Northampton, Aug 6: India's batting may have come together in the important two-day practice match against Northampton, but the tourists bowling was still far from inspiring as the Northants openers ran amok on them to chalk up a century each.
Day's play began with India resuming on their overnight score of 327/7. Amit Mishra who was not out on 48, reached his half-century before he was bowled by seamer Luke Evans for 61, soon after which, Sreesanth departed on 25 as India folded for a sizable 352 in 95.3 overs.
The Northants' reply was robust from the start as Indian pacemen Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth struggled for impact. After lunch, openers Mal Loye and Niall O'Brien to9yed with the Indian attack to reach their respective 50s of just 77 and 83 balls respectively.
A desperate Indian captain M S Dhoni brought Munaf Patel, Amit Mishra, Suresh Raina, himself and Gautam Gambhir onto bowl, but they all came a cropper with the host side going into tea at 198/0 of 46 overs.l
After the break however, Munaf got the opening breakthrough when he had Loye out for 100 and then leg-spinner Amit MIsghra sent back O'Brien for 17 with the score at 261/2. Thereafter, Sreesnath made some inroads into the middle order but the runs kept flowing courtesy small innings from the rest of the line up. At the end of the day, Northants walked off at a respective 355/7, leading India by 3 in the drawn game.