Dravid ton gives India hope

Published: Sunday, August 21, 2011, 17:44 [IST]
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Dravid ton gives India hope

London, Aug 21: After being left in tatters at stumps on Day 3 with their score at 103/5, India somewhat recovered on the morning of Day 4, progressing to 218/6 at lunch, courtesy an unbeaten century from Rahul Dravid and some gritty support from Amit Mishra who was not out on 38.

Resuming batting on their overnight scores of 57 and 5, Dravid and captain M S Dhoni beat back some sharp  bowling from Stuart Broad and off-break Graeme Swann. In the 9th over of the day (42nd of India's innings), Dravid smacked Swann for two fours as the score moved onto 126/5.

But three overs later, James Anderson who was brought back into the attack, had M S Dhoni caught behind for 17 as the score read a pitiful 137/6. Then new batsman Amit Mishra took the score to 150/6 with a four off Swann in the 48th  over.

Approaching his 100, Dravid clobbered Swann for three fours in the 53rd over and in the following over ran a double off Tim Bresnan to bring up Century No. 35 as the score moved onto 172/6 in 54 overs. The batting duo worked on a useful partnership with Mishra taking two boundaries off Bresnan in the 60th over and two overs later subjected off-break Kevin Pietersen to similar treatment as India's score moved past  200/6.

Three overs later, Mishra took India into lunch with a six off Swann as India had compiled 218/6 off 66 overs with Dravid on 109 and Mishra on 38. India now trails by 373 runs with 4 wickets in hand.

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