India scored 149 for 8 in their quota of 20 overs from medium pacer Harshal Patel in their second T20 warm-up match against Northamptonshire at the Northampton County Grand on Sunday, July 3.
Harshal Patel nailed the rescue task to perfection as he scored 54 runs in just 36 balls after coming down to No. Harshal hit 3 sixes and 5 fours as India posted a competitive total on the board in their practice match.
Dinesh Karthik, who is leading India in 2 warm-up matches ahead of the T20I series against England, hit 36 off 24 balls while all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer made 20 off 22 balls.
Most of the work was done by the lower middle order as India’s top order failed big times on Sunday.
Rahul Tripathi could not move forward
Sanju Samson, opening the innings, fell for a golden duck at the hands of opposition captain Joshua Cobb.
Rahul Tripathi got his first chance to bat on his tour of England and Ireland but failed to make it count, scoring just 7 runs in 11 balls before being dismissed by Brandon Glover.
Suryakumar Yadav fell for 0 (3 balls) while Ishan Kishan hit 20 for 16.
India are without Hardik Pandya, who led the T20I team to a 2-0 victory in Ireland last month. The all-rounder will join the squad for the T20 Internationals against England starting July 7.
Significantly, India played a T20 warm-up match against Derbyshire on Friday. Karthik was leading the team in the competition. Chasing a target of 151 runs in just 16.4 overs, India won the match by 7 wickets in the derby.
India played a 37-ball 59 from Deepak Hooda and Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh took 2-2 wickets after Samson and Suryakumar’s quick-thirty innings.
On Sunday, India rested Deepak, who scored his maiden T20I century against Ireland, to give Rahul Tripathi a chance.
Brief Scores: India (149 for 8 in 20 overs) vs Northamptonshire. Harshal (54), Karthik (34); Glover (3/33)