Haryana hold up England
England were made to work hard for their wickets by Haryana on day two of their final warm-up match ahead of the four-Test series with India.
After Samit Patel had provided further evidence of his excellent form with 67, the tourists were dismissed for 521 this morning, with the tail offering little resistance as they sought quick runs.
Haryana then progressed to 172 for four in reply, with Rahul Dewan contributing 77 not out and Sunny Singh adding a boundary-laden 55.
England were indebted to their hosts for allowing Jonny Bairstow to deputise behind the stumps after first-choice wicketkeeper Matt Prior succumbed to a stomach upset.
If Prior's misfortune was one symptom of the sub-continent's occupational hazards, the flattest of batting surfaces at the Sardar Patel Stadium B Ground was another with which Alastair Cook’s men had to contend.
Tim Bresnan emerged as England’s leading bowler, with 2-47, while Patel and fellow left-arm spinner Monty Panesar picked up a wicket apiece.
By the letter of the law, the substitution of Prior was a contravention of first-class regulations, but at England’s behest, and in the absence of a suitable replacement among those who started the match, the Board of Control for Cricket in India decided common sense should prevail.
It was Prior who helped Patel to add 69 in quick time after Ian Bell had added just five to his overnight 57 before edging to slip off Sachin Rana.
The keeper’s 41 spanned just 36 deliveries, but he was then stumped off Yadav, who also accounted for Bresnan and Patel as the final five wickets went down for 14 runs amid a flurry of aggressive strokes.
Haryana therefore came out to bat after lunch and lost Nitin Saini in the eighth over when the opener was caught at cover, having been discomforted by extra bounce from Bresnan.
Dewan and Singh then batted serenely either side of tea, although the former did survive a let-off on 13 as a diving Prior failed to take a tough chance down the leg side off Stuart Meaker.
It was Patel who broke the second-wicket stand of 97; soon after Singh had brought up a 72-ball fifty with his 10th four, the number three edged to Jonathan Trott at slip.
Trott snapped up another low chance at second slip soon after when Bresnan found the edge of Abhimanyu Khod's bat in backward-defence, and Monty Panesar prised Rana out lbw.
Dewan, however, was not for moving, and remained undefeated after 182 balls spread over more than four hours.
England were given a boost away from the middle as Steven Finn tested his thigh strain off a full run for the first time since suffering injury 10 days ago.