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The Pune Warriors committed the ultimate sin, throwing away a game that was in the bag for nearly 37 overs, losing 6 wickets for 7 runs in an incredible 13 ball period that cost them the game. While Pune's calamitous collapse will no doubt get the lion share of the attention, 29-year old Haryana skipper Amit Mishra's role in winning the game for the Sunrisers Hyderabad should not be forgotten as the leg spinner first smashed 30 from 24 balls to guide his team from 44-6 to an apparently competitive 119-8, before taking 4 wickets in one over, including a hat-trick to win his side a game they had no business being in.

The Pune Warriors won the toss and elected to field, a decision which appeared a masterstroke as Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled some gorgeous seam up deliveries to knock over a Kumar Sangakkara-less (benched) top order as he took 3-18 from his 4 overs forcing the Sunrisers on the backfoot.

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j_trottThe third and final warm-up fixture before the India - England test series ended in yet another draw as Haryana managed to escape what looked like certain defeat, ending the day at 133/6 after being set an impossible target of 443 in 52 overs. England's declaration came much later than expected and the extra time for which they batted was futile as the last 45 minutes of their batting yielded few runs but 4 wickets fell instead. Haryana were in a spot of bother at 110/6 with the end of the day looming in the horizon, but Amit Mishra and Jayant Yadav managed to hold fort and secure a draw.

England lost Nick Compton early, the rookie opener managing to add just 25 to his overnight score. He departed for 79 as he edged a delivery from Sachin Rana to the keeper. Ian Bell walked in at no. 3 in search of some runs. There were a couple of close run out chances that both Bell and Jonathan Trott survived whilst trying to add runs at a fair clip.

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After England amassed a massive 408 runs on day 1 of their tour game against Indian Ranji side Haryana, the latter came back strongly on the second morning to limit the visitors to just 521. At tea time, Haryana appeared to be getting the better of the second day, however, England’s bowling attack showed their class in the final session and struck thrice to leave Haryana at a wobbly 172/4 at the end of the day’s play.

Haryana took the second new ball in the morning session. A hint of swing saw Ian Bell nick one to slip as he charged down the track to Sachin Rana. He managed to add only 5 to his overnight tally and was dismissed for 62. Samit Patel, continued to enjoy his time in India and continued to play his shots. He received good support from Matt Prior at the other end. Patel raced to a quickfire 50 off 77 balls with 10 fours and Prior scored 41 in just 36 balls. They added 69 runs before Prior was stumped off Jayant Yadav as he tried to go for his third six. Tim Bresnan (3) followed Prior to the pavilion a couple of overs later. Patel too attempted to hit Yadav for a six but was caught at long on. Skipper Amit Mishra wrapped up the tailenders in his next couple of overs to end England’s first innings at 521/9 which was when lunch was called. The last five wickets fell for just 14 runs. Spinners Mishra and Yadav shared 8 wickets between them.

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