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Joe Root of England in action during third day’s play Getty Images

Mumbai: Nov 5, 2012

England advanced to 85 for one in the second innings at Tea on the third and last day of their warm-up game at the D Y Patil Stadium on Monday.

England thus grabbed a 59-run first innings lead over Mumbai A after bowling out the hosts for 286 in their first essay.

Joe Root and Nick Compton, both vying for the vacant opening spot after Andrew Strauss retirement, played sedately before the former got out to Shardul Thakur for 24.

The duo gave the best opening start for the tourists in three innings so far, 38, before the 21-year-old Root was dismissed when he shouldered arms and was trapped in front by Thakur.

At tea, Compton (33 in 136 minutes), grandson of former England great Denis, was unbeaten along with Jonathan Trott (26 in 78 minutes).

With just one session left in the match, draw is the inevitable result in the game for the visitors ahead of their travel to Ahmedabad for the third warm-up match against Haryana.

Compton and Root, who played four overs before lunch, were content to play the waiting game against the Mumbai A medium pacers to get some much-needed batting practice.

Root was slightly more aggressive and hit Javed Khan for three and two fours off successive balls before succumbing to Thakur in his first over of the innings.

Compton, looking nervous, edged Waingankar for his first boundary in 34 balls before inching his way forward after having fallen for a duck and single in his previous two outings with the bat.

In the morning, Mumbai A, resuming at the overnight score of 232 for four in England’s 345 for nine declared, were bowled out in 93 minutes to grab the first innings lead.

The tourists then increased the lead by 13 without loss of any wicket in four overs.

Mumbai A’s lower order collapsed mainly to the spinning ball.

Speedster Graham Onions secured the first breakthrough by sending back overnight unbeaten batsman Hiken Shah eight short of his coveted hundred before the left-arm spinners Monty Panesar and Samit Patel ran through the lower order.

The last five wickets of the home team fell for the addition of only 22 runs and in the space of 6.3 overs after Shah fell at 240.

Panesar took two of the five wickets that were claimed by the spinners while Patel got the other three in just 16 balls while conceding 10 runs.

Panesar finished with figures of three for 64, having secured the prize wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara yesterday, and Patel had figures of three for 44.

Brief Scores: England 345 for 9 dec (Jonathan Bairstow 118, Eoin Morgan 76, Samit Patel 59*; Kshemal Waingankar 2 for 68, Javed Khan 2 for 75) & 85 for 1 (Nick Compton 33*, Joe Root 26*; Shardul Thakur 1 for 12) lead Mumbai A 286 (Hiken Shah 92, Cheteshwar Pujara 87; Samit Patel 3 for 44, Monty Panesar 3 for 64) by 59 runs.

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