Mumbai: England emerged with a few positives, ahead of the opening Test of the four-game series against India, from their three-day warm-up game against Mumbai A that ended in a draw at the D Y Patil Stadium here on Monday.
The visitors first shot out the home team for 286 to take a 59-run lead, with left-arm spin duo Monty Panesar and Samit Patel polishing off the lower order in style. Later opener Nick Compton - who is vying for the opener's slot with 21-year-old Joe Root to accompany captain Alastair Cook in the first Test - got back some form in the second innings by scoring an unbeaten half century.
Compton, who flopped in the first two innings that he played on the tour by scoring a duck (against India A in the opener at the Brabourne Stadium) and one (in the first innings here), started nervously before helping himself to some form. England, who made 345 for 9 declared in the first innings, were 149 for 2 in 52 overs in the second when play was called off.
Visitors were 149 for 2 at the stumps as Compton and Bell remained unbeaten on 64 and 28 respectively.
When stumps were drawn for the last time, Compton was unbeaten with 64 after a stay of 214 minutes during which he faced 162 balls and hit 6 fours. Ian Bell (28), who faced 42 balls and hit three fours in 58 minutes, was the batsman who was not out at the other end.
The England pace bowlers did not do anything extraordinary in the match barring bowling long spells, with James Anderson and Graham Onions procuring one and two wickets respectively. Stand-in skipper Stuart Broad could not do that too because of a left heel injury that restricted him to bowl 10 overs, while Panesar showed he could trouble the Indian batsmen with some help from the track.
Patel was a big gainer and staked strong claims to grab a middle order slot with his knock of 60 and followed it up on Monday by claiming three wickets in 16 balls as Mumbai A slumped from overnight 232 for 4 to being all out in 93 minutes.