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India face uphill task to save Test

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LONDON, Aug 21 (PTI): Rahul Dravid batted through with a heroic unbeaten 146 but India failed to avoid follow-on and were left with a daunting task of batting out the entire fifth day to save the final cricket Test against England here today.

Dravid notched up his 35th century and got some support from tailenders as India�s first innings folded up for 300, forty minutes before tea break.

Following on, India were 129 for three at close on an eventful penultimate day with the visitors needing 162 more runs to avoid the ignominy of an innings defeat and a 0-4 series whitewash.

Sachin Tendulkar and nightwatchman Amit Mishra were batting on 35 and eight respectively at the draw of stumps.

Dravid displayed tremendous temperament and class to hold the innings together as wickets fell at the other end. India touched 300 for the first in the series yet they finished 291 runs behind England�s 591 for six declared.

Dravid, who was left stranded on 146, walked in again to open India�s second essay as Gautam Gambhir was still feeling the after-effects of concussion he suffered while fielding in England�s first innings but could not contribute much as he was out for 13 in controversial circumstances.

He was ruled not out by the umpires but given out after referral by England though the television replays of the the snickometer apparently showed that there was no contact with the ball and the bat.

SCORECARD

England 1st Innings: 591 for 6

India 1st innings: (Overnight 105/3) Sehwag lbw b Anderson 8, Dravid not out 146, Laxman c Prior b Broad 2, Tendulkar c Anderson b Swann 23, Raina st Prior b Swann 0, Ishant c Cook b Swann 1, Dhoni c Prior b Anderson 17, Mishra c Bell b Bresnan 43, Gambhir c Pietersen b Broad 10, RP Singh c Anderson b Bresnan 25 S Sreesanth c Morgan b Bresnan 0; Extras: (B-8, LB-9, WD-7, NB-1) 25. Total: (All out in 94 overs) 300. Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-13, 3-68, 4-93, 5-95, 6-137, 7-224, 8-264, 9-300. Bowling: James Anderson 16-7-49-2, Stuart Broad 21-3-51-2 Tim Bresnan 17-3-54-3, Graeme Swann 31-5-102-3, Kevin Pietersen 7-1-27-0, Ravi Bopara 2-2-0-0.

India 2nd innings: V Sehwag b Swann 33, R Dravid c Cook b Swann 13, VVS Laxman b Anderson 24, S Tendulkar batting 35, A Mishra batting 8. Extras: (B-10, LB-6) 16. Total: (For 3 wkts in 35 overs) 129. Fall of wickets: 1-49, 2-64. Bowling: J Anderson 9-2-39-1, S Broad 6-3-8-0, G Swann 15-2-51-2, T Bresnan 5-0-15-0.

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India face uphill task to save Test

LONDON, Aug 21 (PTI): Rahul Dravid batted through with a heroic unbeaten 146 but India failed to avoid follow-on and were left with a daunting task of batting out the entire fifth day to save the final cricket Test against England here today.

Dravid notched up his 35th century and got some support from tailenders as India�s first innings folded up for 300, forty minutes before tea break.

Following on, India were 129 for three at close on an eventful penultimate day with the visitors needing 162 more runs to avoid the ignominy of an innings defeat and a 0-4 series whitewash.

Sachin Tendulkar and nightwatchman Amit Mishra were batting on 35 and eight respectively at the draw of stumps.

Dravid displayed tremendous temperament and class to hold the innings together as wickets fell at the other end. India touched 300 for the first in the series yet they finished 291 runs behind England�s 591 for six declared.

Dravid, who was left stranded on 146, walked in again to open India�s second essay as Gautam Gambhir was still feeling the after-effects of concussion he suffered while fielding in England�s first innings but could not contribute much as he was out for 13 in controversial circumstances.

He was ruled not out by the umpires but given out after referral by England though the television replays of the the snickometer apparently showed that there was no contact with the ball and the bat.

SCORECARD

England 1st Innings: 591 for 6

India 1st innings: (Overnight 105/3) Sehwag lbw b Anderson 8, Dravid not out 146, Laxman c Prior b Broad 2, Tendulkar c Anderson b Swann 23, Raina st Prior b Swann 0, Ishant c Cook b Swann 1, Dhoni c Prior b Anderson 17, Mishra c Bell b Bresnan 43, Gambhir c Pietersen b Broad 10, RP Singh c Anderson b Bresnan 25 S Sreesanth c Morgan b Bresnan 0; Extras: (B-8, LB-9, WD-7, NB-1) 25. Total: (All out in 94 overs) 300. Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-13, 3-68, 4-93, 5-95, 6-137, 7-224, 8-264, 9-300. Bowling: James Anderson 16-7-49-2, Stuart Broad 21-3-51-2 Tim Bresnan 17-3-54-3, Graeme Swann 31-5-102-3, Kevin Pietersen 7-1-27-0, Ravi Bopara 2-2-0-0.

India 2nd innings: V Sehwag b Swann 33, R Dravid c Cook b Swann 13, VVS Laxman b Anderson 24, S Tendulkar batting 35, A Mishra batting 8. Extras: (B-10, LB-6) 16. Total: (For 3 wkts in 35 overs) 129. Fall of wickets: 1-49, 2-64. Bowling: J Anderson 9-2-39-1, S Broad 6-3-8-0, G Swann 15-2-51-2, T Bresnan 5-0-15-0.

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