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Last Updated: Sunday, 19 February 2006, 12:22 GMT
England take control in tour game
Tour match, Mumbai (Bombay), Brabourne Stadium, day two of three (stumps): Cricket Club of India 251 v England 299 & 30-1

Ian Blackwell
Blackwell boosted his chances of a Test call-up on 1 March
Ian Blackwell took 4-57 and England's fielders made three run outs to bowl Cricket Club of India out for 251 on day two of the warm-up match.

England lost Andrew Strauss for a duck but the lead had grown to 78 by stumps, with the score 30-1 in Mumbai (Bombay).

Marcus Trescothick overcame a bout of flu to hit a sprightly 23 not out, with four boundaries in a single over.

Earlier there was a wicket each for pace bowlers Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard and spinner Monty Panesar.

And Kevin Pietersen, Michael Vaughan and Andrew Flintoff all made dismissals with direct hits from the field.

Promoted to three in the second innings, Pietersen was unbeaten on four going into the final day.

It was great for me to get four and push my claim for the first Test
Ian Blackwell

England's three spinners, Shaun Udal, Panesar and Blackwell combined for 36 overs either side of tea, with Panesar returning economical figures of 1-42 from 17.

Blackwell, who has played in 28 one-day internationals but no Tests, boosted his chances of a debut in Nagpur in a fortnight.

Introduced in mid-afternoon he removed well-set Vinayak Samant (53) and Wilkin Mota (28) before dismissing Abid Nabi for a duck and Kshemal Waigankar for 10.

Beginning their reply to England's 299, Robin Uthappa and Sahil Kukreja (18) put on 40 from 16.2 overs, seeing off the opening spells of Harmison and Hoggard.

The openers had looked assured against pacemen Simon Jones, bowling off a short run-up, and Flintoff when Kukreja was run out.

Uthappa drove Jones into the covers and set off for a single, but Pietersen's throw to the striker's end caught Kukereja short of the crease.

Two balls later, new man Vinit Indulkar was run out by Vaughan at the striker's end after Uthappa had driven Jones to mid-on.

Harmison, who bowled a lot quicker in his second spell after changing ends, struck with his second ball when he squared up Uthappa and forced him to edge behind.

Amol Muzumdar was forced to retire hurt at lunch after being struck on the glove by a Flintoff short ball.

Left-hander Hrishikesh Shinde joined him in the dressing room soon after the interval when flashing at a delivery angled across him as Hoggard claimed a first success on tour.

After hitting 47 on day one, England all-rounder Paul Collingwood did not take to the field due to a sore back.


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