Tiwary's 93 gives India 'A' the edge

Fifties for Mukund, Yuvraj as hosts post 369-9.

Manoj Tiwary: Staking a claim on No.6 MUMBAI: Manoj Tiwary's fighting 93 tilted the balance in India 'A's favour as they posted 369-9 after electing to bat against England in a practice game at the Brabourne Stadium here, on Tuesday.

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Tiwary's knock build on opener Abhinav Mukund's attacking 73 and Yuvraj Singh's 59. The Bengal batsman added 110 with all-rounder Irfan Pathan for the 7th wicket, after a series of England strikes had left India 'A' reeling on 190 for six. The 26-year-old batsman struck 12 fours in his 150-ball knock, missing out on a century when he was bowled seven runs short by a Tim Bresnan yorker in the 86th over.

India had earlier begun strongly through Mukund, who survived a streaky initial phase to play the role of an aggressor after captain Suresh Raina elected to bat. The left-hander did the bulk of the scoring, as fellow opener M. Vijay and No.3 Ajinkya Rahane got out cheaply.

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Vijay was run out in the 8th over of the day, while Rahane perished to a rising Bresnan delivery. Mukund and Yuvraj then added 56, and both batsmen found the boundary with ease. Mukund spanked 16 fours in his 83-ball stay and was dismissed in the last over before lunch by offie Graeme Swann.

India took lunch on 113-3.

Yuvraj was dropped by Samit Patel off Bresnan on the first ball he faced, but grew in confidence thereafter. He struck two sixes apiece off Swann and Patel, and also had seven hits to the fence in his 80-ball 59, before he gave Swann the charge and was stumped.

Skipper Raina, another contender for the No.6 spot, made 20 - the same as Wriddhiman Saha - but the quick dismissals of these two, and of the well-set Yuvraj, left India 'A' on 190-6 despite most batsmen save for Vijay and Rahane getting starts.

Tiwary and Irfan Pathan took over from here and feature in a century partnership. Pathan boosted his chances for the first Test with a decent display with the bat, striking the ball cleanly in his 46, before he became Swann's third victim. Tiwary marched on, adding another useful 47 with medium pacer R. Vinay Kumar, but lost out on a deserving century when Bresnan yorked him late in the day.

Bresnan was the pick of England's bowlers, picking up three wickets and effecting Vijay's run out. Swann's off-spin too claimed three wickets.

SCOREBOARD: India A vs England XI (October 30, 31, November 1)

TOSS: India A

India 'A' - 1st Innings

A Mukund c Bell b Swann 73 (83b, 16x4)
M Vijay run out (Bresnan) 7 (19b, 1x4)
A Rahane c Pietersen b Bresnan 4 (19b, 1x4)
Yuvraj Singh st †Prior b Swann 59 (80b, 7x4, 4x6)
SK Raina c Bell b Patel 20 (32b, 3x4)
MK Tiwary b Bresnan 93 (150b, 12x4)
WP Saha lbw b Anderson 20 (21b, 4x4)
I Pathan lbw b Swann 46 (83b, 5x4, 2x6)
R Vinay Kumar not out 25 (33b, 2x4, 1x6)
AB Dinda b Bresnan 0 (1b)
P Awana not out 11 (19b, 2x4)
Extras (b-1, lb-9, w-1) 11

Total (for 9 wickets; 90 overs) 369 (4.10 runs per over)

FOW: 1-25 (Vijay, 7.4 ov), 2-57 (Rahane, 15.1 ov), 3-113 (Mukund, 24.5 ov), 4-140 (Raina, 35.3 ov), 5-168 (Yuvraj Singh, 42.4 ov), 6-190 (Saha, 46.6 ov), 7-300: 7-300 (Pathan, 74.6 ov), 8-347 (Tiwary, 85.1 ov), 9-347 (Dinda, 85.2 ov).

Bowling: J Anderson 17-4-65-1; S Finn 4-1-22-0; T Bresnan 20-6-59-3; I Trott 5-0-21-0; G Swann 23-6-90-3; S Patel 20-4-95-1; K Pietersen 1-0-7-0.

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