Raina's 50 gives India hope of a draw

Published: Monday, July 25, 2011, 20:25 [IST]
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Raina's 50 gives India hope of a draw

London, July 25: In the second session of play on the final day of the Lord's Test, India pulled back some of the initiative by scoring 76 runs in 28 overs and losing just one wicket. The score had moved along from 142/4 to 218/5, with Suresh Raina completing an unbeaten 54 and captain M S Dhoni keeping him company on 16. Sachin Tendulkar's was the lone wicket to have fallen in the session.

The post-lunch session began with Tendulkar and Raina, on 7 and 4 respectively, resuming the arduous task of extricating India from the predicament of being at 142/4. The two showed some gumption in preserving their wickets as the score crawled along to 150 in the 58th over.

But Sachin's patient reticence to make runs backfired when 15 runs and 8 overs later, he was trapped in front by James Anderson for 12 off 68 balls. The wicket came a few balls after Andrew Strauss had dropped the Little Master at slip off the same bowler. India were 165/5 now as captain Dhoni swaggered out to the crease.

Then in the following over, Raina had a close call when English keeper Matt Prior appealed for his stumping off Graeme Swann. But luckily for him and India, he had dragged his foot back into the crease just in the nick of time. Raina survived on 20 as he and Dhoni began to work on a partnership. Raina soon got into a groove, hitting runs comfortably. He knocked two fours of Jonathan Trott in the 77th over and in the following over, ran three byes to bring up India's 200.

Two overs later, Raina got stuck into Swann, tickling him fine for four before taking three more runs to reach a well-deserved half-century. The batsman celebrated by striking Anderson for another boundary, taking India into tea at 218/5. India were still trailing by 240 with 44 overs remaining to be bowled in the day.

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