Raina, Dhoni hold fort for India after Tendulkar departs (Tea report)

July 25th, 2011 - 10:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Gautam Gambhir London, July 25 (IANS) Sachin Tendukar yet again failed to leave his mark at Lord’s but Suresh Raina and Mahendra Singh Dhoni held together the Indian innings in the second session with the visitors going to tea at 218 for five on the fifth and final day of the first cricket Test against England, still needing 249 to win.

Tendulkar, who is down with a viral infection, looked a pale shadow of himself. He survived two close chances and took 40 balls to reach his 12th run before being dismissed lbw by James Anderson.

Tendulkar was lucky to be dropped by Andrew Struass at second slip and survived a close leg before call.

The maestro, who came to bat amidst a rousing welcome from a packed stadium, was widely tipped to score his maiden century at Lord’s and also complete his hundred international centuries.

India, however, lost only one wicket after lunch.

Raina (54) played a mature innings to reach his half century and along with Dhoni (16), ensured that India go for the break without losing further wickets.

Raina brought his 50 off 90 balls, hitting seven fours.

Anderson (3-55) was the most successful bowler for England on the last day. The fast bowler had struggled to find the right line and length in the match, but struck twice Monday morning, dismissing the well-settled Rahul Dravid (36) and V.V.S. Laxman (56).

Gautam Gambhir, who hurt his elbow Sunday, came out after Dravid edged an innocous delivery to wicketkeeper, hung on for 56 balls before Graeme Swann trapped him lbw with a straighter one.

Resuming at 80/1, overnight batsmen Dravid and Laxman, who batted with sublime ease Sunday, could add only 14 runs before being separated.

It was a momentary lapse of concentration for Dravid, who till then had shown great resolve and patience in leaving anything remotely around his off stump during his 93-ball stay.

The English pacers, too, were relentless in testing Dravid and Laxman around the off-stump. It paid off when Dravid poked at a widish Anderson delivery.

Laxman, who looked in great touch, was more cautious in his approach, defending solidly.

He looked set for a big innings as he reached his half-century, but pulled a ball straight to Ian Bell at midwicket.

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