India A v England XI, Mumbai, 1st day October 30, 2012

Abhinav, Tiwary make it India A's day

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India A 369 for 9 (Tiwary 93, Abhinav 73, Bresnan 3-59, Swann 3-90) v England XI

Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann took three wickets apiece to help England XI cut through India A's top order on day one of the tour match in Mumbai, but it was still the hosts' day. Firstly, fast bowler Steven Finn experienced a niggle in his right thigh, for which he required a scan, and then India A forged a comeback led by a determined Manoj Tiwary. They ended the day on 369 for 9, with the last pairing of Vinay Kumar and Parvinder Awana knocking off quick runs.

Finn felt a pain in his thigh while chasing a ball within the first hour of play at the Brabourne Stadium, after bowling just four overs. Being a bowler down, however, didn't prevent England's bowlers from leaving India in some trouble at 190 for 6. India scored rather quickly all through, with opener Abhinav Mukund and Yuvraj Singh, getting to half-centuries, but none of the batsmen could kick on. It needed a 110-run seventh-wicket partnership between Tiwary and Irfan Pathan to lift them to a competitive score.

After choosing to bat on a greenish pitch, India lost opener M Vijay early through a run-out; Bresnan effected the run-out and followed it up with the wicket of Ajinkya Rahane for 4. But the other opener, Abhinav, did not back down, scoring 73 off 83 deliveries with 16 boundaries.

At 57 for 2, he was joined by Yuvraj. After being dropped first ball by the square-leg fielder, Yuvraj stuck around, sharing a 56-run stand with Abhinav. Once Abhinav fell - rather unluckily caught by Ian Bell at short leg while flicking - Suresh Raina could not make his chance count. When wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha departed in the 47th over, India had slipped to 190 for 6.

Then Tiwary and No. 8 Irfan began the repair work. They batted for 28 overs, carrying their team to 300 before Irfan fell four short of his half-century. Offspinner Swann had by then taken three wickets.

Tiwary batted differently to Abhinav; while he did play some fluent strokes, he was disciplined and patient, willing to bide his time. Four overs before close of play, Bresnan removed Tiwary, as he played over a yorker. Bresnan got No.10 Ashok Dinda off the very next delivery, but the last pair went on to add 22 and make sure England XI would have to come out again on day two.

England will play two more warm-up games after this one, against Mumbai A and - it was confirmed on Tuesday - Haryana, before the first Test begins in Ahmedabad on November 15.

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  • associate cricket fan on October 31, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    what joke. they are saying it was a greenish wicket, but only one wicket was taken by an indian fast bowler

  • John on October 31, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    @Sayak Bhattacharyya on (October 31 2012, 08:22 AM GMT) Roger maybe was a little optimistic but the scorecard didn't turn out to be AS grave as you obviously thought it would when you typed your balanced words

  • Al on October 31, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    India A team batted better than India's test team. Our test team comprises of 2 and half batsmen - Kohli, Pujara, and Dhoni. The 2 and half men can score 150 to 200 runs. The seniors - the poker, the joker, and the easily bowled one, can add maybe 50 to 100 runs. India's test team would be hard pressed to cross 300 runs. India A team has done much better in terms of batting.

  • Ray on October 31, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    @Haleos: You have obviously been watching too much one day cricket! If England are 286-4 in reply to 369 at stumps on Day 2 of the 1st Test then it will have been a reasonably good day's work.

    When are some Indian fans going to accept the fact that India performed so badly in England in 2011 purely because of factors within their own control? The BCCI agreed to the schedule. If more warm-up matches were needed, I'm sure that most counties (plus Ireland, the MCC, the universities, etc.) would have willingly accommodated them. Matches against touring teams may not be the money spinners that they used to be, but they still offer county/ younger players the opportunity to play against (supposedly) superior opposition and therefore it's in the counties' best interests to host such matches.

  • Dummy4 on October 31, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    @Haleos 'Yuvi, Raina and Tiwary have bowled more over than Swann and have been more effective.' How is their combined 3 for 116 more effective that Swann's 3 for 90?

    And the ODI mindset is more like to result in 250 all out in 2 sessions than 500 in a day and a half.

  • Nickey on October 31, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    Wouldn't India do better picking all the players of India A for the Test squad, and maybe add Ashwin & Dhoni ? It looks like this A-team is very promising with a lot of talents needing to prove themselves internationally ! They will all try to hit double centuries to prove they are professional players. And most of them are able to do that ! So from now on, no more Sehwag, Gambhir, Tendulkar, ... Their generation is over ! Having said that, I'm an English supporter, and I'm happy to see Cook & Patel racing along. I'm sad Compton didn't make it, I really hope he'll do better & show what he's able to do soon. So... I know you don't make conclusions on one innings, but is Patel the 6th batsmen for the Test squad then ? He seams toe be doing well, and his bowling can be usefull from time to time... It's a shame for Bairstow & Morgan... Must be so hard for the selectors to choose. I'd love to add Chris Woakes to the equation, but it would be even tougher to choose...

  • Dummy4 on October 31, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Well Done Cook and Patil.......You are the Saving Grace for England!

  • Robert on October 31, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Pietersen CAN play left arm spin!

  • rahul on October 31, 2012, 10:06 GMT


  • Dummy4 on October 31, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    What is this? 55 overs, Raina has bowled 12 overs till now.. more than 4 mainstream fast bowlers & 2 regular part time bowlers.... pathan 10 awana 8 dinda 8 vinay 7 yuvraj 8 tiwari 2...... Is this a good captancy? IT LOOKS LIKE HE IS DESPERATELY TRYING TO MAKE A POINT TO SELECTORS THAT HE SHOULD BE SELECTED AHEAD OF YUVI

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