Ahmedabad, Nov 8: Kevin Pietersen smashed an 86-ball century as England batsmen made merry against Haryana on the opening day of their four-day warm-up match here on Thursday. England ended a dominating day at 408/3 in 90 overs. Ian Bell was unbeaten on 57. Amit Mishra took two wickets for Haryana.
Pietersen reached to his ton with 14 fours and three sixes. 74 runs of his 100, came in boundaries. He retired hurt at 110 as England's other batsmen opted for practice ahead of the first Test.
England lost both their openers Alastair Cook (97) and Nick Compton (74) before tea but they are still in a commanding position at 245/2 in 59 overs against Haryana on the opening day of their four-day warm-up game here.
Jonathan Trott (45) and Kevin Pietersen (18) will resume England innings in the final session of play.
India's tactics of not exposing any quality spinners continued on the first day of this final tour game as well. Amit Mishra, Haryana's captain and main spinner, was into the attack only in the 51st over. Mishra needed just two overs to strike as he dismissed Compton.
Cook, who was looking good for a century, fell for 97. He faced 115 balls and hit 18 fours. Compton needed 144 balls for his 74 with one six and nine boundaries. Trott has so far hit six fours while Pietersen found the fence thrice.
Captain Alastair Cook hit a half century to take England to a strong position at 136/0 in 28 overs at lunch on their opening day's four-day practice game against Haryana here on Thursday.
At the interval, Cook was unbeaten on 82 while his partner Nick Compton was batting on 43. Earlier, England had won the toss and chosen to bat.
Cook was the more aggressive between the two. The left-hander has so far struck 17 boundaries in his 98-ball knock. Compton has played 73 balls and has six boundaries.
This is England's final warm-up game ahead of their first Test against India on November 15. England's first two practice games had ended in draws. They played India A and Mumbai A.