English Summer - Dravid smashes through 1,000 barrier, India 403/5
Published: Monday, September 9, 2002, 21:44 [IST]
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London: Rahul Dravid became the first batsman to top 1,000 Test runs in 2002 as he advanced to within 16 runs of a double century at lunch on the fourth day of the fourth and final Test against England.With Dravid unbeaten on 184 and India at 403 for 5 in reply to England's first innings 515, the match appeared headed for a draw that would leave the series tied at 1-1.Dravid's knock, his third century in successive Test innings, also took him past Sunil Gavaskar's Indian record of 542 runs scored in a series against England in England.England's only breakthrough of the morning came just before lunch when Venkatsai Laxman, who had shared a century stand with Dravid, thick-edged an Andy Caddick delivery to Ashley Giles.Ajit Agarkar joined Dravid at the crease and was on three not out at the interval.Dravid brought up the 1,000-run landmark, in his 17th Test innings, by cutting Caddick in the ninth over of the day to take him past the 139 runs he required to take him into four figures.Having been goaded during a spell of short-pitched bowling on Saturday by Dominic Cork, Dravid was ready for him when he tried to repeat the tactic and pulled successive boundaries to take him to 543 runs in the series.