Nick Compton

Nick Compton scored 54 not out in the second innings Getty Images

By Sabu Cherian

Ahmedabad: Nov 10, 2012

Rahul Dewan struck an impressive unbeaten 143 but England bowled out Haryana for 333 and then extended their lead to 306 runs on the back of half-centuries from their openers in the second innings.

Jonathan Trott was rock solid on 61 and giving him company was Nick Compton (54) as England reached 118 without loss at the end of the penultimate day of the warm up game.

Haryana’s middle order collapsed and all they could mange was 333 after resuming the day at 172 for four as they handed England a 188-run lead.

Dewan ran out of the partners but carried his bat through against a disciplined England attack and helped his side avoid follow-on.

Dewan’s knock stood out in the Haryana scorecard, in which the only other knock of relevance came from number three Sunny Singh (55).

Reduced to 256 for seven at lunch, Haryana managed to cross 300 after Chanderpal Saini contributed 35 runs, which included seven boundaries.

Saini shared an important 60-run partnership with Dewan, frustrating the visiting bowlers for quite some time.

Pacers Tim Bresnan (3/66) and Stuart Meaker (3/74) picked up three wickets apiece for England.

Trott and Compton, who is most likely to be Alastair Cook’s opening partner for the first Test against India, batted together for more than two-and-a-half hours.

Trott, the only top-order batsmen to not have scored a fifty yet, was promoted to open the batting in place of Cookabd he obliged with a sedate half-century, laced with 10 hits to the fence.

Brief Scores: England 521 (Samit Patel 67, Ian Bell 62; Amit Mishra 4 for 67, Jayant Yadav 4 for 110) & 118 for no loss (Jonathan Trott 61*, Nick Compton 54*) lead Haryana 333 (Rahul Dewan 143*, Sunny Singh 55; Tim Bresnan 3 for 67, Stuart Meaker 3 for 72) by 306 runs.

Full Scorecard

Photo Gallery