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Bairstow, Morgan rescue England after Mumbai 'A' pick up early wickets

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The opening day of the second warm up fixture belonged to England despite a second string Mumbai side managed to send the top 4 Englishmen packing in the first session. Mumbai 'A' dominated the first session, picking up 4 wickets for just 66, but the second session onwards, England established themselves and went on to end the day at 338/6 with an impressive performance by Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan.

England made a host of changes for this game with Joe Root replacing skipper Alastair Cook, and Eoin Morgan and Jonny Bairstow coming in for Kevin Pietersen and Matt Prior. On the bowling front, Monty Panesar replaced Graeme Swann, while Graham Onions and Stuart Broad came in for the injured Steven Finn and Tim Bresnan. The latter was leading England in the game.

Broad won the toss and elected to bat, giving both Nick Compton and Joe Root a chance to open the innings and prove themselves ahead of the test series. However, Nick Compton's failure to perform continued, he managed just a run this time following up his duck in the previous game. Jonathan Trott and Root shared a fifty partnership but Trott was dismissed (28 from 47) caught behind as he tried to cut a delivery from Javed Khan. Ian Bell followed Trott to the pavilion for just 4, caught behind, this time off the bowling of Kshemal Waingankar. Root had played a patient knock of 28 from 75 balls with just one four. However, he fell in Suryakumar Yadav's first over. He was caught at forward short leg and with his wicket, lunch was called. At this point, England were in deep trouble at 66/4.

Post lunch, Morgan and Bairstow played a knock of perseverance. Both of them were not off the mark when the session began. However, they played patiently and yet managed to hit their shots. They had a century partnership with both of them completing their half centuries. The second session ended with no wickets falling and also witnessed quite a few boundaries hit by both batsmen. Morgan brought up his fifty in 81 balls hitting six fours and a six. Bairstow reached fifty in 77 balls. England ended the session at a impressive 174/4.

Post tea, England accelerated their scoring rate a bit, Bairstow started hitting out more freely. The pair added another 48 runs before Morgan was dismissed (76 from 128), leg before off Shardul Thakur's bowling. With the fall of the fifth wicket, Samit Patel walked in and continued from where he's left at the Brabourne stadium. He reached fifty in quick time, conistently playing at a strike rate of above 80. Meanwhile, Bairstow brought up his century at the other end, hitting 14 fours. However, he was dismissed (118 from 177) a couple of overs before play ended, caught by Shikhar Dhawan off the bowling of Khan. Patel and Stuart Broad ended the day at 338/6 with Patel unbeaten on 59 and Broad unbeaten on 6.

Mumbai A will be disappointed with their performance in the post lunch session, considering that they had put a lot of pressure on England in the first session. They will hope to pick up some early wickets tomorrow and end England's innings as quickly as possible. England, on the other hand, will be happy with their overall performance. However, their top order's form is a continuing worry for them.

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England A 1st Innings 338/6 (86 Overs, 3.93rpo)

J Bairstow 118 (176) K Waingankar 2/68

E Morgan 76 (128) J Khan 2/75