KS Bharat struck a strong half-century to make sure that India reached 246 for 8 earlier than rain compelled early stumps on the primary day of the tour match towards a Leicestershire XI that included Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna.

India’s tour of England and Eire bought off to a shaky begin on the opening morning of the warm-up fixture towards a mixed Leicestershire and India XI on Thursday.

Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill’s opening stand of 35 ended abruptly when the youthful opener was caught behind off Will Davis for 21, with Rishabh Pant, a part of a rejigged opposition XI, taking the catch.

The wickets continued to tumble in Leicester, with three main India batters departing in fast succession Rohit Sharma (25), Hanuma Vihari (3) and Shreyas Iyer (0) becoming a member of Gill again within the hutch early.

And Ravindra Jadeja (13) was the fifth batter to fall within the morning session, leaving India 90/5 at lunch.

It was a regarding morning for India’s top-order, who significantly struggled towards Leicestershire seamers Will Davis and Roman Walker.

Two gamers with vastly contrasting profiles set about repairing the injury after lunch, with Virat Kohli and Srikar Bharat placing on a partnership of 57 within the afternoon.

Kohli’s 33 got here off 69 balls and featured 5 boundaries, together with one huge six off Prasidh Krishna, with the previous skipper trying in affordable contact earlier than he was trapped in entrance by Walker.

And Bharat strengthened his case for a primary India cap with a well timed half-century, top-scoring on the day for India.

The 28-year-old wicketkeeper-batter has been in and across the India set-up in each white-ball and red-ball cricket for 3 years, showing in quite a few squads as harm cowl however but to characteristic as a beginning participant.

Jasprit Bumrah bowled 9 rusty however helpful overs, whereas Prasidh Krishna bought by means of set of overs himself, selecting up the wicket of Shreyas Iyer alongside the best way.

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