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Sachin graces the stage, India 102/2 at lunch

Published: Saturday, July 23, 2011, 17:36 [IST]
 
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Sachin graces the stage, India 102/2

London, July 23: On Day 3 of the Lord's Test, India progressed from 17/0 to 102/2 at lunch with Sachin Tendulkar unbeaten on 10 and Rahul Dravid batting on 15. The visitors were trailing by 372. English paceman Stuart Broad appeared to have shirked off his bowling woes by dismissing both Indian openers - Gautam Gambhir for 15, and Abhinav Mukund for 49.

Resuming on their overnight score of 17/0 in 6 overs, India got off to a busy start on Day 3. Indian openers Abhinav Mukund and Gautam Gambhir played the English new-ball pair of James Anderson and Chris Tremlett confidently. In the 13th over, Mukund struck Anderson for the first boundary of the day and sprinted two doubles as the score moved onto 39/0. Three overs later, Mukund got Tremlett away for two consecutive fours as the score ticked onto 54/0 in 15.5 overs.

But in the 19th over, Broad struck back by clean-bowling Gambhir for 15 with a classic inswinger that sneaked between bat and pad. India were 63/1 as Rahul Dravid walked to the crease. But Mukund wasn't able to keep the Wall company for too long as in the 25th over, Broad struck again. There was disappointment for the Tamil Nadu batsman as he was bowled off an inside edge for 49! India had slipped to 77/2.

The crowd rose to their feet as Sachin Tendulkar came out to bat. The Little Master scored his first four courtesy an overthrow by Kevin Pietersen off Broad's bowling. But then Sachin got into the groove when he slapped Tremlett for a glorious back-foot boundary, shortly before which Dravid drove Broad for a four to bring up India's 100/2 in 28.2 overs. At the end of the 32nd over, umpires called lunch with India at 102/2.

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