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England can’t find way past Dewan

Ahmedabad: England endured more frustration in the field as Rahul Dewan carried his bat for 143 to shut them out on Day Three of their final warm-up match.

Dewan had just one let-off, when Alastair Cook dropped him at slip on 121, as the hosts were all out for 334 chasing England’s first-innings total of 521 at the Sarwar Patel Stadium B Ground, here, on Saturday.

His patience and skill, on the flattest of pitches, never wavered - and England showed signs of weariness in their toil.

Nick Compton also floored a straightforward — although not costly — chance and Matt Prior, back on duty after a stomach upset, was short of his best behind the stumps and responsible for another.

Tim Bresnan again got more than most out of the surface, but even he could not shift opener Dewan, as Haryana replied with substance.

Bresnan (three for 66) impressed as England’s most likely wicket-taker the other day, and got them underway again when he had Sandeep Singh pushing tentatively forward and edging low to Cook at slip.

Cook was in the firing line on three more occasions before lunch. But the ball evaded his grasp when Amit Mishra twice edged past slip and Dewan — on 87 — off Jonathan Trott, played a rare false shot in a compact and controlled innings.

Mishra was gone relatively soon anyhow, turned round by Stuart Meaker and caught behind to give the Surrey seamer his maiden first-class wicket for England.

But Dewan remained to bring up his sixth first-class hundred in just over five-and-a-half hours. He did so with a cut for his fourteenth four — from the 236th ball he faced — earning the polite applause of the bowler, Monty Panesar, in acknowledgement.

In their second innings, England were 118 without loss at stumps with Jonathan Trott (61) and Nick Compton (54) having a good bit of batting place before the first Test.

Scorecard on Page 22