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Chance to fine-tune India preparations

London: After a not-so-satisfactory first game against Leicestershire, India will look to get valuable practice before the first Test when they take on Derbyshire in their second three-day tour match starting Tuesday.

The Indians may have had decent batting practice in the rain-marred game in Leicester, but bowling seemed to be an area of concern for the visitors.

With India trying out all their 18 players in a match that was not accorded first-class status, the bowling line-up leaked runs aplenty as the bottom-placed Division II County side amassed 349 for five in reply to the visitors score of 333 for four.

Ishant Sharma did pick up two wickets but gave away 64 runs in his nine overs as Leicestershire opener Agnus Robson (126) and No.3 batsman Greg Smith (101) notched up fine centuries.

Ishant will certainly have to pull up his socks and show his mettle just like he did against New Zealand. His temperament more than ability will be put to test in English conditions.

The batsmen fared much better with the top-order spending valuable time in the middle but Rahul Dravid — added as batting advisor in the lead-up to the Test series — will certainly add something to the arsenal.

Shikhar Dhawan, Gautam Gambhir and Cheteshwar Pujara scored half-centuries, while Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma too played confidence-boosting knocks later on. (PTI)