Srinagar: J&K speedster Umran Malik who has recently made India debut in T20’s made mess of the stumps during India’s warm up match against County side Derbyshire.
Malik made his T20 debut against Ireland and had been included in India’s T20 squad for England T20 series.
The Derbyshire side was led by Pakistan Test cricketer Shan Masood.
Malik, who was brought into the attack in the last over of the powerplay by captain Dinesh Karthik, had an impact immediately.
The speedster cleaned up Leus du Plooy for 9 after being hit for back-to-back boundaries in the first two deliveries of the over. Umran was spot on with his lines and lengths on Friday.
He bowled a couple of tight overs and then was brought back for a second spell towards the end. In the last ball of his spell, Umran Malik showed why he is regarded as a special talent by many greats.
He ran in and bowled a length ball at high speed. Right-hander Brooke Guest, who was looking for quick runs, went for a big heave but failed to make any contact. The ball smashed into the middle stump and sent it flying.
Umran Malik, ended up with figures of 2 for 31 in his four overs.
In the match India bowlers did a fine job by restricting the hosts to 150 for 8. Apart from Umran Malik, left-arm seamer Arshdeep Singh 2 for 29 while Axar Patel, and Venkatesh Iyer returned with a wicket apiece.
Deepak Hooda (56) and Suryakumar Yadav (36*) then great maturity as India chased the target down in just 16.4 overs with seven wickets in hand. Sanju Samson too made a valuable contribution of 38 batting at the top of the order.
India is scheduled to play practice match against Nottinghamshire on July 3 before the T20I series against England starting July 7.