Report: England XI vs Haryana, Day 2
Ahmedabad, Nov 9: England batsmen got some fine batting practice in their third and final warm-up match, against Haryana, as they piled up 521 runs in the first innings. In reply, Haryana finished the second day at 172/4, trailing the visitors by 349 runs.
Resuming at an overnight score of 408/3, England XI added 118 more runs, before Haryana spinners Amit Mishra and Jayant Yadav picked up the remaining wickets. Both finished with four wickets, highlighting England batsmen’s vulnerability against spin bowling.
Ian Bell (62), the first wicket of the day, was dismissed by Sachin Rana, caught behind by wicketkeeper Nitin Saini. Bell’s partner Samit Patel (67) continued and spent some quality time in the middle, before falling to Yadav. He played an attacking game, hitting 13 fours during his 105-ball knock.
Matt Prior came out to bat with intent, stroking a quick 36-ball 41 runs with five boundaries and two hits for maximum. He too perished to Yadav and was soon followed by Tim Bresnan. Mishra returned to clean up the tail with the last two wickets. The day didn’t end on a good note for Prior, who had to leave the game with a stomach ache. Jonathan Bairstow replaced him behind the wickets as Haryana came in to bat.
Haryana’s innings got an early jolt in the form of Nitin Saini’s wicket, scalped by Bresnan. His opening partner, Rahul Dewan (77), however, stitched a 98-run stand with Sunny Singh (55), before Patel removed Singh. Two quick wickets to Bresnan and Monty Panesar caused a mini-collapse in Haryana’s middle order. Dewan continued to rally on by remaining unbeaten at stumps on Day 2 with Sandeep Singh (2*) for company.
Brief scores: Haryana 1st innings 172/4 (Rahul Dewan 77*, Tim Bresnan 2/47) trail England XI 1st innings 521 all out (Kevin Pietersen 110, Amit Mishra 4/67, Jayant Yadav 4/110) by 349 runs