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Pietersen warms up for Tests with brisk hundred

November 08, 2012 18:07 IST

Kevin Pietersen prepared himself for the upcoming Test series with a strokeful 110 against Haryana in England's final warm-up game, even as skipper Alastair Cook missed out on his second consecutive ton, in Ahmedabad, on Thursday.

Pietersen smashed a 94-ball 110 before retiring hurt to let his colleagues get some batting practice as England put up a strong 408 for three on Day 1 of the match.

Left-handed Cook, who did not play against Mumbai 'A', yet again batted splendidly, but missed out on a century by three runs, after electing to bat.

Ian Bell (57) and Samit Patel (11) were at the crease when stumps were draw for the day at the Sardar Patel stadium B Ground.

Bell has already smashed nine boundaries, including three sixes in his innings.

Kevin PietersenExcept for skipper Amit Mishra, none of Haryana's bowlers have played international cricket and both Pietersen and Cook relished the batting practice ahead of the Test grind.

Mishra took two of the three England wickets to fall.

Pietersen, who hit 16 fours and three sixes, is the fourth England batsman to hit a century after arriving in India, with Cook and Samit Patel reaching the three-figure mark against India 'A'.

Reserve wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow had stroked his way to a hundred against Mumbai 'A' in the last game.

Cook, who was dropped early in his innings, scored a boundary-filled 97, with 18 hits to the fence.

Nick Compton (74) also staked claim for the opening slot in the first

Test with his second successive half-century.

The two openers put on 166 before Cook was caught by wicketkeeper Sandeep Singh off spinner Jayant Yadav.

Jonathan Trott replaced the skipper at the wicket and he too got some runs under his belt ahead of the first Test. In the company of Compton, Trott added 45 runs before the former was trapped in front of the wicket by leggie Mishra.

Compton, who played 111 dot balls during his stay at the crease, hit nine boundaries and a six in his 144 ball-innings.

The fall of Compton brought Pietersen to the wicket. He began with a boundary, a flick to mid-wicket off Amit Vashisht, before hitting two more crisp boundaries of the spinners.

At tea, Trott was unbeaten on 45 off 76 balls, with seven boundaries, and Pietersen had settled well, reaching 18 off 22 balls, inclusive of three boundaries.

Trott fell leg before wicket to Mishra, his second scalp, immediately after the tea-break for 46, which brought Ian Bell to the middle. Bell also started aggressively and hit a six of Mishra before hitting another four and a six of the leggie.

Bell and Pietersen attacked the Haryana bowlers relentlessly and England reached their 300 in the 69th over.

Pietersen retired out to allow Samit Patel spend some time at the wicket and get acclimatised to the playing conditions.

When play ended, Patel had hit two boundaries in his 11-run unbeaten knock while Bell had batted his way to a half-century.


England XI (1st innings):
Alastair Cook batting 82
Nick Compton batting 43
Jonathan Trott lbw b Mishra 46
Kevin Pietersen retired hurt 110
Ian Bell batting 57
Samit Patel batting
Extras: (b 7, lb 1, w 3, nb 2) 13
Total: (for 3 wickets; 90 overs) 408

Bowling: Sanjay Budhwar 15-3-62-0, Amit Vashisht 21-1-115-0, Sachin Rana 19-6-48-0, Chanderpal Saini 8-2-40-0, Jayant Yadav 16-1-85-1, Amit Mishra 11-1-50-2.

Image: Kevin Pietersen bats during the tour match between England and Haryana at Sardar Patel stadium, Ahmedabad

Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

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