India played its first practice match on Monday night to test its preparations in the World T20. In this match against England, Indian players got full opportunity to open their hands and feet. Batting first, after losing the toss, England had set a huge target of 189 runs. In reply, India won the match by seven wickets on the back of Rishabh Pant’s sensible innings after half-centuries from backup opener Ishan Kishan and KL Rahul.
England blown up in the storm of Rahul-Ishaan
India expressed confidence in the new opening pair in the practice match. From the very first over, both the batsmen were visible. In the IPL, Rahul’s bat had scored a lot of runs. Here too his form remained intact. Rahul was dismissed after scoring 51 runs in 24 balls. Now it was Ishaan Kishan’s turn. Captain Kohli was standing at one end, while Ishan kept firing in the air from the other end. Soon he also completed his half-century with a six. The brilliant batsman, who scored 33 runs in the first 29 balls, scored 37 runs in the last 17 balls of his innings at a strike rate of 217.64. Scoring 70 off 46 balls, he left the field for Suryakumar Yadav so that he too could get a chance to practice match.
Rishabh Pant won by hitting six
Even though the bat of captain Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav, who came at number three in the match, remained silent, but the wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who was promoted at number four, gave victory by hitting a six. He scored an unbeaten 29 off 14 balls with the help of one four and three sixes. When Hardik Pandya, who came at number six, came, the match was stuck. In a tense atmosphere, he also scored 16 runs in 10 balls, 12 of which came from fours. Virat scored 11 runs in 13 balls while Suryakumar could contribute only eight runs in nine balls.
Shami sent back the openersMohammed Shami, the first choice with the new ball, came on the attack in the fourth over, but his spell started with a four. After one ball, Buttler again hit him for a big four, after which Shami looked a bit upset and bowled a wide. However, on the very next ball, he leveled the account by uprooting the stump of Butler (18). When Shami returned to the attack in the last over of the powerplay, this time he walked the second opener Jason Roy (17). Shami took two wickets for 16 runs in his two overs.
Rahul Chahar thrashed
Both the spinners involved in this match i.e. Ravi Ashwin and Rahul Chahar were seen deviated from the rhythm. The experienced Ashwin was once again seen doing too much variation, on which Jonny Bairstow and David Malan scored easily. However, Chahar definitely hit Malan (18) with a slow ball. After this one wicket, there was a smile on his face, seeing that it was expected that Chahar would now bowl with confidence, but the opposite happened. Chahar then bowled several short deliveries on which runs were scored. He conceded 43 runs in his four overs. Although Ashwin was economical and conceded just 23 runs in his quota of four overs, he could not take wickets.
[Attribution to NBT]