India v Australia, 3rd Test, Mohali, 4th day March 17, 2013

Bhuvneshwar's blows put India ahead

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Australia 408 and 75 for 3 (Bhuvneshwar 3-25) trail India 499 (Dhawan 187, Vijay 153, Kohli 67*, Siddle 5-71) by 16 runs
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Whatever Australia's gains on day four in Mohali, they still ended it staring a third consecutive defeat squarely in the face. Further anxiety was created by the impression that the captain Michael Clarke's degenerative back condition had finally caught up with him in a Test match. India's 10 wickets were rounded up for a mere 210, but a pesky first innings deficit of 91 was made to look defining by the tourists' all too predictable slide to 75 for 3 by the close.

Beginning the day at a commanding 283 for 0, India lost Shikhar Dhawan for 187 from the 11th ball of the morning. Aside from M Vijay's studious advance to 153 and Virat Kohli's measured unbeaten 67, none of the rest held Australia up for a protracted period. All the bowlers played their part, but Peter Siddle deserved the greatest plaudits for an admirably sustained and well-directed effort that reaped 5 for 71 at the ground on which he made his Test debut in 2008.

The most disquieting element of Australia's day in the field was Clarke's visible struggle with his back, which he was stretching almost as soon as he walked to the middle in the morning. Clarke spent numerous passages of the day receiving treatment, and he was ginger whenever he did appear. Notably absent when the tourists batted, the lack of Clarke's reassuring presence no doubt having an effect on what followed. It is not yet known when Clarke will bat.

David Warner, Ed Cowan and Steven Smith all fell by the wayside in the 21 overs bowled before the close, their tormentor not a spinner but the clever seam and swing merchant Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who moved the ball in a manner that emulated the success of Siddle and Mitchell Starc earlier in the day.

Australia's sole source of batting comfort was provided most surprisingly by Phillip Hughes, who was able to get his feet moving against a couple of overs of pace before the slow bowlers came on. This was a matter of circumstances, Warner's early dismissal and Clarke's bad back thrusting Hughes into the middle earlier than he has appeared for most of the series.

He was the beneficiary of plenty of fortune, several edges landing safely and other deliveries snaking past his groping bat, but the sight of Hughes scoring any runs at all will be the source of some relief to the visitors. They had to find someone to do a job after Warner swished unwisely in the first over, Cowan played around a straight ball and Smith was undone by a devilish delivery that shaped as though an inswinger but held its line to pluck off stump.

Clarke's team had clearly resolved to tighten up their bowling considerably after allowing Dhawan and the match to gallop away from them on the third afternoon, and there was to be an almost immediate reward for the greater purpose with which they went about the fourth morning. Clarke posted a silly point for Nathan Lyon to Dhawan, and a hint of extra bounce had the ball deflecting gently from splice of the bat into Cowan's hands.

Siddle was gaining useful movement with the old ball at the other end, threatening Vijay's stumps, but it was to be Cheteshwar Pujara who succumbed after waiting 289 runs for his chance. Siddle bent a delivery back into line with the stumps, and an inside edge was not enough to prevent the umpire Aleem Dar from raising his finger. Pujara stood aghast and shook his head while walking off, but it had appeared a strong shout to the naked eye - which is all the umpires are entitled to in this series.

Tendulkar thus walked out to face some of the best Australian bowling of the series so far, Lyon and Siddle both delivering searching spells. But they were unable to add a third wicket for the morning, as Tendulkar settled in smoothly and Vijay maintained his serene progress, having lofted Lyon over straight midwicket to reach a third Test century, all against Australia.

Starc and Xavier Doherty were not quite as dangerous as the bowlers they replaced, while Siddle and Clarke both spent time off the field, leaving the de facto vice-captain Brad Haddin to manoeuvre the field having been in India for less than a week. Tendulkar appeared to have settled in for a long stay, but Clarke's decision to hand Smith the final over of the session brought a rich dividend: his first ball drifted, dropped, bounced and spun a touch, drawing a Tendulkar misjudgement, an inside edge and a simple catch for Cowan. Lunch came and went with Vijay and Kohli looking comfortable enough, but Clarke then took the new ball.

For the first time in the series Starc found some appreciable movement, his first offering straightening down the line and surprising Vijay, who offered only his pad to be lbw. MS Dhoni pushed his first ball down the ground for four, but it continued to swing. He was very nearly lbw to his second ball, and very definitely lbw to his third, a curling ball of full length.

Ravindra Jadeja was reprieved from becoming the third victim of the over via the thinnest of inside edges, but at the other end Siddle found useful bounce, and extracted neat edges from Jadeja and then R Ashwin, both held safely by Haddin.

At this point India led by only 23 with three wickets in hand, and Australia sniffed a chance to roll up the innings and perhaps set the hosts a final-day target. But Kohli held firm in the company of Bhuvneshwar, Dhoni's stubborn partner in Chennai, and the lead grew while valuable time elapsed. Their union did not last after tea, Siddle plucking the final two wickets with consecutive balls spread across two overs.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • ram4crictheory on March 17, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Today's game is the example for how the team will be effected if players are not certain of their places in the team. Except Dhoni, no other player tried to attack the bowling in search of quick runs to force a victory even after knowing they cant lose the game from there only for the doubt that a failure may cost them their place in the team and it can be understood because of the media's slapping now a days. But what I really don't understand is why the hell did Murali Vijay didn't try to up the tempo even after reaching century. Playing 8-10 dot balls and one shot for boundary is all Vijay is looking instead of at least trying to rotate the strike every other ball even when the field is spread up. If India can't win this, I wud label Vijay as the main culprit for today's play even though he scored 153, and coach and strategists of Indian team for not asking the players to deliver what team wanted at that point in time.to win the match.

  • JG2704 on March 18, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    @GRVJPR on (March 17, 2013, 6:37 GMT) re

    "I can't see too many aussies not compalining about DRS, Now that pujara is out to a huge inside edge"

    Probably not but yours is the 1st comment so no one has commented on anything re the game on this thread prior to your comment

  • Shaggy076 on March 18, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    Jack_D; I still disagree with you in regards to the Cowan decision. When umpiring myself, with a ball pitching short of length right arm bowler to left hand batsman you have serious doubts whether the ball pitches in line, I agree it would have hit the stumps. Predominately if they pitch in line they are going to miss unless significant swing. I cant see how the umpire knew 100% that all pitched in line. The replay showed pretty much exactly the same as Clarke to Du Plessis in Adelaide which was overturned on review and given Not Out. So I believe Cowans would have been overturned on review as well. I personally believe too many of these guess work decisions are given out, even if slow motion replay shows it was possibly out I cant understand how an umpire can conclude that it is definetely out.

  • ozzierulze on March 18, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    You know what .....when Hughes leaves the team , because his innings did nothing for me, he can take Warner with him....I am sick to death with his batting style ..are we here to put butts on seats or win tests.? I have seen him play too many b.s. innings to justify why he is runniing the opening of our nations inning. If people are screaming for Wade to be de selected, who has is only 4 runs less in average , and he keeps, than Warner. Seriously I think he must be dumb as a box of rocks....too many times in his short career have i seen him play quick idiotic shots . So undisciplined.....keep him in the shorter form , and find someone who will realise the importance of his wicket.

  • Sando008 on March 18, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    @ Thefakebook Forget about 3-1 change your prediction to 4-0 it will sound good

  • handyandy on March 18, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    Ponting has indicated that he is interested in playing another year of shield cricket. I wonder if he can be lured back into the test team.

    Henriques is not good enough to be in the team as a bowler or a batsman. Being player that is equally ordinary with bat and ball doesn't make you a test class allrounder.

    I don't know where the selectors can go for a side for the next test. I am tempted to go with an all pace attack. So far the only successful bowlers in the Australian team has been Pattinson and Siddle.

    So far Lyon and Doherty have managed 10 wickets between them at an average of over 70 runs a wicket. You would expect those figures from a couple of part timers.

  • on March 18, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Now two closing fielder if they hang around may be its one!!!!!!very defencive!!!!

  • maddy20 on March 18, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    @ Int.Curator Whats with whining about "Fair" pitches? Can you define the term for us please. Oh let me guess, fast , bouncy, seaming wickets are fair and spinning wickets are doctored, unfair? Just because you got whipped does not mean you guys should act like sore "you know what". Besides this track has enough help for the faster bowlers but still India came out on top. You OZ should take lessons from England about playing in the subcontinent. The Ashes wont be any different. There will be no interest as there will be no contest. Aus will get thumped by the Englishmen at both home and away.

  • GRVJPR on March 18, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    Why not give chance to Buvnesh kumar to get 5 wickets. It would be a tremendous achievement for youngster on this pitch. I have seen batsmen given extra time to score those useless 100's before. Unbelievable!

  • Sando008 on March 18, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    @ Int.Curator What you have to say about your team's performance they are struggling on a flat track, forgot about fair contest when australia will play in England they will wind up australia in before 5 days. When any team don't have quality players they can't pefrom even on good tracks like this peformance of australia in this innings.

  • ram4crictheory on March 17, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Today's game is the example for how the team will be effected if players are not certain of their places in the team. Except Dhoni, no other player tried to attack the bowling in search of quick runs to force a victory even after knowing they cant lose the game from there only for the doubt that a failure may cost them their place in the team and it can be understood because of the media's slapping now a days. But what I really don't understand is why the hell did Murali Vijay didn't try to up the tempo even after reaching century. Playing 8-10 dot balls and one shot for boundary is all Vijay is looking instead of at least trying to rotate the strike every other ball even when the field is spread up. If India can't win this, I wud label Vijay as the main culprit for today's play even though he scored 153, and coach and strategists of Indian team for not asking the players to deliver what team wanted at that point in time.to win the match.

  • JG2704 on March 18, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    @GRVJPR on (March 17, 2013, 6:37 GMT) re

    "I can't see too many aussies not compalining about DRS, Now that pujara is out to a huge inside edge"

    Probably not but yours is the 1st comment so no one has commented on anything re the game on this thread prior to your comment

  • Shaggy076 on March 18, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    Jack_D; I still disagree with you in regards to the Cowan decision. When umpiring myself, with a ball pitching short of length right arm bowler to left hand batsman you have serious doubts whether the ball pitches in line, I agree it would have hit the stumps. Predominately if they pitch in line they are going to miss unless significant swing. I cant see how the umpire knew 100% that all pitched in line. The replay showed pretty much exactly the same as Clarke to Du Plessis in Adelaide which was overturned on review and given Not Out. So I believe Cowans would have been overturned on review as well. I personally believe too many of these guess work decisions are given out, even if slow motion replay shows it was possibly out I cant understand how an umpire can conclude that it is definetely out.

  • ozzierulze on March 18, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    You know what .....when Hughes leaves the team , because his innings did nothing for me, he can take Warner with him....I am sick to death with his batting style ..are we here to put butts on seats or win tests.? I have seen him play too many b.s. innings to justify why he is runniing the opening of our nations inning. If people are screaming for Wade to be de selected, who has is only 4 runs less in average , and he keeps, than Warner. Seriously I think he must be dumb as a box of rocks....too many times in his short career have i seen him play quick idiotic shots . So undisciplined.....keep him in the shorter form , and find someone who will realise the importance of his wicket.

  • Sando008 on March 18, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    @ Thefakebook Forget about 3-1 change your prediction to 4-0 it will sound good

  • handyandy on March 18, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    Ponting has indicated that he is interested in playing another year of shield cricket. I wonder if he can be lured back into the test team.

    Henriques is not good enough to be in the team as a bowler or a batsman. Being player that is equally ordinary with bat and ball doesn't make you a test class allrounder.

    I don't know where the selectors can go for a side for the next test. I am tempted to go with an all pace attack. So far the only successful bowlers in the Australian team has been Pattinson and Siddle.

    So far Lyon and Doherty have managed 10 wickets between them at an average of over 70 runs a wicket. You would expect those figures from a couple of part timers.

  • on March 18, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Now two closing fielder if they hang around may be its one!!!!!!very defencive!!!!

  • maddy20 on March 18, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    @ Int.Curator Whats with whining about "Fair" pitches? Can you define the term for us please. Oh let me guess, fast , bouncy, seaming wickets are fair and spinning wickets are doctored, unfair? Just because you got whipped does not mean you guys should act like sore "you know what". Besides this track has enough help for the faster bowlers but still India came out on top. You OZ should take lessons from England about playing in the subcontinent. The Ashes wont be any different. There will be no interest as there will be no contest. Aus will get thumped by the Englishmen at both home and away.

  • GRVJPR on March 18, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    Why not give chance to Buvnesh kumar to get 5 wickets. It would be a tremendous achievement for youngster on this pitch. I have seen batsmen given extra time to score those useless 100's before. Unbelievable!

  • Sando008 on March 18, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    @ Int.Curator What you have to say about your team's performance they are struggling on a flat track, forgot about fair contest when australia will play in England they will wind up australia in before 5 days. When any team don't have quality players they can't pefrom even on good tracks like this peformance of australia in this innings.

  • on March 18, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Msd is most defencive but street smart captain from india.Look it field spinner are operating 8 down but still three fielder on the fence.If australia attack may be dhoni put more fielder on the fence miki arther r u listning? but ya he is most luckiest and street smart also like hughes decision dhoni show the ball had go to the middle he analayse quickly and not went other smart amazing thinking.

  • GRVJPR on March 18, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    Why aren't aussies making run quickly and declaring the innings. It's they who needs to win test match to come back in this series. This would be the statement of Indian critics , If India was in Aussies position. Unbelievable!

  • Thefakebook on March 18, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    Like I said at the start of this tour 3-1 it is then.

  • Int.Curator on March 18, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    Five months ago Australia had SA looking down the barrel of a 2-0 upset after out playing SA 21 sessions to 20 over 3 test (rain interrupted ). But could not put SA away. India this series have won 24 sessions to Aus 15 (rain interrupted). The doctored pitches have weighed heavily into the contest and do little to help either teams confidence abroad. Fortunately Eng and SA have pitches that can determine a fair contest. The outcome of the ashes series and the India tour of SA will be of real interest to all cricketing nations.

  • satishchandar on March 18, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    How come Siddle bat ahead of Sratc? 100% bad decision. The guys just scored 99 free flowing runs and comes to bat at 10? You are not going to save it anyway but why not attempt to do it somehow?

  • on March 18, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    A day completely lost to rain, a 400+ first innings total and Australia is still going to lose this match

  • Haiphong on March 18, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    Sheer embarrassment! It all started with the 'pressure' put upon Ponting to retire. Hussey followed. Wrong team selection...for the TOUR! Now Khawaja will be drafted forthe 4th Test and, once again, be given one chance to prove himself. Back to Hughes and Co. for the Ashes. We are going nowhere - for a long time!

  • hvijay.1985 on March 18, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Hughes gets a howler, unfortunate. Looked like he had finally figured out how to play spin.

  • GRVJPR on March 18, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Before criticizing these players for slow scoring lets not forget all players are young and looking to cement their places in side. Earlier in his career sachin tendulkar more than one time took time to get to 100's and no one criticized him. So if you have set the standards follow them!

  • neil99 on March 18, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    This has to be one of the weakest Aussie sides in living memory, it's diabolical. I can't recall a batting line up (Clarke excl) averaging a paltry 33, 41, 34 and 32. Then there's the bowling averages, which are too horrendous to type. A "two tier" system playing against Zim, Bang and WI might provide some respite and leaving the big boys - India, SA, Eng and NZ- to the real stuff.

  • GRVJPR on March 18, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    Is ojha a front line spinner?? Unbelievable, how some cricket columist along with @Nish_US tends to rate players.

  • GRVJPR on March 18, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    @IPSY what ego's ? If he had gotten out on a duck, nobody would have said lets not judge his technique too quickly. If you are ready to criticize quickly then praise them as well when they do well. But it seem people are there only to criticze these youngsters. Nobody has gifted dhawan a chance, he has earned it devoting all his life to cricket. But how can critics realize it, They don't have to work that hard to write an article.

  • GRVJPR on March 18, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    @sheikh_sabeer don;t worry we returned with 1-1 last time. Plus Bhuvnesh kumar will cause havoc out there if he is swinging it here. If we go with good pace attack, South africa will face what they faced at Durban last time - All out 69

  • Sando008 on March 18, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    This performance of Australian team suggest that they are not technically perfect to play on slow tracks. Inspite of getting best track of this series they were unable to control the match. So we can find the conclusion that australia is as poor as India as we play on bouncy pictches and they play in sub continent. In this match australia is just sitting to the virute of another defeat and if it happened they will go home by 0-4 series defeat. The failure of ausies team shows the lack of quality players in the teams and they are not as per test standard and Clarke, Watson and Pattinesion are exception in this; rest of the teams are look first class cricket team. Australian selectors seriously need to think about their selections because next they have to face England in their home. Australia's future in cricket is looking little bit of thinking concerns now a days even media is also commented that Aussies Cricket has died.

  • Nish_US on March 18, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Bhuvneshwar's blows put India ahead -- Yesterday's title

    Bhuvaneshwar does not get a bowl today -- today's reality..

    Is he going to be a one spell wonder?

  • NairUSA on March 18, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    This rain shortened test has now become very interesting. The team that chooses to take their 'A game' now will win this match. It is great to note that the pitch did help the medium pacers and gave australians an equal advantage to perform well. Looks as if they have utilized the opportunity from as seen from siddle's bowling performance.

    Another heartening fact to note was the amount of skill Bhuvanesh is putting into his bowling even though he is bowling only at 130 kph. Hope he keeps up the promise as it is a sight to watch swing bowlers wreaking havoc.

  • Final_Session on March 18, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    @ Shaggy07 and @Mitty2, let's not get carried away here mates... i was watching the game on Fox here at the local pub and Cowan looked plumb... pitched JUST in line and was going to hit middle perhaps... it looked out in real time when we saw it and was only confirmed during replays. Every one watching the game had the same opinion that it looked out….i think Haydos was commenting at the moment and even he agreed that it was the correct decision.....! mind you, Pujara's decision would have been overturned on review, but not Cowan's !

  • kapilesh23 on March 18, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    No one talks about Kohli. He thrives on challenge and tough situation. His 67 has impressed me more than Dhavans century which could easily be a fluke. Kohli can play test cricket that is more satisfying for me than anything else. I like Dhavan but sometimes too good beginning is bad.

  • on March 18, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    Dhoni decision to continue to play normal game stems from the fact that he wanted his batsmen to get used to some swing bowling. With long partnerships Indian batsmen who come later don't get the time to settle and play long innings, which is important in test cricket.

  • realfan on March 18, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    sorry for pujara, he got 2 against him already by the same aleem dhar( 1 in england series and 2nd nw) but that happen . when you are playing for india and the umpire standing in front of you is ALEEM DHAR, be carefull... you want to wish your luck if thats the case... same goes for indian bowlers, when you are appleaing with aleem dhar for a decision , again you have to be lucky to get wicket ( remember COOK got away nearly 4 times in an innings in 1st match ) but no complaining..... all is fair in game of cricket........

  • Shaggy076 on March 18, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    Sitanshu Shekhar ; Since you have categorically declared Cowan plumb through your vision, can you please write to the ICC to let them know Fav du Plessis in the test in Adelaide under DRS was plumb before lunch on the final day. This cost Australia the test series. Unfortunately against your reasoning is the fact the ball must pitch completely in line with the stumps. There had to be so much doubt to that, particularly at normal speed. All the Indian fans haveing a go at Dar - remember you have seen the slow motion replay of this LBW decision. I agree it was wrong but how many of you in normal time watching what the umpire saw thought it was out. Its an easy mistake for the umpire given the noise in the ground and the reasons that DRS should be implemented. I find Dar to be one of the best umpires in the world. As for Kettleborough outshining him - Kettleborough has got both the Cowan and Doherty (1st innings) decisions wrong. So its in favour of Dar at the moment.

  • WandererMatt on March 18, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    It has to be said that the Indian side has as many issues as the Australian side. If it wasn't for a couple of big individual scores in each game Indian would have been in trouble themselves. In each innings there has been max 3 individual scores over 50 (2 over 100) and then nothing of real mention before or after that. Australia have shown in this 3rd game as long as you can get some reasonable scores over 50 then you can put up a total for Indian to chase - then once you get the two big scores out it down hill from there for Indian.

  • aussieperthindian on March 18, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    Well done openers and B.Kumar but India should have upped the tempo and scored more quickly and gone for a win-which is still on the cards. Also weakness to pace swing bowling is once again exposed-a big worry for SA tour. Desperately need 1-2 pace bowlers who can make the ball talk or we will be demolished in SA. Selectors don't get complacent and be pro-active. Drop I. Sharma and Jadeja for SA tour as they will be liabilities away from home. B.Kumar do some serious gym work and you can be a star if you pick up a little pace. SRT needs to play some bigger innings or go out gracefully as much as we all love you. Good luck India.

  • sachinanddravid on March 18, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    Guys need to talk about our T20 and ODI specalist player Virat....what he was doing at the crease for a long time....I think he was thinking that India is going to loss the match so he was smartly playing for a Draw.and Vijay also same....all the players in the team playing for themself and not thinking about the result of the game...... This is a very bad show from Indian batsmen......vrey selfish innings...... Our guys has to know onething....we got hammered by Aussies in recent time.. So we need to give back the same result atleast in our home. I HAVE REQUEST TO ALL INDIAN CRICKETRS PLEASE PLAY FOR TEAM AND DONT PLAY FOR YOURSELF..... If you ll get 300 or more and the result is not going to be in our favour then that ll not be called as Brilliant ...thats Useless innings.

  • jmcilhinney on March 18, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    @GMathews on (March 17, 2013, 19:15 GMT), if only there was some way that we could review umpires' decisions and correct mistakes like that.

  • TheBigBoodha on March 18, 2013, 1:02 GMT

    @Peterincanada, you clearly didn't watch the game yesterday. Both Lyon and Doherty bowled well and contained the batsmen pretty well. In fact their spell was instrumental in shifting the game.

  • cricketconscious on March 18, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    The real swollen heads in the game are those who think that they are irreplaceable, and do not make way for youngsters - what I found yesterday is that we still have relatively senior players like Kohli who place personal performance ahead of the team. Why was he playing ridiculously slow till he ultimately ran out of partners - what on earth was he thinking.

  • TheCrafter on March 18, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    Watched Hughes innings last nite. He finally made some runs but was very scratchy & fortunate - he is a competent 1 day player, that is his go, playing his shots no matter what but he is NOT a test player & the sooner the selectors realise it the better for Australian cricket.

  • Meety on March 18, 2013, 0:41 GMT

    Good fight by Oz, but losing 3 wickets is a big concern. I think that Oz will be lucky if the tail fights as well the 2nd time. Basically Oz have to bat till Tea to be a chance of saving the game - that's a futher 65+ overs. IF - one of the Ozzy batsmen can play a run a ball knock, maybe Clarke may declare early & see if we can manage a collapse of the Indian batting, as a draw is not enuff to keep the BG Trophy.

  • maddy20 on March 18, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    @ sheikh_sabeer If they can score 499 against SA despite of Pujara being (Aleem)Dar'ed I would be elated! Just shows the class of Dhawan yesterday and remember that he was playing his first test. He can only get better.

  • truthfinder on March 18, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    Today's play showed the differences in attitude between Indian players and Australians. Indian selfish batsmen always look for cementing his place in the team, never play with courage unless there is a desperate situation. Attitude of Vijay, kohli, Tendulkar are pathetic. To completely loos the momentum from what's been built by Dhawan is not acceptable. They played in such a way the India were 0-2 down and trying to save the match, that shows they keep no faith on themselves in playing positive, attacking cricket. People who praised Vijay, should remember he played in best of the condition with no pressure against toothless pace attack (at least rendered so the pitch). In that situation scoring such a long inning with below 50 strike rate is simply cowardice and unacceptable

  • Rajendrathakur on March 18, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    The people are spelling stones against sachin should see the entire day's game. None of the batsmen had very comfortable time when it comes to scoring runs. Vijay and kohli, the main contributors to today's score were slower than Sachin. The only guy who scored fast, 'hughes' will not get sleep if he remembers the way he got runs. We Indians have made Sachin a punch bag for last 20 years, and this perhaps is his biggest achievement also. To have carried the expectations alone...and yes, he is human!!!!! I know, many will not agree....

  • MrKricket on March 17, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    Pity Warner and Cowan didn't show the resolve they did in the first innings. You don't have to play at every ball! This series has been won by briliant Indian batting partnerships and poor Australian batting most of the time. A lack of patience from the batsman being unable to leave the ball alone or just not being able to pick the spinners has seen India take this series away. Aus has a long way to go to get anywhere near number 1 again. Hard to believe it was a possibility a few months ago against SA.

  • JG2704 on March 17, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa on (March 17, 2013, 18:46 GMT) I personally suggested yesterday that MS and VK went up the order to go for some quick runs but I suppose India are still favourites to go 3-0 up so I guess it's not all bad for them

  • funkybluesman on March 17, 2013, 22:20 GMT

    It's a pity the first day was washed out. If we were heading into the fourth day now it could be a very interesting test match with all three results still well and truly on the board. Unfortunately, with this being reduced to a four day match, it removes the time for any possibility of Australia being able to score some runs and set a target.

    It would have been really interesting if Australia are able to get one or two really good partnerships in the remainder of this innings and get a lead past 200, could have been a tricky fifth day for India, but since we won't get a fifth day we don't get that opportunity.

  • matsadelaide on March 17, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    Even here in Australia medias are talking about Umpire Aleem Dar wrong decision on Pujara, non availability of DRS review, its ridiculous still BCCI against it while India get in trouble without DRS, hope match winner like Pujara's crucial out decision could make BCCI rethink about their stand and Aleen Dar wouldn't be blind in his future decisions.

  • cricmatters on March 17, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    Not sure how teams prepare for test matches these days but Mitchel Starc's in-swinging delivery and yorkers were a feature of his games against Sri Lanka. I am sure everyone would have seen the videos of how he bowls. All India needed to do was to play straight, see off the new ball and cash in later. Also very disappointed with India's slow approach in the first session. Tendulkar and Vijay could have taken a few more risks and not wasted all the good work done by Shikhar Dhawan. Tendulkar needs to free his mind and not worry about big tons. A quick fifty is what India needed from him and the rest of the batters. While Pujara was unlucky to be given out, Kohli really impressed with his technique and temperament. It is important that Dhoni keeps looking for wickets and does not spread the fields and go on defensive if India has to have any chance of winning this match.

  • TRAM on March 17, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    @ram4crictheory. I was frustrated too with EVERYONE's batting, except Dhawan & Dhoni. But your reasons are only half correct IMO. SRT & Kholi are relatively secure in the team. And they didn't try to score either. I am pretty sure if Vijay was asked to score fast he would, because he has scored at breathtaking speeds in the T20s. It is very obvious to me the team management is not telling them to score fast. Dhoni lacks killer instinct. He has shown in so many previous tours, in decision making and in the field settings. Even in this match, Aus tailenders scored heavily only because of defensive fielding. Bat-pad catches fell in no mans land. Whats amazing to me is - how come others in the team management (Fletcher) not pushing Dhoni? Is every one surrounding Dhoni defensive as well?

  • TRAM on March 17, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    ICC, please change the rules. The batsman should be allowed to claim he edged/not edged if the umpire gave wrong out. Period.

    Doesn't matter which team batsman it is. This is plain wrong. It has destroyed match results & young players' careers. Even the best Alim Dar missed a clear edge on to the pads (Pujara). What is wrong in batsman telling the umpire if he is clearly not out, and it is easy to verify right? Wrong "Edge" decisions happens at the most once or twice a day. So this rule wont waste lot of match time.

    To explain: In the case of lbw out, the batsman should be allowed to tell the umpire he edged it, if that is the case. In the case of bat-pad catch out, he should be allowed to claim he did not edge it if that is the case. If the edge is not visible via the replay and the snicko , the umpire should conclude there was no edge and alter the decision appropriately. If the batsman makes wrong claim penalize him. (they wont, because it would be obvious in most cases).

  • on March 17, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    people who are saying that BCCI'S fault not to implement DRS...well let me shed some light,even when DRS is used,many faulty decision had been made in the matches where it was used..so why use DRS,when it cant get a 100% fair result..and given the fact that all the xpenditures to be made for DRS,max part of it will come from BCCI....look i know the whole world is jealous with the money that BCCI have,and their boards dont have....money comes from fans,increase the no. of fans in your respective countries,and money will pour in your boards too instead of whining...we all see how test matches are packed in INDIA,and even the ODI'S arent fully crowded in other countries..

  • Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on March 17, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    India has enough time to take 7 wickets. Australia needs to bat really well to save this match. I hope the pitch turns and the ball reverses :-) .

  • poms_have_short_memories on March 17, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    I am noticing a lot of comments about Australian's producing green tops only. As an Australian myself I can't remember the last time there was a dead set green top prepared for a test in Australia. Perth always bounces, but many batsman score runs there with the correct technique, the Gabba generally offers seamers assistance on days 1-2, the MCG almost always offers assistance to spinners as well as seamers and Adelaide along with the SCG are more spinner friendly than seamer friendly. Indian pitches= spinners or dead flat tracks, and below Indians and poms start squealing about the two flat trackers in Aus vs SAF last year, the Aus attack almost bowled out the the saffas twice.

  • pulkit10 on March 17, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    All this noise about Tendulkar not doing well: he still isn't averaging too bad in the series (has only played 4 innings so far, by the way with one 50 to show for it) and looks in good touch - he settled in very well before making a mistake and getting out to Smith. If you really want to judge him on merit then I think he's deserving enough to be in the team (hell, he's still a better batsman than most others here).

    But as has been stated before, India should have attacked the Aussie bowling. If they don't win this game tomorrow, they'll have nothing but this defensive mindset to blame. They can't lose so might as well give it all you got to win this one.

    Tomorrow looks like it could be an exciting day for cricket so lets see.

  • on March 17, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    India can win this if they remove the tail quickly....Its been an old problem for india......This series their tail has been batting longer their batsman

  • GMathews on March 17, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    Pujara might have a thing or two to say about this decision when he gets into the sheds. he has also got an inside edge on this one. Umpire Aleem Dar hasn't seen the edge, and has given him out, Aleem Dar becoming a joker these days, he is no where near of his earlier perfect umpiring, it seems he is blind, Pujara had huge inside edge, it is a stupid decision which is been a crucial turn around for this 3rd test result

  • Venkat_Gowrishankar on March 17, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    oh my god, Now the Aussie fans are so happy that they turned around the match?. Seriously what makes you guys think that way. I mean you guys complained the pitch had nothing in it for fast bowlers and blah blah, here comes this thin Indian seamer bowling in the mid 130's snaps up 3 top order batsmen. You got to be kidding me . The match is perilously close than we think, a few wickets in the first session will see India pushing for a victory. An Aussie victory? . I would say they are lucky to be fighting for a draw. And about freak innings, that's what you call "talent". Most of the comments here about not pushing for a win and what not, enough. Lets see if Australia can fight it out tomorrow. This is an absolute test for their young side. For most, this might be the first time they are batting to save a match in so called "alien "conditions ( despite the pitch being a flat road! ).

  • sheikh_sabeer on March 17, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    starc new ball spell shows the signs that what will happen in SA

  • samincolumbia on March 17, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    People who are supporting Sachin saying he would have attacked after lunch are forgetting that he would have never attacked since a century was feasible...He has not scored one in a while and if he gotten past 50 or 60, he would just aim for the century even it takes 300 or 400 balls. It's good he got out otherwise he would have scored another 10 or 20 runs and eaten up couple of hours in that process.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on March 17, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    @sankurian Ok, I agree India lost quick wickets but there was still no urgency from tendulkar, he is the senior person in the team, he needs to lead by example. It didnt matter if India got bowled out earlier with less runs - THEY CANT LOSE THE TEST MATCH. We've seen what great Talent India has available when someone gets a chance (dhawan in for Sehwag), the question is Sachin hasnt scored a century in 48 Batting Innings - how much longer will he be selected based on his legacy????

  • Klgn on March 17, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    B. Kumar once again with his swing and good line/length bowling. If you practice well, did your home work, he is not a bowler like Glenn Macgrath or Wasim Akram!!! David Warner once again out with low score!!! Is he a test player???? He is not consistent and only consistent players should allow for test cricket.

  • ram4crictheory on March 17, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Hello everyone, I recently found a solution to SRT problem from a friend with regards to whether he should carry on or should be dropped. It is simple, on an average India plays 5 batsman, 1 all rounder, 1 wicket keeper and 4 bowlers in a test. Now take an average for the last 15 innings of all the batsman, sack whoever is fifth and give a chance to the newcomer, if he performs reasonably for 15 innings, take an average again and sack the next least average batsman over the 15 innings or else give chance to another newcomer in place of the newcomer who got a chance and didn't perform well. Theoretically, I liked this. I don't know how may agree to this. Cricinfo please try and publish the averages over last 15 innings of the Indian batsman in contention and let us who deserves what. Doing so, no one will complain even if it is SRT who has to be sacked as it is proving that he is not performing instead of vaguely commenting that he is not performing.

  • on March 17, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Great batting by opening pair.

  • IPSY on March 17, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    I did warn that we need not get too excited when our young sports men and women do something excellent early in their career. We need to encourage and commend them on their achievements, but all this glorious greatness that most of us spout for some after a "one" performance is very often dangerous. It can make many of these youths think that they have made it, and get swollen heads and end up disasterously. Shikhar Dwahan's debut exploits are really encouraging; and just looking at his posture, he seems to be a humble young man. I thought that many commentators went over board with what they said about the success he experiencedd at his first try. And, why I warn all and sundry is the mere fact that just overnight, the Australians had the "single opportunity" to study his style of play and it took them only "eleven balls" next morning to get him out, in the most "convincing" fashion. Let us not inflate our youngsters egos prematurely.

  • skccochin on March 17, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    @davidpk: Sachin will surely be retiring soon mate. But the Indian board would be keeping him for couple of reasons, one major reason is that with Dravid & Laxman gone, there is a big gap in the middle order, India need an experienced hand there during this transition period. Also, SRT was not as bad as Dravid & VVS during their last series. stats will tell you.Ricky Ponting was kept out of form by Australia more time than what India is doing with SRT. And, I don't think SRT will keep playing after this series but he still finish in high probably hitting some runs in Delhi test

  • I_m_AKS on March 17, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    If everything stays well BK can become Philander of IND. what u all say?

  • skccochin on March 17, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa: Mate, I couldn't fully agree with you that india were very unprofessional today. When few wickets fall in quick succession, you maynot be able to accelerate things quickly and that means the opposition could be bowling good as well, so those bowling spells will surely be respected especially when you are 2-0 up in the series. And then, India came back by taking 3 quick wickets which of 3 haf centurions of first innings. Thats good fight back and Australia didn't do utilize the advantage created by the bowlers. I can't see anything positive with Hughes half century. he wouldn't be able to play against good spinners.

  • Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on March 17, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    People who are complaining about Tendulkar being defensive didn't see the match at all. Tendulkar was 25 of 36 balls. He started very well at a very good rate. Then the ball started reversing. Both Siddle and Henriques were reversing it. He slowed down and became more compact.

    I think Tendulkar's strategy was to see through lunch and then attack. Unfortunately he got out just at the stroke of lunch.

    On the other hand , Vijay should have upped the ante after scoring his century , but he didn't - he just played like he did with Shikhar.

    Now you can see what happened when the new ball was taken . Ravindra Jadeja scored two triple century - I just can't believe it. In very similar conditions he is a bunny with the bat. Ashwin and Bhuvnes should come ahead of him.

    It's unfair to blame Tendulkar for everything.

  • bumsonseats on March 17, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    i have liked ST all these years as a great batter. but some who have treated him as not mortal should get a grip. the guy was finished after the away trip to england that was 4 - 0 thrashing. we hear all sorts of reasons why he should be playing but i give you ones, hes to old and hes not scoring runs plain and simple. india are the only board that would keep him playing this length of time without his place by warrant. he himself should know this, 2 more senior players RD and VVSL fell on their swords and retired were playing better than him but choose to leave. after this test he should announce his retirement after the 4th test and let him enjoy the moment as is career comes to an end

  • on March 17, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    jadeja vs sehwag next tour of south africa i think clearly sehwag.Its a big mistake if we choose jadeja over sehwag in next series as well as next match.Sehwag can distructive in the middle.Selectors think(cricinfo please publish).

  • uksar on March 17, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    Now-a-days SRT's best innings is mediocre and other innings are worse than tail-enders, they at least do not waste time. Selectors are waiting for his retirement and he is waiting for a ton anyhow. Everybody knows he is not there. Still he continues and has been given the license. Team is carrying the burden of "God".

  • I_m_AKS on March 17, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    For SA tour, IND's bowling attack should be like:BK,Yadav,Praveen/Pathan,Sid/Sandy/Aaron and useless but needed Ishant, with Ash, Jaddu, Ojha/Harmeet/Rasool as spinners.

    And today,It was not Aleem Dar , it's BCCI who cost Pujara's his wkt.

  • on March 17, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    first time in over twenty years of watching the wonderful SRT did i genuinely feel the need for the master to leave the stage without waiting for kallis to retire, for nothing hurts more in cricket than the magician loosing most of his mesmerizing tricks and looking a pale shadow of his former self.Leave great SRT,nothing left to prove now and one more thing, you only enjoy your game when you make your followers enjoy the same.Its over for the follower.

  • on March 17, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    its so sad to hear that everyone is targetting master.Just remember in first test when india struggling on 12-2 tendulkar played an excellent innings of 81.He still has the capability of playing the international cricket.He can play aggresively but a middle order batsman have to play with lot of patience.A team definitely need experienced player.Century is not the measurment of talent.

  • Electric_L0ser_Wacko on March 17, 2013, 17:49 GMT

    Gosh..cant believe the sachin rant on these forums.. the man scored at a better rate than vijay and still gets the flak for it... all these arm chair experts need to understand that test cricket is not a cheap hit n giggle affair. Look where it got dhoni...havin a strike rate of 200 while playing a pathetic 4 balls does not win test matches. Grow up!!! if there is weak link in the batting line-up then its sir jadeja..not srt

  • on March 17, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Once again I am telling you that India is going to win this match. This is Indias time of glory,and Aussies will be going down for some time.Dont think about Aussies ,whether they should go with 4-5-6 pace bowlers.

  • pull_shot on March 17, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    please stop calling for the head of tendulkar he is playing okk yar.today the plan may be to bat out morning session then play aggressively in afternoon session.After all senior players gone india need experience of tendulkar still he is our ace batsman.please dont be in dream seeing youngsters performing against this weakest australian attack.future will access most of them but have to i extremely impressed by maturity shown by murali vijay,stoke play and defense of pujara.I think its time to blood in pujara in odi as opener. Most impressive is bhuvaneshwar kumar.

  • I_m_AKS on March 17, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    @Selfishkar You are right man, if there is any fragile portion on Ind's test batting line-up it is SRT! sad but true, all others are quite fearless to play strokes, in fact whenever he is in the crease Ind's attack suddenly decreases.

    Well, I just wanna say that the iron is hot right now, SRT should hit it. What do u say ppl?

    Legends lives forever!

  • darsh127 on March 17, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    HOLY!, can everyone get off of Tendulkar's back and stop calling him selfish. geez. Why are you only targeting him.... there was kohl, dhoni, jadeja.... what about them? they are the people who should hit fast, not tendulkar. can't believe how much people can hate tendulkar.

  • I_m_AKS on March 17, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Along with BK: Sid Kaul, Sandy Sharma, Shami, Yadav, Aaron and may be Praveen might be the strongest pace battery for Ind in near future. Only thing is they have to stay fit and perform when the chance is given.

  • British_North_America on March 17, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi, I think Sachin Tendulkar should continue playing.He is the man who connects the old Indian team of Dravid, Laxman, Ganguli with this new Indian team of Pujara,Dhawan,Kohli,Jadeja,His presence means a lot to the youngsters.

  • on March 17, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Assuming I am an alien who just some basics about cricket I understand a team's score is the sum of partnership for its partnerships for 10 wickets. Do you agree? If yes, "India's 10 wickets were rounded up for a mere 210" makes me think India was all out for 210. Am I right? Or will you journos never give up the thrill of cheap hype that comes from ignoring common sense and basic arithmetic? I must have protested this countless times in numerous forums but I guess you all journos think it is nitpicking. Like Rahul Dravid said in his Bradman Oration, we should not let facst interfere with a good story (read: trite hype)! :P

  • SamRoy on March 17, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    @rosh80 Mate please stop your bias towards Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa. Ok Uthappa is fine (and deserving a place) in Indian T20 side. But why on earth would anyone those two anywhere near the test squad? Dhawan and Jaffer have been the best openers in domestic cricket for the last 1 year. In fact the selectors wanted this combo but BCCI rejected this. So they selected their second choice Vijay.

  • Selfishkar on March 17, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    Tendulkar is the weak link in Indian batting line-up, he is the only one in top 6 who has not scored a century in the past year. Even Ashwin at no 8 has century to his name, clearly Tendulkar is playing as an on-field batting coach and specialist fielder. He should do that till his son Arjun debuts for India.

  • Vivek_Singh3089 on March 17, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    The success of Bhuvneshwar is enough to show that India's doesn't have the lack of good fast bowlers & medium pacers...only thing is to recognize the talent & nurture them properly...apart from Bhuvi, we have guys like S Kaul, Pankaj Singh, Awana, S Ahmed who continuously bowls in 135-140kph range...while Aaron & Yadav are in 140+ range.... we always have a good combination of batters & spinners, now the time has come to nurture good pacers to support them....

  • dishNub on March 17, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    So let me get this straight - India had a flying start, and then Mr. I-am-too-good-for-retirement SRT comes in, makes 2 runs in 30 odd balls and gets out, kills the momentum. Just when India needed to push for runs, he ruins the whole innings. And they call him God? He, and not Sehwag, should have been dropped. Hope Sandeep Patil sees the reality and drops him for the 4th test.

  • starvingcreative on March 17, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    Cowan has played 15 tests with an average of barely over 30, now i all for giving guys chances but can we really say he is the best opener in Australia? I think not get watson to open with warner again u cant average 30 at the top of the order surely or have our standars dropped that much?

  • Peterincanada on March 17, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    I think Australia should go with 4 pace bowlers in the next test and for the foreseeable future. The spinners can neither contain nor take wickets. A spinner should only be selected when he shows he might be of test standard. Until then they should go with the best regardless of style. If Starc and Johnson are 2 of the best 4, so be it.

  • on March 17, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    Just a question, maybe a little off topic...Why doesn't Australia look back to Marcus North for middle order support (from an India fan)? He always seemed like he could pull out clutch innings, and was never a bad player. Last I remember was him playing, and then he suddenly disappeared...feel like he's a guy Australia can look towards at this time.

  • on March 17, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    if india wins this 3rd test for the 4th test they should definitley give other youngsters a chance maybe take out tendulkar and ishant sharma and ashwin give a chance other batsmen and bowlers

  • TommytuckerSaffa on March 17, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    India were very unprofessional and lacklustre today. They thought they just needed to turn up and score runs easily, but australia fought back. Tendulkars approach smacks of selfishness and all of Dhawan hard work was undone by a selfish cricketer who is only interested in preserving his records and not putting his team first. Dhawans epic batting performance will be lost in memory if this match is drawn but if India wins he will be legendary. Why not try score runs quickly to win?!

  • on March 17, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    nadeem,rasool,pandey,kaul,imtiyaz,jalaj.....long list of bowlers so not to forgets domestic seasons

  • on March 17, 2013, 16:03 GMT

    abhinav mukund, manoj tiwary,jaffer,badri rahane,cm gautam...a long list of talented batsmens....

  • phunny_game on March 17, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    @rosh280 : Mayank aggarwal and manish pandey as openers??? Even BK and PK would be better openers than them...

  • passionatecricbug on March 17, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    @phunny_game hahahaha ....spot on mate...unbelievable indeed!

  • vishal_pintoo on March 17, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    I would like to put some of the names of the new Indian players according to their talent in batting....! (my opnion)

    1. Rohit Sharma (I dont know whats wrong with him who is not giving justice to himself. He is naturally aggressive but not for 20-20) 2. Veerat Kohli 3. Murli Vijay 4. Pujara 5. Ravindra Jadeja 6. Shikhar Dhawan

  • vishal_pintoo on March 17, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    Now its the real Murli Vijay we missed earlier before this series. He is geniune test batsman. Not a 20-20 player. Actually he ruined himself by playing in short games like 20-20. He is more a test batsman. Look at the way he drives the cricket ball on the off side. Have you ever seen as beautiful cover drive as he plays. He is a class player and now he is getting himself in the rythm of test matches. We can easily expect some quality knocks by him on the foriegn soils as well. He is having good muscles, nice height, good stance. He likes to stay their and not easily gives his wicket. He knows the importance of sticking there.

  • thinktank1 on March 17, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    It seems like Hughes and Clarke will save the match for Australia. Clarke will be very determined tomorrow to make it counted.. his back injury also motivates him.

  • crickketlover on March 17, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    I don't understand why Tendulkar is defensive in his mind...what is he trying to prove? He should play free and continue to make shots..if he does that he can score century easily.

  • rosh280 on March 17, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    It was a great display of batting by shikhar dawan. no doubt he is a great batsman but he should find the same form in the next match also. problem with him is that he is not concentrating on singles and running between the wickets. i think he can improve in the next match. best of luck to him. yet another awesome innings by murali vijay, he is a great batsman. very matured innings as he plays often. bhuvanesh kumar obviously proved that he can strike anytime. he is a thinking bowler just like kapil dev. We need to bring vinay kumar, praveen kumar and bhalaji they are also the great bowlers who take wickets. we can hope they return soon. Twenty twenty match got a wonderful opener in AUK pathan from gujarat we need to bring him in 20-20 matches. similary manish pandey and mayank agarwal proved they are the better openers in 20-20 matches. so we have manish pandey, mayank agarwal, murali vijay, shikhar dawan, a u k pathan, robin uttappa and many more. we should think about these players

  • vishal_pintoo on March 17, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    India dint play today. A bit casual effort after a very good opening. No one really could get the things right except Kohli to some extent. Dhoni played as if there was a 20-20 match going on. You are charging against a pace bolwer in a test match and when you have just arrived at the criz never makes sense when you are not Virender Sehwag, Viv Richards and Adam Gilchrist. Dhawan managed to hit a superb 150. What a knock.

  • screamingeagle on March 17, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Just having a laugh at the anti Tendulkar comments. Suddenly Dhavan and Vijay are as good as the best in the business. I would like to see these fair weather fans when India struggles in SA. Believe me, struggle they will, and that is when these same guys will start calling for the heads of the new messiahs. lol

  • phunny_game on March 17, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    Well bowled by BK... But how hughes played is a warning... He looks confident and aggressive, hope we don't see the old Dhoni from England series tomorrow. We need wickets and we need 'em early. But nicely poised for a last day finish, unless aussies bat india out tomorrow...

    Also, i cannot understand why the indian lower order wants to fetch deliveries from wide of the off stump. Ashwin could have easily scored quick runs btu went to chase one outside off. Ishant sharma is the last guy to expect something from... And the biggest disappointment is SIR JADDU... He won't be able to make it to the side outside India if he keeps batting like this..!!!

  • phunny_game on March 17, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    What is happening today... Vijay looking consistent, hughes playing well and briskly, Indian pacer taking wickets on a 4th day pitch, Afridi playing a good innings in SA... A lot of unbelievable things happening on the same day... One to remember!!!!

  • realfan on March 17, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    i wonder if ausie will everwin ASHES again..... i mean it.... if their top order falls for BHUVANESHWAR , who is paced between 120 - 130 kmph..with not considerable pitch an agian in india where no literal assist for pace.... imagine what they can do on green tops an bouncy pitches...sorry but, i feel pity for ausie....

  • Prakmca on March 17, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Not the expected result on 4th day. At the start of 4th day, it was evident that match could ne end on draw or India win. But by the way India batted, now the match is towards draw. I can say, Indian batman failed by scoring at the rate of less than 50% strike rate. Very Bad. All are middle order batsman are capable of scoring at better strike rate. Who said, in test match we have to score only at the strike rate of less than 50%. Even Murali Vijay wasted so many deliveries after reaching his 100. It's looks like all are looking for their personal milestone and not for the team's milestone.

    Tendulakar, is searching for the 100 for the past 2 years. If he bats at this strike rate not sure whether he will get it or not. If he attacks, he will get the most wanted 100 soon.

  • on March 17, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Agree with Clyde that Aussies have hit the bottom of the barrel. Good news because the free fall has ended. They can now rebuild. For India the process seems to be complete. Barring Tendulkar, batting line is brand new with full of promise. Oldest in top six batsmen is Dhoni at 31. The bowling line up is also new, young and shining. They now have to take this performance to foreign pitches and that's a historic challenge with Indian cricket!

  • Nampally on March 17, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    One wrong LBW decision against Pujara coupled with the early dismissal of the "New Sehwag" - Dhawan, gave a huge momentum to the Aussies. Siddle bowled with his tail up & captured 5 wkts. It is sad to see the so-called best rated Umpires like Aleem-Dar & Dharmasena, giving such blatantly wrong decisions against Indians, when they Umpire. If Pujara got going, the Aussie attack would have been made to look just as poor as it was earlier on Day 3. What a difference one Umpiring blunder can make!. Vijay was great to knock off a second century, in a row. Nevertheless Kohli & Kumar tried to revive the innings to some extent but the lead remained restricted to just 91 instead of >200. Hughes managed to stay at the crease & survived many edges + half chances. He scored his runs in a similar fashion to Warner & Cowan in the first innings, riding on Luck.His luck may run out in the first hour on Day 5 & India get the momentum to round off the innings with<150 runs to win + time left to win!

  • realfan on March 17, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    ohh yes... kohli's role is to play with the tail enders.....just like vvs does all his career.....

  • USIndianFan on March 17, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Curious. Keep hearing calls for Tendulkar's head. If he had not clicked in the first match, India might not have been where they are today. He initiated the attack and effectively stopped the slide. Even today he was looking a lot better than the rest. and by the way, @cricketsunami, before we consider the new weapons as good-enough, let see how they perform over any period of time.

    Until then, let's be happy that we are not getting thrashed as usual..

  • realfan on March 17, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    @TheBigBoodha and that lbw was with the help of great ALEEM DHAR

  • I_m_AKS on March 17, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    BK is showing his class, MSD must give more overs to this lad than Ishant, he is able to take a fifer tomorrow and swing IND towards win. MSD should make attacking approach 2morow if he wants a win. All the best IND!

  • RamCruz on March 17, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    ...contd... He would do well to save himself & all Indians much embarrassment by announcing his retirement at the end of this series. Time to concentrate on your IPL mullah, buddy.

  • GRVJPR on March 17, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    Watching the techniques of some of the top order australian batsmen, Suresh Raina would be really feeling unlucky. In fact he told that he will learn seeng aussie top order how to negotiate short pitch stuff but what he has found is that they can't even handle full pitch 120 kph balls. Bad Luck Raina.

  • Clyde on March 17, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    It was nice to see the Australian spin bowling laid bare. The optimism, even jingoism, was countered by Indian batsmen going the tonk against tripe so bad it appeared they had not prepared for it. It was exciting for the Australian I am. I do think these three are the best we've got till someone comes along who can put enough spin on the ball. Meanwhile I will enjoy the big-hitting, knowing it really is, at last, the bottom of the barrel we are looking at. The hype has been found out, gloriously. I think a lot of people will be pleased, because now we will be on the lookout for anyone who can put plenty of revolutions on the ball and not pretending they shouldn't get knocked for a few hundred in the process.

  • Thefakebook on March 17, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    I think it'll be a tame draw tomorrow.OZs finally can relax its not a white wash even though I think OZ are gonna pull a miracle tomorrow.Believe in the OZ

  • on March 17, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    This match has interestingly poised now which may have aresult in India's favour ,though much will depend upon swing merchant BK and Michal Clark injury position .Overall after being relatively slow RR and quick fall of wickets after Murali ,India put good resistance by VK to remoe remotest of possibilities of India loosing .If Bhuvi goes tommorow in same way as today and supported by in-out form Ishant ,India even can chase atarget 150-180 with Dhawan's devil fom and some of best T-20 and one day players in rank even Dhoni can promote himself,overall day 5 is to be watch out ..

  • bumsonseats on March 17, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    the pujara was a poor one but am i alone to hope india get hit hard and often with decisions similar to this. for without the DRS these happenings would be eliminated. by the way cowens was out similar on appeal, it would have gone with the umpire

  • Barnesy4444 on March 17, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    If Hughes scores 150 n.o. and saves the test will everybody get off his back? It's no coincidence that he was effectively opening today facing the quicks with a new ball. Clarke can't open and Hughes can't play spinners on dustbowls in the middle order, so what?

  • Srini_Indian on March 17, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    Well, sour grapes from Aussie fans. Cowan was plumb lbw, even Hayden thought the same. Oh, then what about Pujara decision? No Indian fans are complaining, I thought it was out too.

  • bumsonseats on March 17, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    popcorn as MJ has yet to be selected on this tour and i think he only played at the WACA to my memory. so perhaps you and not CA are of that opinion. patty and starc would have been the pacers which would have meant siddle would not have been selected, so you get my drift the guy who 5 wickets would not have been selected.when i looked this morning it was to my surprise that siddle took 5 as i thought he looked least likely as the previous night he looked to be carrying a knock.

  • I-Like-Cricket on March 17, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    I'd like to draw everyone's attention to the Sheffield Shield top run scorers list. Ponting is far and away the top scorer of the competition averaging 87+ with three 100s including a top score of 200* and another four scores of 50 or more. This list proves two things that I think most cricket enthusiasts already knew, Ponting is still by far Australia's next best batsman after Clarke at the moment and that Chris Rogers, who is in second place with an average just under 50 should have been the first pick over Cowan to open for Aus. That being said I'd like to see Cowan take the number 6 role, he's proved (with his top score against South Africa) that he has the temperament to not only put a million dollar price tag on his wicket (he was unlucky to be out today) but to attack when he sees fit and you'd see more of that with him at 6. I don't see Australia having much of a problem since they've crammed 4 openers into the line-up already.

  • Temuzin on March 17, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    Posted by Aaruni on (March 17, 2013, 12:53 GMT) Armed Forces across the globe have a philosophy toward small-arms weaponry.

    Good try. But the new weaponry has already arrived (Rahane, Rayadu etc.) and has started rusting becoz army is clinging to its oldest weapon ( Tendulkar) only for sentimental (financial) reasons. This will cause army some set backs if it has not already caused. Didn't you see the new weapons ( Dhawan, Pujara and Vijay) which were left in their sheaths for want of other old sentimental weapons (sehwag, dravid and Gambhir) just obliterated opposition at first opportunity of their uses?

  • on March 17, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Lets see if Aussies can save this test and make count for the rainhelp. Very well done India.

  • Leggie on March 17, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Indian cricket fans watch out.. (including me). When the ball did do something of the pitch or in the air, we lost 8 wickets for 110 runs. If this is the kind of middle order we have, SA will thrash India in their home series. All hopes of becoming #1 in world cricket again is seems far fetched seeing this performance!

  • on March 17, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    @ Silverbails--- I seriously think people should be a bit positive minded .... But u seem to be too much critical about our team . Well i Think from what aussies have done this series , India have a 70% chance of victory.

  • on March 17, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Hughes loves big scores and usually cashes in when he gets the opportunity. Here's hoping that trend continues! Australia have to play naturally for as long as possible to have any hope of saving this game. The amount of runs scored is vitally important and if they all just try to bat time they will drop like dominoes.

  • Jayzuz on March 17, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Well done overall for the Aussies today, turning it into a match. The ball started swinging around today, which I assume was due to increases in humidity (nothing there for either team yesterday, and the pitch had nothing for the pacers off the wicket). India will still probably win the game, but if Australia can bat till tea they will save it. This whole series has been pretty much the same. One freak innings from an Indian batsman who just throws the bat at everything, and not much from everyone else.

  • Resultpredictor on March 17, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    With Clarke nursing an injury there is a great chance for India to make it 3-0 tomorrow. GO INDIA GO.

  • Mitty2 on March 17, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Woops my mistake, meant 'ball' not 'bowl'.

    And I might have placed a huge exaggeration on the 'clearly missing the stumps part', but I definitely saw it pitch outside leg. Not too big a blunder by the ump, and the pujara decision was most definitely a blunder, but on TV, I didn't hear an edge at all and thought he was gone for all money. And it's even harder when there is the sound of the Indian crowd.

    @jmcilhinney, all though I want khawaja in the team more than anything, because I just think he's technique is capable of countering and surviving spin, swing/seam and pace and bounce. He looks a better batsmen than his FC average of 42-43, but it's becoming evident that he is increasingly becoming like Shane Watson. Reports that he lacks team discipline and work ethic, that he is not team orientated, and the not completing the homework task verifies this. Not to mention that he sometimes plays around his pads after planting the front foot and does get out after making a start.

  • Temuzin on March 17, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Posted by AbAdvani on (March 17, 2013, 12:22 GMT) Pragyan Ojha and Ishant Sharma need to take a leaf out of how to bat from the Aussie tail

    Completely agree. These two must learn how to bat. Becoz as bowlers if they dont get much wickets they become passengers Ojha should also learn how to field. He competes with R ashwin for the title of worst India fielder.

  • Jadejafan on March 17, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    I was disappointed from our collapse today with the bat a little worrying considering the same thing happened in the last test match but nevertheless we played well.

  • Aaruni on March 17, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Armed Forces across the globe have a philosophy toward small-arms weaponry. Any Army typically has weapons in three different stages of life. One-third of its arsenal would be spanking brand new, latest technology weapons straight out of the ordnance factory. A third of the total weapons would be in their middle ages, tried and tested and rendering yeomen service for their owners. Finally, the last third of these weapons would be in the fag of their lives. They might be doing pretty well, or would not be doing all that well. In either case, they are there till the proper replacements arrive. Those chanting 'Tendulkar must go' must realise that an 'old weapon' cannot be replaced at one's whims and fancies. India has the luxury of trying out the best of 'weapons' in circulation (read 'first class'), to zero in on a suitable replacement. In the meantime, Tendulkar will and must 'fire' his best, and help other new 'weapons' with the 'bedding in' process.

  • vgsr on March 17, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    In every match this series , the Indian batting has revolved around 2 or so batsmen, making big scores. In every match this series, the Indian innings has ended prematurely. Same in Chandigarh. Its all glossed over in the wins. But the problems are still to be addressed and come SA, The Indians will be exposed once again , like it happened in the England series .

  • on March 17, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    Australia may have thought they did well today...but 10 wickets for 216 runs is not such a comeback, considering there were 283 recorded before that. In 21 overs Australia have lost three wickets, the same three who scored well in the 1st innings minus Starc. Only the weaker batsmen remain and dont forget India bowled 108 overs on day 1, so they will push in a few. India will push hard and Australia should introspect on how they've got into a potentially losing position in three days. Only two results possible from here... an Indian win or a draw.

  • Silverbails on March 17, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    The first hour's going to be crucial to the outcome of this match, although I would say that with this poor Indian bowling unit - renowned for having trouble taking out the tail of nearly ALL Test-playing teams - that a probable draw is on the cards. So, at least the Aussies will save themselves from a humiliating whitewash, unlike this Indian Test team, particularly when they play away from home conditions!! Anyway, let's see what happens, although I'm NOT really holding my breath on this being anything other than a tame draw. Let's hope that I'm wildly wrong, although with the 'defensive' Dhoni, what more can one say?!?!...

  • on March 17, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Was the Indian batting poor, davidpk? Pujara was not out. Kohli batted well. SRT was okay. They only have 5 batsmen. The BCCI is very stupid. DRS must be there and it must offer the the third umpire the right to overrule the on field umpire and offer him all the technology that exists.

  • on March 17, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    Another win for India on the cards. Lovely display of swing bowling by bowlers of both the teams. Wonder where this has been hiding so far in the match. At least now it looks like a contest.

  • SamRoy on March 17, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Cowan's decision was a 50-50 one. It was fair enough both ways. Pujara's was a blunder (big inside edge on the pad). Kettleborough is having a great game and outshining Aleem Dar by a long way. That Mitchell Starc first over with the second new ball was a great example. Got all four decisions absolutely correct.

  • jmcilhinney on March 17, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    Well played Phil Hughes. If anyone ever needed to make a score, he did here. I reckon that he'll be in the Ashes squad no matter what happens in India because the selectors will figure that a weakness against spin won't necessarily matter in England. This series won't be the end of him but a poor Ashes should and probably will be, for a few years at least. Will a 50 be enough for him to keep his place for the final game in this series? How stupid will Usman Khawaja look if he misses out on the next game because Hughes comes good at the eleventh hour in a game that he wouldn't be playing if Khawaja had just written down those three points for the coach?

  • on March 17, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    i think india has played really well.... there is no chance 4 aussies to come back .. the way aussie played , they really deserve whitewash by 4-0 .... aussies have always given tough time to asian teams in australian pitch ..they did whitewash to india pak and very recently to the srilanka .now their time to heod shamefull series :)

  • AbAdvani on March 17, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Pragyan Ojha and Ishant Sharma need to take a leaf out of how to bat from the Aussie tail -granted, the team may not suffer much in the Indian sub-continent but they should not get lulled into not improving their batting (and become a better all round player) especially when the team goes overseas. Ojha seriously needs to take some batting lessons -rarely have I seen a tailender leave such a gaping gap between the bat and pad for a football to go through.

  • Mitty2 on March 17, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    @popcorn, the thing is, Warner is needed. His average considering his style and his relative inexperience is still pretty good. Once he gets that mental aspect right, he will be a star.

    I say that he is needed, is because you can't just have two openers who are solely defensive; they can get out any time to a bowl that is just unplayable. The shine and the newness of the bowl is prolonged when you have two defensive openers and so there is more likelihood of just getting a bowl that is too good for you. Just check out the SA and pak series; pak were bowled out consistenty for such minimal scores because they didn't have the confidence and they didn't counter attack to make it easier for the batsmen who are yet to come in. This is easier said than done, but trust me, it's needed. It's why amla is so effective at the top of the order and it's why Warner has demoralized the SA attack in Adelaide and the Indian attack in Perth. He is the x-factor; he can get out cheaply, but he is needed

  • DeathKnell on March 17, 2013, 12:20 GMT

    India Squandered the lead, converting an "easy win" to "all 3 results possible" scenario.

  • broken_chairs on March 17, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    real happy for hughes, knew he had it in him

  • bumsonseats on March 17, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    not so many indian writers on today, how poor was the indian batting other than the openers. do the aussies still have a chance ?, perhaps not. the wicket still seems to be playing well so expect the aussies will have to bat to tea, that with the extra 1/2 hour will see them safe, as i feel india will not chase as they did not go for the game during the WIs tour.

  • Temuzin on March 17, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Posted by Santhosh Raja on (March 17, 2013, 11:47 GMT) 10 wickets for 210 runs? What if there is no Dhawan n Vijay, Assuming with Shewag and Gambhir we might have started follow on now and must be racing to defeat by this time.. oh god you have saved the Indian team

    Liked it but which God you are referring to. Tendulkar or the other one :)

  • on March 17, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    @ Shaggy07 and Mitty2 - Cowan was plumb LBW. I saw it on TV and it was plumb. Pitched in line, and was taking the middle stump. Spot on decision. Even the commentators (including Haydos) said so. Please do not provide incorrect facts here.

  • venkat1969 on March 17, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    I fully agree with hvijay.1985 - Cowan was absolutely plumb. Pujara was unlucky in the morning. I don't think Australia will survive tomorrow not easy. Also India will go through, but not easily, if both seamers get going like they did, otherwise it is as easy win as peace of cake

  • Wallaroo on March 17, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Nice recovery by Australia. I really hope this is a turnaround for Hughes and not just a once off. Even if it's a draw, show what you can do best and prove your detractors wrong.

    Long live Aussie cricket.

  • heathrf1974 on March 17, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Better day for Australia with disciplined bowling. Good to see Hughes getting some runs. However, India are in control.

  • Temuzin on March 17, 2013, 11:55 GMT

    Tendulkar should go. Lets see what much talked about Ojha can do here. Its fifth day wicket and he is supposed to be the BEST BOWLER India has. Come on Ojha show us what you got. Win this match for India.

  • OneEyedAussie on March 17, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Tomorrow is a big opportunity for Hughes and Henriques to further their claim to a more permanent position in the side. Australia will need to bat until tea to ensure a draw - but can they do it? Someone needs to make a hundred tomorrow for that to happen IMO.

  • popcorn on March 17, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    This Australian Bowling Unit has shown how that they are a force to reckon with - EVEN if they are considered to be a second string attack after Pattinson and Johnson were dropped. THIS is Mickey Arthur's doing - moulding the Team together - EACH ONE PLAYING for the Team. David Warner is an IRRESPONSIBLE Opener.He flashed at the WACA and lost the game for us against South Africa. He flashed again at Mohali and got out. Those favouring his inclusion like Ian Chappell may say THIS IS THE WAY HE PLAYS - so I say, let him play like that in Twenty 20 or ODIs.Not in Test Cricket. We ALWAYS have our hearts in our mouths. Compare him with other left hander Openers - Simon Katich, Mathew Hayden, Justin Langer,Mark Taylor. All balanced, steady,solid.They believe in BUILDING a platform ,a foundation for the rest of the batsmen. NOW will you open your eyes,please? David Warner is UNDEPENDABLE. He should be sacked.

  • on March 17, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    10 wickets for 210 runs? What if there is no Dhawan n Vijay, Assuming with Shewag and Gambhir we might have started follow on now and must be racing to defeat by this time.. oh god you have saved the Indian team

  • Shaggy076 on March 17, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    hvijay.1985 - I agree with Mitty2 I believe the Cowan decision was poor. Well down the track and the bowler with a lot of angle. How does that umpire decide that was pitched in line and hitting is beyond me. Slow motion replays showed just pitched outside and serious doubt whether it would have gone on to hit the stumps.

  • TheBigBoodha on March 17, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    Overall, this has been an incredibly good day for Australia. Can't believe the haters. India were basically 0-300 a few hours ago. The reality is that all it will now take is for one or two Australian batsmen to put together decent scores, and the game will be out of India's reach. They have shown great fighting spirit today, especially when you consider that Cowan - our best rear-guard fighter - was given out on a dodgy call - even you know this, @hvijay.1985. :-). Strange how the same thing happened in the previous Indian tour, with M Hussey - our best rearguard fighter - given out LBW in both second innings of both test with the ball heading down leg side.

  • DylanBrah on March 17, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Admittedly, I had given up on Hughes after the first innings... was thinking of who to replace him. I don't know where this 50 came from, and I missed this innings from him unfortunately, but if his strike rate combined with the number of 4's he hit is anything to go by, it looks as though he is playing his natural game... I wish him all the best tomorrow.. always have done.. for the sake of the team, Phil Hughes, please play the innings of your life.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on March 17, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    Kudos to the Aus. bowlers for getting India all out for under 500; I was half expecting a huge total for the loss of few wickets this morning from India. 53 runs off Hughes's bat? Really? Did I pick up the wrong mug this morning... Smith couldn't repeat his first innings heroics, but I see Lyon's still there and Clarke has moved back down the order - could be some fun still to come!

  • satish_XI on March 17, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    And then they said " PITCH IS 'FLAT' " ...!!! :D

  • JayanDamodaran on March 17, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Well, it was a really good cricketing day! The pitch played perfect. Neither the batsmen nor the bowlers can complain. From an Australian perspective, they bowled really well and put brakes to the Indian juggernaut and were able to chop the tail within no time. But was that a bane or a boon? The fact is that three of their front line batsmen have already let them down. The absence of Michael Clarke in the middle creates more doubts about his fragile back. On a positive note, Australia has not yet lost the game. If Hughes battles it around for a session or more and the others contribute in bits and pieces, they can last till tea tomorrow. Then Aussies can breathe! It won't be easy for India to chase more than 150 runs in the last session. The only nagging thought that might worry the Aussie think tank would be the fact that Ashwin has taken 5 wickets or more 5 times in the second innings of the opposition!

  • balu.indian on March 17, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Hey.. come on mitty. Be fair. When you guys play well on greentops, you call yourself masters and when Indians play well on flat tracks we are called bullies.. Come on.. Is this fair??

  • maddy20 on March 17, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    @Mitty2 You are erring by equating Cowan with Pujara. As evident from last game Pujara+Vijay > (Australia x 2)! Would have been a daunting prospect for Aus had he played like he has been for some time now!

  • hvijay.1985 on March 17, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    @Mitty2 on (March 17, 2013, 10:31 GMT) : Cowan was as plumb LBW as can be, and you know it. Don't misdirect your frustration.

  • Riz000 on March 17, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    Being a Pakistani Fan i must say Australia look weaker then Zimbabwe Ed Cowan averaging 32 as an opening batsman compare him to hayden or Gilchrist Warner is not a test materiel Phil Hughes needs to resign Michael Clarke=full of politics bottom line is Aus are no good until they sort out their own team problem my team wld be Simon Katich,Shane watson,Usman Khawaja,Michael Clarke,George Baily, Steven Smith,Tim Paine,Mitchell Johnson,Pat cummins,James pattison,Mitchell Starc.

  • disco_bob on March 17, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Well we knew Australia were not going to win this series and it would be a test of character for the Aussies and this proved to be true. Hughes sunk to his lowest point but he managed to get himself extricated from the straight jacket he was being fitted for and it looks like surviving with a 50 today will be the turning point in his career. I must say that I had given up hope for Hughes, but I am once again heartened by his gutsy comeback. He will certainly play in the 4 test and I can see him playing a big innings tomorrow.

  • VinodGupte on March 17, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    this is why players like warne and sehwag have no place at the top. they'll score a breezy hundred in one game and do nothing worthwhile in the next 15, exposing #3 to the new ball. AUS should demote warner to a lower batting position or simply play without him.

  • Mitty2 on March 17, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Knew that the lack of DRS couldn't favor us for too long. Even after it being markedly in india's favor for the first two matches, knew it wouldn't even out. After pujara's wrong decision, i was hoping that maybe this was a sign that maybe we could have some luck, but no, cowan is given out erreneously for the second time. Clearly missing the stumps and probably pitched outside leg too. Oh well, after kumar getting two wrong decisions to his name against cowan, at least he can boost his bowling average!

  • on March 17, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Well bowled Peter Siddle,a five for in India is not be sneezed at.

  • CricketChn82 on March 17, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Where is Mr.Jayzuz ?, He was complaining about pitches yesterday.Siddle 5 for,Starc 2 wickets,Aussie Spinners are actually sub standard.I think JayZuz wiil agree by now and Dhawan had extraordinary Debut yesterday.Mr.Jayzuz will you agree now ??

  • Nish_US on March 17, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Once again Dhoni opting for the part time spin in Jadeja than a specialist spinner in Ojha

  • whofriggincares on March 17, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    What terrible shot by Warner. I have no doubt he has been told to play his natural game but he has to be smarter than that. If we happen to lose this test that shot will have a lot to do with it. Harsh but true.

  • Mitty2 on March 17, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Brilliant siddle. Brilliant starc. To think that if the homework incident hadn't have happened the fast bowlers would've been Patto and johnson. This pitch is incredibly flat, and for siddle and starc to learn how to bowl on these types of pitches is very good for when England prepare flat tracks/turners to negate our superior pace attack. I think that Lyon will learn a lot from how he bowled today, and all though he didn't get any wickets, he looked threatening when he bowled slower, he will stay in the set up and get better and better. For us to bowl them out today when they were almost 300 for no wickets on an ungiving pitch against notorious flat track bullies with doherty in the attack is promising and positive. If only we could bring in o'keefe for doherty for the fourth test and we might have a chance of winning, especially because it will be a raging turner. Will be very interesting to see how Hughes bats, the last chance? Again? He does have the ability to adapt.

  • whofriggincares on March 17, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    This innings illustrates perfectly why Siddle is so valuable to the side. Yeah I know no new ball wickets at the beginning of the innings and yes they made 499, but he proved why Clarke (and any captain for that matter) needs his type of bowler in a side. Lots of people calling for him to be axed prior to this test, how quickly they forget how he has bowled his guts out for his country for a long period of time.

  • Yuji9 on March 17, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan a.k.a 'Da One' gave India a chance to win this Test match now it seems Tendulkar has taken it away - Indian selectors have a massive pool of talent to choose from and batsmen who turn 40 this year should be the first to go

  • GRVJPR on March 17, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    @S.Seshachalam Imagine If Rahul dravid wouldn't have got 5 times bowled out in australia, we could have won that series, by your logic. Things don't work in life just by imagining my friend.

  • Arrow011 on March 17, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    No matter how well the Indians play they are not a winning team, they can at best be another South Africa or England, not the Australian team which had Warne & Mc Grath. That Asutralian team used to win even from losing postions, declarations were superbly timed, there was never a dull draw. I am not an Australian but that team really was the best winners team. Nowadays people say South Africa & England are best but these 2 teams are best of the worst nothing great. We still see so many draw tests involving these 2 teams.

    Look at Virat Kohli's scoring rate he seems to take India for a draw as of tea, even Shikar Dhawan said there were no instructions to play fast that itself shows there is no game plan in place. When they luckily outscore Australia then they will see if declaration is a possibility, how stupid. You have to force a win not expect to win. Only Australian team until 2005 used to think WIN & nothing else.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on March 17, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    "Kohli resists with half century" Is this headline a joke? Should be "India's cowardly retreat to accept a draw.." Gutless batting by Tendukar and Kohli, such a shame to watch.

  • Big_Maxy_Walker on March 17, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    this demolition of the aussie attack by the Indians has a silver lining for aussie fans. This will hopefully be the end of lyon and Doherty in the national side. Doherty is an average odi spinner, and we are told lyon keeps on improving and learning and so on, but he still hardly spins it, bowls too fast and too wide of the crease, and he rushes through his overs without much thought. Agar, okeefe, and fawad are the future, while part timers like smith, warner and Clarke can help out from time to time. No more all rounders who cant hold their place in the side based on one discipline. Specialist openers, number 3, middle order, spinner, wicketkeeper(based on keeping first) and fast bowlers please.

  • vishwa500 on March 17, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    bhuvi looks like a better batsman than jadeja. jadeja is a bowler in international level and batsmen in domestic level.

  • Nish_US on March 17, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    Outside India, what you need is a fast bowling alrounder, hopefully Irfan or Bhuvi can fill that slot

  • VinodGupte on March 17, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    b kumar, r ashwin are better all-rounders than jadeja. i hope they don't make the mistake of selecting him to SA.

  • Nish_US on March 17, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Tendulkar is part of good partnerships that have stabilized the innings, even though he has not got any big runs... With all three in the Fab Four out of the team and Viru and Gauti losing their places due to bad form, Tendulkar's role is very important... Do not make the same mistake that AUS have made... Without him, there wont be any top order batsmen who have played any significant games outside of India .....You need someone with experience on how to bat outside the sub-continent, how to handle the pace and bounce...... to guide the youngsters......

    If Rahane and Tiwari cannot find a place due to Yuvi, Raina and Jadeja in TESTS... they can definitely wait a little longer for the Master..

  • S.Seshachalam on March 17, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    Let's not get carried away by our performances in Chennai and Hyderabad....the bitter fact is our middle order is still very very brittle...imagine if our top order had not fired in Chennai,Hyderabad and even in Mohali....time for real serious introspection inspite of our recent victories...

  • GeoffreysMother on March 17, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    ThwBigBoodha - I know , it is unfair isn't it. Those Indian's keep hitting the ball with the bat: usually to the boundary.

  • Nish_US on March 17, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Tendulkar went into a shell as soon as Doherty came on... no close in fielders at that point.. but they batted too slow, which gave Clarke the opportunity to put close in fielders again.....

  • ramarama on March 17, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    ndia are back out to face this over before lunch. M Vijay takes first strike. Starc will bowl. Three slips and a gully. Starc loses the ball in the follow-through, it hits the stumps at the non-striker's end, and Dhawan is backing up. Had Australia appealed, Dhawan would have been out without facing a ball in his debut innings (A late correction here: even if Australia had appealed, there would have been a huge debate, and it is highly unlikely Dhawan would have been given out. Most important counter to the appeal would have been that the ball slipped accidentally out of Starc's hand, and a mankading has to be intentional) " "Not so.If a ball played hits bowlers hand and hits the non strikers wicket one is given out. It need not be intentional"

  • Nish_US on March 17, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Sure Jadeja can bat higher than Ojha and has once again proved how valuable he is with the

    bat....This showing with the bat on the subcontinent definitely augurs well for the future tests

    outside of India.... Thanks all the supporters that have backed The only Sir from India

  • Nish_US on March 17, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    My take on DRS - It should be there as it helps the umpires make better decisions....but do not make it a gamble, the way it is now... but let the umpire be the one who decides which ones to refer... Better give the third umpire the power to override on glaring mistakes like the inside edges on LBWs. Once the on field umpire refers it to the third umpire.. let the third umpire make the decision with the information available to him..... do not go through the circus.. after all the third umpire is equally qualified (or should be)

  • Nish_US on March 17, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Sure Jadeja can bat higher than Ojha and has once again proved how valuable he is with the bat....This showing with the bat on the subcontinent definitely augurs well for the future tests outside of India.... Thanks all the supporters that have backed Sir

  • S.Seshachalam on March 17, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Once again the great Tendulkar gets out at a crucial stage of the match....same thing happened in Hyderabad....where is the great experience and team work !!!Let all bigh names be shunted out of Team India!! See the result of shunting out Sehwag and Gambhir.....bring Rahane in immediately for 4th test...Mr Selectors...let's have the same yardstick in selection...

  • Mitty2 on March 17, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Tendulkar's trait of playing too tentatively before a break proves to be his downfall yet again. Pujara was unlucky, all though siddle deserved a wicket, and dhawan's wicket can be accredited to clarke's captaincy. Aus have a habit of whenever we bowl badly the day before, we come back, bowl to a tighter plan, and it usually pays off (see the gabba match on day 2, even chennai on day three to a certain extent).

    Doherty looks as innocuous as ever, we can only imagine if SOK was selected. His FC average on unhelpful pitches is now a very good 26.5. starc does have the potential to be very very good, but when the conditions don't suit him he struggles, and that stops any bowler from becoming great. I daresay that bird would prosper in any conditions, much like a particular Glenn mgcrath. Siddle relies on seam movement and thus will never prosper in India. Lyon today has bowled well so far on a very flat pitch. The 400 total is a very poor score IMO, the pitch gives absolutely nothing.

  • TheBigBoodha on March 17, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    Great to see Australia got their first LBW of the series. Only took 2 1/2 games. 10 more to go to match India.

  • GRVJPR on March 17, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    I can't see too many aussies not compalining about DRS, Now that pujara is out to a huge inside edge. It is as if as long as DRS benefits you you come out and support its presence. It is nit there, yet benefits you, keep quiet!

  • GRVJPR on March 17, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    I can't see too many aussies not compalining about DRS, Now that pujara is out to a huge inside edge. It is as if as long as DRS benefits you you come out and support its presence. It is nit there, yet benefits you, keep quiet!

  • TheBigBoodha on March 17, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    Great to see Australia got their first LBW of the series. Only took 2 1/2 games. 10 more to go to match India.

  • Mitty2 on March 17, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Tendulkar's trait of playing too tentatively before a break proves to be his downfall yet again. Pujara was unlucky, all though siddle deserved a wicket, and dhawan's wicket can be accredited to clarke's captaincy. Aus have a habit of whenever we bowl badly the day before, we come back, bowl to a tighter plan, and it usually pays off (see the gabba match on day 2, even chennai on day three to a certain extent).

    Doherty looks as innocuous as ever, we can only imagine if SOK was selected. His FC average on unhelpful pitches is now a very good 26.5. starc does have the potential to be very very good, but when the conditions don't suit him he struggles, and that stops any bowler from becoming great. I daresay that bird would prosper in any conditions, much like a particular Glenn mgcrath. Siddle relies on seam movement and thus will never prosper in India. Lyon today has bowled well so far on a very flat pitch. The 400 total is a very poor score IMO, the pitch gives absolutely nothing.

  • S.Seshachalam on March 17, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Once again the great Tendulkar gets out at a crucial stage of the match....same thing happened in Hyderabad....where is the great experience and team work !!!Let all bigh names be shunted out of Team India!! See the result of shunting out Sehwag and Gambhir.....bring Rahane in immediately for 4th test...Mr Selectors...let's have the same yardstick in selection...

  • Nish_US on March 17, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Sure Jadeja can bat higher than Ojha and has once again proved how valuable he is with the bat....This showing with the bat on the subcontinent definitely augurs well for the future tests outside of India.... Thanks all the supporters that have backed Sir

  • Nish_US on March 17, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    My take on DRS - It should be there as it helps the umpires make better decisions....but do not make it a gamble, the way it is now... but let the umpire be the one who decides which ones to refer... Better give the third umpire the power to override on glaring mistakes like the inside edges on LBWs. Once the on field umpire refers it to the third umpire.. let the third umpire make the decision with the information available to him..... do not go through the circus.. after all the third umpire is equally qualified (or should be)

  • Nish_US on March 17, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Sure Jadeja can bat higher than Ojha and has once again proved how valuable he is with the

    bat....This showing with the bat on the subcontinent definitely augurs well for the future tests

    outside of India.... Thanks all the supporters that have backed The only Sir from India

  • ramarama on March 17, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    ndia are back out to face this over before lunch. M Vijay takes first strike. Starc will bowl. Three slips and a gully. Starc loses the ball in the follow-through, it hits the stumps at the non-striker's end, and Dhawan is backing up. Had Australia appealed, Dhawan would have been out without facing a ball in his debut innings (A late correction here: even if Australia had appealed, there would have been a huge debate, and it is highly unlikely Dhawan would have been given out. Most important counter to the appeal would have been that the ball slipped accidentally out of Starc's hand, and a mankading has to be intentional) " "Not so.If a ball played hits bowlers hand and hits the non strikers wicket one is given out. It need not be intentional"

  • Nish_US on March 17, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Tendulkar went into a shell as soon as Doherty came on... no close in fielders at that point.. but they batted too slow, which gave Clarke the opportunity to put close in fielders again.....

  • GeoffreysMother on March 17, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    ThwBigBoodha - I know , it is unfair isn't it. Those Indian's keep hitting the ball with the bat: usually to the boundary.