Northampton: Tailender Amit Mishra completed his half century as India folded their first innings at 352 at lunch on the second and final day of the warm-up match against Northamptonshire on Saturday.

Mishra, overnight 48, completed his half century off the first ball of the morning and was the last man out for 61.

Bowling spearhead Zaheer Khan then returned to action after his hamstring injury in the first Test against England at Lord's though his three overs before lunch was far from impressive as he conceded 24 runs.

The left-arm paceman's return to the Indian fold was welcome even his brief three overs did little to confirm one way or the other if he would be going full throttle at Edgbaston during the third Test, starting on August 10.

England, in reply, made 32 for no loss from seven overs before rain brought a halt to the proceedings and forced early lunch. Mal Loye and Niall O' Brien were batting on 13 and 17 respectively at the break.

Zaheer bowled to the home openers Loye and O' Brien, two rather better-known batsmen having represented England and Ireland in one-day internationals in the past.

Loye, who once swept Brett Lee for a six during a CB series ODI in Australia, smashed Zaheer once past covers and Brien hit the Indian for two boundaries, once past slips and then to the cover fence.

Earlier, the Indians decided to go for the remaining 10 overs of their innings, resuming at 327 for seven and batting for five and a half overs in all.

Mishra completed his half century with a four off the first ball of the morning but other than a subdued handshake with his partner Sreesanth, did not raise his bat at all - a kind of smirk reaction in the knowledge that his chance of being included in the third Test at Edgbaston are minimal.

Tall right-arm medium-pacer Luke Evans grabbed both the Indian wickets to fall on Saturday - Sreesanth (25) and Mishra (61) - to return his career-best figures of 4 for 74.

Mishra and Sreesanth added 61 runs for the ninth wicket, the former hitting eight fours from 120 balls while the latter smacked four boundaries from 39 balls.

(Agencies)