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Rain spoils India 'A' - Durham match
June 30, 2003 22:15 IST
The four-day cricket match between India 'A' and Durham met a watery grave as rains confirmed the expected result, a draw, on the fourth and final day in Chester-le-Street on Monday.
Only 30 overs were possible as heavy rains lashed the Riverside ground, the newest Test venue, with the tourists reaching 95 for three in their second innings before the umpires abandoned the match one over after lunch.
Captain Shiv Sundar Das, who made 125 in the first essay made a patient 31 before falling to fast bowler Nick Hatch.
Ambati Rayudu was unbeaten on 29 with Parthiv Patel on 15 when play ended.
India 'A' made 482 for nine declared in their first innings. In reply Durham notched up 333 for nine declared.
Centuries by Das and middle order bat Hemang Badani as well as a combined seven-wicket haul by spinners Murali Kartik and Amit Mishra were the highlights of the Indian performance.
Gordon Muchall anchored the Durham innings with a fine 121.
India 'A' (1st innings): 482 for 9 decl
Durham (1st innings): 333 for 9 decl
India 'A' (2nd innings):
S S Das c Pratt b Hatch 31
G Gambhir b Davies 4
W Jaffer b Hatch 15
A T Rayudu not out 29
P Patel not out 15
Extras (lb-1) 1
Total (for 3 wickets in 33 overs): 95
Bowling: Hatch 12-2-23-2, Davies 8-3-16-1, Hunter 6-1-21-0, Phillips 4-0-16-0, Wells 3-0-18-0.