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Gambhir, Dravid put India in command

Published: Saturday, December 20, 2008, 12:01 [IST]
 
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India ride on Gambhir, Dravid tons

Mohali: Rahul Dravid completed his 26th century while Gambhir was going strong on 167 as India went into lunch on Day 2 at 302 for the loss of just one wicket. It was Dravid's first century in 20 Test innings and helped guide India to an impressive 302 for one having extended his unbeaten partnership with Gambhir to 269 runs.

Resuming on 65 overnight with India having already reached a commanding 179 for one, Dravid completed his century by clipping James Anderson for a single in the 19th over of the day's play which had been brought forward by half an hour to make up for the time lost to bad light the previous day. This is Dravid's 4th hundred against England and the first century since March 2008 when he scored 111 against South Africa at Chennai - a knock that was overshadowed by Virender Sehwag's belligerent 319.

Gautam Gambhir became the 7th batsman to score 1000 runs in calendar year 2008 when he reached the score of 142 runs during his marathon innings.

With an unbeaten partnership of 296 runs, Gambhir and Dravid have ensured that India is calling the shots in this Test.

India had started Day 2 of the second Test of the RBS Cup in Mohali at 179 for the loss of 1 wicket. The lone wicket to fall was that of Virender Sehwag in the very first over of on Day 1. With Gautam in the groove and Dravid 'The Wall" on the ball, the English bowlers had to be content with just one wicket on Day 1.

With 18 overs lost on Friday due to bad light, the second days play saw an early start by 30 minutes.

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