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Last Updated: Monday, 28 November 2005, 13:25 GMT
Sri Lanka draw after a struggle
Sri Lanka struggled with both bat and ball in their rain-hit three-day tour match against an Indian Board President's XI which ended in a draw.

The hosts piled on 317-4 before declaring after lunch and then reduced the tourists to 171-9 when stand-in captain Chaminda Vaas agreed on a draw.

Rain had delayed the start of play until after lunch on the second day.

Sri Lanka, still reeling from their 6-1 one-day series drubbing in India this month, struggled against the spinners.

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra, 23, a prospect for international cricket, took 4-64 and off-break bowler Kulamani Parida returned 3-77.

Sri Lanka wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara top-scored with 43 before he was caught top-edging a sweep against Mishra.

Earlier, Board XI batsmen Sridharan Sriram (61) and skipper Venugopal Rao (46) added 97 runs for the third wicket after resuming on their overnight score of 217-2.

Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu and off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan were rested for the game.

The first match of the three-Test series starts in Madras on Friday.


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