India ‘A’ vs England, Practice match, Day 3: As it happened...
Zeenews Sports Bureau
INDIA ‘A’ Over: 40 II Score: 124/4
Rahane (54) was dismissed by Patel soon after he completed his half-century. Suresh Raina was unbeaten at 19. The match has ended in a draw and the visitors have domintated the proceedings.
INDIA ‘A’ Over: 36 II Score: 114/3
Ajinkya Rahane has completed his fifty and is currently on 52(93b, 4X6). The game is heading towards a draw as India A extend their lead 57 runs.
INDIA ‘A’ Over: 30 II Score: 102/3
Murali Vijay was caught by Graeme Swann off the bowling of James Anderson in the 18th over. He scored 32 (60b, 4X4, 6X1). Yuvraj Singh was the third wicket to fall. He scored 14 (27b, 4X1). Ajinkya Rahane is currently batting on 49 (75b, 4X6) along with captain Suresh Raina who has scored 4 (5b, 4X1).
All-rounder Yuvraj Singh claimed five wickets even as the visiting England team grabbed a 57-run lead over India A in the three-day practice game that was headed for a tame draw on the final day.
England, replying to the home sides’ first innings total of 369, were dismissed for 426, half hour after lunch with Yuvraj finishing with impressive figures of 5 for 94 in 26.5 overs.
Captain and lanky left-handed opener Alastair Cook and middle-order batsman Samit Patel notched up centuries while Jonathan Trott and Matt prior hit half tons for England ahead of the four-Test series against India commencing later this month.
By tea, India A had wiped off the deficit by reaching 68 for the loss of one wicket in 20 overs. Abhinav Mukund, who made 73 in the first innings, fell for 3 in the second off James Anderson with 4 on the board.
At the end of the second period of play, the other opener Murali Vijay (32 in 58 balls) and Ajinkya Rahane (33 in 49 balls) were the not out batsmen.
Only one session remains to be played out in the first of the three warm-up encounters scheduled for the visitors before the opening Test at Ahmedabad from November 15-19.
The attention in the morning session from the home ranks was grabbed by Yuvraj, who has come back after almost a year out of it when he underwent treatment for a rare form of germ cell cancer near his lungs. He took three wickets today to add to his two secured yesterday.
Cook's wicket was claimed by Ashok Dinda, who secured 2 for 86 after having accounted for the England skipper's opening partner Nick Compton on Wednesday. Vinay Kumar sent back Graeme Swann.
Resuming at the overnight 286 for 4, England initially made slow progress against the medium pace duo of Ashok Dinda and Irfan Pathan, who is expected to make the first Test squad at Ahmedabad.
Cook departed when Dinda angled a ball away to which the opener poked his bat at and edged to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha after 19 minutes of play. His partnership with Patel yielded 169 runs and came off 321 balls and in 218 minutes pulling the side from 133 for 4 to beyond 300.
In all the Essex player faced 269 balls and hit 14 fours.
The arrival of Prior quickened the pace of scoring even as his partner Patel preferred to inch his way to the three-figure mark from 82 overnight.
Prior was also lucky to be dropped by Rahane when on 4 as he slashed Dinda to the gully fielder. Patel reached his first 100 on the tour with a single to square leg in the 11th over, having taken almost 50 minutes to add the 18 runs needed to attain the landmark.
Prior raced to his 50 in as many balls and with the help of nine hits to the fence before his forward prod resulted in an edge to slip fielder Raina off Yuvraj.
Patel was caught by Vijay at covers off a leading edge when trying to flick the left arm slow bowler. He had stayed for more than four and a half hours and struck 14 boundaries in 173 balls. The partnership between Patel and Prior was worth 65 runs in 12.1 overs.
Just when lunch was round the corner, Swann was bowled when a ball from Vinay Kumar kept a bit low as England adjourned for lunch at 396 for 8.
In the seventh over after the break, and after the addition of 30 runs, Yuvraj completed his five-wicket haul by having Anderson caught at short leg for 19.
Tim Bresnan remained unbeaten with 33 off 61 balls with four fours and a six. The innings ended with last man, the injured Steven Finn unable to bat.
Mukund and Vijay opened the India A second innings and were separated in the third over when the former got a leading edge to an attempted flick off Anderson and was caught at mid-off.
INDIA ‘A’ Over: 19 II Score: 66/1
India A were 66/1 against England before tea was taken on the third and final day of the tour game in Mumbai.
INDIA ‘A’ Over: 14 II Score: 53/1
India A have reached 53/1 and trail England’s total by just four runs. Abhinav Mukund failed to replicate his first innings success getting out early after scoring just 3 runs.
INDIA ‘A’ Over: 9 II Score: 35/1
Murali Vijay (16*) and Ajinkya Rahane (16*) are on the crease for India ‘A’ as they trail England’s first innings total by 22 runs with nine wickets in hand.
INDIA ‘A’ Over: 6 II Score: 24/1
India A lost the wicket of opener Abhinav Mukund early in their second innings after the southpaw was caught by Ian Bell off the bowling of James Anderson. He scored 3 (13b). Ajinkya Rahane is the new man in.
ENGLAND Over: 119.5 II Score: 426/9
James Anderson was the last man to be dismissed as England’s first innings ended on 426/9. He became Yuvraj Singh’s fifth victim after being caught by Manoj Tiwary at the score of 19 (32b, 4X3). Steve Finn didn’t come to bat due to injury.
England have a lead of 57 runs over India A.
England lost four wickets in the morning session but still managed to take a 27-run lead over India A, reaching 396 for eight at lunch on the third day of the opening tour game here on Thursday.
Resuming at an overnight score of 286 for four, England went past India's first innings total of 369 even as Samit Patel became the second English player after captain Alastair Cook to complete his century.
At lunch, Tim Bresnan was unbeaten on 21 and James Anderson was not out on 1.
Patel, who was unbeaten on 82 yesterday, scored a ton while wicketkeeper Matt Prior hit a half-century to help England take a slight edge over the hosts.
For India, Yuvraj Singh, who grabbed two wickets in quick succession yesterday to push the visitors on to the back foot, was again among the wickets as he dismissed both Patel and Prior in one over after Cook had fallen to medium pacer Ashok Dinda. Swann departed at the stroke of lunch to give Vinay Kumar his first wicket of the innings.
Yuvraj, after making a fine 59 with the help of seven fours and four sixes, contributed with the ball too as his lunch time figures read an impressive 74 for four in 23 overs.
On resumption of play on Thursday, England initially made slow progress against the medium pace duo of Dinda and Irfan Pathan. Barring a ball on his leg off the first ball from Dinda, which skipper Cook helped himself to a four to long leg, he along with his fifth wicket partner Patel were kept in check by the Indian pacers.
Cook departed when Dinda angled a ball away to which the left handed opener poked his bat at and edged to keeper Wriddhiman Saha after 19 minutes of play.
His partnership with Patel yielded 169 runs off 321 balls, in 218 minutes that pulled the side from 133 for 4 to 300-run plus.
Cook, who resumed at overnight score of 112, could add just seven more runs before falling at 119 off 269 balls, having consumed 379 minutes.
He hit 14 fours but most importantly spent good time at the crease to get used to the wicket and weather conditions in his team's first of three warm-up games ahead of the four-Test rubber.
The arrival of Prior quickened the pace of scoring as the Sussex player looked for runs from the beginning even as his partner Patel preferred to inch his way to the three-figure mark from 82 overnight.
Patel reached his first 100 on the tour with a single to square leg in the 11th over, having taken almost 50 minutes to add the 18 runs needed to attain the landmark.
Prior, meanwhile, was also lucky to be dropped by Ajinkya Rahane on four when he slashed Dinda to the gully fielder.
Dinda, unlucky not to have added the wicket of Prior to those of openers Nick Compton and Cook in his bag, gave way to Yuvraj's slow left arm spin after a morning spell of 6-0-38-1. Overall, he had figures of 2 for 84 at the interval.
Prior raced to his 50 in as many balls and with the help of nine hits to the fence before he edged a Yuvraj delivery to slip fielder and the host captain Suresh Raina took the catch.
Patel was caught by Murali Vijay at covers off a leading edge when trying to flick the Yuvraj. He had stayed for more than four-and-a-half hours and struck 14 boundaries in 173 balls.
The partnership between Patel and Prior was worth 65 runs in 12.1 overs.
Just when lunch was round the corner, Swann was bowled when a ball from Vinay Kumar kept a bit low.
ENGLAND Over: 113 II Score: 396/8
Part-time spinner Yuvraj Singh removed set batsmen Samit Patel and Matt Prior to leave the visitors seven wickets down. Vinay Kumar later bowled Grame Swann to pick his first wicket of the match.
Patel scored 104 (173b, 4X14) while Prior struck a brisk 51 (52b, 4X9) before being caught by Vijay and Raina off the bowling of Yuvraj respectively. The left-armed orthodox has picked four wickets so far. England have now a lead of 27 runs with two wickets in hand.
ENGLAND Over: 100 II Score: 342/5
Following in the footsteps of his skipper, Samit Patel has also completed his century and is currently batting on 103 (170b, 4X14). He is joined in the middle by wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior who is batting on 27 (35b, 4X4). The current partnership for the sixth wicket is now worth 40.
ENGLAND Over: 93 II Score: 313/5
Indian team got an early breakthrough on the final day when centurion Alastair Cook was caught by wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha off the bowling of pacer Ashok Dinda. He scored 119 (269b, 4X14) before becoming Dinda’s second victim of the innings. The partnership between him and Patel lasted 53.2 overs and 169 runs. Matt Prior is the new man in.
Lead by captain Alastair Cook, England gave a strong reply to India A’s first innings total of 369 with finishing the day on 286/4. The skipper scored an unbeaten ton (112*) and was well supported by Samit Patel who has made a strong case for his inclusion in the Test side by remaining unbeaten on 82.
Earlier, India A innings came to an early end after Vinay Kumar was adjudged lbw off the first delivery of the second day by James Anderson.
The England innings started on a poor note when rookie opener Nick Compton, grandson of former England great Dennis who had played and scored a double century for Holkar against Bombay in the Ranji Trophy final at this stadium in 1943, fell for a third-ball duck against Ashok Dinda.
Cook and Trott batted resolutely to prevent further early loss of wickets before comeback man Yuvraj and Raina shone with the ball by sharing three wickets as England floundered against the part-time spinners and then recovered in the afternoon.
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