India A v England XI, Mumbai, 3rd day November 1, 2012

Patel, Yuvraj shine in draw

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India A 124 for 4 (Rahane 54, Anderson 2-20) and 369 (Tiwary 93, Bresnan 3-59) drew with England XI 426 (Cook 119, Patel 104, Yuvraj 5-94)

Two players vying for the No.6 spots in India's and England's Test teams put forward strong claims in the first tour game which ended in a draw in at the Brabourne Stadium. Samit Patel, unbeaten on 82 on the second day, went on to complete his century while Yuvraj Singh collected a five-wicket haul to add to his first-day half-century.

Overall, England XI had a productive outing as two of their batsmen scored hundreds to help them to 426 in the first innings, 57 more than the hosts. Their fast bowlers then accounted for three of the four wickets to fall to reduce India A to 124 for 4 after 40 overs just before the captains agreed to a draw. Both England spinners - Graeme Swann and Patel - also bowled long spells in the match and were moderately successful. The only concern for England will be Steven Finn, who pulled out on the first day after a niggle in his right thigh and took no further part in the match.

England started the day 83 behind and lost Alastair Cook in the fifth over of the morning after he had added only seven runs to his overnight 112. Patel, however, carried on in the company of Matt Prior, who scored a quick half-century, and shared a 65-run stand that took England two runs short of leveling India A's score.

Yuvraj then showed the value of his left-arm spin when he broke the aggressive stand with the wicket of Patel and had Prior out in the same over. But Tim Bresnan constructed two important partnerships with Swann and James Anderson to take England past 400. Yuvraj broke the ninth-wicket stand and completed his five-for with Anderson's wicket and the innings folded as the injured Finn didn't come out to bat.

India A's top order, which has a number of Test team hopefuls, struggled to make any impact in response. First innings' half-centurion Abhinav Mukund fell in the third over while M Vijay failed to build after a start. Yuvraj was the third to fall before the score crossed the century mark. He scored 14. Ajinkya Rahane scored a half-century but fell towards the end of the day for 54. Anderson accounted for both the openers in his seven-over spell while Bresnan and Patel shared a wicket each.

England will play their next warm-up match against Mumbai A from November 3 in Mumbai.

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  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    CicketingStargazer is bang on the money, I feel. This is a multicultural society, and proud of it. I do wonder sometimes if those having a pop at the ethnic mix of the England team simply have a deep antipathy towards the English, and are looking for any excuse, in which case, sorry, chaps, but you're always welcome to pop round for tea, I personally don't have a problem with you.

    Cricket-wise as a tour opener this struck me as a reasonable start. Seemed a decent India A side, nice to see some wickets for Anderson, who as we all know is wholly incapable of bowling outside Trent Bridge. and even the only when it's about to rain. Amazing he has the amount of wickets he does, really, must have played there a lot

  • Nicholas on November 2, 2012, 21:32 GMT

    England XI at the moment looking like: Cook; Compton; Trott; Pietersen; Bell/Bairstow; Patel; Prior; Bresnan/Broad; Swann; Anderson; Onions/Panesar.

  • Mark on November 2, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    @Min2_crick That tends to be inevitable in a multicultural society in a multicultural country. Most British people would see it as a sign of strength. I did some numbers a couple of years ago and worked out that so-called minorities have been over-represented in the England side by something like a factor of two compared to their fraction of the population over the last 20 years, which seems to suggest that they have a big desire to succeed that pushes them forward. It tends though to go in phases: in the '80s and '90s it was the Afro-Caribbean population that was prominent in the side (Cowans, Slack, the Butchers, etc), since the mid-90s there has been a shift to players of Asian descent (Hussain, Panesar, Patel, etc.)

  • Sharon on November 2, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    @jb633 + @Rogerunionjack. Hi guy. Yea I agree with you - what is all this yahoo about Samit Patel "Indian"...!? I really don't know how?? - if you are born in Britain, go to school in Britain, hold British passport, play all sport in Britain, play cricket for England - yet because of "name" this make you Indian? EH!?! No convince is required here. Samit Patel is British plain as day. It is funny to see Indian try to claim him. Evidently they are short of good home grown talent there in India if they want to take our :-)

  • Ankit on November 2, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    whoever england plays with, there is always one player in their squad that has roots of opposing teams...don't give me stupid examples of pakistan wi...they r exceptions...

  • Phil on November 2, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    @jb633: I have a feeling that England were always going to play Patel not Panesar. They really don't like only having two fast bowlers. Maybe they have a point seeing as how they've never won a game when both Swann & Panesar were playing.

  • Viraf on November 2, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: the reason we don't play spin well is basic, we aren't taught to use our feet. It's more of play-from-the-crease or on the back foot(which is why Ajmal got so many LBWs). KP perhaps, is the only exception. My only point about Flower was that while it is too late to teach old dogs new tricks, we could benefit from his previous Indian experiences on slow and low pitches. Personally, I feel too much is being made of our guys's inability to play spin. We sure do need to improve, but it's not that bad. T20 shouldn't be used as a yardstick, and we lost in the Gulf simply because Ajmal was terrific.

  • Andrew on November 2, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    ***Firstly - I think Yuvraj has comprehensively answered Dhoni's question about being able to cope with fielding for 2 days. His bowling workload confirms this. ***Secondly - whilst the India A side was modest (particularly in bowling), England showed that they can take wickets - even in an adverse situation. ***Thirdly - whilst England's batting was good on the whole (Cook & Patel shone), it must be worrying to have Yuvraj calim 5 wickets. So on the whole - England can take some positives out of this, India will need to be on top of their game when the Tests roll around.

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    @Sundaresh R Iyer Why do you doubt Anderson in these conditions? Granted any swing bowler will be at his best on green tracks under a cloudy sky but he took his wickets at an average of 27 in the UAE and 21 in Sri Lanka. At the start of his career Anderson was very dependent on the conditions but he's accurate enough to be pretty dangerous without much help from the pitch these days.

  • narsimha on November 2, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    i believe MAT PRIOR is a unsung hero of this ENG team, very dagerous midle order batsman , not many got the point that he was instrumental in ENG 4-0 drubbing of IND in ENG , in the first test ENG was reeling 5 or 6 down around 100, than he took the game it happened not once in that seriese , i love his fighting spirit he should be regular for ENG in all formats i am sure he will defintly playing a very important role in this series .

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