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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 April, 2004, 14:11 GMT 15:11 UK
India happy with position
Rahul Dravid
Rahul was magnificent. He was the foundation of our innings
India coach John Wright

Coach John Wright admitted India were poised to claim their first series victory in Pakistan in the third and deciding Test in Rawalpindi.

India finished day three in total control, holding a 327-run lead after reducing Pakistan to 49-2 at stumps.

Their position of strength was built around Rahul Dravid's Test-best 270 in a first-innings total of 600.

Wright said: "We had a slight advantage last night, and it stayed with us."

He added: "We're comfortable with the position we are in. The first hour tomorrow will be important."

"It's good to have taken two crucial wickets today."

Pakistan's opening pair Imran Farhat and Taufeeq Umar were dismissed within five balls of each other as the close of play drew near.

But undoubtedly the star of proceedings was Dravid, who hit a six and 34 fours to eclipse his previous best score of 233.

"Rahul was magnificent. He was the foundation of our innings," Wright said.

"He was there during three century stands and a near 100-partnership."

Inzamam-ul-Haq said he planned to lead by example with Pakistan facing a huge task to save the match and the series.

"I'm backing myself to show the lead to the other batsmen," the skipper said.

"It's going to be hard work, but we have to fight to save this match.

"There is nothing much wrong with the pitch, though there has been some wear and tear and the bounce is variable.

"But if we get a long partnership, things can go our way."

Inzamam was hopeful middle-order batsman Asim Kamal will be able to shrug off an elbow injury and take to the middle.

"We are trying to motivate him to bat tomorrow, if required," Inzamam said.


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