Broad's injury concern

Mumbai: Cheteshwar Pujara compiled a patient 87 and put the England bowlers to the grind along with Hiken Shah (84 batting) as Mumbai A reached 232 for four on day two of the visitors' warm-up game, here, on Sunday.

But the news of the day was that England vice-captain Stuart Broad underwent a scan on a left heel injury he suffered on Sunday.

Broad, who was captaining the team in the tour match against Mumbai A in the absence of Alastair Cook, sustained the problem late on in the day, and adds to England's concerns with bowler Steven Finn nursing a thigh strain.

A statement from the England and Wales Cricket Board read: "Stuart felt discomfort late on in today's play and has gone for a scan."

Coming back to the match, Pujara, expected to be in the Indian squad for the November 15-19 first Test to be picked on Monday, came to the crease before lunch and spent the entire second session and much of the third till he was dismissed after a 262-minute stay at the wicket, at the DY Patil Stadium.

Pujara, who hit 11 fours in his 184-ball innings, and Hiken put on a stand of 163 runs for the third wicket in around four hours as the disciplined England bowling attack toiled hard but was unable to separate the two for 338 balls.

Mumbai A, replying to the visitors' first innings total of 345 for nine declared, ended the day 113 runs behind England with one more day to go. At stumps, Shah was holding fort after having batted for over four hours and faced 190 balls and struck nine fours and a six.

Mumbai A lost their captain Suryakumar Yadav in the last over of the day, off the bowling of James Anderson, who took the second new ball, for 17.

Pujara, lucky to be let off on 22 by Anderson at slip off left-arm spinner Monty Panesar just after lunch, went into a defensive mode in the second session before opening out a bit in the last.

The 24-year-old Saurashtra batsman, who has played five Tests so far, was finally consumed by Panesar, as Anderson pouched the edge off the defensive bat.


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