Dravid, Laxman build on strong foundation

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Published: Sunday, November 14, 2010, 11:47 [IST]
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Dravid,Laxman build on strong foundation

At the start of Day 3 of the second test, Sachin Tendulkar may have been looking to do the groundwork for reaching another milestone, but it was not to be. Daniel Vettori got rid of him in the 54th over when he tried to clear the onside field, only to get a thick edge and get snapped up by Ross Taylor.

Then Laxman joined Dravid out in the middle and a couple of overs later, went after Martin, smacking him for two boundaries in the 57th over. The batsmen steadied the innings, playing themselves in and taking India past the 200-run mark in the 60th over. From then on, the batsmen began playing rather cautiously with the boundaries coming few and far between. Even the singles seemed hard to come by as Vettori and Arnel kept up the pressure.

But the batsmen remained steadfast to their posts and a breakthrough didn't happen. Dravid and Laxman had taken India to Lunch on ay 3 with the score at 237/3 in 79 overs. 59 runs and one wicket came off the first session of play. Will India be able to continue building on their strong foundation after the break, or will the Kiwis strike back?


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