Match drawn as both sides benefit

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The tour match between India A and England ended in a draw, as predicted, but a number of players from both sides made good use of the three days at the Brabourne to put their hands up for Test selection.

The tour match between India A and England ended in a draw, as predicted, but a number of players from both sides made good use of the three days at the Brabourne to put their hands up for Test selection.

India were batting at the close of play, leading England by 67 runs and on 124 for four, with James Anderson having taken two wickets and Ajinkya Rahane scoring a nifty 54 on the final day.

England ended their first innings against India A on 426 all out earlier in the day, with Samit Patel recording a century and veteran all-rounder Yuvraj Singh taking a valuable five-fer as he looked to stake his claim in the senior side for the Test series.

England had opener Alastair Cook on 112 not out over night and Patel alongside him on 82, but the skipper could only add seven more runs to his total before being caught behind off Ashok Dinda.

Patel continued his innings to record 104, putting on 65 with Matt Prior before going out to Yuvraj, caught by Murali Vijay. Prior also recorded a good warm-up knock, making 51 before also falling to the left-arm spinner, caught by Suresh Raina.

England were unable to call on Steve Finn as he is still out with a thigh injury picked up on day one, so they were all out with Tim Bresnan stranded on 33 not out.

India A's second innings got off to a poor start when Abhinav Mukund, who got 73 in the first knock, was bowled by James Anderson for three. Anderson then also dismissed Murali Vijay for 32.

Rahane and Yuvraj continued the knock, but the latter could only score 14, to add to his 59 in the first innings, before being caught by Ian Bell off Bresnan.

Cook will be pleased with the performance, both personally and from a team perspective, as Patel's knock drew the pressure slightly off Kevin Pietersen, and showed that there are a few players who are capable of playing on the sub-continent.

Yuvraj, meanwhile, will be encouraged by his performance, both with bat and ball, and it's hard to see how the selectors will leave him out of the Test side after that.

England will be slightly worried though, given that he took a five-fer against them and he's not even one of their top spinners. They still have Pragyan Ojha and Ravi Ashwin to look forward to.

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