Mumbai: England’s bowlers had a better workout than their batsmen on the last day of their first tour match against India A at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday. England added 140 more runs before being dismissed for 426, and then reduced India A to 124 for 4 in 40 overs when the match was called off.
England resumed on 286 for 4 with Alastair Cook on 112 and Samit Patel 18 short of a fine century, but still well behind the India A first-innings score of 369. The idea must have been for the duo to spend as much more time in the middle as possible – that’s the formula for Cook’s success as a Test batsman anyway.
But like he did on the second morning with Nick Compton, Ashok Dinda got Cook to edge one to Wriddhiman Saha in the day’s fifth over to send the England captain back for 119. Dinda’s celebration – a sprint down the wicket, a leap and an exaggerated fist pump – invited laughs all around, but considering Cook had batted like an impenetrable wall, the wicket was certainly a welcome break for India A.