Chelmsford: Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik scored an aggressive 82 not out while captain Virat Kohli warmed up nicely for the first Test against England with a half century as India recovered from early jitters to post 322 for 6 on the opening day of their 3-day tour-match against Essex here on Wednesday. Opener Murali Vijay (53 ff 113 balls) and Lokesh Rahul (58 off 92 balls) also scored a half century each after the visitors opted to bat after winning the toss.
Coming at number seven at the fall of Kohli (68) in the second session, Karthik smashed as many as 14 fours from 94 deliveries to remain not out on 82 along with Hardik Pandya (33 not out off 58 balls). Karthik stitched 114 runs with Rahul for the sixth wicket to take India’s score past the 300 mark.
Kohli, who had struggled all through the previous Test tour of England, was instrumental in reviving the innings after the visiting side were reduced to 5/2 in the third over and 44/3 in the 19th over. He came out at no 5 at the fall of Ajinkya Rahane (17) and along with Vijay resurrected the innings with a 93-ball 68 which was studded with 12 fours.
The 90 runs he shared with Vijay four the fourth laid the foundation for the likes of Karthik and Rahul to flourish down the order as India batted for 84 overs. With his 92-ball 58 which was studded with 12 boundaries, Rahul himself made out a case to be in the playing eleven in some point of time in the long Test tour.
(With inputs from PTI)