London: India were bundled out for 286 late on Day 3 of the first Test match between India and England as Rahul Dravid remained unbeaten on 103.
Stuart Broad finished the first innings with an impressive tally of four frontline wickets.
After bowling out India, England batted for 5 overs to score five runs without losing any wicket. During the second innings also it is expected that India would be missing out on the services of Zaheer Khan.
As was the case with Day 2, Day 3 honours also went to England. A superior bowling performance meant that England managed to pick up wickets at regular intervals throughout the day to put India on the backfoot.
For India, only Rahul Dravid came up with some kind of a resistance as he racked up the 33rd century of his Test career. During his valiant knock of 103 not out, he also surpassed Ricky Ponting as the second highest run getter in Test history after Sachin Tendulkar.
Rahul Dravid was a study of poise and resolve for India on Day 3 on a day where Stuart Broad reaffirmed his faith on his captain and selectors justifying his inclusion ahead of Bresnen with some smart spell of fast bowling.
Big man Chris Tremlett also joined in the England party with the new ball striking twice in one over and ending up with three scalps.
Tremlett was given the new ball and he delivered the goods immediately packing Harbhajan back to the pavilion before edging out Dhoni to second slip to open up the Indian tail.
After tea, Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rahul Dravid had forged a stable partnership on the final session rather cautiously trying to ensure that India does not face any further hiccups for the day but the new ball did the trick for the hosts.
Broad utilized the conditions to his favour pitching the ball up consistently around the off stump probing the Indian batsmen on the corridor of uncertainty throughout the day.
The entire Buzz on Day 3 had revolved around Sachin’s milestone and as always Rahul Dravid went about his business without much fuzz displaying batting artistry of the highest order at the home of cricket.
On his way to a sublime century Dravid hit as many as fifteen boundaries, each and every one of them worthy of many replays. Graeme Swann did trouble him a bit but when Dravid threaded one past long off boundary, even Swann would have appreciated the skill.
The Indian lower middle order failed to put up any sort of fight against the English attack as Laxman (10) departed cheaply in a rather unorthodox fashion flicking one off Tremlett straight down the throat of deep backward square.
Laxman’s dismissal was immediately followed by Raina’s long walk to the pavilion for nought leaving India on precarious situation.
Broad had earlier picked up his third wicket in the form of Sachin Tendulkar.
34, is what Sachin could conjure during his stay in the middle before Broad edged him out at slip much to the anguish of the spectators at Lord’s. A full pitched delivery marginally outside off induced Sachin for a drive who nicked it straight to Graeme Swann at second slip.
There was a brief period of play after lunch were an array of majestic covers drives and powerful punches of backfoot from Tendulkar and Dravid vindicated the aura of 2000th Test match at Lord’s on Day 3.
The setting for a Test match could not have been much perfect than this; Saturday morning, a Lord’s pitch on the slower side being exploited by the best in the business.
Rahul Dravid was at his elegant best as he eased into some exquisite cover drives from Tremlett and Anderson.
Tendulkar at the other end matched ‘The Wall’ toe to toe in pursuit of his 100th international century before his demise.
Prior to lunch break, the first session of Day 3 was a mixed one for the visitors as India lost both the openers.
Staurt Broad got in amongst the Indian openers removing Gautam Gambhir cheaply and then later bowling out Abhinav Mukund. Mukund scored a breezy 49 before dragging a wide one from Broad to his own stumps. The southpaw played some enterprising shots to keep the scoreboard ticking early on.
Chris Tremlett looked menacing in patches during the first session whereas Andrew Strauss opted for a light bowling session for James Anderson before lunch.