Mumbai: Oct 31, 2012
Alastair Cook and Samit Patil steered England to 286 for four in their reply to India A’s first innings total in the first warm-up match at Brabourne Stadium on Wednesday. Cook smashed century, while Patel remains unbeaten on 82 on day two at stumps.
Cook and Patel stood resolute with a valuable fifth wicket 153-runs partnership.
England are still trailing India, which scored 369 all out in their first innings, by 83 runs.
The dismissal of Jonathan Trott, after his 95-run stand with skipper Cook in 166 minutes and off 106 balls for the second wicket, brought in Pietersen, who is playing a first class innings for the first time in nearly three months.
Kevin Pietersen immediately started attacking the bowling. The lanky batsman, expected to be among the lynchpins of the England batting in the upcoming four-Test series, jumped out to Raina's off break and slammed it straight over to the sightscreen for a six to herald his arrival.
England lost uncapped opener Nick Compton cheaply when he was caught behind off Ashok Dinda, who got the batsman to lunge forward to take the edge of the bat for Bengal teammate Wriddhiman Saha to pouch the catch, in the second over.
Brief Scores: India A 369 (Manoj Tiwary 93, Abhinav Mukund 73, Yuvraj Singh 59; Tim Bresnan 3 for 59, Graeme Swann 3 for 90) lead England 286 for 4 (Alastair Cook 112*, Samit patel 82*, Jonathan Trott 56; Yuvraj Singh 2 for 52; Suresh Raina 1 for 43) by 83 runs.