India’s tour match against Leicestershire petered out to a draw as the weather affected proceedings once again at Grace Road.
The hosts would enjoy a successful day with the bat, as Angus Robson and Greg Smith both made centuries, while India’s bowlers looked a little out of form.
Having lost the second day to rain, the visitors declared overnight on 333-4 to leave their bowlers the final day to find their rhythm.
Robson started aggressively for Leicestershire, but the hosts saw their captain Matthew Boyce depart early as he was caught by Ajinkya Rahane off Pankaj Singh for just four.
However, Robson and No. 3 Smith continued to play their shots, with the former in particular looking in very good touch against a bowling attack struggling a little.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was hit for 10 fours by the 22-year-old Robson as he rampaged his way to 45 not out before lunch.
Smith was also keeping pace, and in the 13 overs that were possible before an early break due to more rain, Leicestershire were in a good position at 73-1.
When play resumed, Robson quickly brought up his fifty and then helped his side bring up 100 as they maintained a rate of around five runs per over.
Ishant Sharma suffered especially, as his first four overs disappeared for 41 before being removed from the attack and replaced by Stuart Binny.
After taking their team past 150, Smith then brought up his own half-century as the pair continued to take a liking to the Indian bowling.
|Leicestershire vs. India, Tour Match, Day 3 Scorecard|
|Leicestershire 1st Innings||India 1st Innings 333-4 dec.|
|A. Robson||Retired out||126||195||146|
|M. Boyce||c Rahane||b Pankaj Singh||4||33||20|
|G. Smith||Retired out||101||162||102|
|D. Redfern||c Ashwin||b I Sharma||58||55||55|
|M. Thornely||Not Out||23||70||51|
|T. Wells||c R Sharma||b I Sharma||0||2||2|
|S. Thakor||Not Out||10||11||7|
|Extras||11nb 15lb 1b||27|
Just a few overs later, Robson brought up his first-ever first-class century to rapturous celebrations from his team-mates, who then saw the pair in the middle bring up Leicestershire’s 200.
The pair continued attacking at a rate of just under six runs per over, and quickly brought up their 200 partnership.
Smith then completed his century with two consecutive sixes off Ravindra Jadeja, with Leicestershire’s deficit now cut dramatically.
They went to the tea interval on 249-1 just as some heavy drizzle began, behind by 84 and with just one session remaining in the game.
Over tea, both Robson and Smith retired out having scored 126 and 101 respectively, meaning Dan Redfern and Michael Thornely emerged as the new batsmen for the evening.
Redfern in particular looked to continue the quick scoring of his team-mates, as he dominated the strike and continued to make life difficult for the Indian bowlers.
Thornely played a supporting role as the 24-year-old kept up an incredible pace and hit boundaries with regularity.
Having taken Leicestershire past 300, Redfern brought up his fifty before being caught by Ravi Ashwin off Sharma for 58 from 55 balls.
Two balls later, Sharma would have another as Tom Wells was caught by Rohit Sharma, meaning the hosts were 333-5 and level with India’s first-innings total.
Almost immediately after Leicestershire went into the lead, the light started to fade and the rain came down again, forcing the players off the field.
With a result impossible and given the poor weather, both teams agreed to call the match a draw with Leicestershire on 349-5 after 62 overs.
India’s tour continues on July 1, when they begin another three-day game, this time against Derbyshire, in what they hope will be better weather conditions.
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