The practice match played between Indians and County XI ended in a draw on Thursday. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja played a brilliant innings on the last day of the three-day practice match at the Riverside Ground. He retired after scoring 51 runs, thus Indians declared their second innings at 192 for three and set a target of 284 runs for County XI to take a 283-run lead. The County XI, who were all out for 220 in the first innings, scored 31 for no loss when the match was declared to be drawn.
Earlier, County XI were supposed to start their first innings at 220 for nine this morning but Avesh Khan could not get to the crease due to injury and his first innings ended here. Craig Miles remained unbeaten on 11 balls for County XI. For the Indians, Umesh Yadav took three wickets and Mohammad Siraj took two wickets while Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul, Jadeja and Axar Patel got one wicket each.
Cheteshwar Pujara was only able to score 21 runs in the first innings and hence the Indian team management sent him to open the innings with Agarwal in the second innings. Agarwal is set to open the innings with Rohit Sharma in the first Test with Shubman Gill ruled out due to injury.
Agarwal scored 47 off 81 balls and Pujara scored 38 runs in 58 balls. Both of them added 87 runs for the first wicket. Vihari also kept his hopes of getting a place in the middle order with 43 not out off 105 balls. Jadeja scored a half-century in the second consecutive innings. He scored 51 runs before being retired and showed that at number seven he was ready to make a useful contribution with the bat. Jadeja and Vihari added 84 runs for the third wicket.