Monday 18 December 2017

Dravid gives India hope

Rahul Dravid carried his bat in India's first innings yesterday to drag the tourists to their highest total of the series and give them hope of avoiding a 4-0 whitewash.

However, England still bowled India out for 300 to secure a first-innings lead of 291 and, after enforcing the follow-on, reduced them to 129-3, claiming the crucial wicket of makeshift opener Dravid.

Going into the final day of the final Test, India are 162 runs behind after following on. With Graeme Swann extracting prodigious turn, England will fancy their chances of victory.

Standing in their way is the iconic figure of Sachin Tendulkar, who is still chasing his 100th international century after a mediocre run and will resume this morning on 35.

The game might well have been over already had it not been for Dravid's monumental defiance.

The 38-year-old's unbeaten 146 -- his third century of the series as he became only the third Indian to bat through an innings -- helped his side put on 197 for their final five wickets.

Then, after 379 minutes at the crease, he had to walk straight back out to open the second innings and fell for just 13.

"Some of us have had a tough series but hopefully tomorrow it is Sachin's day," Dravid said. "If the other guys can rally around him maybe we can save this Test.

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