of the show, registering bowling figures of 15-7-22-3. However, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj weren't at their lethal best as they could scalp only one and two wickets respectively. The spinners did not seem to get much assistance and as a result Axar Patel remained wicketless so far.
For County side, opener Haseeb Hameed played a mesmerizing knock of 112 runs and certainly justified his selection in England's Test squad for the first two games against India.