Haryana Hold Up England's Bowlers On Tough Second Day
England XI 521 (Patel 67) v
Haryana 172-4 (Dewan 77no)
Tour Match, Ahmedabad, Day Two
England decided against declaring on the second day of their warm-up match against Haryana and were eventually all out for 521. They were then made to work hard for their wickets by the Haryana top-order as Rahul Dewan and Sunny Singh both passed 50.
Dewan helped them overcome the loss of opener and wicket-keeper Nitin Saini in Tim Bresnan’s fourth over. The 26 year-old, who represented North Zone in the Duleep Trophy, hitting two half-centuries, ended the day on 77 not out off 181 balls, and provided admirable resistance on a pitch that is still very flat.
He shared a stand of 97 with Sunny Singh for the second-wicket. Singh was the more aggressive of the two and had progressed to 55 prior to being caught by Jonathan Trott off his 74th delivery.
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The middle-order pair of Abhimanyu Khod and Sachin Rana didn’t last long, accumulating just nine runs between them, succumbing to Bresnan and Monty Panesar respectively. However, Dewan found another willing ally with the last name
Singh, this time preceded by the forename Sandeep, and the two took Haryana to stumps on 172 for four.
All in all, it was a frustrating day for England, brightened only by a late pitch invasion by a couple of monkeys. Their lower-order didn’t make full use of potential time at the crease, with only Samit Patel (67) and Matt Prior (41 off 36 balls) doing so, as their tail all perished to either the off-spin off Jayant Yadav or the leg-spin of Amit Mishra, who worryingly finished with four wickets apiece.
Their bowlers then struggled to dismiss a Haryana side that had been dismissed for just 55 in the first innings of their Ranji Trophy match last week. Stuart Meaker bowled with pace and was perhaps the pick, while Graham Onions, Monty Panesar and Tim Bresnan all bowled tidily without looking particularly threatening.
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