Australia A v India A, Top End Series, Cairns, 4th day July 21, 2006

Rain helps India A to draw

Cricinfo staff

India A 254 and 0 for 117 (Uthappa 67*) drew with Australia A 4 for 461 dec and 7 for 274 dec
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India A escaped with a draw as wet weather washed out the final day of the first-class match against Australia A in Cairns. The visitors were outplayed until the final session yesterday, when the openers Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir combined for an unbroken stand of 117 that reduced their unlikely target of 482.

Brad Haddin's decision not to enforce the follow-on was based on getting a full day today, but the match was abandoned before 1pm local time without a ball being bowled. Uthappa was unbeaten on 67 and Gambhir was 40. However, Phil Jaques was the game's dominant player with a double of 240 and 117 while Chris Rogers posted twin half-centuries.

The Top End Series now switches back to one-day mode with Pakistan A playing a Queensland XI on Saturday and Australia A on Sunday.