CENTURION: Gautam Gambhir (80) and Virender Sehwag (63) gave a solid start as India staged a spirited fightback after conceding a mammoth 484-run lead on the third day of the first Test against South Africa on Saturday.
After South Africa declared their first innings at an imposing 620 for four riding on Jacques Kallis' maiden unbeaten double century and AB de Villiers' record-breaking 129, India put up a better batting display to reach 190 for two in their second innings when the stumps were drawn, still trailing by 294 runs.
Rahul Dravid was batting on 28 from 48 balls while nightwatchman Ishant Sharma was giving him company on seven to raise hopes of saving the game on a Super Sport Park pitch which has eased out considerably.
The good start given by openers Virender Sehwag (63) and Gambhir with a 137-run stand from just 29.3 overs should serve as a confidence booster for the other batsmen.
In Image: South Africa's bowler Dale Steyn, second from right, celebrates with teammates after dismissing India's batsman Gautam Gambhir, unseenText: PTIImages: APScores | Full Coverage