O'Brien And Loye Frustrate India In Tour Game
India 352-9 dec. (Mukund 113, Evans 4-74) drew with
Northamptonshire 355-7 (O'Brien 117, Loye 100)
Tour game, Northampton
Dazzling centuries from Niall O'Brien and Mal Loye frustrated India as their tour game against Northamptonshire was drawn with the home side finishing ahead of India's score.
After India declared on 352 for nine, O'Brien and Loye added 201 for the first wicket and following some part-time offerings from Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir, some late hitting saw Northamptonshire close on 355 for seven.
India, for whom Abhinav Mukund stroked 113 on the opening day, continued batting on the second day with Amit Mishra making 61 and Shanthakumaran Sreesanth 25.
Luke Evans, with four for 74, was the pick of the Northamptonshire bowlers.
Ireland international O'Brien then hit 17 fours on his way to 117 in 172 balls and former England One-Day International opener Loye hit 100 in 149 balls, including 14 fours and two sixes.
India hit back with Sreesanth, Munaf Patel and Mishra all taking two wickets as Northamptonshire's middle order failed to keep pace with their openers.
Wicket-keeper David Murphy then steered Northamptonshire into the lead with an unbeaten 26 and Dave Burton was unbeaten on 36 when stumps were drawn.
India are 2-0 down in their four-match Test series with England and the next match begins at Edgbaston on 10th August.
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