Mumbai, Oct 31: England captain Alastair Cook scored a century against India A on the second day of their three-day warm-up game at Brabourne Stadium here on Wednesday. Jonathan Trott and Samit Patel hit half centuries in the visitors' reply to India A's 369. At stumps on second day, England were 286/4 in 87 overs.
Cook remained unbeaten on 112 while Patel was batting on 82. The duo has saved England with an unbroken 153-run partnership for the fifth wicket. They were 133/4 at one stage. In the final session of play, England did not lose a wicket.
The left-handed Cook hit 13 boundaries in his 251-ball stay in the middle. Patel 12 fours in his 145-ball 82.
Yuvraj Singh dismissed Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell while Suresh Raina added the wicket of a well-set Jonathan Trott to leave England in a spot of bother at 186/4 in 55 overs at tea against India A in their three-day warm-up game here on Wednesday.
With India A having no specialist spinner, it was left to Yuvraj and Raina to do the slow blowing duties. And they were both impressive in the second session of play on day two. Pietersen scored an attacking 24-ball 23 with three fours and a six before being caught and bowled by Yuvraj who once the English batsman called "pie-chucker."
Yuvraj latter added the scalp of Ian Bell for just five. Raina, just after resumption after lunch, had dismissed Trott for 56. However, with four wickets tumbling at the other end, captain Alastair Cook remained solid to go to tea at 67 not out. Samit Patel is with him on 31. The duo has added 53 runs so far.
England recovered from a poor start to reach 79/1 in 25 overs at lunch.
The visitors lost Nick Compton for a three-ball duck but captain Alastair Cook (30 not out) and Jonathan Trott (48 not out) took the team to safety at the end of first session.
Paceman Ashok Dinda dismissed Compton in the second over of the innings with England's score on 2.
Trott hit eight boundaries in his 78-ball knock while Cook had five fours in his 70-ball stay so far at the crease.
Earlier, resuming at 369/9, India A were bowled at the same score. Vinay Kumar fell LBW to James Anderson on the first ball of the day.