Opting to gain some bowling practice on the third and final day of their second tour game against Derbyshire, India declared their first innings on the overnight score of 341 for six and then put the hosts in some trouble at 62 for two at lunch in Derbyshire on Thursday.
Paul Borrington (17 not out) and Billy Godleman (18 not out) were unbeaten at the break after stitching an unseparated 30-run partnership for the third wicket.
Pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar and all-rounder Stuart Binny were rewarded for their consistent bowling. Kumar drew first blood after scalping opener Ben Slater for nought.
Sharing the new ball, Mohammad Shami (0-23) also seemed to get his act right as the two bowled incisive spells at the top, particularly Kumar, who seems to have gotten on top of his problems post the first game in Leicestershire.
Perhaps the big delight could be taken from Ishant Sharma's spell (0-10) as he was on-the-money for the first time in the two practice games, bowling seven overs without any troubles with run-up. Interestingly, Pankaj Singh, Ishwar Pandey and Varun Aaron did not bowl in the morning session. Binny continued his fine work-out in this game, picking the wicket of skipper Chesney Hughes (20). It goes well with his spell of 1-25 in the first innings on day one as well as his half-century yesterday. Ravindra Jadeja (0-7) and Murali Vijay (0-8) too sent down some overs of spin.
On day one, Derbyshire had won the toss and thanks to half centuries from Wes Durston (95), Ben Slater (54) and Harvey Hossein (53 not out) piled up the runs against the Indian attack. Ravindra Jadeja (2-27), Pankaj Singh (1-63), Ishwar Pandey (1-34) and Stuart Binny (1-25) were the wicket-takers for the visitors.
On day two, Cheteshwar Pujara (81 retired out) and Binny (81 not out) had scored half-centuries to help India overtake the hosts' first-innings score. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni too enjoyed a decent hit in the middle, scoring 46 runs off 56 balls.