Rain curtails Eng-Ind 5th ODI, ends with no result

Published: Friday, July 5, 2002, 7:56 [IST]
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Chester-le-Street: Rain ensured there was no result in the day-night triangular series international between England and India at the Riverside on Thursday.

England was 53 for one off 12 overs in reply to India's 285 for four with Nick Knight 17 not out and captain Nasser Hussain nine not out when rain forced the players off at 18:35GMT. After a 14 minute break only three more balls were possible before rain again sent the players back into the pavilion. Rain continued to fall and, with a minimum 25 overs in an innings needed to constitute a match, the umpires called off the game at 20:20GMT.

Earlier Sachin Tendulkar's 105, his 32nd One-day century but first against England, was the cornerstone of India's total. He received sound support from Rahul Dravid (82) and Yuvraj Singh (40 not out) after India was tied down mid-innings by some accurate England bowling. Both teams received two points apiece for this no result.

That left India, which beat England by six wickets when the teams met at Lord's on Saturday, top of the table with 10 points from its three matches. England, which has played four games to India's three, but has also won twice are on 10 points as well. But Sri Lanka remain winless and pointless after three matches. In the next match of the series India plays Sri Lanka at Edgbaston on Saturday.

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