Rawalpindi: Vice-captain Rahul Dravid led the charge with a defiant unbeaten 84 as India consolidated their position, reaching 203 for three at tea on the second day of the series-deciding third cricket Test against Pakistan in Rawalpindi on Wednesday.
India are now 21 runs behind Pakistan's first innings score of 224 with seven wickets in hand.
India's score, mainly built around Dravid's knock and a career-best 69 by opener Parthiv Patel, put the visitors in a commanding position in the Test match, which is the 50th between the archrivals.
At the break, V V S Laxman, batting on 36, was giving company to Dravid.
After a profitable morning session for the Indians during which both Dravid and Patel played cautiously to ensure that Pakistan did not get any early advantage, the visitors lost two wickets in the post-lunch session.
Patel, who added 129 runs for the second wicket with Dravid, lost his wicket when he played a casual looking shot to rookie fast bowler Fazl-e-Akbar and offered a simple catch to wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal.
But overall Patel showed a lot of character during his knock and vindicated skipper Sourav Ganguly's decision to elevate him in the batting order by notching up his highest Test score.
Patel, Dravid consolidate India's position