Mohali: Indian opener Gautam Gambhir (57) and 'wall' Rahul Dravid (39) joined forces to take India to 101/1 after lunch on the first day of second Test against England at the PCA stadium in Mohali on Friday.
With his excellent form, Gambhir hit 8 fours in his 9th half-century. Dravid brought up the Indian 100 with a superb drive between Ian Bell and Andrew Strauss at short extra cover, even a diving Stuart Broad at mid-off was unable to stop the ball as it raced to the boundary.
After lunch, Dravid reached 20 as he completed his 8000 runs. Gambhir didn't allow Monty Panesar to settle hitting two fours in his first over.
Earlier, Gambhir and Dravid came together at the crease after Virender Sehwag was dismissed for a duck to give England early success and leave India at 6/1. Broad missed the first Test with a hamstring injury he picked up during the ODI series.
India were batting in overcast conditions after Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first. Overcast conditions delayed the start of play. Dhoni also confirmed Rahul Dravid will remain at number three despite. "We have to start from scratch in every game but confidence is high."
Earlier, England captain Kevin Pietersen admitted he would have batted if he won the toss. England are seeking a series-levelling win after India won the opening Test in Chennai by six wickets, but don't seem to have a clue how to snap the seemingly never-ending string of defeats in India right from the ODI series.
Andrew Strauss and Paul Collingwood did look good in Chennai but frontline spinner Monty Panesar was a huge let down in Chennai, with only Andrew Flintoff troubling the Indians.