Trott slams ton in drawn encounter

Jonathan Trott notched up a hundred before England knocked out six Haryana wickets but their third and final practice match ahead of the Test series against India ended in a tame draw on the last day here on Sunday. 

Haryana were 133 for six in 42 overs, chasing 441, when the match was stopped.
Resuming at 73 for two after tea, opener Nitin Saini completed a half-century before becoming Monty Panesar’s only victim of the day when the left-arm spinner had him caught behind after an 84-ball stay.

Saini struck nine fours during his entertaining knock but the rest of the Haryana line-up failed to impress and pacer Tim Bresnan picked up two wickets to finish with a five-wicket haul in the match.

Earlier, England had useful batting practice ahead of their first Test against India starting November 15, as they declared their second innings at 254 for six to take an overall 441-run lead.

England declared midway into the second session as soon as star batsman and first innings centurion Kevin Pietersen was out for a two-ball duck off the bowling of off-spinner Jayant Yadav.

Opener Jonathon Trott struck a century as England reached 221 for two at lunch to extend their lead to 408 runs.

Trott, overnight 61, retired after scoring 101 to give batting practice to his other colleagues in England’s final tour game.

Captain Alastair Cook, who was batting on 2, then ended their innings at 254 for six. 
Haryana bowlers had to toil hard for the second time in the match, having allowed England to pile on 521 in the visitors’ first innings.

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