The Indian batsmen had a good outing in the first tour game © AFP
Jul 1, 2014
Indian bowling was put to the sword on Day one. Infact it looked like it was the Derbyshire batsmen who were working a sweat before the start of their next county fixture. Harvey Hosein has brought up his half century and Godleman’s defence still looks solid. Ishant Sharma and Pankaj Singh were taken to the cleaners and even MS Dhoni tried his hand with the ball. It was rather expensive one though.
Harvey Hossain has taken over from Durston and is finding the gaps at will. Indians are wilting on the field and if today is anything to go by, Indians have their work cut out for the rest of the series. Goldeman on the other hand is in no hurry to throw his wicket away and is looking to do what Durston couldn’t — bring up his century.
Billy Godleman has steadied the ship for Derbyshire afte the fall of Wes Durston’s wicket. He completes his half century and is well supported by Harvey Hosein who too has settled in nicely.
Stuart Binny dismisses Wes Durston for 95 and gives India the much needed breakhrough! He is now a strong contender to be selected in the starting XI.
OUT! W Durston 95 (90)
Wes Durston clearly loves batting against the Indian bowlers! He reaches to 91 of just 84 balls. The Derbyshire batsman scores 20 runs of one Pankaj Singh over. Godleman is happy to just give strike to his partner who seems to be giving the Indians a tough day.
Despite the loss of two quick wickets, Wes Durston has come out all guns blazing and completed his half century. Godleman, on the other hand, looks in no hurry and has played a patient knock.
Wes Durston has made a mockery of the bowlers so far and has cruised to a breezy fifty. Goldeman continues to frustrate the bowlers and Indian bowlers are running out of ideas at the moment.
Wes Durston has come on and has shown aggressive intent right from the word go. He has been severe on the spinners and cleared the ropes too. Goldeman, on the other hand has just dropped anchor and enjoying the fun at the other end.
Double whammy for India and its Ravindra Jadeja who is at it again and he takes the big wicket of Ben Slater, who was looking good for a big score. He nicks it to Dhoni and Ishwar Pandey also gets into the act by cleaning up Alex Hughes’s stumps.
OUT! B Slater c Dhoni b Jadeja 54 (121), OUT! A Hughes b Ishwar 1 (10)
Spin comes into play and Ravindra Jadeja is looking promising after taking a wicket. Ben Slater has dropped anchor and is looking good for a big knock here. Weather still holds the key in the latter half of the day’s play.
Sharma to continue. Looks like over-stepping is a serious issue for him today. Hughes comes to the party. Hits another boundary. Yet another expensive over. Seven runs came off it. Aaron into his third. It’s a maiden. Ishant continues. Over-steps yet again. But bowls a tidy over. Only one run came off that over. Ravindra Jadeja into the attack. OUT! Sends Hughes back to the pavilion, bowled him. And with that the umpires calls for Lunch on Day One.
OUT! C Hughes 23(60) b Jadeja
Bhuvneshwar to continue. It’s a boundary. Slater starting to get the better off Bhuvneshwar. Four runs of the over. Here’s the first bowling change. Varun Aaron has been handed the ball. Slater welcomes Aaron with a boundary. He’s looking in good touch. Six runs came off Aaron’s first over. Ishant Sharma comes back on now. Slater looking dangerous. Looks like he’s deal boundaries now. Ishant bowled well after being hit for four off his second ball. Only four off it. Aaron to continue. Hughes joins the party. FOUR more. Hughes launched at him. Ishant to bowl his second over. Two no balls and a boundary off one bowled at Slater’s pads. Followed by another boundary of the next ball. Sharma finding it difficult to find the correct line and length. 10 runs came off that over. Aaron continues. India looking desperate to break this partnership. He bowls a maiden over.
Pankaj to continue. Recovers well, it’s a maiden over with four leg byes to Slater. Kumar continues to impress with the new ball, bowls yet another maiden over. Pankaj again. Bowls a tidy over. Only 2 runs came off it. Kumar again. Bowled a superb over until Huges got the better of him, and scored a boundary of the last ball. Pankaj continues. And another tidy one. Only three runs came off it. Hughes and Slater trying to build a partnership, and the Indians would love to get a wicket now.
Kumar to continue. Yet another maiden. Derbyshire batsmen are finding it difficult to score agains the Indian pacers. Pankaj continues. Bowls a maiden. Bhuvneshwar again. First boundary of the derbyshire innings comes off the bat of Hughes.Four runs from the over. Pankaj to continue. Hughes and Slater looking good, 12 runs came off that over. Slater hit two boundaries in it. An expensive one after a good start from Pankaj. Kumar still has the new ball. Yet another tidy over from him, only two runs came off it.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts proceedings. It’s Ben Slater on strike. Quiet start, just a single off the over. Pankaj Singh opens with Bhuvneshwar. And it’s a maiden over, with four leg byes to Slater. Bhuvneshwar again. Another maiden. Good start for India. Pankaj again. Just two off it. Borrington yet to open his account. Bhuvneshwar continues. He bowls a no ball. Pankaj again. OH HE’S GOT HIS MAN! Borrington departs for a duck, caught Rahane bowled Pankaj. The Indians have drawn first blood. Chesney Hughes is the new man in.
OUT! P Borrington 0(17) c Rahane b Pankaj
Derbyshire have won the toss and have elected to bat first. This will be an ideal opportunity for the Indian bowlers to find some rhythm and form ahead of the first Test on July 9.
Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the first day’s play between the touring Indian side and Derbyshire at the County ground in Derby. The Indians will be aiming to make most of the opportunity before the first Test match against a struggling English outfit begins on July 9. This is India’s second tour match as the first was against Leicestershire, which ended in a lame draw with one full day being washed out.
India would eagerly be watching their bowlers closely, as Ishant Sharma, the senior most pacer struggled in the first match and was even heckled by the Indian fans present at Grace Road. The others too weren’t impressive as India tried out all their 18 players in the game.
The batsmen, however, had a good run in the game as the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara scored half-centuries and the others such as Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma played well to start the tour on a positive note.
According to a PTI report, like the previous game, India’s next opponents too haven’t fared well in the County Championship this season, struggling in division two. But with the visitors trying out various permutations and combinations, Derbyshire will look to put a spanner in India’s works. More importantly, the weather forecast is only of isolated showers through the three days.
India: Mahendra Dhoni (c&wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Ishwar Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha, Pankaj Singh, Varun Aaron, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Derbyshire: Wayne Madsen (c), Paul Borrington, Peter Burgoyne, Shivnarine Chanderpaul (unavailable), Jonathan Clare, Greg Cork, Ben Cotton, Gareth Cross (wk), Christ Durham, Wes Durston, Tim Groenewald, Scott Elstone, Mark Footitt, Billy Godleman, Matt Higginbottom, Alex Hughes, Chesney Hughes, Richard Johnson, Tom Knight, Johny Marsden, Stephen Moore, Marcus North, Tony Palladino, Tom Poynton, Ben Slater, Tom Taylor, Mark Turner, David Wainwright.