Sehwag slams ton as India draws against Derbyshire

Published: Saturday, August 31, 2002, 17:14 [IST]
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Derby (England): India predictably drew its tour match with Derbyshire on the third and final day on Friday.

But there was still time for Virender Sehwag to strike a blistering 104 off just 97 balls albeit against a Derbyshire attack lacking captain Dominic Cork and fellow seamers Kevin Dean and Graeme Welch. Stalemate was always likely when Derbyshire resumed Friday on 228 for three in reply to India's 445 for seven declared. Home interest centred around whether or not 20- year-old opener Rawait Khan, 77 not out overnight, could go on to a hundred. But nine short he became one of four Ashish Nehra victims and Derbyshire 273 for five. Left-arm quick Nehra, dropped from India's third Test innings victory over England, did what he could to make a case for inclusion in next week's series decider at The Oval. He finished with four for 85 as Derbyshire was bowled out for 358. But with the Oval a spin friendly surface, it seems unlikely that India will alter its victorious Headingley attack. Leg spinner Anil Kumble ticked over with three for 25 from just 12 overs. The match was effectively all but dead as a contest when India began its second innings with a lead of 87. But that did not stop Sehwag from enjoying himself, the right-hander striking four sixes and 14 fours in his blistering assault. Shiv Sunder Das chipped in with an 83-ball 52 including 10 boundaries as India made 182 for three before a draw was agreed. Now the thoughts of India's leading players are likely to turn to Dubai where the International Cricket Council's (ICC) executive board is meeting. Top of the agenda will be the sponsorship row surrounding the ICC Trophy. This has now left India the only one of the 12 nations taking part in next month's Limited Overs tournament in Sri Lanka not to have finalised the squad after its top players refused to sign the controversial sponsorship agreement. The players say they do not accept the clause which prohibits them from endorsing products that clash with the interests of official sponsors of the ICC's Champions Trophy and the World Cup for 30 days before and after the events.

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