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Dravid ton saves India from follow on, but still in trouble

Published: Sunday, July 24, 2011, 0:30 [IST]
 
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Dravid ton saves India from follow on

London, Jul 23: Rahul Dravid struck a gritty unbeaten 103 but got little support from his team-mates as India conceded a mammoth 188-run lead to give England the upper hand on the third day of the first cricket Test at the Lord's here today.

The 38-year-old Dravid notched up his 33rd Test ton and moved to second spot in all time list of Test run getters behind Sachin Tendulkar as India folded up for 286 at the fag end of the third day. England had declared their first innings at 474 for eight yesterday.

Opener Abhinav Mukund (49), Tendulkar (34) and and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (28) got the starts but could not translate them into substantial knocks on a track which provided assistance to fast bowlers.

For the home side, Stuart Broad claimed four for 37 while his pace colleagues Chris Tremlett and James Anderson took three and two wickets respectively. Off-spinner Graeme Swann got one wicket.

England were five for no loss in their second innings at stumps with an overall lead of 193 runs. Captain Andrew Strauss and his opening partner Alastair Cook were batting on three and zero respectively.

Dravid''s unbeaten ton saved India from the ignominy of being following on but with two full days left in the historic Test, England were firmly on the drivers'' seat and they will push for a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.

The talk ahead of the Lord''s Test centered around Tendulkar''s impending 100th international ton, but it was Dravid who stole the show with his resolute batting though he was dropped when on 42.

His unbeaten 103, which came from 220 balls with the help of 15 boundaries, was also his maiden century at the hallowed Lord''s after he missed the three digit figure by five runs at the same venue in his debut match in 1996.

PTI

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