Tendulkar, Mishra guide India to 216/3 (Lunch report)

August 22nd, 2011 - 7:35 pm ICT by IANS  

Sachin Tendulkar London, Aug 22 (IANS) Sachin Tendulkar and nightwatchman Amit Mishra began in right earnest to save the fourth and last Test and remained unseparated at lunch with India reaching 216/3 against England here Monday.

Tendulkar (72), who has been gone through a lean patch in the series, remained in the hunt for his 100th international ton.

His overnight companion Mishra (57) showed the resolve that was not seen in the Indian players so far in the series.

The two have added 98 runs for the fourth wicket.

Following on, India are still 75 runs adrift of England’s 591/6. The visitors were bowled out for 300 in the first innings Sunday.

Resuming at 129/3, Tendulkar and Mishra played cautiously and were not hesistant in dispatching the bad balls to the fence.

Mishra looked compact with his technique and showed the straight face of the bat whenever required.

Tendulkar, who has struggled against the moving ball in the series, was more at ease with himself. He was let out once when Alastair Cook dropped a bat pad chance off Graeme Swann.

The master batsman was sublime with his strokes and hit nine fours in his 142-ball stay.

Mishra, who provided good support to Dravid in the first innings, struck seven fours.

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