Cornwall stars again as India grab batting practice

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July 16, 2016
India's Virat Kohli

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CMC):

Rahkeem Cornwall grabbed a five-wicket haul but Lokesh Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja and captain Virat Kohli all got half-centuries as India got valuable batting practice yesterday ahead of next week's first Test.

Playing on the second day of the three-day tour match at Warner Park, the tourists were dismissed for 364 in their first innings, with Rahul stroking 64, Jadeja getting 56, and Kohli chipping in with 51.

Off-spinner Cornwall, who top-scored for the WICB President's XI in their first innings on Thursday's opening day, finished with five for 118 to be the best bowler.

The hosts then reached the close on 26 for one, losing captain Leon Johnson for 17 to the final ball of the day.

Johnson, already named in the 13-man West Indies squad for the Test series, is now searching for form after having scored three in the first innings and two in the first two-day tour game last week.

There were no such worries for Rahul and Kohli, however, as they safely navigated the opening session after India resumed the day on 93 for three.

The right-handed Rahul struck nine fours and a six in an innings lasting 127 balls and just under 3-1/4 hours, while Kohli, also a right-hander, faced 94 deliveries in just over two hours at the crease and counted four fours.

Together, the pair put on 88 for the second wicket, taking India to lunch at 181 without further loss.

When Rahul retired at the break, India lost three quick wickets for 67 runs to decline to 254 for seven in the afternoon.

Kohli fell in the first over after lunch, missing a back-foot pull at Cornwall and going leg before wicket, while Stuart Binny batted just over half-hour for 16 before clipping a leg-side catch to wicketkeeper Jahmar Hamilton, also off Cornwall.

The first Test bowls off in Antigua next Thursday.

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