Regardless of Rahul Dravid brilliance, England on point of whitewash
|Despite Dravid brilliance, England on brink of whitewash|
England as a final point saw off Rahul Dravid as they closed within on a 4-0 series disturbance of India at The Oval here on Sunday.
Rahul Dravid batted for further than seven hours in the 4th Test ahead of England as a final point originate a way to smash 'The Wall'.
Except India, following-on, be 129-3 out at the close of the 4rd day, still 162 runs following England's first innings 591-6 out declared built upon Ian Bell's Test-best innings 235 and Kevin Pietersen's best innings in the 4th test 175.
Sachin Tendulkar, command for an unprecedented 100th international century, was 35 not out and nightwatchman Amit Mishra on 8 runs not out.
England however wanted just seven further wickets on Monday's final day to whole test series a 4-0 clean sweep for the foremost time since a home whitewash of the West Indies in 2004.
India resumed Sunday in the worried position of 103-5.
Rahul Dravid was 57 not out and India captain MS Dhoni 5 runs not out on crease last day on early session.
However MSDhoni, who not at all looked settled, was out for 17 when he pushed uncertainly at a James Anderson outswinger and was caught behind.
Rahul Dravid, in charge for all three India centuries this series, sped from side to side the 90s with 3*4 in four balls from off-spinner Graeme Swann, a sweep and a late cut foregoing his stylish go forward down the pitch to create a half-volley he abrupt from side to side mid-wicket A late cut two off Tim Bresnan then proverb Rahul Dravid to his hundred.
Rahul Dravid's century was the 2nd time in this series he did made a hundred whereas opening in the nonattendance of regular opener Gautam Gambhir.
He had before made 117, when Gautam Gambhir missed the 2ndTest at Trent Bridge with an elbow damage, subsequent his 103 not out at Lord's.
Rahul Dravid's 35th Test century took him in frontage of hero Sunil Gavaskar's spot of 34 and fourth in the all-time list at the back Sachin Tendulkar (51), South Africa's Jacques Kallis (40) and Australia's Ricky Ponting (39).
India started the 2nd session on 218-6 out, with Rahul Dravid 109 not out and Amit Mishra, who did driven Graeme Swann for six off the last ball sooner than lunch, 38 not out.
On the other hand, Amit Mishra additional just five more runs sooner than he was brightly caught by a diving lan Bell at an strangely situated short backward square leg off a pull against Tim Bresnan.
The new ball did for Gautam Gambhir, who did suffered concussion while fielding on Friday, when he fended at Stuart Broad and was caught by Kevin Pietersen at gully point.
Tim Bresnan struck twice in three balls as India were bowled out for 300 runs -- the first time they did made the score in this series.
Rahul Dravid had contributed almost 50% thanks to a masterful 146 not out in 266 balls with 20 fours.
He was simply the 3rd Indian subsequent to Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag to bring his bat in a Test innings other than India were still 92 floating of avoiding the follow-on.
The unselfish Rahul Dravid reserved his pads on but his confrontation ended controversially when, on 13, he twisted Graeme Swann to Alastair Cook at short leg.
Umpire Rod Tucker thought not out but England asked for a review and Tucker's fellow Australian Steve Davis gave Rahul Dravid is out, even though replays indicated the ball may have gone to Alstair Cook directly off the pad.
The India great, in what might be his very last Test in England, walked off to a standing ovation from a capability 23,500 crowd.
Virender Sehwag made a characteristically dashing 33 ahead of he was bowled between bat and pad by Graeme Swann -- a classic off-spinner's departs.
As well as England had one more wicket ahead of stumps when VVS Laxman, who has had a miserable series, was bowled for 24 by a superb James Anderson delivery that angled in and upro
oted his off-stump.