Compton fifty consolidates draw
Nick Compton stated his case to open the batting in the first Test with India thanks to a patient unbeaten half-century in England’s draw versus Mumbai A at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy.
Compton hit 64 as England’s other top-order batsmen in this game also enjoyed valuable time in the middle after the tourists took a first-innings lead of 59, although they did so without the bowling of Stuart Broad today.
Following two single-figures scores, Compton made a first significant contribution of the tour to underline his credentials as Alastair Cook’s opening partner for the Ahmedabad Test, starting on Thursday week.
The tall right-hander today outlasted rival Joe Root, who was lbw for 24 playing no shot to seamer Shardul Thakur’s inswinger. Thakur was later convinced he had Compton caught behind for 19 on the drive, but the umpire disagreed.
Jonathan Trott contributed a gritty 30 before off-spinner Suryakumar Yadav trapped him in front, but Compton dug in and went on to reach his maiden England half-century from 142 deliveries.
He was on 64 when the sides shook hands with the tourists 149 for two from 52 overs, 208 ahead. Ian Bell, who was dropped first ball at backward short-leg, finished with 28 not out.
Broad, captain in this second warm-up match of three in place of the rested Cook, suffered discomfort in his left heel yesterday and did not bowl after tea on Sunday. A scan revealed bruising on the heel but the paceman was deemed fit to field if not bowl today.
Despite being without Broad’s seamers, the tourists needed just 90 minutes this morning to take Mumbai A’s final six wickets for 54 runs. Once the hosts resumed on 232 for four, spinners Monty Panesar and Samit Patel struck five times between them to earn three-fors.
In the day’s first full over Graham Onions had Hiken Shah caught behind for eight more than his overnight 84, trying to leave a ball that ran over the face of the bat, to end his four-hour stay.
Nikhil Patil picked out mid-off on 17 when he tried to hit Panesar over the top, and the frontline left-arm spinner had his third wicket when Thakur mistimed a slog-sweep for an easy catch in the leg-side ring.
In between, Patel struck with his first delivery of the day when Sufiyan Shaikh was caught low down at cover by Compton.
The all-rounder then claimed the last two wickets in two balls, Kshemal Waingankar snapped up one-handed at second slip for 14 by a diving Trott and number 11 Javed Khan bowled slogging.
Shoaib Shaikh was unbeaten on 13 while Patel and Panesar ended with figures of 3-44 and 3-64 respectively.