All rounder Harshal Patel starred in the secon dand final warm-up match for India as they the touring side remained undefeated going into the T20Is against Jos Buttler’s England.
Harshal Patel during India’s warm-up game against Northamptonshire. (Courtesy: Reuters)
- Harshal Patel saved India with a 36-ball 54
- Harshal Patel returned to take two wickets in the game
- Everyone from the Indian bowling line-up took one wicket each at least
India’s touring side remained undefeated going into the T20I series against England after sneaking a 10-run victory against Northamptonshire. While the earlier game against Derbyshire was all about some rapid attack by the batters as they chased down 150 runs inside 17 overs, on Sunday evening, the Indian bowling unit put their hands up to defend a small total against the English domestic side.
Indian pacer Harshal Patel put on an allround show picking up two wickets during the defence, but more importantly, rescued India from a tough spot with the bat after the team was down at 72/5 inside the first 12 overs. Patel hit five boundaries and three sixes and batted at a strike rate of 150 to take India to a respectable total of 149/8 after their 20 overs. He scored 54 off 36 balls.
On the night, India did not have the services of Umran Malik who took two wickets in the last game, but the likes of Avesh Khan, Arshdeep Singh and Prasidh Kirishna joined hands alongside Patel to keep the scoring rate in check. Avesh was the pick among the bowlers, picking up two wickets from his three overs. Most importantly, he bowled a crucial maiden over while defending a small total.
The Indian team looks to be shaping up nicely despite the batting failure on Sunday. All the batsmen have been among runs and it would be tight competition for the playing XI against the Jos Buttler-led side. Arshdeep Singh has high chances of getting a couple of games after doing well in both games for India and he would be raring to go after two very successful Indian Premier Leagues as a specialist death bowler. Deepak Hooda also has chances of getting selected after he continued form in the first warm-up game after his stunning century against Ireland at Malahide.
India: 149/8 in 20 overs (Harshal Patel 54, Dinesh Karthik 34; Brandon Glover 3/33)
Northamptonshire: 139 all out in 19.3 overs (Saif Zaib 33; Avesh Khan 2/16, Yuzvendra Chahal 2/25)