Gambhir, Dravid brightened gloomy day

Published: Friday, December 19, 2008, 18:31 [IST]
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Gambhir, Dravid brightened gloomy day

Mohali: Gautam Gambhir cracked his third century in four matches and Rahul Dravid marked his return to form as India recovered from a shaky start to put themselves on course for a huge first innings total in the second Test against England on Friday.

Rahul Dravid also gave a glimpse of his 'Wall" stature as he cracked his 54th Test fifty. The effort ensured that the second spell of the day was dominated by the home team with the Indian scorecard reading 134/1 at tea time.

To their credit, Gambhir and Dravid gamely hung on and eventually stitched together an unbeaten 173-run stand that not only pre-empted the fear of a batting collapse but also propped up the hosts on a chilly, gloomy day.

Gambhir, guide India to safety after Sehwag's early dismissal, remained not out on 106 off 229 balls, a knock trimmed with 12 fours and a huge six off Graeme Swann.

Earlier, the start of the match had been delayed due to bad light. An overnight fog persisted over the stadium and hence the umpires had to wait before the toss could commence.


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