Haryana vs England XI - Practice Match, Day 1: As it happened...
Zeenews Sports Bureau
Over: 90 II Score: 408/3
Kevin Pietersen celebrated his comeback to the England squad by smashing a quick century against Haryana on Day 1 of the practice match in Ahmedabad on Thursday. He scored 110 (94b, 4X16, 6X3) before retiring. Ian Bell chipped in with a fifty of his own and was unbeaten on 57 (82b, 4X6, 6X3).
Over: 80 II Score: 360/3
Kevin Pietersen has made a light work of the Haryana bowlers as he smashed them for 11 fours and three sixes in his innings of 87* (80b) while adding 122 runs for the fourth wicket with Ian Bell who remained unbeaten on 51 (61b, 4X6, 3X6).
Over: 66 II Score: 271/3
Haryana captain Amit Mishra gave England two quick blows removing set batsmen Nick Compton and Jonathan Trott in the space of eight overs. Both the batsmen were out lbw with Compton scoring 74 (144b, 4X9) while Trott 46 (82b, 4X6). Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell are currently in the middle.
Over: 48 II Score: 199/1
England were going on smoothly in the second session with Nick Compton (75*) and Jonathan Trott (16*) in the middle.
Over: 43 II Score: 192/1
Alastair Cook missed his century by just three runs after the southpaw was caught by Sandeep Singh off spinner Jayant Yadav. He scored 97 (115b, 4X20). Jonathan Trott who came in to bat following his dismissal was batting on 9 (28b, 4X1) while Nick Compton had completed his fifty and was on 75 (118b, 4X9)
Haryana's bowlers failed to impress in the morning session as England XI scored briskly to reach 136 for no loss at lunch on the opening day of their final practice match here on Thursday.
Playing the last of their warm-up games before the four-Test series against India starting November 15, the English seemed at ease with the conditions after electing to bat first in the four-day game.
At the break, skipper Alastair Cook was inching closer to a century, having made 82 in the opening session, in company of Nick Compton (43). England have drawn their previous two warm-up games against India 'A' and Mumbai A.
The two negotiated the Haryana attack rather smoothly with Cook striking 17 boundaries in his 98-ball effort so far. Compton proved perfect foil for his skipper's aggression, hitting six boundaries in his 73-ball stay at the crease so far.
For Haryana, it was a thoroughly disappointing session with none of the bowlers failing to trouble the batsmen. Medium pacers Sanjay Budhwar and Sachin Rana were the only ones who managed to keep the scoring rate in check.
Budhwar conceded 39 in his nine overs, while Rana gave away just 21 in his seven overs, which included two maidens.
The team did itself no good by giving away as many as 11 extras during the opening session itself.
Over: 28 II Score: 136/0
England XI were off to a solid start against Haryana as their opening pair registered an unbeaten century stand at Ahmedabad. Cook had scored 82(98b, 4X17) and his partner Compton was on 43 (73b, 4X6) by the end of 28 overs.
Over: 21 II Score: 92/0
England captain Alastair Cook has completed his fifty. He is now batting on 58 (75b, 4X12) while Compton is on 29 (52b, 4X3). Haryana captain Amit Mishra has so far used four different bowlers in without any success.
Over: 10 II Score: 47/0
England XI won the toss and elected to bat against Haryana in their four-day practice match In Ahmedabad on Thursday. Skipper Alastair Cook was playing on 32 (41b, 4X6) while his opening partner Nick Compton was on 10 (20b).
TOSS: England won the toss and elected to bat first.
Haryana: A Mishra (c), A Khod, A Vashisht, C Saini, N Saini, J Yadav, R Dewan, S Rana, Sandeep Singh, S Budhwar, Sunny Singh, KR Hooda, L Sharma, M Sharma, H Patel, R Dalal, Y Chahal
England XI: AN Cook (c), N Compton, I Bell, J Trott, K Pietersen, M Prior, M Panesar, G Onions, S Patel, T Bresnan, S Meaker, J Bairstow, S Finn, J Anderson, E Morgan, J Root, S Broad.