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Dravid, Yuvraj take India just short of a lead

Published: Saturday, July 30, 2011, 20:23 [IST]
 
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Dravid, Yuvraj almost level scores

Trent Bridge, July 30: India went into tea on Day 2 of the Trent Bridge Test at 215/4, trailing England by a mere 6 runs with Rahul Dravid on 83 and Yuvraj Singh on 43. The two had put on a gutsy, unbeaten stand of 76 runs after Sachin Tendulkar departed for a disappointing 16 and Suresh Raina exited on 12, leaving India precarious at 139/4.

In the first over after lunch, English paceman Stuart Broad got the prize wicket of Sachin Tendulkar as the Little Master attempted an extravagant cut-shot to be caught by Andrew Strauss at slip. Sachin would have to wait for another shot at his century of centuries as he was out for 16 off 34 balls. India were 119/3 in 44 overs when new batsman Suresh Raina walked out to the middle.

Raina hit a couple of fours to settle in. But he was quite tentative in his stroke-making and in the 51st over, struck a loose, wide ball from Anderson straight into the hands of gully. India were deeper in trouble at 139/4 as the left-hander walked off for 12. The only consolation for India was that Dravid had notched up his 50 before Raina's departure.

New batsman Yuvraj Singh also hit two fours to find a groove, but then nearly found his exit when he was dropped by Kevin Pietersen at gully off Broad. Yuvraj and Dravid took India past 150/4 in the 54th over.

In the 57th over, Strauss brought off-break Graeme Swann back into the attack, a move which was met with relish by the batting duo. In the 63rd over, Dravid and Yuvraj upped the ante as the former hit Swann for one four and the latter got him away for two boundaries. India had moved upto 183/4 in 63 overs and soon after the batting pair completed a 50-run stand.

Then in the 69th over, Rahul Dravid clipped James Anderson for a couple to bring up India's 200/4. Four overs later, Yuraj got a chance to pick up his rivalry with Kevin Pietersen as the latter came onto bowl his off-spin. India went into tea at 215/4.

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