Rahul Dewan

Rahul Dewan remained unbeaten on 77 AFP

Ahmedabad: Nov 9, 2012

Rahul Dewan remained unbeaten on 77 as Haryana reached 172 for four against England in the third and final tour game at the Motera Stadium Ground B in Ahmedabad on Friday.

Earlier at tea, Haryana responded strongly to England XI’s mammoth first innings total of 521 by reaching 103 for one.

At the break, Rahul Dewan (42) and Sunny Singh (46) were at the crease for Haryana.

Nitin Saini (13) was the lone wicket to fall in the post-lunch session. Saini was dismissed by pacer Tim Bresnan after a 26-ball stay in which he struck three boundaries.

But his departure did not hurt the team much as Rahul and Sunny put on 76 runs for the second wicket. Rahul was the more patient of the two, taking 100 deliveries for his innings which included seven boundaries.

Sunny’s 46 came off 67 balls and was studded with nine hits to the fence.

Earlier, England were bowled out for 521 after Samit Patel struck a fluent half-century.

There was a much-improved performance from Haryana bowlers who, after toiling hard for three wickets yesterday, picked up seven in one session today, with skipper Amit Mishra and Jayant Yadav sharing four each.

Patel scored 67 off 105 balls and found the fence 13 times at the Sardar Patel Stadium B Ground, Motera.

Brief Score: England 521 (Samit Patel 67, Ian Bell 62; Amit Mishra 4 for 67, Jayant Yadav 4 for 110) lead Haryana 172 for 4 (Rahul Dewan 77*, Sunny Singh 55; Tim Bresnan 2 for 47) by 349 runs.

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