India settle for draw

By Graeme Mair   Last updated: 5th August 2007   Subscribe to RSS Feed

India settle for draw

Jaffer: 55 in the second innings

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Sri Lanka A 266 (T T Samaraweera 75, M G Vandort 52, R R Bose 5-51, R R Powar 4-85) & 265-7 dec (M G Vandort 117) v India 238-5 dec (R Dravid 67 no, G Gambhir 67) & 187-6 (W Jaffer 55, G Gambhir 53 no)
Sri Lanka A drew with India

The Indians held on for a draw on the third day of their tour match against Sri Lanka A, finishing at 187-6 in their second innings at Grace Road.

Opening batsman Michael Vandort struck 117 to allow Sri Lanka A to declare their second innings at 265-7 and leave the Indians chasing 294 for victory.

But after being reduced to 73-3, victory was off the agenda for Rahul Dravid's men, and it was left to Wasim Jaffer and Gautam Gambhir to guide them to a draw.

Jaffer (55) and Gambhir (53no) both contributed half-centuries, but several other batsmen failed to play themselves into form ahead of this week's final Test against England.

Dinesh Karthik (9), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (1), Venkat Laxman (3) and Dravid (15) all fell cheaply, while Yuvraj Singh's 33 is unlikely to be enough to prompt a Test recall.

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