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England were forced to settle for a draw in the first npower women’s Test with India at Grace Road Leicestershire.

The home side had two sessions to claim 10 Indian wickets but despite 3-44 from Laura Marsh and 2-39 from Jenny Gunn the tourists found safety on 187 for eight with Rumeli Dhar and Amita Sharma both hitting their maiden Test half-centuries.

England resumed on 229 for two with Claire Taylor on 105 not out and Caroline Atkins 29, also undefeated, but only six runs had been added when Atkins was out.

Atkins fell to the bowling of seamer Sharma as she hit a catch to Mithali Rajto but the pair had added 76 crucial runs.

Having lost Atkins, Taylor fell shortly after lbw to Jhulan Goswami for 115, which included nine fours.

Sarah Taylor and Rosalie Birch consolidated the innings and combined in a 40-run partnership for the fifth wicket before the latter was bowled by Preeti Dimri.

Sarah Taylor (28) perished when the score had just passed the 300-mark but Beth Morgan (28) and Gunn (23) added 41 runs before they were both out within three runs of each other, and at lunch the home side were 270 runs ahead with 2 wickets left and they declared at that point.

England made a dramatic start in their attempt to bowl the Indians out and reduced them to 10 for three, as three wickets fell for just one run.

Firstly seamer Gunn had Monica Sumra caught behind by the keeper then the same bowler trapped Mithali Raj lbw and Marsh claimed the third when Anjum Chopra produced another catch for wicket-keeper Jane Smit as all the batters failed to trouble the scorers.

Just 16 runs later Marsh took her second victim as she beat the bat and had Hemlata Kala (15) lbw.

The tourists had reached 50 when Laura Newton got in on the wickets and bowled Jhulan Goswami for 14.

After tea Beth Morgan claimed the vital wicket - lbw - of opener Karu Jain (29) who had held the innings together up to that point.

Dhar found an able partner in Sharma and the pair put on 77 runs but Atkins eventually dismissed Dhar lbw for 57, to claim her first Test wicket.

Sharma (50) fell to Marsh but India survived to claim a draw.