Live Blog: India vs England, Day 4, The Oval

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Rahul Dravid walks off after being dismissed by Graeme Swann.

11:04 pm - Following on India lost their three top-order batsmen to reach 129/3 at stumps on the fourth day of the fourth and final Test at Kennington Oval. Sachin Tendulkar (35) and nightwatchman Amit Mishra (8) were at the crease as India still trail by 162 runs. Centurion Rahul Dravid was the hero of the day as he carried his bat through the innings after India failed to avoid the follow-on.

10:47 pm - What a ball to get rid of VVS Laxman, the off-stump went flying. Jimmy Anderson pitches it on off-stump - which hold its line and demolishes the timber beating Laxman completely. Probably the last time we will see VVS playing for India in England.

10:38 pm - Laxman and Tendulkar have completed 50-run partnership for the third wicket. Still a lot of work to do, if they want to see England bat again.

@cricketaakash: Over to two senior pros--Lax n Sach. One last time batting together on English soil...hope this lasts for a long time! #engvdravid

10:27 pm - 100 up for India. Graeme Swann is keeping Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman busy at the moment.

9:54 pm - Virender Sehwag b Graeme Swann. Bowled him through the gates. That's a classic off-spinners dismissal. India have lost their second wicket.

9:39 pm - The Wall has fallen here at The Oval. Rahul Dravid (13) out caught bat and pad off Graeme Swann. Umpire Rod Tucker gave it not-out at first, England went for a review and what do you know...India's best batsman in the series was on his way back after a fabulous run with the bat. This could well be a match-turning decision. There was nothing on the hot-spot - only god knows what the third umpire saw it.

Some of our readers are unhappy with Rahul Dravid's dismissal.

N: It's not technology its discriminating third empire its show how they afraid of the only MAN in Indian team R.D.

Mark: that ass 3rd umpire o vampire really screwed the match for India. the point is how can the England accept that decision. where are the boos now????we gave bell a return though he was ruled out? WHERE IS THE SPIRIT OF THE GAME NOW???

Balu: this DRS system never worked in favour of India. Even technology doesn't make correct decisions......useless technology.........

Mark: Is the 3rd umpire drunk..Dravid was clean not out. where was the nick dude?y is this man always unlucky. WTF?i cant believe wat i saw..Crazy stuff

@cricketwallah: Dravid's dismissal contentious and only accentuates the impact he has had on this series.Without him, India will struggle to save Test...

9:16 pm - Sehwag leaves one! That has been the order of play post-tea session for India. That's what the calm assurance of Rahul Dravid does to you. Nice going Viru...

8:43 pm - Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid take India to 25/0 at tea. The visitors were following-on after being dismissed for 300 in their first innings on the fourth day. Rahul 'Wall' Dravid carried his bat for 146 not out, only the third Indian to do so after opening in a Test after Sunil Gavaskar and Sehwag. India still trail by 266 runs.

When Anderson had to rush for cover!

8:09 pm- India all out for 300 runs. England have enforced the follow on. Dravid back after a cup of tea for another grueling session. Standing ovation from The Oval crowd and rightly so...India still trail by 291 runs.

@cricketaakash: Dravid to open again...what a man! Take a bow, mate. It's truly turned into England vs Dravid series. The only competition on view!

@rameshsrivats: Task Allocation: Sachin, you carry expectations. Dhoni, you carry the responsibility. Munaf, you carry water. Dravid, you carry your bat.

@yuvsingh09: The wall is still very strong!!

Rahul Dravid remained unbeaten at 146 in the first innings.

7:51 pm - And...India has just gone past their previous best score of 288 in the Test series. Next target: 300 runs.

@rameshsrivats: But still, awesome effort from Dravid. The Oval should be renamed O! Wall.

7:37 pm - Misery ends for Gautam Gambhir. He never looked comfortable during his 62-ball stay at the crease. Stuart Broad bangs in short; Gauti looks to fend and gets a top edge as Kevin Pietersen takes a simple catch running in from gully. India have lost their eighth wicket.

7:21 pm - Both Rahul Dravid and Gautam Gambhir are treating James Anderson and Stuart Broad with immense caution. Time to bring in Bresnan.

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I think England is definitely a strong side especially in their own den. Can't say Indians are weak. Lack of practice before the start of series has caused India. When the South Africans played England in England a couple of years ago at the same period of July-August. The Proteas came a month before to English soil and got used to the conditions. even after that they only managed to draw the England is really strong...every Indian should forget about this test series...or else, wait for the English to reach the Indian soil...........lets see what happens then?? - Smithin Joseph remains hopeful.

6:58 pm - New ball taken by England. Jimmy Anderson to start with it. He has been the second innings bowler for England.

6:53 pm - 250 up for India here. The new ball is due in three overs. England will be eager to test Gambhir with some bouncers with the new red cherry.

6:44 pm - This one is funny.

@VaughanCricket: England fielders close to the bat are calling Gambhir Mel Gibson... (braveheart). They have a point!!!

6:24 pm - Ian Bell has pulled off a stunner at backward square leg to get rid of Amit Mishra off Tim Bresnan. A fine innings of 43 runs comes to an end. India have lost their seventh wicket. Gambhir is out there finally.

6:15 pm - Bopara is bowling faster than some of the India bowlers. RP Singh...are you listening?

6:11 pm - Play resumes after lunch. Rahul Dravid will face Ravi Bopara. 174 runs still needed to avoid the follow-on. Can they?

5:39 pm - So, Rahul Dravid (109) and Amit Mishra (38) take India to 218/6 at lunch on the fourth day of the fourth Test. 33 overs, 115 runs, 1 wicket in that morning session. Can India go past their highest score of 288 (Trent Bridge first innings) this time around?

Some feedback coming in from Yahoo! readers:

Rajeshkumar: Indian cricket team can only perform at home; a shame to be beaten by a weaker English side.The excuse given is that most of the players are unfit. But they are fit enough money as for Sachin he has never performed when India needs him too.

Videsh M: Rahul Dravid you have proved enough man!. You have done ur job. Tell some of your junior cricketers how to stick in their balls in the crease and hold the bat for long time there.

Rags: Has England been using different balls than what India had been provided?. i am not able to imagine any other reason. The only other could be the absence of Gary.

4:55 pm - What an effort. What a batsman. Rahul Dravid brings up his 35th century - 3rd of the series. He has now gone past Sunil Gavaskar for most number of hundreds in Tests - fourth in the list behind Sachin, Kallis and Ponting.

@cricketwallah: Bravo Dravid! Thought I had seen him at his peak and best btwn 2000-2005, but don't think he has ever batted better than in this series.

@ZaltzCricket: Dravid continues his tussle with England. 104-0 now, but I fear he'll again pay for his lack of penetration with the ball.

@cricketaakash: Brilliant century, Rahul bhai. One of the best I've seen from your blade...and I'm privileged to have seen quite a few :)

@VaughanCricket: Dravid had been wonderful in this series... Magnificent 100 ... A inspiration to all young Indian cricketers.. All should follow his lead..

"We have to win it. That is the objective. We are not the No.1 any more. The goal for us is to fight our way back there. It is about restoring some pride and show what we can do. But if we want to climb back to No.1 Test spot then every Test matters," Dravid said before the start of The Oval Test and he is on to it.

4:46 pm - Rahul Dravid has quietly moved into the 90s. 'The Wall' has been playing very well indeed.

Lone Ranger - Rahul Dravid

4:43 pm - Here's how England managed to keep Sachin Tendulkar quiet throughout the series...

Mike Brearley, of The Guardian, compares Strauss's England to Michael Vaughan's...

...Strauss is not quite the batsman now that Vaughan was then; but he is playing well enough. As captain, he gets everything right in terms of long-term judgment and sound good sense...

4:20 pm -...and Dhoni's gone too. Anderson was looking dangerous this morning. Beautiful piece of bowling - takes the edge and a simple catch to Matt Prior behind the stumps. India have lost their sixth wicket. No Gambhir yet...Amit Mishra walks out in the middle.

4:11 pm - Rahul Dravid as usual is watchful and steady with his defence while skipper MS Dhoni (you know) is hanging in there.

Some reactions coming in from Twitter -

@cricketaakash: Dravid told me in my second Test match that saving a Test match is also an art...he's shown us many a times in the past that how it's done!

@warne888: Standing in the middle of the oval - I think England could get 15 wickets today !!!! Dravid the key again for India !!!!

@VaughanCricket: Rain will take the game into the 5 th day...

3: 58 pm - After finishing Day three 103 for five, Rahul Dravid and skipper MS Dhoni resumed India's innings on the fourth day of the fourth Test against England at Kennington Oval. England declared their first innings at 591 for six yesterday and took five wickets as India's struggle with their batting continued. After a delay of over three hours for rain England declared before their bowlers got to work to leave India struggling, with Graeme Swann claiming three wickets.

Ian Bell, who made his first Test double hundred yesterday, believes he has never been in better form.

I feel form-wise at the minute that I'm as good as I've been in my career. I always believed I had some unfinished business at (number) three. At times when I was up the order there before, I don't think I was mature enough and ready. I believe I'm a much better cricketer now than the last time I did it. I've learned a lot batting at five, and I've really enjoyed the challenge in this series against a good bowling attack to get up there and show people what I can do at three, Bell said.

Here's what Matt Prior has to say about being the world's top Test team.

We also know teams will come hard at us now. When you play the number one team in the world you want to beat them. You up your game and people will be targeting us. That brings a certain pressure, but we have not allowed the previous number one team in the world, India, to even compete with us in this series, which is a fantastic sign.

This is what Yahoo! Cricket readers had to say about yesterday's play -

Pervez: What was Suresh Raina wanted to prove by playing so many balls and scoring none...?? will he be able to sustain there for another two days in the same fashion..??? MS also sent Ishant as nightman, our top order batsmen play as bad as a nightman can, no need to change order. Shameful defeat....!!

Aneani: They are wasting the time in England as well as Indian Money...Why cant they come back to India. they can show their power with Bangladesh, Zimbabwe like other poor Countries...What happen to sachin and sewag...they will score only with poor Team not on others shame on their part...stop supporting to Cricket start support Anna Hazare.

Aditya Chopra: Now world can see how world champions our playing and this is really not an champions performance and we are really feel shame on our team and for this performance we should really thanks BCCI and INDIA should take a lesson from Aussies atleast they tech them how champions plays and justify the to be a world champions.. Love you Australia you are really a real winner.. Best OF luck.

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