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Cricket: Essex draw with India as rain forces early finish

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 July 2018

Paul Walter of Essex celebrates taking the wicket of Hardik Pandya (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Paul Walter of Essex celebrates taking the wicket of Hardik Pandya (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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India had to settle for a draw in their tour match with Essex after rain forced the game to be abandoned at Chelmsford.

Nick Browne in batting action for Essex (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Nick Browne in batting action for Essex (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Essex had declared for 359-8 on Friday, after Paul Walter’s 75 frustrated the tourists, who began their second innings 36 runs ahead.

But the players were forced off in the 22nd over at the County Ground with India 89-2.

India are preparing to face England in the first of their three-game Test series at Edgbaston which starts next Wednesday, with Essex bowler Jamie Porter having been called up for the first time.

They lost their one-day series 2-1, having beaten England 2-1 in the T20 games.

Tom Westley hits four runs for Essex against India (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Tom Westley hits four runs for Essex against India (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Essex resumed on 237-5 on day three and James Foster was the first to fall, playing on to Umesh Yadav’s delivery to walk for 42.

Tall all-rounder Walter, having taken four wickets in India’s first innings, continued to frustrate the tourists with the bat before he was caught by Ajinkya Rahane off the bowling of Ishant Sharma.

Essex declared when Matt Coles was dismissed without scoring allowing India to start a second innings.

And they had reached 89-2 with KL Rahul (36) and Rahane (19) both unbeaten having seen Shikhar Dhawan dismissed by Matthew Quinn without scoring and Cheteshwar Pujara caught behind for 23.

Michael Pepper hits out for Essex against India on his way to a half-century (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)Michael Pepper hits out for Essex against India on his way to a half-century (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Quinn finished with figures of 1-5, with Walter (1-38) adding another wicket to his collection as well.

Essex return to Vitality Blast T20 action next Thursday (August 2), when they travel to Canterbury to take on Kent Spitfires.

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