London, Aug 30: India have to a certain extent exorcised the haunting memories of Test humiliation, by beating Leicestershire by 15 runs in the third and final practice match before the lone T20 and ODI series against England. The win has meant that India have won all their practice matches and are more or less settled about the playing XI for the upcoming series.
Chasing India's target of 161, Leicestershire lost J Cobb in the fourth delivery of the first over bowled by Praveen Kumar. But from then onwards, it was all Leicestershire as McDonald and Jefferson handled the pace of Varun Aaron with ease and did the same with Praveen Kumar's swing as well.
They duo went on to add 44 runs in 5.2 overs, before leggie Amit Mishra trapped Jefferson LBW for 20. Vinay Kumar then removed Taylor for 5 and soon accounted for McDonald as well to claim his second wicket.
Meanwhile, Aaron drafted in place of Ishant Sharma and said to be the fastest Indian bowler in contemporary cricket struggled to find adapt to the English climate. But that did not cost India much as others particularly Amit Mishra, troubled Leicestershire's batsman and managed to restrict them for 146 - 15 less than the target set by India.
Earlier, India who were made to bat first after losing the toss, opened their innings with Parthiv Patel and Ajinkya Rahane. The duo put on 52 runs in 5.4 overs before Rahane was caught by Naik of Abdul Razzaq.
Some fine cameos by Rahul Dravid (29), Rohit Sharma (29) and Suresh Raina (21*) helped India reach 161 in their alloted quota of 20 overs.
India now take on England in a lone T20 on Aug 31 before kickstarting the ODI leg of the tour on Sep 3.