India trail Eng by 162 with 7 wickets in hand

Published: Monday, August 22, 2011, 6:14 [IST]
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India in danger of being whitewashed

London, Aug 21: India were in some trouble following-on at 129/3 at stumps on Day 4 of the fourth and final Test, still trailing England by 162 runs. Sachin Tendulkar was not out on 35 and Amit Mishra was supporting him on 8.

After folding for 300 in their first innings and trailing England by 291, Rahul Dravid who had carried his bat through for 146 not out, opened India's second innings with Virender Sehwag, taking their side into tea at 25/0 in 6 overs. Immediately after the break, Dravid was given out caught at short leg off Graeme Swann, but apealed for a review according to which the decision was reversed and Dravid survived. However, in the 13th over, Swann did get the same batsman caught bat-pad by a close-in fielder. Dravid was on his way for 13 and India had lost their first wicket for 49.

VVS Laxman settled in with a four off Tim Bresnan, but after Sehwag hit one more boundary, he was bowled by Swann in the 19th over for 33 off a patient 67 balls, leaving India at 64/2. Sachin Tendulkar then walked to the crease and immediately carted Swann away for a four. Tendulkar and Laxman settled into a comfortable partnership, the latter spanking Swann for three consecutive boundaries in the 23rd over as India's score scaled to 93/2.

In the following over however, Andrew Straus dropped Laxman in the slips off James Anderson. Tendulkar hit a four off Swann in the 25th over to take India to 100/2. In the 28th over, Sachin dispatched Anderson to the fence twice taking the score to 115/2. But a couple of overs later, the same bowler cleaned up Laxman for 24 as India slipped to 118/3. Amit Mishra was then sent out to keep Sachin company and together they took India to 129/3 at stumps.

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