India vs Sri Lanka A Practice Match, Leicester 2007

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IND v SL-A Practice Match, Leicester, Day 2: India, Sri Lanka 'A' play out a draw

The Indian batting stumbled in the second innings even as their three-day practice cricket match against Sri Lanka 'A' ended in a draw at the Grace Road ground on Sunday.
Set a target of 294 for victory in 55 overs, the Indians struggled before ending the match at 187 for six as the overs ran out for the Lankans. Of particular concern to the Indian camp ahead of the third Test against England, starting at The Oval on August 9, would be the second failure of VVS Laxman (3) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni who made one.
Skipper Rahul Dravid, who showed a welcome return to runs with an unbeaten 67 in the first innings, dropped himself down the order but could manage only 15.
However, opener Wasim Jaffer produced another impressive knock scoring 55 at the top of the order. Left-hander Gautam Gambhir held one end up with an unbeaten 53. Ramesh Powar was the other not out batsman on 14.
Despite the fact that the teams had agreed to bat for 60 overs each in the second innings, the Lankans didn't declare till 15 minutes after lunch.
Practice Match, Leicester, Day 3 : Sri Lanka 'A' 266-10 & 265 for 7 drew with India 238-5 d & 187 for 6

IND v SL-A Practice Match, Leicester, Day 2: Vandort, Perera help Sri Lanka A extend lead

Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid scored half-centuries to lift India against Sri Lanka 'A' on day two of the three-day tour match against Sri Lanka 'A' at the Leicestershire County Club ground at Grace Road in Leicester yesterday.
Both batsmen scored 67 each as India declared their first innings at 238 for five, 28 runs short of Sri Lanka A's first innings total. In reply, Michael Vandort once again scored a half-century (61 n.o.) as Sri Lanka 'A' reached 112 for 1, stretching their overall lead to 140 runs.
Dilruwan Perera was unbeaten on a solid knock of 48, inclusive of 10 boundaries, as the two batsmen put on unbroken 110 runs for the second wicket. While Dravid and Gambhir scored half-centuries, some of the other batsmen failed to utilize the opportunity to get some useful batting practice on a good batting wicket. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was dismissed for a second ball duck, while VVS Laxman played a rash shot to be dismissed for 14. For Sri Lanka, pacer Dammika Prasad took two wickets but conceded 72 runs in 12 overs. Rangana Herath also toiled hard, taking two wickets for 62 runs in 18 overs.
Earlier, resuming at 25 for one, Indian batsmen Gautam Gambhir and Wasim Jaffer looked to get their eye with some sensible batting in the first hour. The two batsmen made sure that they made most of the practice match by looking to spend as much time as possible on a good batting wicket. They started the day nervously as both the batsmen played and missed quite a few times, while a few leg before wicket appeals were also made in the first hour. But once they got their eye in, they started to open out with shots on both sides of the wicket. Gambhir and Jaffer added 85 runs for the opening wicket before the latter was dismissed, caught at mid-on, trying to loft spinner Rangana Herath. The Mumbai opener made 48, hitting six boundaries in his 101-ball knock. Gambhir continued scoring runs at a good rate and time and again looked to charge the spinners. Captain Dravid got off the mark in fine style, with a cracking boundary on the off-side.
Practice Match, Leicester, Day 2 (close): Sri Lanka 'A' 266-10 & 112-1 v India 238-5 d

IND v SL-A Practice Match, Leicester, Day 1: Bose restricts Sri Lanka 'A' to 266

Bengal pacer Ranadeb Bose (5/51) picked up his five wicket haul of England tour as India bowled out Sri Lanka 'A' for 266 runs on the opening day of their three-day warm up game at Grace Road.
India finished the day at 25 for one after losing the wicket of Dinesh Kaarthick (11). Wasim Jaffer (7) and Gautam Gambhir (3) were at the crease when stumps were drawn.
The Sri Lanka 'A' innings revolved around Michael Vandort (52) and Thiulan Samaraweera (75). Sri Lanka 'A' after opting to bat were sailing along merrily at 105 for 1, before Bose's excellent spell just before and after lunch removed Dilruwan Perera (34), Malinda Warnapura (3) Michael Vandort in quick succession. Just before tea, Bose trapped Kaushal Lokuarachchi (35) leg before.
The Bengal pacer eventually wrapped up the innings when he had Chanaka Welegedara (1) caught at the wicket. Ramesh Powar, meanwhile, bowled well on a decent pitch after he was introduced as early as the 10th over of the innings.
He took a wicket in his first over when he dismissed Mehela Udawatta (20) and then he went on to mop up the tail removing Thiulan Samaraweera (75), Rangana Herath (0) and Akalanka Ganegama (0) as Sri Lanka A lost its last four wickets for just seven runs.
Practice Match, Leicester, Day 1 (close): Sri Lanka 'A' 266-10 v India 25-1

IND v SL-A Practice Match, Leicester: India to rest key players against Sri Lanka 'A'

The eight-day gap between Tests, a luxury in modern cricket, gives the Indians a chance to take on Sri Lanka 'A' on English soil.
The post-match celebrations at Trent Bridge were relatively muted as several players spent time with their wives on tour with little opportunity for a united 'we-stuffed-them' kind of party. The Grace Road fixture in Leicester starting Friday should come as a welcome break. Two hard-fought Test matches left many in the Indian team spent and this is a chance to recharge before heading to the Kennington Oval for the third and final Test.
Less than half of India's squad had a net session ahead of the tour match and most of the top players will be rested from the encounter. Wasim Jaffer, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Ramesh Powar, Ishant Sharma and Ranadeb Bose were the ones who trained in the nets for about two hours, and it is they who will take the field.
Rahul Dravid, who observed proceedings for half an hour without actually having a bat, is also likely to play, hoping to rediscover his form before the Oval encounter. Mahendra Singh Dhoni needs a game, mainly to get his glove work in order. He's seen his keeping fall to pieces during the tour, yet hasn't dropped a single catch in either Test.
Up against the Indians will be a more athletic side from the subcontinent. Sri Lanka A will go into their penultimate game of the tour upbeat, especially after their one-wicket victory over Yorkshire two days back.
Thilan Samaraweera's side have lost just one of their seven matches on this tour so far with Kaushal Silva and Mahela Udawatte stringing together some useful scores. The medium-pacer Ishara Amarasinghe and legspinner Kaushal Lokuarachchi, two bowlers who've worn national colours, have also posed plenty of problems for the batsmen around the county circuit.
India Team (from): Wasim Jaffer, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid (Captain), V.V.S. Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Wicket Keeper), Anil Kumble, S. Sreesanth, Ramesh Powar, Ishant Sharma, Ranadeb Bose.

India vs England 2007 Cricket Series

India vs Sri Lanka A Practice Match, Leicester


Sri Lanka A won the toss and decided to bat
266 all out (76.2 overs)
265 for 7 (64.0 overs)
238 for 5 (68.0 overs)
187 for 6 (55.0 overs)

Sri Lanka A 1st Innings - All out
Vandort c Gambhir b Bose
98 8 1
b Powar
36 4 0
Perera c Laxman b Bose
60 3 1
Warnapura c Karthik b Bose
14 0 0
Samaraweera c Karthik b Powar
100 9 0
Silva c and b Sharma
35 0 0
Lokuarachchi lbw b Bose
62 5 0
Prasad not out
48 5 0
Herath lbw b Powar
1 0 0
b Powar
2 0 0
Welegedara c Karthik b Bose
3 0 0
1nb 2w 4b 12lb 19
all out 266 (76.2 ovs)

Bose 18.2 4 51 5
Sharma 17.0 5 57 1
Powar 24.0 2 85 4
Kumble 11.0 1 36 0
Dhoni 3.0 0 13 0
Yuvraj 3.0 1 8 0
Fall of wicket
32 Udawatte
105 Perera
111 Warnapura
122 Vandort
146 Silva
208 Lokuarachchi
259 Samaraweera
259 Herath
261 Ganegama
266 Welegedara

India 1st Innings - Declared
Karthik c Silva b Prasad
22 2 0
Jaffer c Ganegama b Herath
101 6 0
Gambhir retd out
135 7 0
Dravid not out
105 6 0
b Prasad
2 0 0
Laxman c Prasad b Herath
33 3 0
Yuvraj not out
17 2 1
7nb 5w 1b 3lb 16
for 5 238 (68.0 ovs)

Ganegama 12.0 4 29 0
Welegedara 13.0 4 38 0
Prasad 12.0 1 71 2
Perera 1.0 1 0 0
Lokuarachchi 12.0 0 34 0
Herath 18.0 1 62 2
Fall of wicket
20 Karthik
105 Jaffer
181 Gambhir
190 Dhoni
221 Laxman

Sri Lanka A 2nd Innings - Declared
Vandort c Bose b Powar
186 18 0
Udawatte c Laxman b Sharma
1 0 0
Perera run out
91 10 0
Warnapura c Karthik b Bose
1 0 0
Samaraweera c and b Powar
48 3 0
Lokuarachchi c Kumble b Laxman
14 2 0
Silva not out
21 2 0
Prasad c Karthik b Gambhir
17 2 2
Herath not out
9 2 0
4nb 1w 1b 4lb 10
for 7 265 (64.0 ovs)

Bose 13.0 3 56 1
Sharma 14.0 3 36 1
Powar 12.0 4 37 2
Kumble 9.0 1 48 0
Yuvraj 9.0 0 36 0
Laxman 3.0 1 16 1
Gambhir 3.0 0 22 1
Karthik 1.0 0 9 0
Fall of wicket
2 Udawatte
115 Perera
115 Warnapura
196 Vandort
205 Samaraweera
217 Lokuarachchi
248 Prasad

India 2nd Innings - Close
b Welegedara
9 2 0
Jaffer c and b Herath
84 6 1
Yuvraj lbw b Perera
40 7 0
Dhoni lbw b Prasad
9 0 0
Gambhir not out
102 8 0
Laxman lbw b Herath
11 0 0
Dravid lbw b Prasad
42 1 0
Powar not out
35 2 0
2nb 2w 4
for 6 187 (55.0 ovs)

Ganegama 7.0 1 27 0
Welegedara 10.0 0 44 1
Prasad 12.0 0 34 2
Perera 13.0 0 38 1
Herath 13.0 4 44 2
Fall of wicket
9 Karthik
66 Yuvraj
73 Dhoni
116 Jaffer
126 Laxman
152 Dravid

Umpires: B Leadbeater, N G B Cook
Sri Lanka A: Samaraweera, Vandort, Udawatte, Warnapura, Perera, Silva, Lokuarachchi, Herath, Prasad, Ganegama, Welegedara
India: Jaffer, Gambhir, Dravid, Laxman, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Kumble, Karthik, Powar, Sharma, Bose

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.