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Cricket News - 2001-12-16

India's cricket team has salvaged a draw in the second test match with England and still leads the three-match series, 1-0, in Ahmedabad.

Openers Shiv Sundar Das and Deep Dasgupta combined for 118 runs on the final day of the second test. India started the day chasing a victory target of 374 runs but reached 198 for three in its second innings by the end of play.

The final score: England 407 all out and 257. India 291 all out and 198 for three. India won the first test in Mohali by 10 wickets. The third test match starts in Bangalore on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Australian cricketer Damien Martyn has scored his first century at home to put his team in control of the first test match against South Africa at the Adelaide Oval.

Martyn's unbeaten 124 helped the home side to 439 all out. Justin Langer added another 116 runs. South Africa reached 101 for two at stumps. Herschelle Gibbs was unbeaten on 42 with Claude Henderson three not out.

Australian pace bowler Glenn McGrath took two wickets in the final half-hour of play, trapping Gary Kirsten for 47 and Boeta Dippenaar caught out for only four runs.

In other cricket news, Sri Lanka's cricket team has defeated the West Indies and secured a place in the finals of a one-day triangular cricket series match in Kandy, Sri Lanka.

The match was double costly for the Caribbean side, when star batsman Brian Lara suffered a dislocated left elbow after colliding with Marvan Atapattu. Lara was 24 not out when he crashed into Atapattu at the non-striker's end.

The final score: The West Indies 235 all out in 49.5 overs. Sri Lanka, 239 for two in 43.1 overs.