Fast bowler Umesh Yadav performed well with the new ball in the warm-up match against the County XI on Wednesday to make it to the Indian XI ahead of the five-Test series against England. strengthened its claim. On behalf of the host team, opener Haseeb Hameed celebrated his return to the national team after a long time by scoring a century. County XI scored 220 runs in their first innings in reply to India's 311 at the end of the second day's play of the three-day warm-up match. In this way, India has got a lead of 91 runs in the first innings. Opener Hameed was selected in England's 17-man squad for the first two Test matches against India on Wednesday itself. The 24-year-old batsman celebrated it by playing an innings of 112 runs. Hameed has returned to the England team after 2016.
Umesh led the Indian bowlers and took three wickets for 22 runs in 15 overs. He, along with Jasprit Bumrah (1 for 29) and Mohammad Siraj (2 for 32), shook the top order of the County XI. County XI's score was 56 for four at one point. Umesh bowled opener Jack Libby (12), after which Bumrah showed the way to the pavilion as soon as new batsman Robert Yates (one) came. Wicketkeeper KL Rahul took his catch. Siraj did not let his teammate Washington Sundar (I) get caught by Rohit Sharma to cement his claim for the all-rounder's spot in the Indian team.
Jadeja got a wicket
Sundar and fast bowler Avesh Khan are playing for County XI as some players have gone into isolation. Avesh is injured and he will not be able to play further in this match. He is also set to be out of England tour. Umesh bowled captain Will Rhodes (11) and then dismissed Lyndon James (27) to break his 75-run partnership with Hameed for the fifth wicket. Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (1 for 55) got wicketkeeper-batsman James Riu (2) caught by captain Rohit.
Hameed played a long innings
Shardul Thakur (1 for 31), the fourth fast bowler in the Indian XI, also impressed with his bounce. He ended his long innings by getting Hameed caught by Rahul. Hameed played 246 balls and hit 13 fours. In the home series against England, left-arm spinner Axar Patel (1 for 41), who showed the batsmen the stars during the day, took the last wicket as Liam Patterson White (33).
India extended their first innings lead of 306 for nine in the morning but lost the wicket of Bumrah (five) in just 18 balls. Siraj remained unbeaten on three runs. The highlight of the Indian innings was the century of Rahul (101) while Jadeja scored 75 runs.