England struggle in the field

The Westmorland Gazette: Samit Patel added England's fifth half-century on Friday morning Samit Patel added England's fifth half-century on Friday morning

England managed just one wicket on the second afternoon as Haryana's batsmen put the tourists' 521 all out into context at the Sardar Patel Stadium B Ground.

Samit Patel added England's fifth half-century on Friday morning as runs continued to come easy, before a late clatter of the last five wickets for 14 runs just before lunch.

That dramatic statistic was of little significance, other than to ensure England's back-up bowling attack at last had their turn to impress. Instead, they came up against the same snag which had afflicted their opposite numbers, namely a flat pitch and some decent batting.

After Nitin Saini had been discomfited by Tim Bresnan's attempt to find some life in the surface from short of a length, propping a catch to cover, Rahul Dewan and Sunny Singh batted serenely in an unbroken half-century stand to reach tea on 103 for one.

The closest England came was a chance given by Dewan on 13 to a diving Matt Prior down the leg-side in Stuart Meaker's first over after replacing Graham Onions. Alastair Cook kept attacking fields, as he could with such a big total on the board in the final warm-up match before next week's first Test against India.

But Haryana's second-wicket pair appeared just as much in cruise control - without the utter dominance Kevin Pietersen enjoyed - as most of England's batsmen had on Thursday.

The in-form Patel (66) completed his third 50 in as many innings on tour, following his century against India A and more runs against Mumbai A last week. He and Ian Bell began against the second new ball, with 408 for four already on the board after centurion Pietersen and his team-mate's efforts.

Bell (62) went for the addition of only five runs, caught at slip after advancing to Sachin Rana, but Patel and Prior then shared a brisk sixth-wicket stand of 69. Patel hit 10 fours in a 77-ball 50 and Prior's 41 came up in only 36 deliveries.

The wicketkeeper was stumped aiming another big hit at off-spinner Jayant Yadav, who also had Bresnan caught in the deep for the first single-figure score of the innings.

The Yorkshireman set a trend for England's tail and with Patel also caught at long-on off Yadav, the end came quickly and in time for the innings change at lunch as Haryana's spinners shared eight wickets between them.

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