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India vs Australia Test 3, Day 2: Another Day, Same Story For India

By on January 14, 2012

India 161 and 4 for 88 (Starc 2-14) trail Australia 369 (Warner 180, Cowan 74, Yadav 5-93) by 120 runs…

Despite the Umesh-led fightback, Australia are on the brink of a series win with India’s top-order collapsing again.

Umesh Yadav’s first Test fiver briefly raised hopes of an Indian comeback in the Perth Test before their batsmen succumbed to their usual problems against Australia’s quality pace bowling.

On Day 2, India were 88-4, still trailing by 120 runs. Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli showed temperance against Australia’s incisive attack in adding 37 runs for the fifth wicket.

Earlier in the day, David Warner made 180 (159b) after being dropped on 126 by Kohli at first slip. Warner, batting with Friday’s aggression, played and missed a lot (particularly against Zaheer Khan), and added 214 for the opening wicket with Ed Cowan (74).

UMESH TRIGGERS COLLAPSE

Umesh, who had watched Australia cruise past 200 in the first hour today, triggered Australia’s collapse after the drinks break.

Both Australian openers got off to a relatively slow start in the morning. Vinay Kumar delivered a nasty blow to Warner’s elbow but the strong fellow carried on. He had received a painful one on his helmet yesterday form Umesh too.

His figures read 50-0 in seven overs yesterday; today he had 5-43 in 10. In his first spell, he dismissed Cowan, Shaun Marsh and Ricky Ponting. He bowled Cowan in his first over, bowling around the wicket. It was India’s first wicket having conceded 548 runs since Ponting’s dismissal in Sydney.

He dismissed Marsh with a beautiful delivery angled across the left-hander. Marsh, with scores of 0, 3 and 0 in the series so far, never looked comfortable and it was no surprise when he edged one to VVS Laxman at the second slip. In his next over, he bowled Ponting with a full, fast, in-swinging ball.

The ever-smiling rookie pacer from Vidarbha has operated with the cunning of a veteran on the tour of Australia, impressing even hard-nosed analysts of the game such as Ian Chappell and Tom Moody.

Zaheer had some luck in the noon session when Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin finally edged his probing deliveries to MS Dhoni. Australia, 214-0 after the first hour, lost their last 10 wickets for 155 just before tea.

Amidst all this, Warner tormented India with his power hitting. His 150 came up off just 128 balls. After 20 fours, he fell going for his sixth six against Ishant Sharma, getting caught by Umesh running back from mid-on.

BATSMEN FAIL INDIA AGAIN

The same old clichéd script played itself out yet again as India batted in the evening. Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle removed the openers in consecutive overs. Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman soon followed.

Starc, one of the two changes in the Australian side, struck in his first over. Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag had binned the glamour shots and airy wafts for a hard-earned partnership of 24 in 10 overs.

Starc removed Gambhir with a sharp, fast bouncer. In shooting parlance, it would have been a headshot. Gambhir knocked an easy catch to gully off his bat’s handle.

Sehwag, displaying atypical caution in scoring 10 off 28 balls, was finally put out of his misery by another rising delivery from Siddle, gloving it to Haddin.

Tendulkar fell LBW for the second time in the game playing across the line to an in-swinging ball, this time from Starc. As umpire Kumar Dharmasena gave him out, Tendulkar displayed a great deal of annoyance as he walked off. Replays showed it was a marginal decision.

Laxman’s Test career moved a step closer to its end as the hero of many famous fight-backs edged Ben Hilfenhaus to the slips on zero. India have lost six Tests abroad on the trot. The seventh is a few hours away.

Source: Yahoo Cricket

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