London, August 10:

Mahendra Dhoni’s rapid 92 powered India past the 500-mark as they strengthened their grip on the third Test against England on Friday.

At tea, on the second day, India, were 559-7, after Sachin Tendulkar made 82. Tendulkar was nearing three figures when he guided a James Anderson delivery to first slip Andrew Strauss. Anil Kumble was 60 and Zaheer Khan seven not out.

India, 1-0 up, had merely to avoid defeat in this match to win only their third series in England in 15 campaigns dating back to 1932. England need win to maintain their six-year unbeaten run in home Test series.

Dhoni did not appear to have any concern for personal glory during an 81-ball innings featuring four sixes and nine fours. England captain Michael Vaughan brought on Kevin Pietersen to tempt Dhoni and the part-time off-spinner was struck for two consecutive sixes but the wicketkeeper was out next ball.

India resumed on 316-4 with Tendulkar on 48 and VVS Laxman on 20 following an impressive 91 from opener Dinesh Karthik. Laxman (51) was dismissed by Chris Tremlett.