The tourists lose six wickets to finish on 521

England’s back-up bowlers were made to sweat by Haryana’s unheralded batsmen on the second day of the four-day match in Ahmedabad on Friday.

The tourists, who revelled on the slow pitch to pile up 521 in their first innings, also found wickets hard to come as Haryana cruised to 172 for four by stumps.

Opener Rahul Dewan was unbeaten on 77 and Sunny Singh made 55, the pair making light of England’s attack with a 97-run partnership for the second wicket.

Tim Bresnan claimed two for 47, but pacemen Stuart Meaker and Graham Onions went wicket-less on a day when play was held up briefly as a monkey ran across the outfield.

England was without four frontline bowlers, including the rested James Anderson, for the final warm-up game before the first Test that begins on November 15.

Pace bowlers Stuart Broad and Steven Finn are recovering from injuries, while off-spinner Graeme Swann has flown home to attend to his sick daughter.

The tourists added 113 in the morning session after resuming at 408 for three before they were all out at the stroke of lunch.

Samit sizzles again

All-rounder Samit Patel made 67, continuing his good form on the tour which had fetched him 104 and 60 in the previous two warm-up matches.

Ian Bell scored 62 and Matt Prior smashed 41 off 36 balls before England lost its last five wickets for 14 runs, attempting to push the scoring.

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra, the lone international in Haryana’s team, and off-break bowler Jayant Yadav picked up four wickets each.

The scores:

England XI — 1st innings: A. Cook c Sandeep b Jayant Yadav 97, N. Compton lbw b Mishra 74, J. Trott lbw b Mishra 46, K. Pietersen (retd. hurt) 110, I. Bell c N. Saini b Rana 62, S. Patel c C. Saini b Jayant Yadav 67, M. Prior st. Sandeep b Jayant Yadav 41, T. Bresnan c Dewan b Jayant Yadav 3, S. Meaker c & b Mishra 0, G. Onions b Mishra 2, M. Panesar (not out) 0, Extras (b-11, lb-1, w-4, nb-3): 19, Total (in 118.1 overs): 521.

Fall of wickets: 1-166, 2-211, 3-247, 4-438, 5-507, 6-517, 7-518, 8-520, 9-521.

Haryana bowling: Budhwar 18-3-83-0, Vashisht 26-2-129-0, Rana 24-8-56-1, Saini 10-2-64-0, Jayant Yadav 23-3-110-4, Mishra 17.1-1-67-4.

Haryana —1st innings: N. Saini c Compton b Bresnan 13, R. Dewan (batting) 77, Sunny Singh c Trott b Samit 55, A. Khod c Trott b Bresnan 3, S. Rana lbw b Panesar 6, Sandeep Singh (batting) 2, Extras (b-12, lb-2, wd-1, nb-1): 16, Total (for four wkts. in 61 overs): 172.

Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-125, 3-136, 4-163.

England XI bowling: Onions 10-2-32-0, Bresnan 13-2-47-2, Meaker 11-1-31-0, Panesar 18-6-32-1, Samit 8-2-15-1, Pietersen 1-0-1-0.

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