Cricket: Essex draw with India as rain forces early finish
PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 July 2018
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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.
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.
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.
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.