Will Durston, Ben Slater lift Derbyshire at Tea against Indians on Day 1
Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the Indian bowlers with two wickets © Getty Images
Jul 1, 2014
Will Durston and Ben Slater‘s fifties took Derbyshire to 186 for four at Tea on Day One of India’s second warm-up match during their tour of England. Indian bowlers had the initiative in the middle overs thanks to Ravindra Jadeja‘s foxy left-armers getting them two quick breakthroughs. Durston though, put the visitors’ attack to the sword and moved the score along at a brisk pace.
Ben Slater, earlier in the day played a patient knock and crawled to his half-century minutes after the second session of the day commenced. Derbyshire opened with the pair of Ben Slater and Paul Borrington. It was a sedate start to the innings by the pair, as they added just nine runs in over five overs before Borrington succumbed to Pankaj, caught by Ajinkya Rahane. Borrington’s 17-ball innings yielded him no runs at all, as the prospects looked bleak for the hosts.
However, new man Chesney Hughes and Slater steadied the ship, and kept accumulating runs in ones and twos. With the advent of the wayward Varun Aaron and Ishant Sharma, however, the two were able to pick up a few boundaries to boost the run rate. Aaron came back well in his later overs, but Ishant continued to take a pounding, going at five runs per over at a time when the next most expensive bowler had an economy rate of 2.67.
It was Ravindra Jadeja, bowling the 26th over, who finally broke the partnership. Hughes, after looking very solid, was bowled for 23 off 60 balls.
Derbyshire 186 for 4 (Ben Slater 54, Will Durston 56* ; Ravindra Jadeja 2 for 27) vs Indians.
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