Australia v India, 3rd Test, Perth, 3rd day January 15, 2012

Australia demolish India by an innings to go up 3-0


Australia 369 (Warner 180, Yadav 5-93) beat India 161 (Kohli 44, Hilfenhaus 4-43) and 171 (Kohli 75, Hilfenhaus 4-54) by an innings and 37 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Australia's fast bowlers completed an innings-and-37-run destruction of India minutes after lunch on day three of the third Test, snatching the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in the most emphatic style imaginable. Ryan Harris split a stubborn stand between Virat Kohli and Rahul Dravid before Peter Siddle nicked out MS Dhoni in the shadows of the interval, and Ben Hilfenhaus razed the tail with three wickets in five balls on resumption.

Siddle found Kohli's outside edge to complete proceedings, heralding the start of rich celebrations for the hosts following victory over opponents who never came to terms with the challenges posed by Australia's bowlers and conditions. The performance of the match was by a home batsman however, and it was a measure of the Man-of-the-Match David Warner's 180 that India's batsmen fell short of his individual tally in each innings.

His efforts gave the pace ensemble a chance to squeeze India, and all the bowlers contributed in another strikingly even performance. Harris will bowl far worse and claim five wickets rather than the one he plucked in the second innings, while Siddle and Hilfenhaus maintained their outstanding marriage of pressure and late movement. Mitchell Starc, of course, had made two critical breaks on the second evening.

Dravid and Kohli provided the staunchest Indian batting resistance of the match in a union of 84, but were never completely in control against Harris, who deservedly found a way past Dravid towards the end of an exacting spell. Siddle's dismissal of Dhoni was a familiar sight, the captain's edge snapped up by Ricky Ponting in the cordon.

Kohli's innings was a beacon of hope for India's future, demonstrating strong technique and a stronger mind to cope with Australia's bowling that did not flag in considerable heat. Following up a similarly composed 44 in the first innings, it may warrant a promotion in the batting order for Adelaide.

Resuming at 4 for 88, still 120 short of going into credit, Dravid and Kohli had plenty of testing moments in the opening overs. Harris' first two deliveries of the day did everything but bowl Dravid, angling in and seaming away, while at the other end Hilfenhaus swung the ball tantalisingly away with the help of a south-westerly breeze.

Kohli was the more assured of the batting duo, collecting his runs quietly with ones and twos, reining in his most aggressive tendencies in a struggle for survival against bowling that offered precious little latitude.

Harris, in particular, posed question after question, taking advantage of a crack on a length at the Lillee-Marsh Stand end to bring the ball sharply back into Kohli and Dravid. Dravid was late to react to some subtle inswing, the ball swerving between bat and pad to send leg stump cartwheeling. Dravid shuffled off, bowled five times in six innings during the series.

Dhoni's technique has been found similarly wanting, and once again he would edge tamely into the cordon. Siddle's delivery was full, fast and swinging, and Ponting's hands at second slip were alert and safe. Nevertheless, the dismissal was another grim reflection on the batting of Dhoni, who has always struggled to replicate his subcontinental run-scoring on foreign shores.

Lunch came and went, Kohli still harbouring the desire to reach a century. But Hilfenhaus was not in a mood to countenance charity. Bashing the ball in short of a length, he had Vinay Kumar and Zaheer Khan fencing to Michael Clarke at slip in consecutive balls, and while Ishant Sharma survived the hat-trick delivery, he fended his third straight to Ed Cowan at short leg.

Umesh Yadav survived one ball to give Kohli the strike, but Siddle probed the perfect line and length once more to coax a touch behind and seal a series that has been more lopsided than anyone can have imagined.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • dummy4fb on January 17, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    My Dear Old Friends - Rahul, Sach, Special, Viru and Zak, Come home. Ranji Final starts 19th, Hazare trophy starts next week. There will be a couple of teams in some corner of India which will give us a place to play. Whatever we wanted to achieve, we did it over the last 15 years. To me, the drawn test series in South Africa ranks the best. That was the final frontier. A Test series win in SA. Even though we settled for a draw, the satisfaction remains as that was inarguably the best team and toughest conditions (combined) that we had ever played against. The World cup triumph which followed only emphasized that. Do not forget that when we won the World Cup in 2011, we were also the No.1 test team in the world. Beating Australia or Zimbabwe in home ground is never the pinnacle. Wearing the 2 Crowns as the World's Top one Day and Test side at the same time was. Come home, let us find out if we are still amongst the top 14 cricketers in this country and if a 2nd innings really awaits us

  • seagrip on January 17, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Saeed Ajmal has taken more wickets on the first day of the test against England than India's entire spin bowling department have managed against Australia in 6 innings in their current test series. For a nation who once claimed to have the best spinners, only the most blinkered Indian fans could still claim this so, if indeed it ever was.Much like India's self proclaimed worlds best batting line-up tag, this shows the difference between talking the talk and walking the walk.Outside of India, no one has ever thought India to have the best batting line-up, but some may have been fooled into thinking their spinners were at the top of the tree. When you add to this Pakistan's far superior pace bowlers, it shows the gulf in class between these two fierce rivals. To think India were proclaiming to be the best in the world only 6 months ago now makes them look all the more foolish given that they would be unlikely to beat any of the top 6 teams in the world outside of India, and even in India

  • Biggus on January 17, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    @Humayoun Ahmed Khan-Over the time that I've been watching cricket, since about 1973, I would have to say that Pakistan have been we Aussies toughest Asian opponents, although most recently India has occupied that position. During Murali's career SL were very tough on their grounds as well. For me the most relevant question in that regard is, "Which of the Asian sides is most likely to beat us in a test down under?", to which the answer must be Pakistan because they're always likely to have a good pace attack. Recently though, say for the last five years, India's wonderful batting and internal problems in Pakistan cricket have combined to make India our toughest Asian foe, but I see Pakistan is regrouping even now. The next few years of test cricket promise much as England strive to demonstrate thet they are worthy Champs while the rest of we wolves seek to challenge that presumption. We're on the up, Pakistan is looking promising, South Africa have the goods. Much to look forward to.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on January 17, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    Can anyone tell me why India continue to halt the progress of cricket by not using UDRS system? Clearly it works. India need to get rid of their old men in their batting line up, get more quality Seam bowlers and stop lining their pockets with IPL cash.

  • CRmadrid on January 17, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    No disrespect but it's very funny when indians say "when tendulkar bats even god watches", cos what they don't know yet is that only indians think that, cos we all rest of the world knows that he's is the most selfish player on earth who only thinks about his records & stats. He should have retired years ago & given the place to a youngster instead. Cos BCCI dont have the guts to drop him since they too think when STK plays even god watches ". So he should drop himself out along with the other old "greats.

  • ssanam on January 17, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Team India Should go back and regroup and then come back to play again if Australia can find time to play with them !Alternatively,BCCI may ask Australia to reduce the number of playing days of the 4th test to two days for a glorious draw in order to avoid a whitewash by the Team Australia!

  • According_to_SK on January 17, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    After Rejecting the DRS for some reason which no one understands, The Next resolution by the BCCI should be to reduce the number of Days of a Test Match to 3 , so that the "highly" skilled indian team can play the full match. They dont seem to be skilled enough to survive the full Test of 5 Days .......

  • piecricket on January 16, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    for all you Idnians comparing the stats of your team it doesnt matter what they once did it matters what they aree doing and there current performances are well below par

  • bobmartin on January 16, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    I see the Sth African influence in the England team raises it's ugly head again. I know you avid supporters will blame your recent abysmal performances on anything but your teams incompetence, but surely you can't be blaming their current failures on that...Or can you ? But whilst we're on the subject of foreigners involved with national the names Chappell, Kirsten and Fletcher ring any bells.

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 16, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    I guess Shoaib Akhtar was right .... 10dulkar was a never a match winner, and never will be. He only cares about himself. In my opinion, Gavaskar is the greatest Indian batsmen ever! He saved Indian team from certain defeat at least a few dozen times. Forget about winning, how many times has 10dulkar saved Indian team from defeat in past 2 years - 0. That's right, zero. Don't talk to about his exploits from 10 years ago. That way, Gavaskar was a much better batsman 25 years ago. Should he be an automatic selection in current Indian team?

  • No featured comments at the moment.