Sunday 21 August 2011 

Dravid Stands Alone As England Stay On Top

Dravid Stands Alone As England Stay On Top
Dravid Stands Alone As England Stay On Top
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England 591-6 dec. (Bell 235, Pietersen 175) v
India 300 (Dravid 146no) & 129-3 (Swann 2-51)
Fourth Test, The Kia Oval, day four
 | | Day Two | Day Three

India will begin the final day of the Test series against England 162 runs behind after another day at The Oval where England held the upper hand.

Replying to 591 for six declared, India managed to reach 300 for the first time in the series but went no further and were asked to follow on, closing on a more solid 126 for three.

Rahul Dravid carried his bat - the third Indian to do so in Tests - in making 146 and passing Sunil Gavaskar's mark of 34 Test hundreds in the process, but no other batsman could stay with him long enough to prevent the tourists from being invited to bat again.

He hit 20 fours in his 266-ball innings, scoring his third century of the series and scoring almost half of his side's runs as they were again not up to the challenge offered by England's bowlers.

The next highest score was Amit Mishra's 43 as Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann took three wickets apiece to James Anderson's and Stuart Broad's two.

India's second innings began in a stronger fashion with Virender Sehwag making 33 and Dravid 13 before was given out caught by Alastair Cook off Swann. There was a hint of controversy over the decision, given out on review, but that was nullified when Dravid admitted following stumps that he had edged the ball.

Sehwag was bowled by Swann and VVS Laxman bowled by Anderson for 24, leaving Sachin Tendulkar unbeaten on 35 and nightwatchman Mishra on eight.

Ian Bell's 235 and Kevin Pietersen's 175 put England into the strong position from which their bowlers could build despite the opening three days being severely hampered by rain.

England lead the series 1-0.

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