India v Australia, 3rd Test, Mohali March 14, 2013

Incessant rain washes out first day

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No play on day 1 between India and Australia
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Persistent rain made sure even the toss didn't take place on the first day of the third Test in Mohali. It began raining around 3am, and continued well into the morning.

When it stopped raining, the ground staff went to work on the covers that had puddles of water. The outfield seemed to have drained well, but the covers needed at least a couple of hours of work. However, the drizzle returned shortly, laying to rest any hopes of play.

If every thing goes right, the toss will now take place on the second morning and play will start half an hour early on each of the remaining days. The forecast for the remaining days is better, although spells of rain are expected on day two.

India, who lead the series 2-0, did not name their XI but Australia confirmed their line-up, with Matthew Wade ruled out due to his ankle injury and Glenn Maxwell made 12th man. That meant Brad Haddin was included for his first Test in more than a year, while Steven Smith was also named for the first time since the 2010-11 Ashes. The decision to rule four players out due to disciplinary issues meant Australia had only 12 men to choose from, and they recalled the offspinner Nathan Lyon to bowl alongside the left-armer Xavier Doherty.

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  • Albert_cambell on March 15, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    For those who think i am an Aussie fan. I never mentioned anywhere as i am aussie fan. I am protea fan actually. I cant wait till we thrash this ordinary indian team, when they visit us this november. Their 8-0 will become 11-0 and this will give shame on all of their fans. Probably Zim will play better than this substandard team in overseas condition.

  • maddy20 on March 15, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    Aussie players will have new assignment added to their homework - Pray to the rain gods! If things get even more desperate, they will be asked to make PPTs on 3 best ways to pray and appease the rain gods!

  • maddy20 on March 15, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    @ Nampally Looks like you have no idea what you were talking about. I will tell you why You say the head got zapped. By head you meant only "sehwag" I mean really is that a surprise for you? Thats why he got zapped from the team. The rest of them were out trying to quicken the pace on a turning day 3 wicket. Do you honestly think Maxwell would have got 4 wickets otherwise? And the guy you are suggesting to replace Jadeja, Rahane has done no better. Jadeja has atleast picked wickets. Rahane averages 25 after 16 ODIs and is enroute to become the next Rohit Sharma. Manoj Tiwary, Unmukt Chand and even Manish Pandey are far better players. Rahane fanboys must undersand he can play only "Hit and Giggle" cricket not even ODIs, let alone tests. He was ruffled by the Englishmen at both home and away. Pakistani seamers dismissed him before his 2 minute noodles could cook! The only changes I would make to this team Ishant out Shammi in, Bhajji out Tiwary in(to give him some practice before SA)

  • Nampally on March 14, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    @kkk777: I named the 4 out of top 6 to state that these 4 cannot succeed consistently in every test.What happens if these 4 guys jointly fail?Don't forget Pakistan recently had India 29 for 4!. In the second test it was Pujara who got a double century & Vijay 174. After these 2 were out, the Last 6 wkts. fell for less than 100 runs. The head (#1 bat) got zapped & "Tail" collapsed. All I am emphasising is consistency is not the forte of the Indian batsmen. Only Pujara has shown that determination in the past & now Dhoni in this series. So India needs to reinforce their batting with one more specialist batsmen like Rahane in place of Jadeja + a specialist bowler, Ojha replacing Harbhajan. Neither Jadeja nor Harbhajan have done much in batting in 2 Tests. Harbhajan, as a bowler, got just 5 wkts. in 4 innings- just over 1 Wkt./innings!

  • jr1972 on March 14, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Look on the bright side, it was the best day of the tour so far for Australia and it gave all of their players the chance to do their homework.

  • kk777 on March 14, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    @Nampally: Hahaha... You named 4 out of top 6 in your "thanks mainly to" list. How many more firing batsman do you want? 11? As for Ojha, Dhoni explained his logic eons ago. Now, whether that was right or wrong can only be proven by the end of the series. Till now it looks fine to me. @Albert_cambell: Err...how old are you again?

  • chaiitu on March 14, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    @ Albert_cambell...Really? Is that what you came up with? Bhuvaneswar Kumar picked the first 3 aussie wickets in Hyderabad which is a spin friendly track. If Your batsmen coudn't handle him on a spin track , how do you expect them to handle him on a seamer friendly pitch in Mohali. worse then kenya bowlers?? so Aus can't ahndle even bowlers who are worse then kenya bowlers?

  • JustIPL on March 14, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    At a time when Indian fans were eying total dominance on the weakened aussies, rain gods have said no. Moisture on the pitch may help fastmen and aussies can benefit and three indian spinners can be too much for this track. while aussies have just two to win the third test.

  • Nampally on March 14, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    I am amazed that Dhoni has NOT announced his XI on Day 1 of the Test match, even if it was washed out. Will MSD go with the same team as in the first 2 Test with Dhawan substituting Sehwag? Whilst Dhawan was told that he is in XI by MSD, Ojha did not get any such intimation.So it is clear that Ojha will be dropped for the 3 Tests in a row just like Pujara was sacked for 3 ODI's in a row.Any good captain will see some sense & bring back Ojha to replace Bhaji. It also makes sense to see "Oft benched Rahane" to replace Jadeja. Indian batting clicked for the first 2 Tests, thanks mainly to Pujara, SRT, Kohli & Dhoni. Rest of the batting failed. So it is very fragile! Jadeja is a good bowler but not a great batsman. Ojha is definitely better than Jadeja & Bhaji as a bowler & Rahane better than Jadeja as a batsman. Better to have a specialist batsman & a specialist bowler than an All rounder who fails in batting. That is the simple truth. But "Politics" reign supreme in Indian XI selection !

  • Anwaruzz on March 14, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    First time in this tour, end of Day 1 Aussies shared equal honours !! Well done! and a good comeback after the trashing received in the previous two tests, if luck holds like today, maybe you will get to draw this test.

  • Albert_cambell on March 15, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    For those who think i am an Aussie fan. I never mentioned anywhere as i am aussie fan. I am protea fan actually. I cant wait till we thrash this ordinary indian team, when they visit us this november. Their 8-0 will become 11-0 and this will give shame on all of their fans. Probably Zim will play better than this substandard team in overseas condition.

  • maddy20 on March 15, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    Aussie players will have new assignment added to their homework - Pray to the rain gods! If things get even more desperate, they will be asked to make PPTs on 3 best ways to pray and appease the rain gods!

  • maddy20 on March 15, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    @ Nampally Looks like you have no idea what you were talking about. I will tell you why You say the head got zapped. By head you meant only "sehwag" I mean really is that a surprise for you? Thats why he got zapped from the team. The rest of them were out trying to quicken the pace on a turning day 3 wicket. Do you honestly think Maxwell would have got 4 wickets otherwise? And the guy you are suggesting to replace Jadeja, Rahane has done no better. Jadeja has atleast picked wickets. Rahane averages 25 after 16 ODIs and is enroute to become the next Rohit Sharma. Manoj Tiwary, Unmukt Chand and even Manish Pandey are far better players. Rahane fanboys must undersand he can play only "Hit and Giggle" cricket not even ODIs, let alone tests. He was ruffled by the Englishmen at both home and away. Pakistani seamers dismissed him before his 2 minute noodles could cook! The only changes I would make to this team Ishant out Shammi in, Bhajji out Tiwary in(to give him some practice before SA)

  • Nampally on March 14, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    @kkk777: I named the 4 out of top 6 to state that these 4 cannot succeed consistently in every test.What happens if these 4 guys jointly fail?Don't forget Pakistan recently had India 29 for 4!. In the second test it was Pujara who got a double century & Vijay 174. After these 2 were out, the Last 6 wkts. fell for less than 100 runs. The head (#1 bat) got zapped & "Tail" collapsed. All I am emphasising is consistency is not the forte of the Indian batsmen. Only Pujara has shown that determination in the past & now Dhoni in this series. So India needs to reinforce their batting with one more specialist batsmen like Rahane in place of Jadeja + a specialist bowler, Ojha replacing Harbhajan. Neither Jadeja nor Harbhajan have done much in batting in 2 Tests. Harbhajan, as a bowler, got just 5 wkts. in 4 innings- just over 1 Wkt./innings!

  • jr1972 on March 14, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Look on the bright side, it was the best day of the tour so far for Australia and it gave all of their players the chance to do their homework.

  • kk777 on March 14, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    @Nampally: Hahaha... You named 4 out of top 6 in your "thanks mainly to" list. How many more firing batsman do you want? 11? As for Ojha, Dhoni explained his logic eons ago. Now, whether that was right or wrong can only be proven by the end of the series. Till now it looks fine to me. @Albert_cambell: Err...how old are you again?

  • chaiitu on March 14, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    @ Albert_cambell...Really? Is that what you came up with? Bhuvaneswar Kumar picked the first 3 aussie wickets in Hyderabad which is a spin friendly track. If Your batsmen coudn't handle him on a spin track , how do you expect them to handle him on a seamer friendly pitch in Mohali. worse then kenya bowlers?? so Aus can't ahndle even bowlers who are worse then kenya bowlers?

  • JustIPL on March 14, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    At a time when Indian fans were eying total dominance on the weakened aussies, rain gods have said no. Moisture on the pitch may help fastmen and aussies can benefit and three indian spinners can be too much for this track. while aussies have just two to win the third test.

  • Nampally on March 14, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    I am amazed that Dhoni has NOT announced his XI on Day 1 of the Test match, even if it was washed out. Will MSD go with the same team as in the first 2 Test with Dhawan substituting Sehwag? Whilst Dhawan was told that he is in XI by MSD, Ojha did not get any such intimation.So it is clear that Ojha will be dropped for the 3 Tests in a row just like Pujara was sacked for 3 ODI's in a row.Any good captain will see some sense & bring back Ojha to replace Bhaji. It also makes sense to see "Oft benched Rahane" to replace Jadeja. Indian batting clicked for the first 2 Tests, thanks mainly to Pujara, SRT, Kohli & Dhoni. Rest of the batting failed. So it is very fragile! Jadeja is a good bowler but not a great batsman. Ojha is definitely better than Jadeja & Bhaji as a bowler & Rahane better than Jadeja as a batsman. Better to have a specialist batsman & a specialist bowler than an All rounder who fails in batting. That is the simple truth. But "Politics" reign supreme in Indian XI selection !

  • Anwaruzz on March 14, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    First time in this tour, end of Day 1 Aussies shared equal honours !! Well done! and a good comeback after the trashing received in the previous two tests, if luck holds like today, maybe you will get to draw this test.

  • skccochin on March 14, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    Also, Albert_campbell doesn't seems to have watched much cricket, probably new to cricket

  • Bonnie1976 on March 14, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    Lets wait for tomorrow and see who is the winner. Aussie bowlers or Indian batsmen.

    Great day for reality check for both teams. lots of comments but the result will be seen tomorrow. best wishes to India and Australia.

  • samincolumbia on March 14, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    Albert_cambell is not an aussie fan..He is probably a Pakistani/SL fan trying to stir up a fight between Indian and aussie fans.

  • pull_shot on March 14, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    @Albert_cambell ohhh ur team just all out for 70+ against swing of kulasekara. please go on say some things about ur team in seaming conditions

  • pull_shot on March 14, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    @ Albert_cambell sachin is the youngest player to score hundred in australia now by keeping this in mind can u repeat the same words. guys like u say if he score century then its flat pitch though ur players crumble on the same pitch. If a game is finished in india with in 3 days then u say pitch is pathetic where as for some reason that happened in australia u question the ability of indian players shame on u.Please note that warner(5),watson(4), mj(2),henriques(2),smith(2),maxwell(2) all played ipl full season and with champions trophy as well but still they r struggling to get some runs in india which has pathetic bowlers according to u and how would we expect our players they play 1 time for every 4 years to get runs and pick wickets. Forget every thing about it just expect how many extra runs ur batsmen will score against ur bowlers in pitch that assist swing don't forget ur team got humiliated by kulasekara in odi's (aus allout for 70+)

  • LeftBrain on March 14, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    @Albert_cambell - really mate? this same batting line up thrashed your Starc and Siddle in last two tests and ordinat Indian bowlers wrapped your batting line up in less then 100 overs every time...... I am not an Indian fan, nor an Aussie one, so I have no take or interest on who wins or looses, but still, common sense should always be the major factor in commenting. Australian team was very good 5 years ago, they are average since then at favouring conditions, and mediocre in challenging conditions. This is the fact and the sooner Aussie fans realize this, the better it will be for their inflated egos to absorb blows of defeats after defeats in un-familier conditions. I apologize if I seems harsh, my intentions are just to provide a common sense perspective.

  • Albert_cambell on March 14, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    Indians were lucky today. Three days are more than enough to wrap up this indian team. Tomorrow the pitch will be wet due to the heavy rain. Therefore the ball have some more swing. If india comes into bat first, their flat track kings sachin, kohli, pujara, dhoni will be walking wickets against siddle and starc. If Aussies comes to bat first, its not big deal for them. Bhuvaneshwar and Ishant are ordinary bowlers. Probably worse than kenya bowlers. So still Aussie batsmen will thrash them.

  • thebrownie on March 14, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    In case of all 5 days being washed out, are Pattinson, Khawaja and Johnson in contention for the next one or do they have to sit out that one too?

  • VJ_Cricket on March 14, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Result will still be 4-0, past two test matches did not last full five days.

    Maybe wade's ankle will be in a better shape tommo and he is swapped with hughes.

    Also, once they look at the actual pitch, since it was under wrpas today they may switch maxwell for henriques. apart from that they do not have much options.

    Pujara's knee shud be rested so the strain is not aggrevated and bring in Rahane to play in middle order. again, OJHA for HB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Moppa on March 14, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    @jmcilhinney, basically Arthur has admitted that the selectors got it wrong last time, hence the Lyon for Maxwell swap. See the other article on this website re Maxwell missing out.

  • Rahul_78 on March 14, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    @Big_Maxy_Walker Dear Mr.Walker we are not 'Dry Hot Country'. We have town called Cherrapunji which is wettest place on planet earth.

  • Big_Maxy_Walker on March 14, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    i thought india was a dry hot country. oh well best possible result. now all they have to do is pray for nine more days of solid rain

  • jmcilhinney on March 14, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Good to see that, after Australia's performance has consistently worsened over the course of this series, they bucked the trend today and put in a performance that was better than their last. Before I hear it from some Australians, it was good to see the Lions finish on a similar high on their recent tour of Australia. Seriously though, with Australia's team decimated by internal issues and already struggling, they'll probably need much more rain to get out of this one with a draw. It's sad to see because, while I enjoy seeing Australia lose, I want their best team on the field, win lose or draw. While I don't necessarily think Maxwell should have been in for the last Test, it seems unreasonable to drop him after one game and reinstate Lyon who surely hasn't fixed those technical issues Mickey Arthur mentioned already. If Lyon is good enough for this game then he was good enough for the previous game but if Australia need batting then maybe Maxwell should have stayed.

  • thebarmyarmy on March 14, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    A fantastic day for Australia! If only the rain holds on a bit longer they will get out of this series with a 3-0 series result.

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  • thebarmyarmy on March 14, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    A fantastic day for Australia! If only the rain holds on a bit longer they will get out of this series with a 3-0 series result.

  • jmcilhinney on March 14, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Good to see that, after Australia's performance has consistently worsened over the course of this series, they bucked the trend today and put in a performance that was better than their last. Before I hear it from some Australians, it was good to see the Lions finish on a similar high on their recent tour of Australia. Seriously though, with Australia's team decimated by internal issues and already struggling, they'll probably need much more rain to get out of this one with a draw. It's sad to see because, while I enjoy seeing Australia lose, I want their best team on the field, win lose or draw. While I don't necessarily think Maxwell should have been in for the last Test, it seems unreasonable to drop him after one game and reinstate Lyon who surely hasn't fixed those technical issues Mickey Arthur mentioned already. If Lyon is good enough for this game then he was good enough for the previous game but if Australia need batting then maybe Maxwell should have stayed.

  • Big_Maxy_Walker on March 14, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    i thought india was a dry hot country. oh well best possible result. now all they have to do is pray for nine more days of solid rain

  • Rahul_78 on March 14, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    @Big_Maxy_Walker Dear Mr.Walker we are not 'Dry Hot Country'. We have town called Cherrapunji which is wettest place on planet earth.

  • Moppa on March 14, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    @jmcilhinney, basically Arthur has admitted that the selectors got it wrong last time, hence the Lyon for Maxwell swap. See the other article on this website re Maxwell missing out.

  • VJ_Cricket on March 14, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Result will still be 4-0, past two test matches did not last full five days.

    Maybe wade's ankle will be in a better shape tommo and he is swapped with hughes.

    Also, once they look at the actual pitch, since it was under wrpas today they may switch maxwell for henriques. apart from that they do not have much options.

    Pujara's knee shud be rested so the strain is not aggrevated and bring in Rahane to play in middle order. again, OJHA for HB !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • thebrownie on March 14, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    In case of all 5 days being washed out, are Pattinson, Khawaja and Johnson in contention for the next one or do they have to sit out that one too?

  • Albert_cambell on March 14, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    Indians were lucky today. Three days are more than enough to wrap up this indian team. Tomorrow the pitch will be wet due to the heavy rain. Therefore the ball have some more swing. If india comes into bat first, their flat track kings sachin, kohli, pujara, dhoni will be walking wickets against siddle and starc. If Aussies comes to bat first, its not big deal for them. Bhuvaneshwar and Ishant are ordinary bowlers. Probably worse than kenya bowlers. So still Aussie batsmen will thrash them.

  • LeftBrain on March 14, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    @Albert_cambell - really mate? this same batting line up thrashed your Starc and Siddle in last two tests and ordinat Indian bowlers wrapped your batting line up in less then 100 overs every time...... I am not an Indian fan, nor an Aussie one, so I have no take or interest on who wins or looses, but still, common sense should always be the major factor in commenting. Australian team was very good 5 years ago, they are average since then at favouring conditions, and mediocre in challenging conditions. This is the fact and the sooner Aussie fans realize this, the better it will be for their inflated egos to absorb blows of defeats after defeats in un-familier conditions. I apologize if I seems harsh, my intentions are just to provide a common sense perspective.

  • pull_shot on March 14, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    @ Albert_cambell sachin is the youngest player to score hundred in australia now by keeping this in mind can u repeat the same words. guys like u say if he score century then its flat pitch though ur players crumble on the same pitch. If a game is finished in india with in 3 days then u say pitch is pathetic where as for some reason that happened in australia u question the ability of indian players shame on u.Please note that warner(5),watson(4), mj(2),henriques(2),smith(2),maxwell(2) all played ipl full season and with champions trophy as well but still they r struggling to get some runs in india which has pathetic bowlers according to u and how would we expect our players they play 1 time for every 4 years to get runs and pick wickets. Forget every thing about it just expect how many extra runs ur batsmen will score against ur bowlers in pitch that assist swing don't forget ur team got humiliated by kulasekara in odi's (aus allout for 70+)