Robson, Smith flay Indian bowlers, crack hundreds

The tour game between India and Leicestershire ended in a draw here on Saturday, but the third and final day witnessed a big struggle by the Indian bowlers. 

The hosts piled up 349 for five at close, riding on centuries from Angus Robson and Greg Smith. The visitors tried all their front-line bowlers and nearly all of them were taken for easy runs by the home batsmen.

Opener Robson (126) and number three batsman Smith (101) put on a 221-run partnership for the second wicket, heaping a lot of misery on the Indian bowlers who were struggling to find their rythm.  

Robson reached his hundred off only 102 balls, hitting 20 fours, while his partner was in more hurry. Smith smacked Ravindra Jadeja (2-17) for two sixes and brought up his century off exactly 100 balls, scoring 17 fours.

In the short pre-lunch session, India had managed to bowl 13 overs during which the hosts scored 71 for one. Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0-46) opened the bowling for India and struggled to hit a good length. 

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