India make steady progress, 119/1 at lunch

Published: Wednesday, April 14, 2004, 18:33 [IST]
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Rawalpindi: Parthiv Patel and Rahul Dravid hit fine unbeaten knocks as India progressed slowly but steadily to reach 119 for one at lunch on the second day of the series-deciding third cricket Test against Pakistan in Rawalpindi today.

Patel scored his highest Test score of 65 not out and Dravid came out of a brief bad patch to strike an unbeaten 46 as India tightened their control on the match.

With both the batsmen looking all set for big scores and several star performers yet to follow, the Pakistan first innings total of 224 now looks a little too less to put any pressure concern for the visitors.

Resuming at 23 for one, both Patel and Dravid batted with purpose against the famed Pakistani bowling attack and saw off the crucial morning session on a pitch that looked conducive for fast bowing without getting separated.

The pitch offered some uneven bounce but the Indian pair batted with caution for most part of the first session.

Both the batsmen were circumspect in the early overs and were lucky on a few occasions to survive close chances but grew in confidence as the session progressed.

When the team score was 30, Patel, the on 14, edged Mohammed Sami but it did not carry to wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal.

A run later, Patel's lazy running almost cost him his wicket as Danish Kaneria's throw from the point region hit the stumps at the non-striker end but the Indian just made his ground.

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