Leicester: Opener Parthiv Patel top-scored with a brilliant 40 as India posted a decent 161 for five against Leicestershire in a Twenty20 practice match at Grace Road on Monday.

The visitors were off to a flyer against the domestic Twenty20 champions but soon lost their way in the middle before making a strong finish to reach a satisfactory total in the end.

Openers Parthiv Patel (40) and Ajinkaya Rahane (19) made 52 from 5.4 overs before the progress was bogged down due to some cheap wickets in the middle overs.

Rohit Sharma (29) then smacked two successive sixes to power Indians past 150.

The two openers, Patel and Rahane set a cracking pace in early overs and 50 was up by the fifth over as boundaries came in profusion.

Patel cut Matthew Hoggard hard over slips in the very first over and hoisted Abdul Razzaq over mid-on to signal his intentions.

He then cracked Hoggard superbly through covers and lofted Razzaq over the bowler`s head.
Patel largely monopolised strike but whenever Rahane got the strike, the latter made a convincing show of defence and attack.

Rahane favoured onside for his early strokes, flicking Hoggard to fine leg and then driving Razzaq off the backfoot to midwicket fence.

The best shot of the stand though was when he drove Hoggard for boundary at the extra cover.

Rahane, however, departed in the sixth over when he gave a charge to Razzaq and Jigar Naik at short third man held a fine catch.

Rahane took only 13 balls for his 19 runs and hit three fours.

India lost its second opener shortly thereafter when Parthiv holed medium-pacer Andrew McDonald to deep midwicket.

The left-handed batsman scored his 40 runs off only 31 balls, laced with six fours.

The innings then got bogged down as slower bowlers came into operation and the slow nature of the wicket defeated the attacking instincts of the Indian batsmen.


Both Virat Kohli (13) and Rahul Dravid (29), the number three and four batsmen at the crease, departed by holing out to fielders in the deep.

Sharma hit out boldly in the end and Raina (21), skippering in this match, redeemed himself somewhat by some cracking blows in the fag end.

Sharma made his 29 off 21 balls with one four and two sixes, while Raina scored 21 off 15 balls studded with three hits to the fence.

(Agencies)