Dravid takes India to 300, but visitors follow-on

Published: Sunday, August 21, 2011, 20:24 [IST]
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India make 300, but follow-on

London, Aug 21: For the first time in the series, India folded for a respectable 300, thanks largely due to the gritty guidance of an unshakable Rahul Dravid who scored 146 not out. With a cameo of 25 from R P Singh, India reached its highest innings total in the series, but had to follow-on as the visitors were still trailing England by 291 runs. Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan took 3 wickets each while Stuart Broad and James Anderson ensnared two apiece.

After lunch on Day 4 of this the fourth and final Test match between England and India, Amit Mishra and Rahul Dravid resumed batting on their respective scores of 38 and 109 with India's total at 218/6 in 66 overs. But just three overs into the session, Mishra was snapped up brilliantly by a close-in Ian Bell for 43 and India were 224/7 with Gautam Gambhir coming belatedly to the crease.

While Gambhir bravely kept up his end, Dravid kept the score board ticking over and took India past 250 in the 78th over with a single off Graeme Swann. Gambhir did his best to temper the pace attack, but was surprised by a short one from Stuart Broad which just spooned up to Kevin Pietersen at third slip. Gambhir was on his way for 10 and India were 264/8 with R P Singh the new man in.

R P played some surprisingly forceful and defiant shots around the ground before he eventually perished for 25 off 23 by a short one from Tim Bresnan who had him snapped up at slip, before removing last man Sreesanth for a duck two balls later. India were thus all out for 300 in 94 overs.

Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid initiated India's second innings, taking the side into tea a few overs later.

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