Hobart: Opener Venkatsai Laxman scored a stylish half-century as India ground out a draw on the final day of their four-day cricket match against Tasmania at Bellerive Oval today. India battled to 130 for three in their second innings before play was halted 30 minutes before the scheduled close.
Tasmania had declared at 548-5 shortly before lunch, after resuming at 472-4 in their first innings. Daniel Marsh took his score to 157 as the home side made the most of a lacklustre Indian bowling attack in a match that never sparkled. The total was Tasmania's third highest first-class score. Laxman was the sole Indian batsman to make the most of what was little more than batting practice today, posting a powerful 58 before being caught off the bowling of Shaun Young.
As the match drifted towards a draw, Tasmanian captain Jamie Cox gave all his 11 players a bowl, including wicketkeeper Mark Atkinson who had not bowled before in 80 first-class matches. Atkinson delivered four overs of slow medium pace and conceded just one run.