Ahemdabad: Sachin Tendulkar hit up a fighting century but India was still struggling in the second Test against England on the third day in Ahemdabad on Thursday.The home team had reached 220 for five by tea, 187 runs behind England first innings total of 407.
V V S Laxman was batting on 34 while Virender Sehwag was on two at tea break.Tendulkar's 27th Test century placed him third on the all-time list along with two Australian captains Alan Border and Steve Waugh.
Only Sunil Gavaskar (34) and Sir Donald Bradman (29) have scored more centuries.The Indians added 94 runs in the post-lunch session losing the wicket of Tendulkar who was caught by Nasser Hussain off Mathew Hoggard after making 103 runs.
Tendulkar had added 118 runs for the fifth wicket with Laxman after India had lost two quick wickets in the morning to be reduced to 93 for four. Earlier at lunch, India had meandered to 126 for four. In an excruciatingly slow progress India added just 55 runs in the first session of play. Sachin Tendulkar too was very circumspect.
The fall of Rahul Dravid and Gangulys wickets in the first session added to Indias woes.Medium pacer Mathew Hoggard opened up Dravid's defence with a superb delivery. Dravid pushed forward without moving his feet to a ball, which was pitched outside the off stump and kept going. The ball took a faint edge for wicket-keeper James Foster to complete the catch.
Saurav Ganguly was beaten by another fine delivery from Andrew Flintoff. The ball pitched on the off stump and moved away from the left-hander. Ganguly defensive prod resulted in the ball flying away to substitute Martyn Ball at second slip.