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Last Updated: Monday, 1 December, 2003, 08:44 GMT
India second best in Brisbane
Tour match, Brisbane, final day of three
Queensland Academy of Sport v India

India have not been at their best yet in Australia and the final day of their match against the Queensland Academy underlined that fact.

The three-day match was always destined to be drawn, but it was the home team who earned a moral victory.

The top three Indian batsmen all failed for the second time in the match on Monday after Lee Carseldine had struck his second century.

Sadagopan Ramesh finished unbeaten on 37, about as good as it got for India.

The day began with the Academy team 79-2, adding comfortably to a first-innings lead of 96.

Anil Kumble and Irfan Pathan both finished with two wickets but not before Carseldine had taken his own score to 109 not out and the team total to 208-6 declared.

The declaration came, leaving India to score 305 if they fanceid their chances of winning the match.

Unsurpisingly, they thought better of it, though it served them no favours.

For the second time in the match, Virender Sehwag was dismissed by Joe Dawes in single figures, while Akash Chopra and Deep Dasgupta also both repeated their failures.

From 32-2, Ramesh and Sourav Ganguly were forced into a battle of survival. Ganguly eventually fell for a bright 35 while Dasgupta adopted resolute defence.

They added 56 for the fourth wicket before Ramesh and Rahul Dravid (20 not out) steered India to the draw.


Queensland Academy of Sport: Aaron Nye (captain), Daniel Payne, Chris Simpson, Lee Carseldine, Craig Philipson, Steve Farrell, Chris Hartley, Ryan Le Loux, Shane Jurgensen, Scott Brant, Joe Dawes, Steve Magoffin.

India: Sourav Ganguly (captain), Virender Sehwag, Akash Chopra, Sadogoppan Ramesh, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Parthiv Patel, Agit Agarkar, Anil Kumble, Lakshimipathy Balaji, Irfan Pathan, Deep Dasgupta.


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