Mumbai: All-rounder Yuvraj Singh claimed five wickets even as the visiting England team grabbed a 57-run lead over India A in the three-day practice game that was headed for a tame draw on the final day here on Thursday.

England, replying to the home side's first innings total of 369, were dismissed for 426, half hour after lunch with Yuvraj finishing with impressive figures of 5 for 94 in 26.5 overs.

Captain and lanky left-handed opener Alastair Cook and middle-order batsman Samit Patel notched up centuries while Jonathan Trott and Matt prior hit half tons for England ahead of the four-Test series against India commencing later this month.

By tea, India A had wiped off the deficit by reaching 68 for the loss of one wicket in 20 overs. Abhinav Mukund, who made 73 in the first innings, fell for 3 in the second off James Anderson with 4 on the board.

At the end of the second period of play, the other opener Murali Vijay (32 in 58 balls) and Ajinkya Rahane (33 in 49 balls) were the not out batsmen.

Only one session remains to be played out in the first of the three warm-up encounters scheduled for the visitors before the opening Test at Ahmedabad from November 15-19.

The attention in the morning session from the home ranks was grabbed by Yuvraj, who has come back after almost a year out of it when he underwent treatment for a rare form of germ cell cancer near his lungs. He took three wickets today to add to his two secured on Wednesday.

Cook's wicket was claimed by Ashok Dinda, who secured 2 for 86 after having accounted for the England skipper's opening partner Nick Compton yesterday. Vinay Kumar sent back Graeme Swann.

Resuming at the overnight 286 for 4, England initially made slow progress against the medium pace duo of Ashok Dinda and Irfan Pathan, who is expected to make the first Test squad at Ahmedabad.

Cook departed when Dinda angled a ball away to which the opener poked his bat at and edged to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha after 19 minutes of play. His partnership with Patel yielded 169 runs and came off 321 balls and in 218 minutes pulling the side from 133 for 4 to beyond 300.

In all the Essex player faced 269 balls and hit 14 fours.

The arrival of Prior quickened the pace of scoring even as his partner Patel preferred to inch his way to the three-figure mark from 82 overnight.

Prior was also lucky to be dropped by Rahane when on 4 as he slashed Dinda to the gully fielder. Patel reached his first 100 on the tour with a single to square leg in the 11th over, having taken almost 50 minutes to add the 18 runs needed to attain the landmark.

Prior raced to his 50 in as many balls and with the help of nine hits to the fence before his forward prod resulted in an edge to slip fielder Raina off Yuvraj.

Patel was caught by Vijay at covers off a leading edge when trying to flick the left arm slow bowler. He had stayed for more than four and a half hours and struck 14 boundaries in 173 balls. The partnership between Patel and Prior was worth 65 runs in 12.1 overs.

Just when lunch was round the corner, Swann was bowled when a ball from Vinay Kumar kept a bit low as England adjourned for lunch at 396 for 8.

In the seventh over after the break, and after the addition of 30 runs, Yuvraj completed his five-wicket haul by having Anderson caught at short leg for 19.

Tim Bresnan remained unbeaten with 33 off 61 balls with four fours and a six. The innings ended with last man, the injured Steven Finn unable to bat.

Mukund and Vijay opened the India A second innings and were separated in the third over when the former got a leading edge to an attempted flick off Anderson and was caught at mid-off.


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