The Associated Press

Dravid holds up England with century at The Oval Dravid holds up England with century at The Oval STUART CONDIE The Associated Press LONDON http://eapcontent.ap.org/jpg/2011/20110821/10/bdd6a9f3c1d47a12f60e6a706700b6fb.jpg?contentid=bdd6a9f3c1d47a12f60e6a706700b6fb/fmt=jpg/role=Main/reldt=2011-08-21T10:09:15/media=Photo/recordid=790cd418836f4e8bb2568bbc1cc19c38/authToken=eNoNyrsKwzAMAMCf6Woj%2bSHVg6BjS5cO2YsdW5AtEII76OMbuPFs%2fIRiSoXvGS4AxJxt3aT1TrVodCv25LhicEowHFW%2bDkAjbXYesrxfz%2bU7R9Mx%2bmH7lMdn6i3lwmjbLgGDj%2bjBZ%2fgDpJQfSA%3d%3d&token=1314188285-7DB0331EF4C4FA5866E6E26368111F0F 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Oval, taking India to a respectable 218-6 at lunch on Sunday. India lost captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni within an hour of the resumption but Dravid smoothly progressed from his overnight 57 to 109 not out. Although the Indian fans in the south London crowd finally had something to cheer, their team's newfound resilience has come too late to make a real impact upon the series. India has already lost the first three tests and top spot in the test rankings, and remains 174 runs short of the follow-on target in the fourth test. England declared on 591-6 at tea on Saturday before India limped to 103-5 before the close. India's miserable performance on the rain-affected third day hinted at an early capitulation Sunday, but Dravid remained cool and picked his strokes with composure, while Amit Mishra was unbeaten at the other end and hit a six off the last ball before lunch to go in on 38. The pair put on an unbeaten 81 for the seventh wicket. Dravid hit three contrasting boundaries in a single over from Swann — slog-sweeping, cutting and clipping off his pads — before taking a single to keep strike away from Mishra and face the returning Tim Bresnan on 99. He made it to his century with a late cut for 2, raising his arms in celebration during each run. Dravid's 35th test ton took him above Sunil Gavaskar and Brian Lara in the all-time list of century makers and means he has 411 runs for the series, almost twice as many as the next best Indian batsman. England's Kevin Pietersen alone has 533 for the series — just 24 fewer than Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman combined. But Pietersen, who scored 175 for his 19th century in this match, is some way behind Dravid in terms of hundreds. Only Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis and Ricky Ponting have scored more test tons than the 38-year-old Dravid. Without Dravid, who made his debut against England at Lord's in 1996 and now averages 131 at The Oval, India's series would have been even more comprehensively poor. He hit 103 in a 196-run defeat at Lord's and 117 in a 319-run defeat at Trent Bridge. When Dravid made a total 40 in two knocks at Edgbaston, India lost the only match in which he failed to make three figures by the enormous margin of an innings and 242 runs. His resilience stood out again Sunday. Broad forced two chances from the fifth over — Pietersen narrowly missed a run out with Dravid on 61 with a throw from cover and an edge from Dhoni dropped just short of Andrew Strauss at first slip — before Strauss turned to James Anderson, who had removed opener Virender Sehwag in the first over of India's innings. After 10 overs without a breakthrough, Anderson came on and made the breakthrough with his 10th delivery of the day. Anderson followed an inswinger with an outswinger that caught the outside of Dhoni's bat and carried comfortably into the waiting gloves of Matthew Prior, dismissing the India captain for a 50-ball 17. Opener Gautam Gambhir should be fit to bat down the order after missing Saturday's play with a mild concussion sustained when dropping Pietersen on Friday.