England XI 345-9d (Patel 60) v
Mumbai A 232-4 (Pujara 87, Shah 84no)
Tour Game, Mumbai, Day Two
England were left with plenty to ponder at the close of day two of their warm-up match against Mumbai A. Not only did they pick up only four wickets in 80.4 overs, but their captain Stuart Broad left the field after bowling just 10 overs for a scan on his left heel - the results of which won’t be known until tomorrow.
The tourists batted on for a handful of overs in the morning before declaring nine down for 345 and enjoyed a good start with the ball, Graham Onions having opener Bhavin Thakkar caught behind with just 19 on the board.
However, that was about as good as it got on a slow pitch at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai. Joe Root did have Shikhar Dhawan caught by James Anderson for 27, but then followed a four-hour wickets drought.
Cheteshwar Pujara - who was dropped on 22 by Anderson off Monty Panesar - and Hiken Shah added a circumspect third-wicket stand of 163 in 345 balls. The England bowlers - pace or spin - didn’t look particularly threatening. The former bowled within themselves and were a man down for much of the day, while when Panesar, Root and Samit Patel did find turn, it was only slow and easily countered.
Pujara departed for 87 not long before the close as Panesar finally struck, while Anderson removed Mumbai A skipper Suryakumar Yadav from what turned out to be the final ball of the day.
England won’t be too concerned by their bowlers’ lack of penetration on a slow pitch - what will be of more concern is that they are potentially already missing half of their first choice attack because of injury.
They are not alone in that regard though. India’s pace spearhead Zaheer Khan was forced off the field midway through the third day of Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy match against Railways, while Virender Sehwag was demoted to number six in Delhi’s second innings against Uttar Pradesh due to a cut finger. The management of both Ranji teams sought to play down any concerns, with Mumbai captain Ajit Agarkar dismissing Zaheer’s injury as mere cramp. Either way, with just 11 days until the first Test in Ahmedabad, potential injuries are something both teams could do without. India will announce their squad for the first Test tomorrow.
© Cricket World 2012
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