Nagpur Test headed for a draw

Last Updated: Sun, Dec 16, 2012 18:35 hrs

Nagpur, Dec 16 (IBNS) India are staring at their first Test series defeat at home against England in 28 years as the visitors, riding on gritty innings from Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell, Sunday ensured on the penultimate day that the final Test may end in a draw.

India declared their first innings at 326 for nine, in reply to England´s 330, after batting for an hour in the morning session.

At stumps, India bowlers failed to make any inroads as England made 161 for three in the second innings after an absorbing fourth day`s play at the VCA Stadium, Jamtha.

Trott (66) and Ian Bell (24) were batting at stumps, with England having an overall lead of 165 runs.

With just one day left, the match looks like heading for a draw. But agains, given the fact that cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties an Indian win, England win, tie and a draw -- can still be possible.

A draw will help England win the series 2-1, their first in India after 28 years. The David Gower-led England team had last won a series in 1984-85.

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