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Fifth double for Dravid, India heads for win



Rahul Dravid, who scored 270 runs in the third and final Test match against Pakistan, in action at the Pindi cricket stadium in Rawalpindi on Thursday. - PTI

RAWALPINDI, APRIL 15. Rahul Dravid smashed a career-best 270 today as injury-hit Pakistan edged toward defeat in the third and decisive Test against India after conceding a massive lead.

Dravid's innings propelled the visitors' total to 600 after Pakistan was dismissed for 224 in the first innings. Trailing by a huge 376 runs, Pakistan lost both openers and was already in trouble at 49 for two at stumps on day three at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.

Dravid became the first Indian to score five double centuries in Test cricket.

He is also the fourth Indian to score a double ton against Pakistan after Virender Sehwag, Sanjay Manjrekar and Anshuman Gaekwad.

The 270, from 495 balls with 34 fours and a six, pushed Dravid's career aggregate to 6,855 from 78 Tests. It was the third highest Test score by an Indian and the highest ever at the Pindi Stadium, surpassing Salim Malik's 237 against Australia in 1994. — AP, PTI

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