Alistair Cook headed for the ice bath after spending six hours at the wicket, leaving India A bowlers deflated with a captain’s knock of 112 not out. He might have ice water in his veins, going by his composure in tough conditions at the Brabourne stadium.

Samit Patel, stocky and solid unlike his lean and languid partner chugged away like machine for an unbeaten 82.

“This is what we set out to do, grind, grind, grind,” explained Patel.

Nine wickets fell on the first day, but only four on day two.

“It is a typical second day track, we wanted to spend time at the crease,” Patel said

Pietersen dropped by in the India A dressing room after play to catch up with Yuvraj, revealed Patel.

“Both shared a laugh about KP’s (caught and bowled Yuvraj) dismissal,” he said.

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