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Last Updated: Saturday, 18 February 2006, 11:58 GMT
England tumble after bright start
Tour match, Mumbai (Bombay), Brabourne Stadium, day one of three (stumps): Cricket Club of India v England 299

Michael Vaughan
Vaughan brought up his half-century with a six
Michael Vaughan, Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell all passed 50 but England failed to capitalise on day one of their India tour-opener in Mumbai (Bombay).

Bell helped the tourists recover from a mid-afternoon wobble at 203-5 with a patient 78 on a lively wicket.

But five wickets fell for 36 runs and England were bowled out for 299, with Paul Collingwood left unbeaten on 47.

Vaughan (54) and Strauss (51) shared a century stand but Kevin Pietersen (26) and Andrew Flintoff (20) went cheaply.

Young seamer Kshemal Waingarkar was the most impressive of the nine bowlers used in the three-day game, taking three wickets.

He dismissed Strauss with a slower ball and got Vaughan edging one which lifted sharply outside off-stump.

Vaughan got to 44 runs in boundaries, with nine coming in 13 balls, then registered his half-century in the first over after lunch with a straight six.

It was a welcome score for Strauss, who managed only 44 runs in four Test innings in Pakistan late last year.

It's nice to get some time at the crease in the heat, getting ready for those Test matches
Ian Bell

Opening partner Matt Prior, promoted with Marcus Trescothick suffering flu, was bowled early on when the Brabourne Stadium pitch was most helpful to the bowlers.

Batsmen did not help themselves at times, though. Pietersen had time to smash a six before chopping onto his stumps.

And Flintoff chanced his arm regularly before drilling off-spinner Aniket Redkar straight to mid-on.

Bell, though, continued his fine form after being England's leading scorer in the Test series in Pakistan late last year.

He eventually perished after hoisting left-arm spinner Hitshu Bachani into the second tier of the pavilion as an attempt to repeat the stroke saw him stumped.

Bell and Collingwood made crease occupation the priority against the home team's slow men but the lower order struggled once exposed and left Collingwood to manipulate the strike.

Trescothick remained at the team hotel along with Durham fast bowler Liam Plunkett, who has a stomach ailment.

But both could feature later in the game as there is an agreement that England can use their entire squad.

England's only first-class game before the three-Test series starts at Baroda on 23 February. The first Test begins in Nagpur on 1 March.


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