India tour of Australia, 3rd Test: Australia v India at Perth, Jan 13-15, 2012
Australia won by an innings and 37 runs
13,14,15 January 2012 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100

Alan Gaskon: "@ Chamara: That reminds me, you will sit in the stadium, wait patiently for a wicket, you'll decide its okay to go for lunch.As soon as you walk behind the stadium "ROAR".Murphys law."


Siddle to Kohli, 1 run, short of length ball on off stump, Kohli drops it to the off side and pushes Laxman for another quick single


Siddle to Laxman, no run, huge appeal for lbw, Siddle was pleading with the umpire there, that ball came in after pitching outside off, no problem with the line there but the ball hit Laxman at top oh his pad and would have definitely gone over


Siddle to Laxman, no run, smashed by Laxman towards point, where the fielder makes a diving stop to save a boundary


Siddle to Laxman, 3 runs, lovely from Laxman, an on-the-up drive eases the ball past mid-off, a long chase ahead for Starc giving Laxman time to take three

Hrishikesh chary: "Kohli loves to play the flick He's not Gambhir, else he'd nick Let's hope he proves his place here A half century now does near, If he converts it, his place may stick."


Siddle to Kohli, no run, pitched up and outside off, left alone by Kohli


Siddle to Kohli, OUT, the end of Kohli, he was looking so good this session, can't blame any demons in the pitch for that dismissal, a length ball that Kohli drives uppishly, Warner was waiting at point for that, some exuberant celebrations from Siddle, Kohli should be kicking himself to be dismissed in this manner after taking his time to settle in, and surviving a testing early phase

V Kohli c Warner b Siddle 44 (107m 81b 6x4 0x6) SR: 54.32

End of over 51 (4 runs) India 131/5

    • VVS Laxman 27 (79b 4x4)
    • PM Siddle 10-3-33-2
    • RJ Harris 16-5-29-1

MS Dhoni in far earlier than he would have liked


Harris to Laxman, no run, well outside off, and that is left to the keeper


Harris to Laxman, no run, closer to the stumps, but still not enough to make Laxman play


Harris to Laxman, FOUR, short ball from Harris, Laxman's has been good with the pull today, once more he doesn't care about keeping it down, one bounce for four behind square leg


Harris to Laxman, no run, Harris reverts to an outside off, Laxman shoulders arms


Harris to Laxman, no run, outside off once more, Laxman happy to leave


Harris to Laxman, no run, and once more Laxman isn't troubled by a delivery wide of the stumps

End of over 52 (4 runs) India 135/5

    • VVS Laxman 31 (85b 5x4)
    • MS Dhoni 0 (0b)
    • RJ Harris 17-5-33-1
    • PM Siddle 10-3-33-2

Siddle to Dhoni, no run, a confident start from Dhoni, punching a length ball towards the bowler


Siddle to Dhoni, 2 runs, crisp drive through the cover, Dhoni gets nicely forward, and there is a surprise here, VVS wanted three, but it was Dhoni who said no to that, not a sight you see often

Nikhil: "If India survives Day 1, I'll bring home my mother in law."


Siddle to Dhoni, no run, short of length ball just outside off, Dhoni shoulders arms


Siddle to Dhoni, 1 run, pitched up on middle and off, driven towards mid-off


Siddle to Laxman, OUT, Siddle dramatically turns a session which India seemed to be winning, a short of length ball just outside off, gets the outside edge, first slip takes it and one more well-set Indian batsman gives it away

VVS Laxman c Clarke b Siddle 31 (124m 86b 5x4 0x6) SR: 36.04

Debutant Vinay Kumar is in.


Siddle to Vinay Kumar, no run, full ball first up, on middle and off, defended by Vinay

Sahil Goyal: "Scholes returning to Manchester United. Henry returning to Arsenal. Maybe Ganguly can follow suit and save a team in crisis."

End of over 53 (3 runs) India 138/6

    • R Vinay Kumar 0 (1b)
    • MS Dhoni 3 (4b)
    • PM Siddle 11-3-36-3
    • RJ Harris 17-5-33-1

Harris to Dhoni, no run, nearly another one, Dhoni takes a big stride forward and looks to push to the off side, gets a thick edge and that lands short of Marsh at third slip


Harris to Dhoni, no run, short of length ball jags away from Dhoni, who lets it go

Dhoni perhaps thinks that hit a crack, he goes down the track and does some gardening


Harris to Dhoni, no run, not too far outside off, working on Dhoni's patience, MSD is happy to leave


Harris to Dhoni, no run, lovely stuff this from Harris, in the channel outside off, pushes at the ball as it swerves a hint away, beaten, not the wisest shot from Dhoni


Harris to Dhoni, no run, too wide outside off this time


Harris to Dhoni, no run, slants this towards the pads, a fullish ball is tucked towards midwicket

Last over before tea coming up

End of over 54 (maiden) India 138/6

    • MS Dhoni 3 (10b)
    • R Vinay Kumar 0 (1b)
    • RJ Harris 18-6-33-1
    • PM Siddle 11-3-36-3

Siddle to Vinay Kumar, FOUR, full and fired in towards the stumps, Vinay gets his first runs in Test cricket with a clip to the square leg boundary, that shot proved very productive for Kohli as well

Avinash: "Nikhil must be unmarried; no married man would put such high stakes, even on this batting line up"


Siddle to Vinay Kumar, 1 run, on the leg stump once more, a shorter delivery, helped towards short fine leg


Siddle to Dhoni, no run, outside off, Dhoni moves across and lets the ball through

Sriram: "@Nikhil, Be rest assured your mother-in-law is praying the same!"


Siddle to Dhoni, no run, another beauty from Siddle, Dhoni is forced to defend as that is just inches wide of off stump, Dhoni fishes for the ball but is beaten


Siddle to Dhoni, no run, heading for middle this time, defended to the leg side by Dhoni

Last ball before tea


Siddle to Dhoni, 1 run, slants in towards middle, helped off the pads towards backward square leg for a single

Alistair keeps the limericks coming : "On a pitch just a little bit stoney, In walked a captain called Dhoni, He looked keen for some fun, And if he does score a ton, The statistic will seem a bit lonely."

Arun Kumar Rajput may be the rashest of our reader: "#IfIndiaSurvivesDay1 I will add Justin Bieber to my collection."

Siddle was the man for Australia in that session. India seemed to have stemmed the rot from the morning through that Kohli-Laxman stand but both went 15 minutes before tea to leave India facing a struggle to reach 200.

End of over 55 (6 runs) India 144/6

    • MS Dhoni 4 (14b)
    • R Vinay Kumar 5 (3b 1x4)
    • PM Siddle 12-3-42-3
    • RJ Harris 18-6-33-1

3.25pm Five minutes to go for the restart.

Sticks has a question for Dhoni: "Memo to India-The bowling is not the biggest issue. Where's Ashwin?"

Kushagra has some advice for Dhoni: "Oh Dhoni!! stop pushing at the ball...just go for the big shots,,,Bat like a proper tailender now...Only Sixes and Fours...defense is your Waterloo!!"

Matt from New Zealand among the many asking this: "Enter R. Ashwin to pull his team out of the mire once again.... oh wait, India forgot that they needed another batsman and picked Vinay Kumar. Dhoni will be kicking himself! Has he forgotten how woeful India's batting has been this series? No doubt he will be back in the team for the fourth test, for his Daniel Vettori-esque performances with the bat."

"This is my 200th time im sending my commentry. will india reach my score?" Don't get your hopes up Pramod.


Hilfenhaus to Dhoni, no run, Hilfhenhaus starts things off with a swinging ball outside off, left alone


Hilfenhaus to Dhoni, FOUR, Dhoni isn't going to hang around, second ball is whipped to the square leg boundary, skates down the track and cracks that for four


Hilfenhaus to Dhoni, no run, shortish ball outside off, Dhoni shoulders arms


Hilfenhaus to Dhoni, FOUR, 'Catch it,' cry some of the Aussies as Dhoni lashes that over cover, the fielder there jumps but that was too high for him, another powerful four


Hilfenhaus to Dhoni, no run, short of length ball outside off, Dhoni lets it go

A mid-pitch conversation between the batsmen. A quick single coming up?

Hilf has to pull out of his run-up as someone moves near the sightscreen


Hilfenhaus to Dhoni, no run, no quick single, outside off and Dhoni is happy to leave once more

End of over 56 (8 runs) India 152/6

    • MS Dhoni 12 (20b 2x4)
    • R Vinay Kumar 5 (3b 1x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 16-5-37-2
    • PM Siddle 12-3-42-3

Rahul Jha: "The sky seems to be clear, the pitch is soaked in beer, 144/6, the end it seems is near, but there is still no fear, it's Perth, and for the first time, Zak is here!"

Mitchell Starc is on.


Starc to Vinay Kumar, OUT, Starc doesn't take too long to make an impact this session, first ball wicket for him, that one swings in towards the pad, no doubt about that one, Vinay's first Test innings is a short one, cue more "where's Ashwin?" mails

R Vinay Kumar lbw b Starc 5 (14m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

Zaheer is the new batsman


Starc to Khan, no run, fasten your seatbelts, this could be a bit of fun, Zaheer backs away and hammers his first delivery towards point


Starc to Khan, no run, that ball was heading for the middle of middle, Zaheer had got his front leg out of the way and punched it back towards the bowler


Starc to Khan, no run, again clears the front foot, the intention is to go for a huge hit every ball, this time he controls himself and taps the ball down the pitch


Starc to Khan, no run, full and swinging towards off stump, Zaheer is backing away every ball, has got bat on ball each time so far, if he had missed any, the stumps would be shattered


Starc to Khan, no run, a full toss outside off, Zaheer seems to have got an outside edge, bounces through to the keeper

End of over 57 (wicket maiden) India 152/7

    • Z Khan 0 (5b)
    • MS Dhoni 12 (20b 2x4)
    • MA Starc 11-3-36-1
    • BW Hilfenhaus 16-5-37-2

Hilfenhaus to Dhoni, no run, short of length ball, Dhoni stays on the back foot and steers the ball towards gully


Hilfenhaus to Dhoni, OUT, this is ending quicker than expected, Dhoni joins the procession, the familiar poke outside off, not much feet as he plays that, easy catch for second slip

MS Dhoni c Ponting b Hilfenhaus 12 (30m 22b 2x4 0x6) SR: 54.54


Hilfenhaus to Sharma, 1 run, shortish ball on the leg stump, nearly another wicket, Ishant fends it awkwardly behind short leg

Narasimhan: "Raise the stakes. Add Rebecca Black. After all, its Friday "


Hilfenhaus to Khan, no run, a bouncer from Hilfenhaus, a good one too, Zaheer was looking to back away once more, he manages to get under that


Hilfenhaus to Khan, 1 run, a bit of width provided, guided this one towards third man

Three slips


Hilfenhaus to Sharma, no run, outside off, Ishant keeps his bat close to his body and lets the ball through to the keeper

End of over 58 (2 runs) India 154/8

    • I Sharma 1 (2b)
    • Z Khan 1 (7b)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 17-5-39-3
    • MA Starc 11-3-36-1

Starc to Khan, no run, length ball slanting in towards the pad, would have gone down the leg side


Starc to Khan, 1 run, Zaheer continues to be in swing-at-everything, this time his mow sends the ball towards midwicket for a single

Leg gully in place for Ishant. Short ball coming up?


Starc to Sharma, 2 runs, crisply driven by Ishant, that was a full ball just outside off, punched through covers for two


Starc to Sharma, no run, ooh, Starc getting that ball to arc back still, shortish ball heads towards off and jags back, Ishant bravely lets it go, it comes back more than he expects, the bounce takes it over middle stump


Starc to Sharma, no run, another leave, and again the ball bounces over the stumps


Starc to Sharma, no run, a good bouncer to end the over, 138.3kph, Ishant sways out of the line of that one, instead of standing up and defending, the leg gully was put in place for this delivery

End of over 59 (3 runs) India 157/8

    • I Sharma 3 (6b)
    • Z Khan 2 (9b)
    • MA Starc 12-3-39-1
    • BW Hilfenhaus 17-5-39-3

Hilfenhaus to Khan, no run, one of the most awful shots you will shots, short of length ball outside off, Zaheer was looking to swipe that to midwicket, nowhere close


Hilfenhaus to Khan, OUT, well, that comedy is over, Zaheer swipes as he has all innings, gets the outside edge and another simple catch for first slip

Z Khan c Clarke b Hilfenhaus 2 (14m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 18.18

Once again Hilf has to pull out of his run-up, just as he was about to deliver the ball, a sea gull flies across


Hilfenhaus to Yadav, no run, pitched up ball just outside off, defended from the crease towards point


Hilfenhaus to Yadav, FOUR, slides it down the leg side, Umesh gets a bit of bat on it and sends it to the fine leg boundary


Hilfenhaus to Yadav, no run, Umesh following the Zaheer route, a wild swing at the ball, he misses


Hilfenhaus to Yadav, no run, length ball angling in towards the pads, defended towards mid-on, will Hilf get a chance for his five-for?

End of over 60 (4 runs) India 161/9

    • UT Yadav 4 (4b 1x4)
    • I Sharma 3 (6b)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 18-5-43-4
    • MA Starc 12-3-39-1

Starc to Sharma, no run, Starc's incutters proving troublesome for the tailenders, Ishant is cramped up by that one as it sails over the stumps


Starc to Sharma, OUT, that didn't take long at all, less than hour an half after tea, the tail keels over, Ishant nicks a short of length ball to the keeper, at least India managed 191 in Sydney, this time it's only 161

I Sharma c †Haddin b Starc 3 (13m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

Another failure from the famed India batting. Another day of sustained hostile fast bowling from Australia. Hilfenhaus was the most successful with four, but you can't find fault with any of their bowlers who relentlessly tested India's batsmen. It was a pitch with some juice in it in the morning, but nothing more than you'd expect from a regulation Test match surface. Can't put the 161 all out to demons in the track, more of a combination of good bowling and another day of poor shot selection.

Hang around, the Australian reply will start in a about five minutes.

Down and under: "A deliberate ploy by the Indian team to get out early so that they can subject the Aussies to the Fremantle Doctor on the very first day....And you thought we failed, huh ?"

The_Wicked_Wicket: "Okay - it's friggatriskaidekaphobia that's troubling the Indian team today.... the Indian team could attribute the collapse at Perth to "Friday, The Thirteenth - the Demons on the WACA Deck"!!"

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Hours of play (local time) 10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30

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