India Can't Win Southampton Test for Sure, Says Sunil Gavaskar

Barring a sensational English collapse, India have no chance of winning the third Test at the Rose Bowl and the tourists will now need to bat for a draw, said former skipper Sunil Gavaskar on NDTV.

updated: July 29, 2014 00:40 IST
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Ian Bell and Jos Buttler put on 106 runs for the sixth wicket to add to India's woes.

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India were pushed against the wall on the second day of the third Test against England in Southampton, where they trailed the tourists by 544 runs with nine wickets left, and former captain Sunil Gavaskar ruled out a possible victory for MS Dhoni's men.

India, who are leading the five-match series 1-0 after winning at the Lord's let England get away to 569/7, before Alastair Cook declared. The team then lost opener Shikhar Dhawan to James Anderson, going to stumps on 25/1. With overcast conditions predicted for the next two days and Anderson producing prodigious movement, Gavaskar hoped India would bat out for a draw.

"India can't win this Test for sure. England have scored 569/7 and for India to get anywhere near that, they would have to bat for a day and a half. It would mean that we will be going into Day 4. It is not very easy for India to pull off a win unless there is a sensational collapse somewhere," Gavaskar told NDTV. "England certainly have the upper hand and they will keep the pressure on the Indians and the ball will keep moving because the forecast for next two days are overcast conditions. So it's not going to be easy for the batsmen." (Day 2 Highlights)

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