Gambhir, Laxman guide India to 393 for 3 at lunch

October 30, 2008

New Delhi, Oct 30 (PTI) Riding on the unbroken 236-run stand between unbeaten centurions Gautam Gambhir (191) and VVS Laxman (104), India reached a commanding 393 for three wickets at lunch on day two of the third cricket Test against Australia here today.

Resuming on the overnight score of 296 for three, both Gambhir and Laxman milked the Australian attack dry with consummate ease as India went on piling runs, blunting the Australian attack.

Gambhir’s unbeaten 362-ball knock included 25 boundaries and a six, while Laxman, playing his 99th Test, hit 10 fours during his 174-ball stay so far.

It was vintage Laxman this morning as the stylish right-hander tormented the Aussies again with some elegant pulls.

Brett Lee tried to jolt him with some rising deliveries but Laxman didn’t flinch, barring on one occasion when his edge flew through the slips for a four.

Laxman used soft hands for deft placements but the shot that stood out was his full-blooded pull off Mitchell Johnson which raced to the ropes.

A cover-driven boundary off Cameron White brought up his 13th Test century, his sixth against Australia. At the other end, Gambhir maintained his cool, helping himself to the occasional boundaries as well.

The left-hander enjoyed fortune of the brave as well when he was coaxed into a loose shot by White but Matthew Hayden, at the lone slip, could not get his hand to the ball.

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