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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

India Vs Australia: 4th Test Day2 Highlights


The visitor team India achieved 61 for two at the close of play on the second day, still need a more 344 runs just to make Australia bat again as they look to refuse the home team a 4-0 series sweep up.
Gautam Gambhir (30 not out) and Sachin Tendulkar (12no) will be looking to expend as much of Thursday as possible out in the middle after the Indians lost temporary captain Virender Sehwag (18) and Rahul Dravid (1) in the post-tea session.



India's reply started well sufficient when Gambhir helped himself to a juicy wide, full toss loosener from Ryan Harris the first ball of the innings, which the left-handed opener send off for four through point.
Sehwag survive an early chance on five when he clipped a Ben Hilfenhaus delivery off his pads to a extensive Ed Cowan, who dropped a quick chance at mid-wicket.

The strutting opener thrashes Harris for a couple of trademark off-side boundaries, but he was unable to cash in on his earlier good luck.
Peter Siddle was bring in to the attack after just four overs and struck gold immediately when, with his first ball - a low full toss - he courage a jumping, one-handed return catch off the leading edge of Sehwag's bat.
Sehwag slog off for a run-a-ball 18, giving him a unsatisfactory series total of 136 runs at 19.42.

The following over, the similarly out-of-form Dravid was sent packing for one after being bowled by Hilfenhaus, the ball draw away off Dravid's right elbow.
Remarkably, it was the sixth time in seven spell in the middle that 'The Wall' had had his fort troubled.

Overall Dravid has been bowled nine times in his past 11 Test innings.
When Tendulkar walked out to the crease, he was managing to pay for what has become a expected standing ovation.

The 38-year-old was mostly wide awake in the final hour, scoring just one run off his last 28 balls and looking firm to continue the reappearance mission along with Gambhir.


Earlier, Australia skipper Clarke declared the home side's innings stopped shortly after tea following Harris' pulled six which raised the 600.
Harris (35no) supported Brad Haddin (42no) in an steady 71-run stand for the eighth wicket, after Ponting (221) and Clarke (210) complete the real fireworks.

The present captain and former skipper joined services before lunch on day one and were unbeaten for more than three sessions to apparently rip the contest right out of India's grip.

Ponting's was his sixth double ton, while Clarke - who was bowled by Umesh Yadav three balls after lunch - became the first Test captain and third player in Test history, after Sir Donald Bradman and Wally Hammond, to register a triple century and a double ton in the same series as his amazing run of form continued.

Earlier to this series, Clarke's highest Test score was 168, against New Zealand in Wellington.

It was also the first time since 1965 that there had been two double centuries in the same innings for Australia.

Ponting and Clarke took full advantage of the batsman-friendly situation, their 386-run partnership the highest in all Tests at Adelaide Oval and the best ever in Australia-India encounter.

While the pitch remains a good one to bat on for now, the Australians' more potent bowling and intent in the field means there will be fewer easy runs on offer for India as they seek to avoid the follow-on and the ignominy of an eighth successive away Test defeat.


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