Steady India consolidates, 274/3 at lunch

Published: Saturday, February 23, 2002, 18:42 [IST]
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Nagpur: India continued to consolidate its position, albeit slowly, as it reached within 13 runs of Zimbabwe first innings total with seven wickets intact at lunch on the third day of the first cricket Test on Saturday.India, which resumed at their overnight 209 for two, inched forward to 274 for three in the 29 overs bowled in the morning session while losing the wicket of Rahul Dravid, who made a solid 65. At the break, Sachin Tendulkar was batting on 46 while skipper Saurav Ganguly was on nine.

The Zimbabweans made the going tough for India in the initial overs with Dravid, who was not out on 57 overnight, finding it more difficult carry his innings. Tendulkar was more at ease and did the bulk of the scoring as India could add only 30-odd runs in the first hour. Things did not improve in the second half of the session too, though the batsmen were never in any kind of trouble.

Dravid, who was associated in 130-run second wicket partnership with centurion Shiv Sunder Das, was the only man to be dismissed when he played on to his stumps a delivery from Heath Streak. The ball was short and wide but kept low and when Dravid tried to cut it, he only managed an inside edge, dragging it to the stumps. Dravid batted for 235 minutes for his 65 runs.

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