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Sunday , June 29 , 2014
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Bowlers fail to impress

Leicester: Indian bowlers struggled even under favourable conditions on a rain-hit third and final day as the visitor’s practice match against Leicestershire ended in a draw, here, on Saturday.

India managed to send down 62 overs and tried out all their front-line bowlers, but nearly all of them were taken for easy runs by the rival batsmen. In the end, the hosts finished at 349 for five in response to India’s 333 for four declared.

Opener Angus Robson (126 retired out) and No.3 batsman Greg Smith (101 retired out) both scored hundreds, putting a 221-run stand for the second wicket off 222 balls, heaping a lot of misery on the Indian bowlers who were struggling to find their line and length in English conditions.

In the short pre-lunch session, India had managed to send down 13 overs during which the hosts scored 71 for one. Bhuvneshwar Kumar opened the bowling for India and struggled to hit a good length. He bowled a seven-over spell during which he gave away runs at nearly seven-per-over and was hit for 10 boundaries.

A good cloud cover and stiff breeze made it the perfect time to bowl for medium-pacers and Pankaj Singh at the other end made perfect use of the same with a six-over spell.

The Rajasthan bowler was on the money right away, bowling with a good rhythm and consistently troubling both the batsmen. He was rewarded for his efforts when Matthew Boyce was out, caught driving on the up as Ajinkya Rahane pulled off a stunning one-handed catch at third slip.