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Gambhir, Yuvi give India hope in Mohali

Published: Monday, December 22, 2008, 18:10 [IST]
 
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Cautious India maintain advantage

Mohali: Gautam Gambhir (44) and Yuvraj Singh (39) guided India to 134/4 at stumps as Indian batsmen struggle on Day 4 of the second Test against England in Mohali. India held a run overall 285-run lead at the close, batting cautiously after early setbacks.

Gautam Gambhir (44 ) and Yuvraj Singh (39) are at the crease after they rebuilt the innings, putting on 54 for the fifth wicket. Yuvraj Singh was belligerent in his 40 ball knock, hitting 5 fours and a six. Gambhir kept the other end going, having so far faced 155 balls, with just 3 hits to the boundary.

The first wicket was lost in the form of Virender Sehwag who ran out of crease at 17. He scurried to steal a single that proved to be costly for the home team.


The second Indian fatality of the day turned out to be Rahul Dravid as his defence was penetrated to effect by Stuart Broad. The batsman was clean bowled for a duck, a stark contrast to his previous centurion innings.

VVS Laxman had just got his eye in wih a 49-ball 15 when he too was run out after he helped Gautam Gambhir to build a cautious partnership of 36 runs for the fourth wicket. Despite his heroics in the first Test, Tendulkar looked in scratchy form, sticking around 22 balls for his five, before being caught off a loose shot off Jimmy Anderson by Graeme Swann in the gully.

Play was delayed by early-morning fog in Mohali.. When England did resume, on 282/6, they lost their last four wickets for just 20 in less than ten overs. Harbhajan Singh took four wickets to help dismiss England for 302 in the morning and hand India a 151-run lead. He dismissed Matt Prior (2), Broad (1) and last man Monty Panesar (5), returning four for 68. Left-armer Zaheer Khan bowled Graeme Swann (3), finishing with three for 76.

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