Raina's ton helps salvage draw with fiery Somerset

Published: Monday, July 18, 2011, 8:21 [IST]
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Raina's ton salvages draw with Somerset

Taunton, July 18: India would have had nothing to gloat over in their tour-opening warm-up game against Somerset if it hadn't been a gutsy 103 from Suresh Raina. The unbeaten century from the Uttar Pradesh batsman, which was laced with 14 fours and 5 sixes, took India from their overnight score of 138/8 to 224 all out, with Munaf Patel rendering some rear-guard support. Somerset however, still had secured a lead of 201 in the first innings. Indian nemesis Charl Willoughby, finished with an impressive haul of 6/76 from 20 overs.

The home-side second innings was even more damaging to India's morale than the first, as Andrew Strauss and the hero of the first innings Arul Suppiah, tore into a beleaguered Indian attack. The duo put on 131 in just 25.4 overs. Then Indian leg-spinner Amit Mishra struck back to remove Suppiah and James Hildreth in successive balls.

But the chance of an Indian fight back was all but negated when Peter Trego unleashed a blitzkrieg on the tourists. The batsman blazed 85 off 57 balls with 7 hits to the fence and 7 over it. Mishra had to face the brunt of Trego's belligerence, going for 123 runs in 14 overs. Andrew Strauss in the meantime, notched up an unbeaten 109 in 135 balls.

Somerset, somewhat sympathetically declared at 260 in their second innings, with an overall lead of 461. Thankfully, the Indian opening pair of Gautam Gambhir and Abhinav Mukund ensured that there would be no more embarrassment for the tourists as they played out 16.4 overs, scoring 69/0 before rain prevented any more play.

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