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MATCH ENDS IN A DRAW! [India 395 & 89/2 drew with Essex 359/8]

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What a surprise! The match has ended in a draw after rain forces the players to their respective dressing rooms. India faced 21.1 overs in their second innings scoring 89/2 and stretching their lead to 125 runs. KL Rahul (36*) and Ajinkya Rahane (23*) remain unbeaten.

Over 18: An expensive over from Paul Walter after Rahane clatters two fours in it. A third boundary came via leg byes. India 77/2, lead by 113 runs 

Over 17: Positive intent from Rahul and Rahane. They have each struck a four in the first two overs after the tea break. India 64/2, lead by 100 runs

Paul Walter will bowl the first over of the final session. Facing him is Ajinkya Rahane

PLAY RESUMES

TEA-BREAK

Over 15: TEA-BREAK: So the second session has ended and India have lost opener Shikhar Dhawan (0) and Cheteshwar Pujara (23). They have reached 53/2 and have a lead of 89 runs.

Over 14: With two fours in three deliveries, KL Rahul takes India’s total to 50/2. He moves to 19 off 46. India lead by 86 runs

Over 13.1: OUT! Paul Walter is having a memorable game. He has gotten rid of Cheteshwar Paujar on 23 who has been caught by Varun Chopra. India 40/2, lead by 76 runs

Over 10: Paul Walter, Essex’s top-scorer, has been introduced into the attack. Matt Coles and Matthew Quinn have been taken off. Coles bowled five overs for nine runs while Quinn bowled four overs for five runs and a wicket. India 28/1, lead by 64 runs

Over 5: Pujara has joined Rahul in the middle after Dhawan’s early dismissal. With the help of a boundary, he is batting on 5 while his partner is yet to get off the mark. India 9/1, lead by 45 runs

In case you were wondering how Dhawan was dismissed. In his defense, that one was a beauty


Over 1.3: OUT! That’s another duck for Shikhar Dhawan after he’s bowled by Matthew Quinn. Cheteshwar Pujara walks in at No. 3. India 4/0, lead by 40 runs.

Over 1: Matt Coles has the new ball. On strike is KL Rahul. A maiden over to start with. India 0/0, lead by 36 runs

KL Rahul has walked out to open Indian innings with Shikhar Dhawan.

DECLARATION: So Essex have declared their innings at 359/8 in 94 overs, trailing by 36 runs. Aron Nijjar (29*) and Feroze Khushi (14*) remain unbeaten.

Over 93: Nijjar and Khushi seem to have shut the shop for now. They have played three maidens in a row. So Virat Kohli has brought back Shardul Thakur into the attack now. Essex 354/8 | India 395

Over 88: Like the first session, Ishant and Shami have bowled the first two overs. Ishant’s went for three runs while Shami bowled his third maiden of the innings. Essex 348/8 | India 395

We’re back! Ishant Sharma will resume the proceedings for India

Lunch-Break

Over 86: So Hardik Pandya has just bowled the last over before lunch and Feroze Khushi has clattered him for two fours in it. Essex now trail India by 50 runs. Essex 345/8 | India 395

Over 84.2: OUT! The bowling change pays immediate dividends for India! Paul Walter holes out to Ajinkya Rahane on 75 off 123 deliveries. He struck 13 fours during his stay. Essex 336/8 | India 395

Kohli has brought Ishant back into the attack

Over 84: Aron Nijjar joins the fun as gets consecutive fours off Hardik Pandya – the second via byes. He move to 21 off 43 deliveries. Essex now trail India by 59 runs. Essex 336/7 | India 395

Another bowling change from India: Hardik Pandya is into the attack now

Over 80: Paul Walter is in excellent touch. He’s getting a four every next over. He has hit 13 of them so far to move to 74 off 113 deliveries. Batting alongside him is Aron Nijjar on 5. Essex 315/7 | India 395

Over 76.2: 300 up for Essex! Aron Nijjar takes his team past the mark with a four off Ashwin.

Over 76: Another bowling change – Right-arm medium pacer Shardul Thakur into the attack now. Walter hits him for a four off the third delivery. Essex 298/7 | India 395

Over 75: Good news for Indian fans. Ravichandran Ashwin is back on the field and has just bowled his first over of the match – a maiden to start with. Essex 294/7 | India 395

Over 72.2: FIFTY for Paul Walter – reaches the landmark with a four off Kuldeep Yadav who is proving to be expensive. Essex 288/7 | India 395

Over 71.1: OUT! Umesh strikes in consecutive overs. This time he has Matt Coles caught by Shikhar Dhawan for a duck. Essex 283/7 | India 395

Over 69.5: OUT! Umesh Yadav breaks the 91-run stand between Foster and Walter. He cleans up Foster on 42 (78). A decent knock from Foster that had eight fours in it.  Essex 277/6 | India 395

Over 68: Second bowling change in Umesh Yadav. He also ends up being hit for a four in his first over of the day as Foster records his eighth four. Essex 267/5 | India 395

Over 67: Kuldeep’s first over results in a single and a boundary off the last delivery – to Walter who moves to 33 off 72. 263/5 | India 395

First bowling change of the day. And for the first time, chinaman Kuldeep Yadav introduced into the attack

Over 63: With a four off Ishant, Foster takes Essex’s total past 250-run mark. Six runs from the over. Essex 253/5 | India 395

Over 61: First four of the day flows from the bat of veteran James Foster – his fifth of the innings. And it takes him to 28 off 56 deliveries. Ishant’s second over of the day results in seven runs – a boundary to Foster and a triple to Walter. Essex 246/5 | India 395

Over 60: So Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami have kick-started the day for India. Ishant’s first over of the morning session resulted in two runs  – a single each to Walter and Foster. Mohammed Shami bowled his first maiden over of the innings. Essex 239/5 | India 395

#Right folks! Here we go. Ishant Sharma will start the day’s proceedings. Facing him is Paul Walter.

 

Day 2 Summary

Indian bowlers had a tough day in the field, especially in the second and third session on a hot and humid day two of their only tour match ahead of the England Test series against Essex at Chelmsford on Thursday. The hosts, riding on enterprising knocks from skipper Tom Westley (57) and Michael-Kyle Pepper (68), scored 237/5 in reply to India’s first innings total of 395 all-out.

At the close of play, veteran James Foster (23*) and Paul Walter (22*) saw out the Indian attack and had built an unbeaten stand of 51 runs between them with Essex trailing the visitors by 158 runs.

Indian bowlers can expect another tough day unless they can get rid of the lower order quickly. There have been few positives for the hosts as far as bowling is concerned with Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma finding the rhythm. However, the duo of Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya endured a wicketless day, failing to hit the right lengths and proving expensive too. Shardul Thakur leaked runs as well but managed to put his name in the wickets column with the scalp of Westley.

There were only two overs of spin from India with Ravindra Jadeja delivering both of them. R Ashwin did not bowl and was instead rested like he was during Indian innings after hurting his index finger during batting practice.

Day 2 Brief Score: Essex 237/5 (Michael-Kyle Pepper 68, Tom Westley 58; Umesh Yadav 2/23, Ishant Sharma 2/38) trail India 395 by 158 runs