Dravid gets 11th ton as Ganguly fights to draw Test

Published: Tuesday, August 13, 2002, 3:02 [IST]
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Nottingham (England): India was looking to captain Saurav Ganguly to help save the second Test against England at Trent Bridge on Monday. At tea on the final day India was 315 for four in its second innings, a lead of 55 in reply to England's mammoth first innings 617. Left-hander Ganguly was 81 not out off 127 balls including 11 fours and V V S Laxman two not out. But England was given fresh hope when all-rounder Dominic Cork had Rahul Dravid lbw for 115 shortly before the break. And with 42 overs remaining, the new ball only six deliveries old, and no immediate prospect of rain or bad light, there was still time for England to take a 2-0 lead in the four Test series after its 170-run win at Lord's last month.

It was absorbing cricket for the capacity crowd - a rare sight in England on the fifth day of a Test. Four balls after lunch England was convinced it had Dravid caught behind by veteran wicket-keeper Alec Stewart off pace bowler Matthew Hoggard for his interval score of 73, India still 211 for three. Replays suggested Dravid had got the thinnest of edges but South African umpire Rudi Koertzen ruled in the batsman's favour. Dravid had another narrow escape when on 85 he gloved Flintoff only for the ball to drop just short of Stewart. However, he kept his composure and brought up his first hundred against England, his 11th in 62 Tests, with a stylish back foot three off debutant quick Stephen Harmison. Dravid had faced 208 balls including 14 fours in just over five hours of calm resistance before Cork struck. The medium-pacer's first two overs Monday had gone for 22 runs, but he eventually managed to make Dravid miss a ball of full length.

It seemed as if the delivery may have just been missing the leg-stump but this time Koertzen raised his finger. Together with Ganguly, Dravid had put on 135 for the fourth wicket. In the morning, after India resumed on 99 for two, Sachin Tendulkar's 92 went some way to answering critics, who said he never made runs when India needed them most. As the tourists were 11 for two when he came to the crease, Tendulkar's innings could scarcely have been more valuable. But eight short of what would have been his 30th Test hundred, he was bowled by Vaughan, already enjoying a memorable match. Tendulkar faced 113 balls including 17 fours, putting on 163 with Dravid to take India to 174 for three.



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