India well on course for a big lead

Published: Wednesday, April 14, 2004, 23:40 [IST]
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Rawalpindi: India were shining on Wednesday at the end of the second day's play in the series-deciding third cricket Test against Pakistan, which ran into Rahul Dravid the 'Wall' who hit a gritty unbeaten century to put his team in command.

A first innings lead of 118 with six wickets intact has put India on the road to their first ever Test series win against the archrivals on their home soil.

Placed at 342 for four at close of play in reply to Pakistan's 224, India would be looking to pile on a huge lead and then press for victory with the series standing one-all.

Besides Dravid, the visitors owed their happy position to superb knocks by opener Parthiv Patel (69), VVS Laxman (71) and skipper Sourav Ganguly, batting on 53.

Vice-captain Dravid, who came in to bat at the fall of Virender Sehwag to the first ball of the innings on Tuesday, played with characteristic determination through the day for his unbeaten 134, his first century against Pakistan and 17th overall in Tests. He anchored the Indian innings and saw it through periods of crisis.

Dravid keeps India afloat in Rawalpindi

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