Gambhir, Yuvraj put India back on track

After bundling England for 302 runs, India made 134 runs at the loss of 4 wickets and took a lead of 285 runs at the close of day's play in Mohali.

updated: December 23, 2008 15:57 IST
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After bundling England for 302 runs, India made 134 runs for 4 wickets and took a lead of 285 runs at the close of day's play in Mohali.

Gautam Gambhir (44*) and Yuvraj Singh (39*) will resume batting on the final day at the PCA Stadium. The duo combined after the dismissal of VVS Laxman and added an unbeaten 54 runs at a brisk pace for the fifth wicket.

England made early inroads in the Indian batting when they got Virender Sehwag for 17 runs. Indian openers Gambhir and Sehwag stretched India's first innings lead of 151 to 181 runs before the latter fell short of the crease while stealing a quick single. Ian Bell ran from the short extra cover to collect the ball and dived with it to uproot all three stumps.

Rahul Dravid, who slammed a ton in the first innings, failed to open his account in the second outing as he was clean bowled by Stuart Broad. The ball nipped back in and Dravid remained on his back foot before the ball dislodged the middle stump.

Next to go was Sachin Tendulkar who was dismissed by James Anderson. Sachin steered a delivery going outside the off-stump to Graeme Swann at gully for 5 runs. Laxman joined Gambhir post Sachin's exit and added 36 runs for the fourth wicket. But like Sehwag, he too was caught napping between the wickets and walked back for 15 runs.

His fall brought local boy Yuvraj in the middle to accompany in-form Gambhir. The two left-handers played English spinners sensibly. While Gambhir anchored India's lead building and kept rotating the strike, Yuvraj was his aggressive self. In his knock of 39 runs, he smashed four 4s and a six to accelerate the scoring rate.

Earlier, dense fog at the PCA Stadium delayed the start by two hours. England, who resumed batting with the overnight score of 282/6, finished their innings adding just 20 runs at the loss of their remaining four wickets. Harbhajan hurried England's fall with a four-wicket haul.

Matt Prior joined James Anderson on Monday morning to resume batting on the fourth day with England's overnight score of 282/6. Harbhajan in the third over removed Prior who tried to glance a delivery toward the leg but the ball spun sharply to take a faint edge to land in the gloves of wicketkeeper MS Dhoni. In his successive over, Bhajji foxed Broad with his 'doosra' and knocked his stump.

Zaheer teased Swann with two outswingers but he brought the third delivery of his over in that deceived the England tailender and crashed into the stumps. Last batsman Monty Panesar perished when he was caught by Gambhir at short leg for 5 runs. Panesar poked a Bhajji-delivery that took an inside edge, hit his pads and flew to Gambhir.

Also read:

Match report: 2nd Test, Day 1

Match report: 2nd Test, Day 2

Match report: 2nd Test, Day 3