London: Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid looked to be setting themselves for big scores as India advanced to 151 for two at lunch on the third day of its decisive final Test against England at The Oval on Saturday. Dravid had advanced to 65 not out and Tendulkar, playing in his 100th Test, was on 38 as the tourists attempted to avoid the follow-on in reply to England's first innings total of 515. Resuming at 66 for 1, the tourists lost Sanjay Bangar (21) in the seventh over of the day after he had added just four runs to his overnight score. The Indian opener pushed forward to a fine Matthew Hoggard delivery and edged a straightforward catch to Mark Butcher at first slip. That brought Tendulkar to the crease and he was greeted with a standing ovation from The Oval crowd, which he promptly justified with a sublime flick to the fine-leg boundary off his fifth ball. Two overs later, Dravid, who had resumed on 31, brought up his half-century with his eighth boundary - a drive through the covers off Hoggard. With the flat Oval pitch offering little encouragement to the bowlers, the Indian duo then advanced smoothly to the lunch interval, steadily picking up their run rate.
Dravid, Bangar see India through, trails by 449 on day 2