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06-Nov-2012 02:57:00 GMT
Mumbai A v England XI, Mumbai, 3rd day

Compton Fifty Highlights Final Day

Mumbai: England will leave for Ahmedabad for their final warm-up game against Haryana with mixed feelings. While Nick Compton (64 not out) and Joe Root (24) managed to give themselves a decent practice with the former scoring his maiden fifty of the tour in three attempts, the bruise on Stuart Broad's left heel will give the visitors some pain.

Broad, who was the stand-in captain for the match, was taken for a scan on Sunday after he complained of discomfort after wheeling in 10 overs against Mumbai 'A'. His injury comes on the back of Steven Finn's injury that has kept the pacer away from the visitors' warm-up games. Broad took the field on Monday but didn't bowl and could be rested for the final preparatory game to remain fit for the first Test.

Earlier, England spinners Monty Panesar (3-64) and Samit Patel (3-44) wrapped up the Mumbai 'A' tail for 286, twenty minutes before lunch.

The visiting English media waited in anticipation of a half-century from their openers who have been patchy so far. But by one past twenty the focus shifted to the Indian squad named for the first two Tests and there was a sudden excitement about the inclusion of Harbhajan and Yuvraj Singh. Both players are quite temperamental and talismanic by their own rights. Perhaps, the visitors saw it as a warning after being deprived of spin all this while.

England went into lunch at 13 without loss, thanks to Root who scored the runs with boundaries to fine leg and thirdman. Compton, who was yet to open his account, later began with an edge between slip and gully for four off Kshemal Waingankar.

Compton credit Root, who applied himself but once again failed to capitalise on the start. "I thought Joe played well. He looked good and batted for a good period of time. It was just nice for me to kick on in this innings and get a score that I desperately needed. It's quite natural that it's a spot that everyone is trying to vie for. I will be lying if I said I am not eyeing that opening spot," Compton said.

Brief scores
England XI 345 for 9 dec (Bairstow 118, Morgan 76, Patel 60) and 149 for 2 (Compton 64*)
Mumbai A 286 (Pujara 87, Shah 92)
Result Match drawm

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