Jaffer, Dasgupta excel in India~~s drawn tour match

Published: Monday, April 29, 2002, 15:23 [IST]
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Castries (St Lucia): Opener Wasim Jaffer and Deep Dasgupta slammed half-centuries to help India draw its three-day tour match against Busta XI at the National Stadium on Sunday.

Jaffer scored 62 and Dasgupta an unbeaten 54 as the Indians reached 158 for two in its second innings at stumps on the third and final day after conceding a 287-run lead. The pair put on 101 for the second wicket to ensure their team did not collapse for the second time in the match. The Indians had failed to avoid a follow-on as they were shot out for 150 in their first innings in reply to their opponents' 437, with leg spinner Dinanath Ramnarine capturing four for 49 off 23 disciplined overs. The Indians, however, batted better in their second innings as Jaffer and Dasgupta applied themselves well to deny the hosts success for more than a session after the early dismissal of Shiv Das. Das was trapped leg before for nought in the opening over, offering no stroke to a Pedro Collins delivery pitching on off stump. Busta skipper Ridley Jacobs rested left-arm paceman Collins after four overs and Ramnarine after 10 as both bowlers were named in the West Indies squad for the third Test against India, starting in Barbados on May 2. Wicket-keeper Jacobs also found a place in the team, replacing Junior Murray who contributed just one in the first two Tests. Jaffer, who failed to score in the first innings, made the most of the opportunity to regain form ahead of the Test as he hit seven fours in his 156-ball knock. Dasgupta also made amends with his maiden half-century of the tour, having scored only seven in the first innings. He struck five fours in his 188-ball knock. Dinesh Mongia was the only batsman to score a half-century in the Indians' first innings, defying the home team's spin attack to compile 67 off 185 balls with the help of one six and eight fours. The left-hander received valuable support from tail-ender Sharandeep Singh (32), but their efforts were not enough to make the hosts bat again after their team had lost seven wickets for 73 on Saturday. Off spinner Gereth Breese broke a 50-run stand for the eighth wicket between Mongia and Sharandeep when he had the tail-ender caught by Runako Morton at first slip. Sharandeep hit five fours in his defiant 52-ball knock. Harbhajan Singh did not last long, sweeping Ramnarine to Darren Powell at deep square-leg. Mongia was the last man out, caught by Powell at mid-wicket to give Breese his second wicket.

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