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Seeing it like a footballComing off a 91 against India A in the previous match, Ian Bell continued his good run of form as he scored a 125-ball 108 against Delhi.Photo: S Subramanium
Seeing it like a footballComing off a 91 against India A in the previous match, Ian Bell continued his good run of form as he scored a 125-ball 108 against Delhi.Photo: S Subramanium

Shikhar Dhawan led Delhi’s chase with a well-paced 110 in the second and final warm-up match at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground here on Tuesday.

Needing another 96 runs to win from 14 overs with 6 wickets in hand, Milind Kumar and Rajat Bhatia were at the crease as the match had all the makings of a thriller.

Earlier, Ian Bell scored a fine century as England posted a challenging 294 for five. Having scored 91 in the first match against India A, Bell continued his fine form as he batted with lot of responsibility, hitting 125-ball 108 with the help of 10 fours and two huge sixes.

The main feature of the England innings was 113-run partnership for the fourth wicket between Bell and Eoin Morgan, who smashed 52 off 55 balls laced with five boundaries and two sixes.

Craig Kieswetter also thrashed the Delhi bowlers to finish with an unbeaten 41 off 27 balls which included three sixes.

Morgan-Bell duo got their runs in only 93 balls as the Delhi attack led by India discard Ashish Nehra looked pedestrian.

While Parvinder Awana bowled a good first spell, it was certainly not enough as England got off to a ideal start with skipper Alastair Cook (44) and Bell adding 70 runs for the opening wicket.

Cook, who opted out of the first practice match, decided to rest Kevin Pietersen this time. The left-hander hit some lovely strokes during his 57-ball stay. When Cook was batting, Bell played second fiddle as he let his captain take bulk of the strike.

It was seamer Sumit Narwal, who gave Delhi their first breakthrough as he bowled Cook. Young Joe Root tried to play a sweep shot off left-arm spinner Varun Sood and the resultant skier was taken by Punit Bisht.

Samit Patel (13) was bowled by an arm ball from Sood that kept very low. For the hosts, young Delhi U-25 spinner Sood was the best bowler with figures of three for 45 from 10 overs.PTI

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