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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Counters India Pace assault - Hussey

It was a day for bowlers. India's dramatic collapse in the first session, in which they lost their final seven wickets, handed Australia a 51-run lead. But Umesh Yadav ' s brilliant spell with the new ball and then Zaheer Khan with the elderly ball put India in command again.

Fortunes continued to fluctuate wildly in the Melbourne Check as Australia done Day three 230 runs ahead, but with only Michael Hussey and the tail-end remaining.

Night watchman Ishant Sharma applied himself to bat longer than those combined. But Ravichandran Ashwin minimised India ' s losses, hooking, whipping, driving and pulling his way to a speedy 31.

Fifteen wickets fell on the day. India began the day at a healthy 214-3 before losing Rahul Dravid second ball to a beauty from Ben Hilfenhaus who done his first Check fiver. IndiaĆ¢��s middle order of VVS Laxman, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni disappointed, all falling in the catching cordon behind the wicket.

Ponting, Hussey rescue Australia

veterans at the finish of their rope, Ricky Ponting and Hussey combined at a dire time both in the match and their careers ' and added 113. As their partnership grew, India ' s assault wore narrow. It took Zaheer Khan ' s old-ball spell to remove Ponting caught driving to gully and Brad Haddin to bring India back in to the game.

On 69, Hussey was dropped at slip by Dravid, whose form in that fielding position has been below par this year. Hussey has moved on to the highest score in this match, and looks nice to score the hundred that will lengthen his career.

Hilfenhaus is making his Check comeback having last played for them in the disastrous Ashes campaign. In that series, they had taken seven wickets in Tests and was branded a one-trick bowler for persisting with gentle out-swing. Today, the trick finally paid off. The ball to remove Dravid angled in to the batsman before moving away late to knock back the off-stump. They backed that up with Kohli and Dhoni to put Australia on top.

Hilfenhaus, Umesh shine

But Umesh's first spell restored parity in the game. Zaheer Khan tied down David Warner and Ed Cowan, and Umesh gained from it. Warner tried a forceful shot to chop on of the six dismissals of that kind in the game. Cowan, in a defensive mood, shouldered arms to an in-swinger, and Shaun Marsh played on .

Before Australia could draw a breath, Ishant came on first-change and had skipper Michael Clarke play on to a speedy in-cutter. Ishant touched the 150s today but like so lots of times, didn't have wickets to show for his nice work.

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