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England 1st Innings 192 all out (72.3overs)
Matt Prior 70*(154) G Swann 34(65)
S Ajmal 7/55 M Hafeez 1/5
Pakistan 1st innings 288/7 (104.3 overs)
M Hafeez 88(164) T Umar 58(113)
J Anderson 2/57 S Broad 2/72
Pakistan manages 288/7 at stumps. England had collapsed for just 192 runs in their first innings on the opening day, and the hosts had wash off 42 runs for no loss at stumps. A combined attempt from England's bowlers today saw Pakistan's scoring rate dip significantly after the first session as the Pakistanis control just 246 runs in the entire day on what looked like a very flat wicket.
Pakistan started the day very brilliantly as Mohammed Hafeez (88) and Taufeeq Umar(58) looked at ease against the English bowlers, putting up 114 runs for the opening wicket. England scratch their way back into the match with two fabulous strikes from Stuart Broad before lunch, including the one of the well set Taufeeq Umar. He dismissed Taufeeq with a peach of a delivery that pitched on and hit off stump from round the wicket. Azhar Ali, Pakistan's No.3, was also dismissed a few overs later politeness another beauty from the leggy fast bowler, one that just moved enough off the seam from outside to catch the outside edge. Pakistan went into lunch still in a sturdy situation, consideration that opening stand, at a 138/2.
Opener Hafeez and former captain Younus Khan started confidently after lunch as they took the hit to the spinner Greame Swann early in his spell and got Pakistan close to the English total. Just as the pair was looking all set to take the game away from England, Hafeez suffer a tumble in awareness as he mistake the length from Swann and fell plumb in front while trying the sweep. Pakistan Captain Misbah ul Haq then added 26 runs for the 4th wicket at a slow pace before the hosts were shake yet again just before Tea. Younus Khan (37) was trapped LBW by a Jonathan Trott’s delivery that nipped back prodigiously off the seam. Asad Shafiq and Misbah then saw through an concerned 20 minute time before Tea taking the team's total on to 213/4.
The ending session of the day saw England drag things back quite strongly with the second new ball, picking up 3 wickets for just 75 runs in 32 overs. James Anderson came into his own after the new ball was taken, maintaining 2 important wickets to nail the Pakistanis back.
Asad Shafiq (16) was the first victim with the second new ball as he nicked a lovely out swinger from Anderson through to Matt Prior, who pulled off a tremendous one handed take in front of first slip. The fall of that wicket saw the Pakistan Captain Misbah Ul Haq pull down the shutters rather chillingly as he offered a dead bat to most of the following deliveries. This proved to damaging for Pakistan as Misbah was dismissed after adding a crucial 52 runs for the 6th wicket with Adnan Akmal (24*) just before the close of play, adjudged LBW courtesy the DRS after stuffing up to an off break from Swann. Jimmy Anderson then delivered the last blow for the day on what turned out to be the last ball of the day, castling Abdur Rehman's stumps with a perfect in swinger to the southpaw.
Hence after a day filled with abrasion and strength of mind from both sides, England got them back into the game with some closely controlled bowling on a flat floor while Pakistan too made some slow but steady growth, having gone 96 runs ahead with 3 wickets still remain. Considering the positive batting conditions, England would be hoping to wipe up the tail quickly on the third morning and put up a better presentation with the bat in their second essay, especially against the clever Saeed Ajmal.
After an upsetting series crush against Australia, opener Gautam Gambhir said that the team has let the nation down.
“We have let the entire country down, and I will be the first one to agree to it. There is a reaction happening back home and we are ready to admit it. We have given the opportunity to people to criticize us. We haven't played good cricket and not lived up to the potential, known for the batting unit we have," Gambhir said.
"We have let the ordinary man down who expects us to execute and I accept it. We need to rotate it around as rapidly as possible," he said.
Gambhir said India would need to win matches out of the country time after time to rise back to the number one spot. "I am not someone who would be uncertain to take the job. I will be the first one to accept it. If you want to be the number one, you have to execute well and start winning overseas, whether England, South Africa or Australia," he said.
The left-handed opener said the team will be happier to win the series than sit and watch personal milestones like Sachin Tendulkar’s hundredth 100.
"What makes us happy is winning the series, not Sachin's 100th hundred. If Sachin gets his hundred and we don't win, it isn't enjoyable. It's all about winning the series rather than any individual performance."
Virender Sehwag will captain India in the Adelaide Test in the nonappearance of regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has been handed a one Test ban for slow over rate during the third Test at Perth. "He will be aggressive. But I have always believed a captain is as good as the team. There has been no great captain. It's not the captain who makes the difference.
“It's the eleven on the field who make a difference. It's not Dhoni, a person who takes the responsibility if the whole team hasn't performed. It would be the similar with Sehwag. It's the team that has to achieve, not just him.”
Gambhir also said openers alone couldn’t be blamed for India’s defeat in the Tests. “Openers do help if they consult the new ball. It helps the rest of the batting. But they can't be blamed alone. I've already said I accept to have failed. But it's the entire batting unit, which has to take the blame.”
Gambhir also opined that the Indian team was talented of reversing the trend. “There's a lot of cricket left in this series. If we do well in Adelaide and take the momentum forward, we could make the difference in T20s and one-dayers. Hopefully, we can carry the smiles back on the faces of the people," he said.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
"I have recovered nicely. I have been instruction for the last three weeks here at the National Cricket Academy. Really looking ahead to the limited-overs series in Australia," Yuvraj
He said "I am feeling good, both bodily and mentally. There are a couple of T20s before the triangular series starts. That will give me sufficient batting practice. Cant stay to get back on the cricket field,"
Yuvraj played with the illness all through the World Cup last year, unconscious of it. It was during the Indian Premier League that he realised that something was wrong after his circumstance got poorer. The medical tests exposed he had a golf ball-sized tumour in his left lung. However, he preferred to hide it from the public. It only came to light when he pulled out of the ODI series against England at home late last year.
"It was shocking for me and my family. specially, my mother who went through a really bad time. I was coughing all the time," he said. "Breathing was also not normal. I thought I would never play for India again. Later, it came into my head that forget about playing for India again, I might not live long."
But Yuvraj has now returned to full fitness and is rearing to go.
The 30-year-old, who has established himself in the limited-overs format, is yet to be a everlasting fixture in the Test team, leading to many surprised his Test identification. But Yuvraj is determined to prove his critics wrong.
"I have been in and out of the Test side for the last two years. I have already scored three Test tons, all against good bowling attacks," he said. " So I dont agree with people who question my Test credentials. Yes, I want to play a few more Tests because of all the three formats, its the most challengin."
Yuvraj also dismissed the statement that the youth in the Indian team dont care much about Test cricket. "Its wrong to say that. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have long been trying to stick their place in the Test team. Suresh Raina has also played a couple of Tests. Everyone ideals Test cricket," he said.
However, he confessed that the dazzle of the IPL has blinded many growing cricketers in the country.
"Yes, I agree that for the growing cricketers, the IPL has become more important, which is not good. Instead of the IPL, they should play in the domestic cricket and from there move onto Test cricket. IPL should not be their main concern," he said.
India will play two T20s against Australia on February 1 and 3. That will be followed by an ODI triangular series involving Sri Lanka. The Indian team for both T20Is and ODIs will be announced on January 15.
Yuvi also said he hopes India's fab-four would fire in the third Test in Perth starting Friday.
"If India has to do well guys like Viru (Virender Sehwag), Sachin (Tendulkar), Rahul (Dravid) and (VVS) Laxman all have to fire together, get good partnerships going and I am sure they will bounce back in the next Test match," he said.
"When teams start losing then these kind of things come, but there is nothing true in that. We are playing as a team and we are fine," says Sehwag
"I can't talk about anything else because there are rules, but you asked me about this and I can say it is garbage. We are as a unit and we are moving on for the next Test," he added
Sehwag has been at the heart of rumours of a broken dressing room after India's defeat to Australia in the first two Tests.
Earlier, in the day when Dravid spoke to media people, he also termed the reports as unsubstantiated.
"When you do poorly, unexpectedly everything is seen as wrong with the team. There is no reality (in Sehwag vs Dhoni reports) to those matters. As I said, the strength of the team is really good," said Dravid
There's been criticism all around with the go-karting session of Indians drawing extreme response from Indian media and Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has added his bit by stating that the Indians are mentally the most fragile team in international circuit.
"One of the good things about travelling abroad is you are in a bit of a protect. You don't measure what's happening back home. There's a logic of disappoint with the results so far, we would certainly like to do better but the spirit of the team is very good," he said.
Dravid also appear calm about Haddin's comments.
"We haven't concerned (with Haddin comments) really. There are five days of important cricket to be concerned about and there is no time about anything else to be sincere.
"You don't need anyone's comment to inspire yourself. We are not even worried" he added.
Friday, January 6, 2012
Following on, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 342 on day four, setting South Africa a small two-run target. Alviro Petersen (1 not out) and Graeme Smith (0 not out) finished the ritual in the first over bowled by Dhammika Prasad.
The visitors could deal with only 239 in the first innings following South Africa's huge score of 580.
South Africa won the first Test at Centurion while Sri Lanka levelled the series at Durban.
The cash-rich Twenty20 tournament will have nine franchisee teams play 76 matches across 12 spots in the run-up to the final on May 27.
The league period of the 54-day event contains 72 matches, with each team playing the other eight in a home-and-away format.
The play-offs will be managed by Bangalore and Chennai, the two finalists of the previous edition.
While Bangalore will host Qualifier 1 [the table topper from the league stage versus the second team (1 vs 2)] and the Eliminator [between the third and fourth-placed teams (3 vs 4)] on May 22 and 23 respectively, Chennai will be the venue for Qualifier 2 [loser of Qualifier 1 vs winner of Eliminator] on May 25.
The city will also host the final on May 27.
The new stadium in Pune, subject to completion, will make its debut as an IPL venue, by staging all eight 'home' games of Pune Warriors India. Dharamsala, Cuttack and Vizag will host two games each.
Kochi Tuskers Kerala , which made its debut in 2011, will not figure in the fifth season as the franchise was terminated by the BCCI last September for breaching its terms of agreement.
The schedule :
Apr 4: Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians
Apr 5: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Daredevils
Apr 6: Mumbai Indians vs Pune Warriors India
Apr 6: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab
Apr 7: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils
Apr 7: Deccan Chargers vs Chennai Super Kings
Apr 8: Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Apr 8: Pune Warriors India vs Kings XI Punjab
Apr 9: Deccan Chargers vs Mumbai Indians
Apr 10: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Apr 10: Delhi Daredevils Chennai Super Kings
Apr 11: Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals
Apr 12: Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Apr 12: Kings XI Punjab vs Pune Warriors India
Apr 13: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals
Apr 14: Delhi Daredevils vs Deccan Chargers
Apr 14: Pune Warriors India vs Chennai Super Kings
Apr 15: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab
Apr 15: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals
Apr 16: Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils
Apr 17: Rajasthan Royals vs Deccan Chargers
Apr 17: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Pune Warriors India
Apr 18: Kings XI Punjab vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Apr 19: Deccan Chargers vs Delhi Daredevils
Apr 19: Chennai Super Kings vs Pune Warriors India
Apr 20: Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Apr 21: Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals
Apr 21: Delhi Daredevils vs Pune Warriors India.
Apr 22: Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab
Apr 22: Deccan Chargers vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Apr 23: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Apr 24: Pune Warriors India vs Delhi Daredevils
Apr 24: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Deccan Chargers
Apr 25: Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians
Apr 25: :Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings
Apr 26: Pune Warriors vs India Deccan Chargers
Apr 27: Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians
Apr 28: Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab
Apr 28: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Apr 29: Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals
Apr 29: Mumbai Indians vs Deccan Chargers
Apr 30: Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders
May 1: Deccan Chargers vs Pune Warriors India
May 1: Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils
May 2: Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab
May 3: Pune Warriors vs India Mumbai Indians
May 4: Chennai Super Kings vs Deccan Chargers
May 5: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Pune Warriors India
May 5: Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals
May 6: Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings
May 6: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Deccan Chargers
May 7: Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders
May 8: Pune Warriors India vs Rajasthan Royals
May 8: Deccan Chargers vs Kings XI Punjab
May 9: Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
May 10: Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings
May 11: Pune Warriors India vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
May 12: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians
May 12: Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils.
May 13: Rajasthan Royals vs Pune Warriors India
May 13: Kings XI Punjab vs Deccan Chargers
May 14: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians
May 14: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings
May 15: Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab
May 16: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders
May 17: Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings
May 17: Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
May 18: Deccan Chargers vs Rajasthan Royals
May 19: Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils
May 19: Pune Warriors India vs Kolkata Knight Riders
May 20: Deccan Chargers vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
May 20: Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians
May 22: Qualifier 1 First Placed Team vs Second Placed Team
May 23: Elminator Third Placed Team vs Fourth Placed Team
May 25: Qualifier 2 Winner of Eliminator vs Loser of Qualifier1
May 27: Final Winner of Qualifier 1 vs Winner of Qualifier 2.
"Christmas is big in Australia and it's acceptable for Australian players getting off after first Test. But what were our players doing? Why were not they carrying out practice? Have they went there for sightseeing or play cricket?" asked a flabergasted Gavaskar.
"The first Test finished on the fourth day and it's OK they took off on the fifth day but why don't they do practice after that. I don't know what is the approach of the players. While on trip they should practice, practice and practice to have in right frame of mind to be very competitive. Why noone is asking questions? These questions should be asked," he added.
Australia took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series after whipping India by an innings and 68 runs in Sydney on Friday. The visitors had previously lost the series opener in Melbourne by a huge 122 runs.
He also comment about Sachin's 100th ton and said "I would recommend the media not to talk about a single word on his 100th ton. But he should have played against West Indies in ODI series. He could have scored his 100th ton and could have gone to Australia without this thrill," .
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
"Well, it is easier said than done. It is just a number.
But yes, I mean, there has been lot of hype around that and I want to enjoy cricket and I think that is important," Tendulkar told a channel in an interview.
"In the series, certainly focus would be on enjoying cricket and winning," the iconic batsman said.
Tendulkar scored his 99th century in Nagpur versus South Africa in March last year during the World Cup.
Incidentally, his last Test hundred was also against the Proteas at Cape Town in January, last year.
India is currently closed in a four-Test series against Australia with the second match heavily moved in favour of the hosts after the second day's play here.
Asked how he works on for a match, Tendulkar said his preparations start much before the game.
"I just pack my bags on the eve of the match. For me, the planning starts may be a week before the game, if there is not much time between the matches, then you similarly need to switch off and switch on before the game. So it will depend on the time I have before a game," he said.
Tendulkar has broken the majority of records in international cricket but the champion batsman said from the time he picked up his cricket bat, it has been a wonderful quest and his love for the game also is still the same.
"I don't remember picking up a cricket bat the first time. I must have been 4 or 5 years old, like just any other child in India", Tendulkar said.
"It is fun to pick up a bat and hit the ball as hard as possible and that passion and love for cricket expanded as time went by and it has been a great journey and still madly in love with the sport."
Asked about his first experience of playing international cricket, Tendulkar said: "It was quite an experience to remember. Well, I got out after scoring 15 runs and thought, probably, I was not good enough to play at this level and I was just hoping that I get another opportunity."
He has been playing international cricket for the last two decades and Tendulkar said the most defining moment in time of his life was the phase when he first read his name in the newspapers after his performance in school-level cricket.
"When I saw that, it changed everything. The first hundred that I scored changed everything and I would say that phase was the most defining moment of my life."
"My main concern is still test cricket and playing first-class cricket over the winter is the best idea to develop that. We have a lot of tests coming up and doing well for New Zealand in test cricket is my main purpose," said Guptill.
This selection from Guptill will definitely impress the cricketing gurus, stuff.co.nz reports.
His demand in the Indian Premier League is anticipated to rise after his innings of 120 not out of 60 balls for his team Auckland Aces against the Canterbury Rangiora's at Mainpower Oval yesterday.
If Guptill can keep winning HRV Cup games for his Aces side, they could well qualify for the lucrative Twenty20 Champions League again and Guptill can show his hitting capabilities there.
Australia seems to be on top and every batsman is producing runs, in fact hundreds after the loss of the first three wickets that fell in quick succession yesterday. Ponting made a hundred after a long distance and so he proves that he is not a lost case, Clarke is nearing his double hundred and Michael Hussey seems to be well established at the crease by now.
Umesh Yadav who took some wickets in the first match, has been looking like a toothless tiger with no answer to the all round batting functionality of the Australian batsmen.
I am surprised how Australians are playing. They look like the same old powerful team of 90’s and 2000’s. Their bowling is best and their batting seems to have great detail. How many teams can believe of making such a great comeback after losing three wickets so early?
Ponting was very powerful throughout the inning. He was so self confident that it appeared that he had returned his run making strategy. And that was true. Ponting’s 134 runs was pleasure to watch. He is a master batsman and there is no question about it.
Australian captain and Ponting successor Michael Clarke has already completed his double century. He has scored 209 runs in just 289 balls and has hit 25 fours. His was a very powerful inning and the Australian lead over India is more than India’s total score. The lead has gone up to a healthy 215 runs and it looks that Australians are looking at a score where they may not be needed to bat again.
Australian bowlers on the other hand were very outstanding. Pattinson, Hilfenhaus and Siddle all were great during the inning. Pattisnon had taken four wickets while Hilfenhaus and Siddle shared three wickets each.
I am also very amazed as to how poorly Indian spinners have carried out in the match so far. Ashwin has failed to throw any surprises and their fat has been similar to Indian pace attack.
Kohli was captured pics of raising his middle finger as India fought to contain Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke during the series of their 288-run partnership, the highest fourth-wicket partnership ever created against India in Test cricket.
A similar happening was seen in the English Premier League when Liverpool's Luis Suarez was restricted for a match after indecently gesturing at a section of Fulham's fans.
Last month, Kohli had been penalized for showing dissent at an umpire's decision at the time of the third ODI against West Indies in Ahmedabad. He had stood his ground for a significant time after being given out lbw, and later pleaded guilty to a Level 1 offence while agreeing to the proposed sanction from the match referee David Boon.
On the other hand, Kohli in his twitter account wrote, "I agree cricketers don't have to retaliate. What when the crowd says the worst things about your mother and sister. The worst I've heard."
England batsman Kevin Pietersen replied to his tweet, "ha ha ha ha ha!!! Welcome to Australia buddy!!"
If Kohli is identified guilty, he could face a minimum penalty of having half of his match fee docked or a maximum penalty of a one-Test suspension.
However, so far the on-field umpires have not raised the issue with the match referee Ranjan Madugalle.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Kallis hit his 41st Test century and Peterson his second as South Africa ended the day perfectly placed at 347 for three after being posted in to bat. Kallis, playing in his 150th Test match (the sixth player to achieve the feat), was unbeaten on 159 at stumps, his 215-ball innings including of 21 boundaries and a maximum. It was a victorious return to form for the 36-year-old, playing on his home town ground after making the first 'pair' of his career during South Africa's defeat in the second Test in Durban.
Fast bowler Dhammika Prasad, swapping the injured Dilhara Fernando, had early success for Sri Lanka, dismissing South African captain Graeme Smith for 16 with his first ball of the match and following up with the wicket of Hashim Amla also for 16.
But Petersen, making his first look of the series, played an assured innings as he and Kallis took command during a record South African third wicket partnership against Sri Lanka, one that gave the home team 205 runs.
The Sri Lankans hardly ever looked likely to take a wicket and they lost their allocation of reviews when umpire Richard Kettleborough twice gave Kallis not out when Chanaka Welegedera appealed for leg before wicket decisions. On both occasions the umpire was shown to be right.
Only one wicket fell in the final session when Chanaka Welegedera had Petersen caught by Dilshan.
However, Kallis and AB De Villiers (45) ensured the visitor's pleasure was shortlived with an unbeaten 86-run stand for the fourth wicket.
Melbourne Pleased by new pace sensation James Pattinson, former Australian perfect Glenn McGrath today said that the youngster has all the qualities of becoming a remarkable in future.
Pattinson has produced a brilliant begin to his career by taking 20 wickets from three Tests already and he bowled Australia to victory twice.
Against India too he has made a superb start by taking six wickets in the Melbourne Test, which his side won by a extensive margin of 122 runs.
“I think he has all the features to be a great fast bowler,” McGrath said while promoting the Pink Test in honour of the McGrath Foundation's fight against breast cancer.
“He's tall, strong, he hits good areas, bowls good pace and he has a good bit of aggression there,” McGrath said.
The fast bowling legend also liked the manner in which senior pace duo of Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus bowled.
“Ashes veterans Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus were also bowling with a new lease of life,” McGrath was quoted as saying by 'Sydney Morning Herald'.
On being asked if the audience can assume Salman to play a match in this season, Sohail quickly said, “His filming schedule and surgery last year have not allowed him from playing, but he may play in the next season of CCL. He is the star player and ambassador of our team.”
“The second season of the well known Celebrity Cricket League (CCL) guarantees to be more competitive, more glamorous and more action packed than ever. The ‘good-looking’ boys from Mumbai will be in Sharjah for the season’s first match on January 13 as they join a host of celebrities for some action-packed cricketing,” indicates the actor.
The first day of the second test match among Australia and India at the SCG on Tuesday was extensively took over by the Australian Team who destroyed the aging Indian batting side for within 200 on a good batting wicket, before wriggling their way out of a difficult situation and ending up on 116/3 just 75 runs short of the Indian total. India, having opted to bat first, could not see through the early freshness in the wicket and so lost wickets in groups to end on a small 191 all out. MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar made 57 and 41 respectively, the only major contributions in the Indian innings. Australia's reply was in tatters at 37/3 just before the experienced Michael Clarke (47*) and Ponting (44*) resurrected the innings and put the team in control in the 2nd test.
Not surprisingly, the pitch had a good wholesome addressing of grass to support the hosts' quick bowlers. India's captain MS Dhoni won an important toss on a fantastic day in Sydney and opted to bat first. Both captains, revealed faith in the players that took part in the first test at the MCG and opted to keep the same playing XIs for this game which meant fresh batsmen Virat Kohli and Shaun Marsh got yet another chance to prove their mettle at this stage.
After opting to bat first, India got off to a terrible start with opener Gautam Gambhir terminated for naught off the 3rd ball of the match, caught at 1st slip, looking to play around a ball seaming away, off the bowling of James Pattinson. Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag then saved fort for about 40 mins in rather streaky and circumspect fashion before Dravid (5) played a straight ball way away from his body and in the process lobbing a straight forward catch to Ed Cowan at short-leg.
Sehwag (30) was completely out of sorts too, playing and missing on numerous occasions. He was given a chance by Ricky Ponting, who dropped a sitter at 2nd slip off a healthy outside edge found by Ben Hilfenhaus. James Pattinson insured up a superb performance at the MCG with one more fine spell in this test match bothering all the batsmen at the crease. He was rewarded for the second time in the day as he found the outside edge of Sehwag's bat and this time it was safely pouched by Brad Haddin behind the wicket.
The agony was piled on further, as India's Mr. Consistent against Australia, VVS Laxman (2) departed for yet another low score nicking a half volley from Pattinson straight to Shaun Marsh at third slip.
Sachin Tendulkar was yet again India's best batsman by a distance on the first morning, looking at efficiency right from the start. He carried on from where he left off at the MCG as he drove and defended confidently both of the front and back foot. Young Virat Kohli, coming in at 6, looked confident as he was unbeaten on 12 during his brief stay in the first session. India spidered to a embarrassing 72/4 at Lunch on Day 1 with 4 well known bastmen back in the hutch on a good looking pitch.
Tendulkar and Kohli looked solid after lunch, and for the first time in the day batted with some confidence and poise. The pair added 24 runs after tea before Kohli fell to a peach of a delivery from Peter Siddle after a well made 23.
India's captain MS Dhoni coming in at 7 added some useful runs with Tendulkar at a rapid rate. Sachin was looking very good and unperturbed at the crease until he dragged on a pretty innocent looking half volley from Pattinson on to his middle stump after having made 41. Ravi Ashwin then came in at no.8 and like in the previous match looked rather assured at the crease. He combined with Dhoni to keep the Australians at fresh and keep the scoreboard moving. The final recognised pair added 54 runs before Ashwin (20) perished in the last over before tea, giving Hilfenhaus a well earned wicket after being caught by Clarke at 1st slip. Hilfenhaus then with his tail up, knocked Zaheer Khan over for a golden duck with a aggresive short ball and had India reeling on 178/8 at tea.
With two wickets remaining in the bag, India's skipper MS Dhoni decided to use the long handle and get India near to the 200 mark. He was rather effective in his method as he brought up his fifty in good style, hitting Peter Siddle for two brilliant boundaries off the back foot. Ishant Sharma, known for his dogged opposition, couldn't make a handy contribution this time close to as he was surprised by a intense bouncer from Hilfenhaus and fended it straight to Cowan at short-leg. Dhoni's optimistic method did fetch India a few runs yet the Aussies finished the innings off from the other end with Siddle getting Umesh Yadav caught behind, putting at a fine length delivery also for naught. India thys folded up for a 191 runs, 15 mins into the last session after a shambolic batting effort on a good pitch.
Australia's reply to India's whole of 191 was rocked earlier by pace ace Zaheer Khan, who dismissed David Warner (8) in the very first over of the innings. There was a rare bit of good luck to the dismissal with Warner's outside edge likely to 2nd slip where Laxman parried the catch to an warn Tendulkar standing next to him. Zaheer hit again with the first ball of the very next over choosing the outside edge of Shaun Marsh (0) with Laxman holding on this time.
Ed Cowan and Ricky Ponting added 31 crucial runs before Cowan was trapped in front by a Zaheer delivery darting in. Cowan was Zaheer's third victim of the innings, all three being left handers. Australian captain Michael Clarke then came in at No.5 with Australia in trouble at 38/3 and over an hour of play left on day 1.
The captain ex-captain duo of Ponting and Clarke got charge under what appeared as if fantastic batting conditions at the fag end of the day. They scored at an excellent rate of over 4.5 runs per over getting the attack to the Indian bowlers. Clarke in particular, looked in great touch and batted with great intent from the outset and transferred the pressure back onto the bowlers. Ponting looked secure at the opposite end too, seeking to score of every option presented. The set got Australia securely past the 100-run mark in just the 24th over and both batsmen looked in little difficulty as they were closing in on the Indian total. The introduction of spin too didn't seem to affect the nicely set pair as they saw their side through to the end of the day without further loss and were eventually just 75 shy of the Indian first innings score.
Owing to a baffling collapse on what looked like an amazing batting wicket, the Indian team have likely conceded the match to the Australians, who looked in total manage right from the morning session. With Clarke and Ponting looking rather menacing, the Indians will be hoping for some divine inspiration to steer them away from what again looks like a Day 4 defeat. The Australians on the other hand could look to get a big first innings lead and bat India outside the game, and in the method set the base to go 2-0 up in the series.