India vs County Select XI: KL Rahul scores ton while top-order fails to impress

KL Rahul scored 101 off 150 balls, with India's scorecard reading 306 for 9 at the end of opening day in the warm-up encounter against the County Select XI.

FILE PHOTO: In day one of the warm-up game against County Select XI, India's KL Rahul was "retired out" after a well-played 101, which included 11 fours and one six.   -  AP

KL Rahul gave a timely reminder to the Indian team management with a sublime first-class hundred against Select County XI on the opening day of the warm-up game on Tuesday.

The Indian team, without its regular skipper Virat Kohli (back niggle) and his deputy Ajinkya Rahane (hamstring injury), ended the day at 306 for 9 despite early hiccups, thanks to Rahul's 101 off 150 balls following which he was "retired out".

His innings had 11 fours and a six.

Ravindra Jadeja (75 off 146 balls) also played his part to perfection during the 127-run fifth wicket stand with Rahul after the top-order failed to make optimal use of proper game time.

Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma (9), his likely opening partner in Nottingham, Mayank Agarwal (28), veteran Cheteshwar Pujara (21) and Hanuma Vihari (24) didn't spend enough time at the crease in the designated first-class game.

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Among the quartet, Agarwal looked fluent as he smashed his teammate Avesh Khan, representing the 'home team' for a number of boundaries, before pacer Lyndon James castled him.

Pujara played his own game but just after having spent close to 50 minutes, keeper James Rew beautifully stumped him off spinner Jack Carson's bowling.

Vihari's impatience in the post-lunch session cost him dearly as he failed to clear the mid-off off left-arm spinner Liam Patterson-White.

But before that, he ensured that his rasping straight drive had caused Avesh a suspected left thumb dislocation. The other 'County XI' player Washington Sundar wasn't given a single over to bowl.

However, the day belonged to Rahul, who dispatched the opposition bowlers to all parts of the ground en route to his 15th first-class hundred.

Initially, he played a lot of shots square off the wicket -- there were square cuts off Avesh, back-cuts off James using the pace of their deliveries while the drive on the up through mid-off to a Craig Miles delivery was a treat to watch.

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When spinners were on operation, left-arm orthodox Patterson-White was hit for a six that soared over deep mid-wicket and went out of the Chester-Le-Street ground.

He went into the 90s by stepping out and lofting off spinner Carson towards long-off boundary. A back-foot punch off Patterson-White towards mid-wicket boundary got him his hundred.

The century certainly doesn't ensure a ticket into the playing XI for Nottingham but Rahul has done enough to keep both Pujara and Rahane on tenterhooks as both will be playing to save their Test careers during the upcoming series.

Jadeja played the second fiddle but didn't let go of the loose deliveries, hitting five fours and a six before Miles dismissed him.

Pacer Miles was the most successful bowler for County XI with three wickets while teammate James and Patterson-White got a couple of scalps each.

Brief Scores: India 306 for 9 (KL Rahul retired out 101, Ravindra Jadeja 75, Mayank Agarwal 28, Hanuma Vihari 24, Cheteshwar Pujara 21, Rohit Sharma 9, Craig Miles 3 for 42, Lyndon James 2/32) vs County XI.

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