Ajinkya Rahane’s tour of England started on a poor note as the India batting star failed to spend much time in the middle during the ongoing three-day warm-up game against Essex at Chelmsford. The right-handed batsman could score only 17 before making his way out of the ground.

Rahane came to the crease as early in the third over. He faced ten balls to open his account as Matthew Quinn and Matt Cole were bowling superbly. He then hit Aaron Beard for two fours to break the shackles. Prior to that, Rahane was dropped in the slip cordon.

However, India’s Test vice-captain Rahane could not capitalise on the reprieve and departed soon after wicket-keeper James Foster took a brilliant diving catch behind the stumps.

Quinn bowled one on the middle and off stump, making Rahane come forward and present his bat.

However, the Mumbai star could only edge the ball behind the stumps where Foster dived to his right to complete a good catch.

Here is a clip of that wicket:

Meanwhile, India were 100 for three at lunch. The visitors started the proceedings on a disastrous note.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan departed on the very third ball of the match for a first-ball duck. Cheteshwar Pujara also could not make much of his county stint and departed after scoring one. Murali Vijay and Rahane then stopped the rot before the latter fell when the score was 44.

Vijay and skipper Virat Kohli ensured India head into lunch without suffering any more setback.

The right-handed Vijay was batting on 45 while Kohli was on 32 against Essex after James Foster pouches a brilliant catch to sent Ajinkya Rahane back to the hut.