England tour of India - Cricket: India all out 469, takes 231-run lead
Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2001, 21:00 [IST]
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Mohali: A spate of wickets in the post tea session saw India being bowled out for 469 on the third day of the first Test against England on Wednesday. The Indians, however, held the upper hand having achieved a first innings lead of 231 runs.Debutants Iqbal Siddqui (24) and Tinu Yohannan added to Englands misery by some lusty tail-order hitting.India lost two quick wickets after lunch, but continued to consolidate by reaching 419 for six at tea with V V S Laxman (19) and Sanjay Bangar (24) at the crease.Sachin Tendulkar, who played positively in the first session of play, failed to reach his century when he was caught off his glove off Matthew Hoggard. The English medium pacer soon accounted for Saurav Ganguly, who played more of tennis shot to gully to be lapped up by Thorpe.Tendulkar (88) and Ganguly (47) added 90 runs for the fifth wicket as India slowly but surely consolidated its position. Tendulkar feasted on the insipid England bowling attack as India scored 353 for four at lunch.Sachin began the day in excellent fashion as he went about thrashing the hapless English bowlers. Boundaries flowed freely when Sachin faced the bowling.The rate of scoring perceptibly dropped after the fall of Rahul Dravids wicket as skipper Saurav Ganguly took his time to settle down. Dravid was also in fine nick except for the costly mistake that he made against James Ormond.Dravid, who was looking good to get a hundred, played across the line to Ormond in trying to flick down the leg side and was adjudged lbw by umpire Venkataraghavan on being rapped on the pad.