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Sunday, 8 December, 2002, 05:06 GMT
India hold on for draw
Sachin Tendulkar
Tendulkar on his way to an unbeaten 52
Tour match, Napier, day three of three: India 209 all out & 191-3; Central Districts 295-9 declared

India batted out a rain-interrupted final day to ensure the three-day tour match against Central Districts ended in a draw in Napier on Sunday.

India reached 191 for three in their second innings at stumps with Sachin Tendulkar 52 not out and VVS Laxman on one.

The tourists had started the day 86 runs in arrears after Central Districts declared their first innings at 295 for nine.

The match served as a warm-up for India before the first test against New Zealand in Wellington starting on Thursday.

Medium-pacer Andrew Schwass took the first wicket to fall when he removed opener Virender Sehwag for 61.


We had a bad day on Friday and we've talked about it - I wouldn't be too concerned
India coach John Wright

Schwass also completed a miserable match for Rahul Dravid, who made a duck in the first innings, by bowling him for one.

Opener Sanjay Bangar completed his half-century before tea and in the first over after the break he hit off-spinner Glen Sulzberger for 18 runs.

But, from the first ball of Sulzberger's next over, Bangar lofted a catch to long-on Brent Hefford and was out for 70.

Ten minutes later, with Tendulkar having just reached his half-century, the heavens opened and play was called off 40 minutes before the scheduled close.

India coach John Wright said the batting wobbles of the opening day, when his side were bowled out for 209, were balanced by the showing of the batsmen on the last day when all bar Dravid batted well.

"I think it was good to show the boys that haven't toured here before what typical New Zealand conditions were like," said former Kiwi test player Wright.

"We had a bad day on Friday and we've talked about it. I wouldn't be too concerned."


Central Districts: PJ Ingram, CM Spearman (captain), MS Sinclair, GP Sulzberger, JM How, BBJ Griggs, MA Sigley, AM Schwass, MJ Mason, BE Hefford, LJ Hamilton.

India: SC Ganguly (captain), V Sehwag, R Dravid, SB Bangar, SR Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, PA Patel, AB Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh, A Nehra, A Ratra, T Yohannan.

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