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Dravid hopes recent loss will spur India on

Dravid hopes recent loss will spur India on

India captain Rahul Dravid said the bitterness of losing a match they could so easily have won would fuel his side's bid to narrow the gap in their one-day series with England at Headingley tomorrow.
Dravid's men, defending a modest total of 212 under the Old Trafford floodlights, were on course to level the seven-match series at 2-2 after reducing England to 114 for seven in the 24th over.
But instead India ended up losing by three wickets to go 3-1 down.
They were rendered powerless by an unbroken record England eighth wicket stand of 99 between the 22-year-old Ravi Bopara, 43 not out, and the 21-year-old Stuart Broad, 45 not out, both of whom were appearing in only their 13th one-day international.
In the end England won with two overs to spare, with man-of-the-match Broad posting his highest score at this level after taking career-best figures of four for 51.
Defeat was particularly hard on Ajit Agarkar. Recalled in place of fast bowler Munaf Patel after England's 42 run win at Edgbaston on Monday, the experienced seamer dismissed four of the top six on his way to figures of four for 60.
By contrast, his previous two matches this series had yielded combined figures of none for 132 off 19 overs.
"It's tough, but I think when we reach Headingley we'll be pretty keen," Dravid told reporters after Thursday's match.
"We'll know in the back of our minds that we could have won that game. The series could so easily have been different," added Dravid, whose team must avoid defeat at Headingley to keep the series alive.