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India vs England Test 1, Day 3: Dravid Gets A Lord’s Ton, India Avoid Follow-on

By on July 24, 2011

England 474 for 8 decl and 5 for 0 (Strauss 3*, Cook*) lead India 286 (Dravid 103*, Abhinav 49, Broad 4-37, Tremlett 3-80) by 193 runs…

The first couple of hours presented plenty of possible scenarios on Day 3 at Lord’s. First, Abhinav Mukund battled hard for 88 minutes, nudging, poking, slashing, punching, and fending. Was he going to produce a special innings? Having moved to 49, he went for the glory shot and played on to Stuart Broad.

Then came Sachin Tendulkar to a huge applause from the pavilions at Lord’s. He began driving, flicking and cutting gloriously. He had moved to 32 off just 37. It seemed this would be the day he brings up the much-awaited 100th hundred. But Broad undid his plans when Tendulkar edged him to slip.

But one scenario prevailed through the rest of the day and it featured the man who gets upstaged the most. Surviving a dropped catch by Graeme Swann on 42, Rahul Dravid played himself in as India’s top order collapsed around him.

The unbeaten 103 today hits all the check-points of the typical Dravid innings. India in trouble? No problem. English weather, seaming wicket? No problem. Nasty fast bowlers? No problem.

Dravid was briefly troubled by Swann’s drift and sharp turn, who suddenly seemed twice the bowler he is after Tendulkar’s departure. Once Dravid had survived that one spell, runs started to come easily.

Then came the moment that had to wait 15 years. Having moved into the 90s, he punched Chris Tremlett through the cover for four and in the same over, turned him through mid-on to complete the hundred. Nobody could upstage Dravid today.

His celebration upon reaching there was animated. He completed the second run with both hands in the air. An ungainly punch to the air a la Pietersen followed. The ghost of 1996 had been buried.

Some clean swings by Praveen Kumar helped India avoid following on, but they still have conceded a 188-run lead. But India will have to bowl and bat phenomenally badly for there to be a result here.

Source: AR Hemant, Yahoo Cricket

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