Mumbai A vs England: Pujara, Shah score patient half tons to grind visitors
Zeenews Sports Bureau
Mumbai: Cheteshwar Pujara compiled a patient 87 and put the England bowlers to the grind along with Hiken Shah (84 batting) as Mumbai A reached 232 for four on day two of the tourists' warm-up game here on Sunday.
Pujara, expected to be in the Indian team for the November 15-19 first Test to be picked on Monday, came to the crease before lunch and spent the entire second session and much of the third till he was out after a 262-minute stay at the crease at the D Y Patil Stadium.
Pujara, who hit 11 fours in 184 balls, and Hiken Shah put on a stand of 163 runs for the third wicket in around four hours as the disciplined England bowling attack toiled hard but was unable to separate the two for 338 balls.
In large measure due to the duo's fine batting, Mumbai A, replying to the visitors' first innings total of 345 for nine declared, ended the day 113 runs behind England with one more day to go.
At stumps, Shah was holding fort after having batted for over four hours, faced 190 balls and struck nine fours and a six.
Mumbai A lost their skipper Suryakumar Yadav in the last over of the day of the bowling of James Anderson, who took the second new ball, for 17.
Pujara, lucky to be let off on 22 by Anderson at slip off left-arm spinner Monty Panesar just after lunch, went into a defensive mode in the second session before opening out a bit in the last.
The 24-year-old Saurashtra batsman, who has played five Tests so far, was finally consumed by the same bowler, as Anderson pouched the edge off the defensive bat.
MUMBAI Overs: 73 II Score: 193/2
Cheteshwar Pujara (83*) and Hiken Shah (66*) have added
146 runs for the third wicket against England helping the home side crawl back into the game.
Mumbai A crawled their way back in the afternoon session against a disciplined England bowling, reaching 110 for two on the second day the three-day warm-up game at the D Y Patil Stadium on Sunday.
The home team garnered 36 runs in 15 overs in the first hour and 31 runs in 16 overs in the second for the loss of Shikhar Dhawan (27) after resuming at the lunchtime score of 43 for 1 in 18 overs.
At tea, England were still 235 runs behind the visitors first innings total of 345 for 9 declared with Cheteshwar Pujara (38)and Hiken Shah (30) the two unbeaten batsmen.
Pujara batted the entire session to add 24 runs to his lunch score of 14. In all, he hit just three fours.
The Saurashtra batsman's innings was not authoritative, as he hardly took any risks and was also lucky to be given a life on 22.
The other unbeaten batsman was the diminutive left-hander Hiken Shah. He has batted for close to two hours. Left-handed Dhawan was sent back by part-time off break bowler Joe Root.
Dhawan was not troubled much by the rival pace attack, but was also content to bide his time till he became overambitious to try for a second four against Root by trying to cut off the back foot and was consumed in slip by James Anderson.
His knock came off 59 balls and 80 minutes and had 5 fours in it.
But Anderson later let off Pujara at the same position off Monty Panesar, the left-arm spinner.
Panesar, who has the distinction of taking Sachin Tendulkar as his first Test victim, was unlucky not to have had the wicket of the number three batsman, who edged a sharply turning ball to Anderson which eluded the fielder's grasp and raced away for a four.
After the escape, Pujara totally eschewed risks after having shown some sort of aggression in the pre-lunch session, driving and cutting the bowlers for a few boundaries.
In the morning, Mumbai A dismissed three England batsmen quickly while conceding just seven runs before the visitors declared their first innings closed.
The batsmen dismissed this morning after England resumed at 338 for six were overnight not out batsmen Samit Patel (60), stand-in captain Stuart Broad (6) and Graham Onions (0).
England declared at 345 for 9 after 34 minutes of play and in the remaining time to lunch Mumbai A made 43 for the loss of opener Bhavin Thakkar (5 in 38 balls).
Earlier, Mumbai A new ball bowlers Shardul Thakur and Kshemal Waingankar polished off three tourists batsmen for the addition of seven runs.
Thakur bagged two of the three wickets that fell before England declared their innings closed at the fall of Graham Onions to Thakur in the last ball of the eighth over.
Thakur, who finished with 3 for 53, sent back left-handed Broad, who fell leg before, and Onions, who was caught behind, in the space of 12 balls.
Waingankar packed off overnight unbeaten batsman Samit Patel, who added just one run, to add to the two wickets he grabbed yesterday for innings figures of three for 72.
MUMBAI Overs: 45 II Score: 101/2
Cheteshwar Pujara and Hiken Shah have stitched a partnership that is now worth 54* in 26.1 overs. Pujara is on 33 (90b, 4X5) while Shah has scored 27 (90b, 4X3).
MUMBAI Overs: 30 II Score: 69/2
Both Mumbai openers Bhavin Thakkar and Shikhar Dhawan are back in the pavilion. Thaakkar was the first one to depart and was ensnared by Graham Onions. He scored 5 (35b, 4X1). His partner, Dhawan fell to Joe Root after being caught by James Anderson. He scored 27(59b, 4X5)
Mumbai A dismissed three England batsmen quickly before the visitors declared their first innings at 345 for nine on the second morning of their three-day practice game on Sunday.
The batsmen dismissed this morning after England resumed at 338 for 6 were Samit Patel (60), stand-in captain Stuart Broad (6) and Graham Onions (0).
England declared after 34 minutes of play and in the remaining time to lunch, Mumbai A made 43 for the loss of opener Bhavin Thakkar (5 in 38 balls).
Invitee team members Shikhar Dhawan (23 in 54 balls) and Cheteshwar Pujara (14 in 19 balls) were the not out batsmen at the interval.
In the morning, Mumbai A new ball bowlers Shardul Thakur and Kshemal Waingankar polished off three tourists batsmen for the addition of seven runs.
Thakur bagged two of the three wickets that fell before England declared their innings closed at the fall of Graham Onions to Thakur off the last ball of the eighth over.
Thakur, who finished with 3 for 53, sent back Broad, who fell leg before, and Onions, who was caught behind, in the space of 12 balls.
Waingankar packed off overnight batsman Samit Patel, who added just one run, to add to the two wickets he grabbed yesterday for innings figures of 3 for 72.
Broad and Patel hit seven fours before the two batsmen were out in successive balls in consecutive overs and at the same team score of 339.
England declared when Onions departed with Monty Panesar yet to bat. The visitors lost three wickets in 23 balls in the morning after resuming at 338 for 6.
Apart from Waingankar and Thakur, seamer Javed Khan (2 for 75), who turned up to play on Saturday hours after his father died and also missed the funeral held this morning, and captain Suryakumar Yadav (1 for 30) were the other wicket-takers.
Mumbai A openers Shikhar Dhawan and Bhavin Thakkar started sedately and put on just one run in four overs before the former square cut James Anderson for the first boundary of the innings.
The left-hander later drove the England pace bowler to the extra cover fence stylishly.
Thakkar took his first run off the 33rd ball he faced before edging Onions to wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow after making 5 in 48 minutes.
Pujara looked in good touch, flicking and driving the bowlers for three boundaries while Dhawan too batted confidently against the new ball bowlers and had hit four fours by lunch.
England gave a good work-out to their three fast bowlers -- Anderson, Onions and Broad -- before the break.
Left-arm spinner Monty Panesar also got the ball 10 minutes before lunch, along with part-time slow bowler Joe Root.
MUMBAI Overs: 11 II Score: 19/0
Bhavin Thakkar (5*) and Shikhar Dhawan (13*) are at the crease for Mumbai.
ENGLAND Overs: 93 II Score: 345/9 (Declared)
England have declared their innings at the score of 345/9 with Graham Onions being the last wicket to fall. He fell to Shardul Thakur after being caught by keeper Shaikh for nought.
ENGLAND Overs: 89.1 II Score: 339/8
Samit Patel and Stuart Broad were the two wickets to fall early on Day 2. Patel fell to pacer Kshemal Waingankar caught by keeper Sufiyan Shaikh at the score of 60 while Broad was trapped in front by Shardul Thakur. He scored 6.