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Georgetown Test

Dravid Stages Rescue Act

Assisted by greenhorn Sarandeep Singh, the Indian vice-captain pulls the side out of the woods before rain intervenes.

Dravid Stages Rescue Act
Dravid Stages Rescue Act
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A record-breaking eighth wicket stand between Rahul Dravid and Sarandeep Singh put India back on track but heavy rain washed out nearly all hopes of a result in the first Test against West Indies at the Bourda.

Dravid struck a shining 144 and put on 120 runs for the unfinished eighth wicket with Sarandeep Singh to anchor India to 395 for seven when rain forced the fourth day's play to end half an hour before the scheduled tea interval.

Sarandeep, a last-minute replacement for injured fellow off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, recorded his highest Test score of 39 as he patiently hung in for more than two hours to help Dravid guide the side to safety after three quick wickets in the morning had raised fears that India might fall short of the follow-on mark of 301.

The duo's effort was the best by any eighth wicket Indian pair against the West Indies and improved upon the 107 registered by Yashpal Sharma and Balwinder Singh Sandhu in the Kingston Test during the 1982-83 series.

The Indians, who resumed at their healthy overnight score of 237 for four, were earlier forced on the backfoot when paceman Cameron Cuffy dealt a double blow by dismissing V.V.S. Laxman (69) and Sanjay Bangar (0) in consecutive overs. Five runs later, Anil Kumble (3) was sent back by Adam Sanford and India crashed to 275 for seven.

India are still 106 runs behind the West Indian first innings score of 501.

Dravid has so far batted for 436 minutes and hit 23 fours from 345 balls. Sarandeep has been at the crease for 165 minutes and hit one four from 119 balls.

PTI

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