Team India made a terrific comeback in the last session of the first day of their three-day practice game against Essex.

After a relatively poor opening session for the visitors, it was sensible knocks from Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay and Dinesh Karthik which helped India finish the day on a strong note. Early in the day, it was Indian skipper Virat Kohli who won the toss and opted to bat.

India lost the wickets of Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara in quick succession. It was Matt Coles who dismissed the two batters for only five runs.

Ajinkya Rahane came out in the middle ahead of the skipper Virat Kohli. He struck a couple of boundaries before falling for 17. It was Walter who sent him back to the pavilion.

Partnership for India

From there on, it was a good partnership between Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay which got the visitors back into the game. Kohli looked in ominous touch and struck some gorgeous shots en route to 68 off 93 deliveries.

He smashed 12 fours during his knock. Vijay and Virat shared a 90-run stand before Vijay’s dismissal.

India, Essex
India lost three wickets at lunch against Essex. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Virat also got dismissed in quick succession, as India were tottering at 147/5. Later, it was a partnership between Lokesh Rahul and Dinesh Karthik which helped India make inroads in the game.

The wicket-keeper batsman looked in great touch from the outset and struck some beautiful shots to get going. Rahul scored yet another well-deserved half-century.

He scored 58 off 92 deliveries including 11 hits to the fence. After the dismissal of Rahul, it was Hardik Pandya and Karthik who took India to the end of the day’s play without the loss of any further wickets. Karthik remained unbeaten on 82 off 94 deliveries which included 15 fours. Hardik, on the other hand, was batting on 33 off 58 deliveries.

India eventually ended the day’s play on 322/6. They will surely look to get a huge score on Thursday and bat Essex out of the game. Since it is not a recognized first-class game, any of the players from the squad of 18 is eligible to bat.

Here is how Twitterati reacted to the opening day’s play

Amstrong lauds Kohli for a brilliant knock 

Virat- Such a class act 

Dhawan gets dismissed of a great delivery

Dinesh Karthik India’s top scorer at the end of the day’s play 

Basic mantra of test cricket in swinging conditions

https://twitter.com/cricdrugs/status/1022071408124456960

Highly disappointed with team management 

Kohli is a class above the rest 

Virat’s dismissal 

Chetan Narula happy with India’s progress

A trademark cover drive from Virat 

Matthew Quinn on two balls 

Canvas for the game in Essex 

https://twitter.com/MeetVani/status/1022064007576989697

Karthik scores 83