Yuvraj, Gambhir on song; India 367 at lunch

Published: Tuesday, December 23, 2008, 13:27 [IST]
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Gambhir, Yuvraj extend Indian lead to 367

Mohali: Unbeaten half centuries from opener Gautam Gambhir (80) and Yuvraj Singh (79) took India to 216 for 4 and at lunch on the last day of the second and final Test against England, the hosts had taken a lead of 367 runs, here today.

At lunch, both the batsmen were going strong and had added 136 runs for the fifth wicket stand.

After two-and-a-half hour delay in the morning, Yuvraj and Gambhir resumed at the overnight total of 134 for four and the pair looked to take the attack to the opposition with some entertaining shots.

Yuvraj's unbeaten knock was laced with six boundaries and four sixes, including two successive off Stuart Broad in the 61st over.

Gambhir's 80 was studded with six fours and with a view to accelerate the run rate, both started hitting freely.

Yuvraj, in particular, looked in devastating form as he pulverised the English bowlers and gave ample signs of the way India wanted to play this morning.

A short ball from Broad was pulled away to long-on for a six and the very next delivery was played over the fence of extra-cover boundary.

The local boy did not leave Anderson either as he lofted him into the stands on the leg side with an effortless shot.

Known for his big hitting expertise, Yuvraj, maintaining his onslaught he hit two successive sixes off Stuart Broad in the 60th over.

Meanwhile, Gambhir, who was cautious while playing his shots yesterday, also took charge of the procedings and was just 20 runs away from what would be his second century of the match. In the first innings, Gambhir had scored 179.

Although, a draw, looks the likely outcome of the match, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni would still like to have a go at the English batsmen later in the day.

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