Rain interrupts play in warm-up game

Taunton: Rain stopped play in the final session of the three-day warm-up game between India and Somerset on Sunday.

India were 24 for no loss from 6.3 overs in the post-tea session with openers Abhinav Mukund and Gautam Gambhir on 11 and 13 respectively when rain intervened.

A draw is imminent in the match as India were left with an impossible second innings target of 462 for a win.

Earlier in the day, struggling Indian bowlers were sent for a leather hunt as England captain Andrew Strauss struck a century to take Somerset to 260 for two at tea

Strauss followed up his 78 of the first innings with an unconquered 109 in the second essay as Somerset rained fours and sixes in compiling 249 runs at the cost of two wickets from 36 overs in the post-lunch session.

Peter Trego was giving Strauss company at 85 from a mere 57 balls, having hit seven fours and sixes apiece.

Somerset, who were 11 for no loss from five overs at lunch, have now taken an overall lead of 461 runs after they dismissed India for 224 in the morning session though the game will not produce a result.

The sheen off Strauss innings` was off though since Zaheer Khan did not come out on the field in the second innings of the hosts.

But the rest of the Indian bowling was as ineffective as it was in the first innings as they allowed Somerset to score at the rate of 6.34 per over in their second innings.

Strauss reached his century off 122 balls with a boundary -- his 18th on the innings.

Somerset, who led India by 201 runs on the first innings, were rapidly into their stride as Strauss and his opening partner Arul Suppiah had their second century stand of the match.

Amit Mishra then managed two wickets off successive balls when Suppiah (45) and Hildreth (0) fell to catches in the close-in cordon but he was made to pay for irking the hosts.

Peter Trego, the new man in, launched into Mishra withsuch ferocity that the leg-spinner conceded 61 runs from a mere three overs at one stage.

Trego, in Mishra`s 12th over, reaped 28 runs, hitting a four and then the next four balls for sixes before playing the last ball with a dead bat.

Mishra switched ends, even tried to bowl wides, but Trego was unstoppable.

In the morning session, Suresh Raina`s explosive counter-attacking century single-handedly took India to 224 all out in their first innings.

The left-hander smashed an unbeaten 103 from just 112 balls with the help of 14 boundaries and five sixes as India conceded a 201-run lead after Somerset had posted 425 for three declared in their first innings.

The hosts, as expected, did not enforce the follow on and were 11 for no loss at lunch break. They have now taken an overall lead of 202 runs.

The visitors, resuming at 138 for eight, lost overnight batsman S Sreesanth (1) straightaway, giving left-arm paceman Charl Willoughby his sixth wicket of the innings.

This was the trigger Raina needed to throw caution to winds as he took 18 runs from Alfonso Thomas` next over from the other end -- a four, followed by a six over midwicket and two more boundaries to complete the over.

He soon was past his half century from 73 balls with nine fours and a six.

Raina then turned his attention of Willoughby and struck him for three sixes, each bigger than the previous ones as he took his chance for a three-figure knock.

The last wicket stand with Munaf Patel thus prospered before Raina drove one past a misfielding mid-off to reach his century.

Munaf was out thereafter, leg before to part-time leg spin of Max Waller, a decision the tall medium-pacer was not happy with at all.


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