England build commanding lead against Haryana

Ian Bell
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England close day two of their tour match against Haryana with a 349-run lead, but the match seems destined for a draw.

England closed day two of their final warm-up match for the India Test series with a 349-run lead over Haryana in Ahmedabad.

However, a half-strength bowling attack could only take four wickets in the afternoon as the hosts put themselves in a good position to earn a draw.

Resuming on 408-3, Ian Bell and Samit Patel struck half-centuries and Matt Prior blasted 41 from 36 balls before leaving the field due to illness as England reached 521-9.

Tim Bresnan picked up the early wicket of Nitin Saini for 13 but a 97-run stand from Sunny Singh and Rahul Dewan frustrated England's attempts to make serious inroads.

Patel had Singh caught by Jonathan Trott for 55, before Bresnan and Monty Panesar collected a wicket apiece to peg back Haryana to 163-4.

Dewan continued his patient knock until close, finishing unbeaten on 77 to leave England requiring 14 wickets for victory on the final day.

Samit Patel
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