Tour Game Drawn After Patel And Yuvraj Impress
Samit Patel enhanced his claim for a spot in England's Test side with a century while Yuvraj Singh took five wickets before England's tour game against India A was drawn in Mumbai.
Patel made 104 and Alastair Cook 119 and Yuvraj grabbed figures of five for 94 as England were bowled out for 426 in reply to the home side's 369. India A then closed on 124 for four in their second innings.
Cook was unbeaten overnight on 112 and only added seven runs before he was caught by Wriddhaman Saha off Irfan Pathan but Patel was not to be denied a three-figure score.
He hit 104 in 173 balls having himself closed on 82 and added 169 runs with Cook for the fifth wicket to steer England out of danger on the second day.
Matt Prior added a typically swift 51 in 52 balls while Tim Bresnan made 33 not out in 61 balls to put England into the lead.
Yuvraj struck to dismiss Patel, Prior and then James Anderson (19) while Ranganath Vinay Kumar had Graeme Swann (6) bowled before England declared with a lead of 57.
India lost Abhinav Mukund for three, caught by Bell off Anderson, before they had closed the gap but 32 from Murali Vijay and 54 from Ajinkya Rahane steadied the ship.
Anderson struck again to remove Vijay and Patel contiued his fine game when he had Rahane caught by Anderson.
Some of the gloss was taken off Yuvraj's performance when he was the last man to fall for 14, caught by Bell as Bresnan took a wicket and when the game was called off as a draw, Suresh Raina had made 19 not out and Manoj Tiwary, who stroked 93 in the first innings, was on two.
England begin their second tour game, against Mumbai A, on Saturday (3rd November).
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