Ahead of the five-Test series against England, Indian batsman Mayank Agarwal and Hanuma Vihari spent some valuable time at the crease during the warm-up game against Select County XI. Ravindra Jadeja and Cheteshwar Pujara were also among the runs on the final day of the three-day first-class match at Durham. On Day 2, India had bowled out County XI for 220. Opening the batting for India in the second innings, Agarwal scored 47 off 81 balls, while Pujara made 38 off 58.
The duo shared an 87-run stand which ended when Agarwal charged down the wicket to off-spinner Jack Carson only to be caught at mid-on by fellow India teammate Washington Sundar.
Sundar and pacer Avesh Khan represented the County XI side. Both the players will be flying back home due to an injury and will not be a part of India's squad for the Test series beginning August 4.
Like Agarwal, Pujara too had the opportunity to make a big score to boost his confidence ahead of the first Test. However, he fell to the trap laid by Carson and flicked one straight to leg slip.
After Agarwal and Pujara's dismissal, Jadeja and Vihari put together a 84-run stand. The partnership ended after Jadeja retired having scored 51 off 77 balls. He had made 75 runs in the first innings. Vihari remained not out on 43 off 105 balls.
The final day of the match did not have the same intensity as it was witnessed on the first two days with the game heading for a drab draw.
Much to the opposition's surprise, India declared soon after Jadeja completed his fifty with 33 overs left in the game.
County XI batted for 15.5 overs, before the game was called off. They managed to score 31 runs without the loss of a wicket.
The first Test between India and England will begin on August 4 and will be played in Nottingham.