Dravid stands tall with another century (Lunch report)

August 21st, 2011 - 7:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Sachin Tendulkar London, Aug 21 (IANS) Rahul Dravid stood tall amid the ruins to bring up his 35th century and nudged India to 218/6 in the first innings at lunch on the fourth day of the fourth and final cricket Test here Sunday.

Giving Dravid (109) company was Amit Mishra (38), who played out 67 balls after Mahendra Singh Dhoni (17) was dismissed by James Anderson with another crafty away-going delivery.

India, having already lost the first three Tests, are 373 runs behind England’s huge first innings score of 591/6 declared.

The visitors, resuming at 103/5, lost Dhoni after addition of just 32 runs before Mishra lent support to Dravid at the other end.

Dravid, the lone Indian batsmen to put up a fight in the series, scored his third century of the innings which took him past Sunil Gavaskar’s 34th career ton. He is now fourth in the list of number of centuries scored after Sachin Tendulkar (51), Jacques Kallis (40) and Ricky Ponting (39).

The ‘Wall’, beginning the day on 57, brought up his century with a cut off Tim Bresnan. He took 168 balls and struck 15 fours.

Dravid and Mishra scored 81 runs at a brisk pace with the latter freeing his arms against the spinners.

Mishra hit six fours and came out a long way to send Graeme Swann soaring over the long on boundary for a straight six on the last ball before lunch.

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