Industrious Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni toil away as India crawl to

The duo shared a 410-ball 156-run stand to deny England a wicket in the two sessions so far AFP (File Pic)

Nagpur: Dec 15, 2012

Showing admirable restraint and tenacity in the face of adversity, skipper MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli compiled responsible half centuries to keep India on course for the first innings lead, reaching 227 for four at tea on third day of the final Test against England at Nagpur on Saturday.

The fifth wicket pair, who came together last evening when India were tottering at 71 for four, had kept their wickets intact to reach 87 for four at stumps yesterday.

Today also they continued to put up a strong resistance as they fought back superbly with a century partnership to remained unconquered for first two sessions of the day.

At the end of the second session, India, who desperately need to win this match to square the series 2-2, had advanced to 225-plus runs, still 103 behind the visitors modest first innings score of 330.

Kohli was not out on 77 off 234 balls studded with seven fours, while Dhoni, who has faced 186 balls in his 275-minute knock and hit seven fours and a six, was unbeaten on 75.

The duo had added 156 runs for the fifth wicket by tea.

Brief Scores: England 330 (Kevin Pietersen 73, Joe Root 73, Matt Prior 57, Graeme Swann 56; Piyush Chawla 4 for 69, Ishant Sharma 3 for 49) lead India 227 for 4 (Virat Kohli 77, MS Dhoni 75; James Anderson 3 for 43) by 103 runs

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