Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Dravid gives India hopes of win, 112 still needed
Published: Monday, August 6, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Murali takes honours, India needs 209
India's tour of Sri Lanka
Kandy: Rahul Dravids tenacity was the hallmark as India hung on gamely to make a match of it at lunch on the fourth day of the second Test on Saturday.Requiring 264 runs for a series-levelling victory, the Indians had reached 152 for two at the lunch interval. Dravid, who survived a close and confident lbw appeal against off spinner Muthiah Muralitharan, was batting on 59 in the company of Saurav Ganguly (25).With the pitch not offering much to the bowlers especially the medium pacers, the Indians will have to concentrate on occupying the crease and the runs will accrue. Only Muthiah Muralitharan could be the danger man for India. The Indian batsmen will have to play him out carefully and milk runs from the other Sri Lankan bowlers.Sadagopan Ramesh momentarily dropped his guard and paid the penalty for it. After nearly an hour of fruitless hope, Jayasuriya turned to his principal stock bowler Dilhara Fernando and the right arm medium pacer obliged immediately.Ramesh waved his bat without moving his feet at a ball pitched outside the off stump and moving further away. Sanath Jayasuriya took a good catch in the first slip and India had lost the first wicket of the morning.