India vs Sumerset : Rain Dazzles with Counterattack

Suresh Raina gave India a boost as he raced to an unbeaten century on the third morning at Taunton to lift the visitors to 224. He added 84 for the final wicket in 12 overs with Munaf Patel who contributed 6, before Somerset unsurprisingly decided to bat again rather than enforce the follow-on.


Raina, who began the day on 30, needed just 37 balls to go from his fifty to a hundred. He cut loose in Munaf's company after Sreesanth had lost his off stump to Charl Willoughby to become his sixth wicket. Somerset's bowling wasn't as impressive as on the second day, and they fed Raina's strengths with width outside off while attempts to bounce him out proved futile.


Raina drove, pulled and flicked five sixes to damage Willoughby's figures while Alfonso Thomas also took some harsh punishment. His hundred arrived off 110 balls courtesy of a misfield at mid-off but he didn't have chance to add many more as Munaf was lbw to legspinner Max Waller.


Raina's innings - and Yuvraj Singh's duck on the second day - should have sealed any pre-Test debate over India's No. 6 spot for Lord's. Andrew Strauss probably won't have minded having an extended look at Raina either, as he's someone England haven't faced before in Test matches.


Strauss also got the chance for a second innings as he and Arul Suppiah negotiated five overs until lunch. Zaheer Khan and Sachin Tendulkar didn't take the field, but the Indian team manager said they were just resting. It remains to be seen whether Somerset are inclined to give India another bat later this afternoon.

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