India v Australia, 4th Test, Delhi, 2nd day

India scrap to lead despite Lyon five

The Report by Daniel Brettig

March 23, 2013

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India 266 for 8 (Vijay 57, Pujara 52, Lyon 5-94) lead Australia 262 (Siddle 51, Ashwin 5-57) by 4 runs
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Nathan Lyon celebrates Virat Kohli's wicket, India v Australia, 4th Test, Delhi, 2nd day, March 23, 2013
Nathan Lyon was in better rhythm than he was all series © BCCI
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Loosened up, aggressive, focused and familiar enough with the conditions, Australia are ready to give India a fright at home. The only trouble for the tourists is that the strongest demonstration of their readiness for the task has arrived with the Test series in its death throes. The captain, Michael Clarke, has already flown home.

Defending a middling 262 on a Delhi pitch that was always less than trustworthy, the stand-in leader Shane Watson marshalled his men handily as India slipped to 266 for 8 by the close. He benefited from a fine display by Nathan Lyon, who spun the ball sharply and landed it with greater consistency than he had managed all series. Peter Siddle, James Pattinson and Mitchell Johnson also contributed useful spells, while in the field the tourists were generally alert and often combative.

Fired initially by the refusal of a very adjacent lbw appeal by Lyon against Sachin Tendulkar, the Australians became decidedly feisty during MS Dhoni's evening stay. Having earlier given Virat Kohli a send-off from the team huddle, David Warner took exception when Dhoni ran down the middle of the pitch while taking a run, moving the umpires to ask Watson to calm his opening batsman down.

All this had the hollow ring of a team fighting back well after the final bell had been rung, but there was consolation to be had for Lyon and Watson, both having endured particularly difficult tours. Certainly the decision to leave Lyon out of the Hyderabad match now appears to be the single most baffling piece of selection for the tour. Australia's least effective portfolio was the over rate, which slinked along at little more than 12 overs an hour.

India stuttered mainly because their batsmen did not go on from starts for the first time all series. Cheteshwar Pujara, M Vijay, Tendulkar, Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja all made starts but none went any further than 58, which was the sort of problem much more familiar to Australia over the preceding three Tests.

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  • Nathan Lyon's 5 for 94 is his third five-wicket haul in Tests and his first against India. His previous two five-fors came against Sri Lanka (on debut) and West Indies.
  • Lyon's bowling performance is the joint-sixth best by a visiting spinner in Delhi and the third-best by an Australian spinner at the venue after Ashley Mallett and Richie Benaud.
  • The 108-run stand between M Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara is the fifth century partnership of the series for India, It is also the second century stand between the two batsmen after the 370 they added in Hyderabad.
  • Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed leg before for the 61st time in Tests. Graham Gooch is a distant second on the list of batsmen with most lbw dismissals (50).
  • Pragyan Ojha became the 18th Indian bowler to pass the 100-wicket mark in Tests. Among the five left-arm spinners who have 100-plus wickets, Ojha has the best strike rate but the third-best average.
  • R Ashwin's 5 for 57 is his ninth five-wicket haul in just 16 Tests. It is also his second-best bowling performance against Australia after the 7 for 103 in Chennai earlier in the series.

Australia had commenced with the unfortunate news that Maxwell was still at the team hotel due to stomach trouble, but harboured hopes of stretching the total beyond 300. Siddle's half-century was a just reward for his defiance, but he was not to venture much further, playing inside the line to R Ashwin and losing off stump. Pattinson was last out, a thin edge granting Pragyan Ojha his 100th wicket in Tests.

The Australians had their fourth different new ball pairing of the series, Johnson and Pattinson charging in at the hosts, and after a few promising early deliveries Watson was witness to the familiar sight of Indian batsmen collecting facile runs. Pujara was beaten between bat and pad by one Pattinson delivery that pranced back at him while disturbing the surface, but his response to the next ball, a serene back foot drive, typified the confidence with which the openers played.

If Johnson's off cutter appeared likely to be the cause of some discomfort on the dry, turning pitch, his early use of it was characterised by runs given up via the gloves of Matthew Wade rather than any wickets. It was somewhat surprising that Lyon's entry was delayed until 19 overs had been bowled, more so when he immediately had the ball turning and bouncing while finding his best rhythm of the tour.

The century stand arrived soon after Lyon's introduction, via the unedifying sight of Johnson throwing airily beyond Wade for four overthrows. Having fended off several off breaks that spun back dangerously, Pujara played for turn to a ball tossed up with more over spin and had his off stump tilted back. Lyon went around the wicket to Kohli and celebrated raucously when he pinned the batsman in front with a ball very similar to that with which he could easily have also dismissed Tendulkar.

On resumption after tea Siddle gave up 10 runs to suggest India might zip clear, but he made amends with a swift bouncer that surprised Vijay and resulted in a simple chance to Wade off the glove. Ajinkya Rahane's first Test innings was nervy and brief, ending with a Lyon off break gloved straight to leg slip, and Dhoni had barely begun his customary counterattack when Tendulkar was again pinned in front by Lyon, and this time given out.

Dhoni's stay did not extend far beyond his exchange with Warner, a half-hearted pull shot picking out Watson at a square midwicket, and Jadeja failed to offer a shot to a delivery that appeared bound to flick off stump. It had been bowled by Maxwell, recovered from his bout of gastro.

India inched ahead, but Watson remained eager for wickets. Following a brief rest, Watson swung Lyon around to the other end for the final over, and he completed the day's Australian rehabilitation by pinning Ashwin for his deserved fifth. If only it wasn't the fourth Test.

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Posted by Meety on (March 24, 2013, 4:16 GMT)

As I type, Lyon has just cleaned up the tail (7 for). I would be VERY tempted to open the batting with Maxwell & see if he can cash in on the new ball. Maybe get a quickfire 30+, which could really put India on the back foot. Oz need a minimum 200 to defend, prefer 250, anything over 150 should make it a cracker of a match. Hopefully NO MORE 100 RUN STANDS for the 1st or 2nd (or any) wicket PLEASE!!!!!!

Posted by on (March 24, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

@see the obvious : you have a problem with the way rahane got out ! come on man , give the guy a break , he was benched for so long and finally go ta chance to play that too on such a difficult wicket , he is understandably nervous. but i guess you don't find anything wrong with sachin surviving a 'plumb as it gets' lbw call when he was on 1 run !! also why is that everyone else in batting order can change their batting position for the team but not sachin ?? may be you should see the obvious as the name suggests :)

Posted by realfan on (March 24, 2013, 3:40 GMT)

it will be very interesting to see the battle between kohli and warner, but unfortunately it wont last long as warner wont last long...... he is just sooooo frustrated this warner..... best view of this series is the scene that warner showing his frustration which he had kept in all the series.....

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 2:50 GMT)

Guys have you noticed how the highlights anchor of Willow TV for the India vs Australia announces all events mainly Australian wickets before they happen. I just don't understand why he does this. It robs the highlights of the main excitement of wickets. Reminds me of the times when Dr. Narottam Puri used to start highlights by telling everything before hand. We used to scramble to mute the TV till he was done. God help us by drilling some sense into this man. I am sure he means well and is trying his best. But, frankly the quality is atrocious. Wish he just kept quiet. We can hear the regular commentators and figure out thing quite well without his incessant monologue.

Posted by   on (March 24, 2013, 2:42 GMT)

The big worry about the absence of some referral system is that players' reputation could often influence the umpires. Normal reviews are enough to eliminate howlers. Seems like somebody just fears them. And I wish disciplinarians showed much more anxiety about this than all that homework and stuff!

Posted by nshibu on (March 24, 2013, 2:29 GMT)

India have a serious problem knocking over the tail enders. More than once the Australian tail have put 100+ runs in the series. Here the the last 3 put 126 runs together and that could well make a difference.

Posted by Johnny_129 on (March 24, 2013, 2:09 GMT)

This Test will be decided by which team has more fight in them - India and Aus are both rebuilding their teams. In bygone years India has always lacked the fight but in recent times that has changed somewhat (not withstanding the series in Aus and Eng). This match will also see one of these teams grow an extra leg and kick on whereas the losing team will be back to soul-searching. It is essential that B Kumar, Ishant & Ojha get their heads down and give India a decent lead - a match deciding one. By this, I don't mean they should go into a shell and get in a defence mode - they need to attack in a controlled manner. If the three can contribute 15 runs each then that's GAME INDIA!!!

Posted by popcorn on (March 24, 2013, 2:02 GMT)

Umpire Aleem Dar warns Perer Siddle for running on the pitch, but does not warn Dhoni - who ran down the pitch - twice. Sic.

Posted by spinkingKK on (March 24, 2013, 2:01 GMT)

EVERYBODY who has a thought on DRS, please read this and asnwer this. I have been BIG supporter of DRS and was blaming India at every opportunity. However, I have changed my mind. Because, in the recently concluded ODI series between Australia and West Indies, West Indies batsman Thomas was given NOT OUT by the onfield umpire for a caught behind appeal from the aussies. Aussies referred this to the third umpire. Video replays, hot spots and snicko didn't show any signs of a knick. But, the third umpire OVERTURNED THE ORIGINAL UMPIRE'S DECISION and gave it OUT. If this is how the DRS is going to be used, I WILL NEVER SUPPORT DRS.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (March 24, 2013, 1:44 GMT)

The coach should not have to request, and set deadlines, for players input on how to make the team better. If the players genuinely cared about the teams performance then that info on how to improve would come forward voluntarily. You can't MAKE players give input into team performance. The players have to WANT to give input.For mine, this is the number one indicator of "team culture". If you have to force individuals to think about team issues then you have lost it. Just like you cant force players to hang around in the dressing sheds after a game (the ultimate team meeting), they have to want to be there.Watson deserves more credit, he is our vice captain. Khawaja the poor bugger can never get a go and hopefully he gets one soon and Johnson deserved a game as well on a fast Mohali pitch. Blaming the 4 players is not right, the real issue that has come to the surface is how out of touch the management were with the players.

Posted by Dhanno on (March 24, 2013, 1:39 GMT)

Yo Cpt meanster. I was talking about the fact that Aus did put up a fight in this series. Last day in mohali and this test match as well. Actually this one is open enough to be called a 50-50 game.

But I like your prediction as well, Bhuvi getting 50, Ojha putting up a fight. Certainly enjoyed similar predictions of 4-0 not so long ago during ind-eng series. Or how english cant play spin, how they wont post more than 300 in test or zaheer reverse swinging his way to glory.

Posted by CSpiers on (March 24, 2013, 1:05 GMT)

All of the decisions accept for maybe Jadeja (and that was a close, not a bad decision) looked fine to me. Not sure what people would be complaining about.

Posted by gregory458 on (March 23, 2013, 23:15 GMT)

Well, the Australian Cricket Team are well known for having the worst sportsmanship of any sports team in the world. However Clarke's evil plans to get rid of his rival Watson have failed spectacularly, with Watson being made captain and presiding over a much more even contest. You can be sure that selector Clarke was not in favour of Watson returning to India, let alone being made captain. I guess Clarke doesn't have as much power and influence as he thinks he does!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 23:03 GMT)

Nathan Lyon was very good and right handed batsmen found him unplayable. Jadeja, the only left hander, seemed quite comfortable playing Lyon. When they announced Raina for this test, I was sure, he will be played. For some odd reason, they left him out. One has to ask,what does Sachin have to prove in a series already won by India. Why could he not opt out and give youngsters a chance.And,Sachin's, innings, confirmed why he would not let India bring in DRS. It benefits him personally.It is depriving India and cricket of fair play.Lack of DRS, arguably, costed India a series against England. DRS is working really well here in NZ/ England series.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 23, 2013, 22:00 GMT)

That was much better from Australia, I actually liked the attitude its test cricket and you got to show you care about it. The team is 3-0 down been thumped, and then being thumped by the media and fans alike. I think it is a perfectly reasonable response and if the indians did this in AUstralia after being 3-0 down I would have had nothing but respect for them. There is just a few words being said from the bowlers to keep them fired up. As for Lyon, he has always been able to adapt , he is very young in cricketing terms and hasnt played a lot of first class cricket. He bowled outstanding today 5 for, also had Tendulkar plumb and Dhoni dropped. Cant see the indian tail making too many. So the Aussies need to come out get and try and get 200 ahead. with the nature of this pitch however the third day could be the last with both teams still a great chance of winning.

Posted by seniorgators on (March 23, 2013, 21:33 GMT)

Tendulkar today was absolutely plum lbw when he was on1. There were two other shouts for lbw whenhe was more out that about 8 of the 17 lbw decisions given against the Australians this series. India - avoid the DRS at all costs. Keep the pressure on the umpires because THEY all know from Sydney what happens to umpires who make poor decisions against India, India threatens to go home and the umpires are removed. If any Aussie had played that shot Tendulkar played to that ball, the finger would have been up before the pad was hit!

Posted by seniorgators on (March 23, 2013, 21:25 GMT)

@GRVJPR if the wickets are highways in Australia how did India lose the last series 4-0 and so comprehensively ? The reality is the pitches in Australia are harder and bounce more but they all have their own characteristics. Over the years they have not been prepared to suit the home team. Indeed Sydney and Adelaide traditionally have suited the spinners later on in the match. They do not all spin on the very first day like the doctored pitches in India this series..

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 21:22 GMT)

Sachin has displayed such poor perforamnce today he did not deserve to get runs he seemed to be under pressure like the last match when he threw away his wicket - normally he choked under pressure - n that has continued - i m afraid we will lose this match if the same attitude continues

Posted by Meety on (March 23, 2013, 21:00 GMT)

@Vishnu27 on (March 23, 2013, 12:56 GMT) - always great to see some fair comments from opposition fans. @Jono Makim - I think there is plenty of upside in Maxwell. I just don't think his batting has the patience required at the moment. I think there is some parrallels with Afridi. Maxwell's dismissal in the 1st innings was worse than anything Lyon as a #11 would do. I had Maxwell in the side aabout 6 months ago, but like Watto & Khawaja, they had zero FC form behind them prior to the tour. Its funny that people bag Maxwell's bowling, but he has been effective so far. @JG2704 on (March 23, 2013, 16:39 GMT) - Patto apologised straight up, Watto had a hissy fit - then calmed down, still thinks it was harsh but he was in the wrong. Not noticed anything from MJ & UK - with UK the only one not to get re-selected. As far as UK is concerned - he probably was better off not playing, but it does mean he could of been used in the Shield Final!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 20:49 GMT)

One thing is for sure, the Pakistani umpire, Mr. Aleem Daar is a very POOR one. He has some very basic flaws in his umpiring. One of them being, not being able to judge whether the batsman is truly out before raising his finger. He raises his finger too quick in my opinion. He gave Hughes out in Mohali to a shocker. This is where the ICC have to be careful. They need to closely evaluate their umpires by offering them examinations seasonally before a high profile series. More so during an Indian series because there is no UDRS in place when India play. I am very disappointed at some shocking decisions going against the Indian batsmen.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 20:39 GMT)

A very competitive game in store for us. However, I am VERY disappointed by the poor on-field behaviour of the Aussies. Some childish and meaningless sledging for no apparent reasons has made this tour even uglier for them. Being 3-0 down, they should be the quieter of the two teams. Such poor attitude and behaviour isn't going to get them the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. If anything, their behaviour will only spur India even more to win this series 4-0. I honestly feel the match is on and India have an excellent chance to cheaply bowl out the Aussies for less than 100 in the second innings. Which means, India could chase 100-150 in the second innings. That should give us a cracking game. India will surely do their homework on Lyon and won't be happy to give him any more wickets. Can't wait for day 3.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 20:39 GMT)

It astonishes me just how many Australian players, when they tour India, are afflicted with gastro, which certainly would hamper perfromances to say the least. Yet the Indians never seem to suffer the same fate.. so they doctor pitches, perhaps doctor the food, what else? But I mean seriously, why can't they fix the food issue, there always, always ALWAYS is an issue with the food/drink on an Indian tour, its disgraceful. You either have a fair competition or you dont.

Posted by aby_prasad on (March 23, 2013, 20:25 GMT)

Wow Wow Wow. It's a fist-fight out there and I'm loving it!. At last a reminder of what test matches used to be. Thank You Australia and India, you beauties! There was a time when Ind Aus matches were more exciting and tense than any other. You know what's really a good prospect? It's that these two teams are very young and this could be the beginning of long years of stiff hard competition and rivalry between the two set of players! Test cricket is back! (of course there are other matches but I'm talking India and Aus mainly). Fans, I'd suggest you to look at the broader picture of how exciting this match has become than pinpoint and discuss micro issues and 'ifs' and 'buts'. But yea, not everyone can hold their cool when things get really tense and nail-biting! 1-2 days more of this, brilliant!, I'm loving this!

Posted by gandhala on (March 23, 2013, 20:22 GMT)

ppl talking abt vijay's dismisal hmmm i doubt if they really played cricket. This wicket was not easy to score runs , in simple terms it like playing cricket with tennis ball and playing it with cricket ball. u cant judge him with that. Specially the way he got out was u cant except a ball pitch at that length to get to bounce so much not even in australia or SA . Only short ball bounce not good lenght bal. Same happened to Puraja when he got hit on hands. These are pitch trick. Dono why this step motherly treatment for vj . When he has been consistent in this series. ppl praise dhawan just for one innings but not vj. Come on this same lyon pattison siddle they are stil the same bowler who whitewashed us. Getting runs against them and being highest run getter in this series is no joke. Agree they are not same as in australia and india due to pitch, still they are international bowlers

Posted by Surajdon9 on (March 23, 2013, 20:06 GMT)

An excellent performance from Lyon and a lot of humble pie being eaten by his armchair critics who only bowl in a Test match in their fantasies.72 wickets in 22 matches is an excellent start to his Test match career especially for an Aussie off-spinner where home conditions favour fast and leg-spin bowling. Now we just need a leggie to complete the bowling stocks (the batting needs a bit more work).

BTW what ever happened to the Aussie tradition of a "fair go". Most of our past champions took time to become great eg Bradman, Border, Steve Waugh, McDermott ....... Like some other places in the world it seems as if we want to destroy our talent before it has even had a chance.

Posted by Essex_Man on (March 23, 2013, 19:50 GMT)

This Australian side reminds me of England back in the dark days of the 90s. Completely outclassed all series, then get excited when they play slightly better in a meaningless dead rubber whilst all the while the fans are claiming it's somehow the selectors' fault because some useless state player hasn't been picked for the tour! Then there are the reviews of the whole set-up and the domestic game which is currently completely hopeless.

No doubt the wheel will turn once again at some point in the future, but right now Australian cricket is a total shambles. If it's not at an all-time low, then it is certainly in the worst state it's been in the 40 years I've been watching cricket. How the mighty have fallen!

Posted by baskar_guha on (March 23, 2013, 19:13 GMT)

Unless India ekes out a lead of 50+, it is Australia's match to lose. Fourth innings chase of even 150 will be a nightmare given the way the Indians are playing spin, which is poorly.

Posted by ssenthil on (March 23, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

@thebrotherswaugh, I was replying to the people making a huge cry over SRT LBW, I meant same, sometimes some teams gain and sometimes doesn't. But India always lose more then their opponent for any time there is a poor umpiring. Who can forgot the Sydeny gate? Even in this series for 1 LBW turned down for Indian batsman and then all one eyed biased people start crying that this is the reason India not opting for DRS, but DRS in place, we would have had Clarke early on in Chennai, Pujara would have survived in Mohali, Pattinson would have been here and SRT should be out for 1. But at the end of the day India lost 2 Important wickets for poor decisions. Not to forget Ashwin is ICC's 3rd best test all rounder, Jadeja have 3 FC Triple centuries to his name in this kind of pitches. So people whining about SRT LBW is the most biased people on earth, who gets on with it, just move on

Posted by kc69 on (March 23, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

The only reason why Aussies never looked like winning a single test in this series is probably because of lack in quality spin.Always remember words of Sunil Gavaskar "When you tail starts to score regularly,its a worrying sign for team's batting-especially top order".This match is too early to predict but i still hope the result is a bit on India's favour.

Posted by screamingeagle on (March 23, 2013, 19:07 GMT)

Have to laugh at the posters talking about how the umps derailed India's batting. Lol, they derailed themselves. And I did not see these guys saying anything when Aussies got some rough ones. Get some perspective.

Posted by Greatest_Lame on (March 23, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

Its gonna be a very interesting third day But before anything, Lyon should be praised. He stuck to his strengths nd got deserved rewards. Was it the famed Aussie aggression that we saw on field today? Looked more like desperation to me. In any case its a little too late and Indians will be chuckling rather than letting all the sledging get to their head. Dave Warner would be better off if he manages to make his bat talk rather than all the aggressive sledging. Indians should be a little disappointed with their middle order but its nt the end of the world All the Aussies here beating their chests somehow seem to overlook the fact that India are not in deficit of the Aussie score and runs have come from batsmen not tailenders. Australia are still to bat in 3rd innings and only if they do well India will be in a spot of bother. Any target upto 180-200 with 1.5 day to bat and India will believe they can pull it off. Word of advice it was a bad idea to provoke Virat. Ask Pak if u want ;-)

Posted by vathabivaranan on (March 23, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

Why umpires afraid of Aus players appeal and granting LBW outs to their satisfaction. The visiters repeated shouts should not put umpires in doubts, They should judge and see things evenly and they should make all players feel that are impartial. In this 4th Test they (umpires) over looked certain sure LBWs appealed by Indian players but generous enough to upheld certain LBWs appealed by Aus players. Why>

Posted by Dhanno on (March 23, 2013, 18:47 GMT)

@GJVJPR Fight = coming back from 137/7. Fighting is making india earn win in mohali test. Fighting is being in the game at the start of day three with an avg attack in foreign conditions.

Not fighting = indian tour of australia. rolling over under 200 4/5 times. reaching 300+ once. Calling perfectly normal pitches doctored. In middle of tour making excuses.

And loosing head = Gambhir asking siddle to prove his worth on more bat friendly pitch (which siddle did on flat adelaide pitch by taking michelle Five-per, rolling india for less than 200 on batting beauty!). What warner is doing is being aggressive and sledging to get under skin. There is vast difference.

I look forward to discussion on this issue further tomorrow, the 75 all out of aussie etc which you predict. Please make sure you come back, do bookmark cricinfo, incase there is trouble finding it.

Posted by avis1001 on (March 23, 2013, 18:22 GMT)

Best scenario for India - put another 30-40 runs with the last two wickets and get Aussies all-out within 150 - and making 110-120 is pretty easy. Best scenario for Australia - don't let India get any more than 10 runs and bat the whole 3rd and 4th day as much possible and get 250+ then India have to play 1.5 day nearly to get those many runs, which is not so easy on this pitch. But definitely there will be result - although I can say 60% favoring India right now.

Posted by cric_gates on (March 23, 2013, 18:21 GMT)

1.Whats wrong with Sachin? He is not contributing with the bat much.he is getting poorer n poorer by series n definitely occupying a slot.Dravid n VVS were better than him at current but yet they retired. 2. What happened to Ojha? I think he is trying to copy Bhajji.He is bowling straight rather than spinning the bowl.Getting 1-2 wickets in rank turner is not going to help him.he should justify his place in playing 11. 3. Rahane looks talented but only when, he is not palying or may be when he is playing for IPL.He is not utilizing the chance given to him,should learn from Dhavan n Vijay. 5. Watson should utilize Maxwell n Smith too in this spin condition. 4. And finally word of praise for Lyon for bowling good tight line round the stump.N look he was rewarded for it.

Posted by Sunjay007 on (March 23, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

Enjoy the glorious uncertainties of a interesting test match. Personally, I believe the Indian spinners will get Aussies out fewer than 150. And the Indian batsmen, Kohli and Rahane included, will actually perform better in the second innings. Worst case scenario, it may once again come down to Jadeja coming and hammering the final 15 - 20 runs in a couple of three overs! I also believe that the match is likely to end on the fourth day.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

i don`t know why the umpires didn`t gave LBW in the favor of Indian bowlers against the Australian batsman , in comparison when Australian bowlers are bowling they gave 4 LBW decisions against Indian about two of them i m not sure , are they out or not the wicket of ashwin and jadeja . the umpire should be the fair both the teams , and the sledging done by the Australians which work for them as a result it , the two indian batsman ajinkya rahane and dhoni are came under pressure and through their wicket due to that . well let see what will happen on 3rd day of this kotla test lead must be 50 or more will be enough for India . gud luck indian tale play well on 3rd day morning .

Posted by torsha on (March 23, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

Very disappointed to see worthless aggression and sledging from Warner and Pattionson. Warner, who hasn't done anything in this series showing that words can speak louder than action. LOL.. And Watson who is a captain in this match found arguing over nothing.

Posted by maddy20 on (March 23, 2013, 17:57 GMT)

Just shows, what a grave mistake it was allowing their tail to get away with it. From 136/7, we allowed them to score 262. The last 3 wickets cost us nearly runs scored by the top 7. If we don't let that happen in the second innings it shouldn't be too hard to win this one. Hopefully we can get a lead of around 30 as well.

Posted by torsha on (March 23, 2013, 17:55 GMT)

Very rough decisions cost India Jadeja and Ashwin's wickets.

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 23, 2013, 17:43 GMT)

@Dhanoo What fight are you talking about form australia?? I think they wil loose this test match tomorrow which is quicker that previous 3 tests. An hour of sledging and jumping around in frustration is not a fight, it's a madness and bad way of loosing. Atleast when India lost in australia they didn't loose their head like this.

Posted by GRVJPR on (March 23, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

It makes me laugh that a puppet drama of 2 hours plus sleding from australia is making some Indians think that australia is going to put some fight. Fact of the matter is australia will loose this match tomorrow (inside 3 days). Can't see aussies scoring more than 75 on this pitch, especially the way they got terrified with one delivery that misbehaved in their innings. All in all 4-0 on cars inside 3 days. Pretty comprehensive from India and showing that when conditions are toughest they are the best. And don't count Rahane out just after 1 innings. We saw how kohli shut the big mouths when people were riding him off. David warner sledged for 15 minutes but sadly hasn't spend 15 minutes on crease. And mr @Biju Alumkadavil What do you mean by Indian batsmen can't score on Indian pitches. These pitches are not highways as in australia, they are quite difficult pitches to play on.

Posted by sonicattack on (March 23, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

@landl47 I agree, I shall watch as much as possible of the England game but the Ind vs Aus is far more interesting. It seems to be quite a compelling battle between bat and ball, unlike the series in NZ.

Posted by See_the_obvious on (March 23, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

I do see there is something wrong with Ohja.. His body language is not good.. There is no enthusiasm to pick his 100th wicket. I only hope there is no behind the screen dramas to bring back bhaji or others in place of him.. He seems to be different person than what we saw in Eng series.. Tomorrow we will see more when he comes for bat i guess.. Hope Dhoni supports him (at least one level below with his CSK Buddies) for the sake of Indian cricket.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 17:12 GMT)

very bad performance from Indian bowlers, specially after Australia loose 7 wickets early even though they scored more than 250 runs and also even Indian pitches Indian players cannot play against spin or fast then how they will play in abroad. In India so many all rounders available, they consider only Ojha or some body like that. Why not in Ojha's place Baba Aparajith, Parves rasool or Jalaj Saxena

Posted by Cricket_Fan_And_Analyst on (March 23, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

Mitchell Johnson bowled really well without any rewards. Wade dropped a catch of Vijay.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

i expected mitchel johnson to bowl well but he didnt take any wickets lyon having his best series so far

Posted by landl47 on (March 23, 2013, 17:03 GMT)

A nicely poised game. If India adds another 20-30 and Aus can get over 200 in the third innings, the stage will be set for a great battle in the 4th innings on a worn pitch. Could go either way.

I'm enjoying this very much. I have to say that the NZ-England game, on a dead pitch, isn't nearly as interesting. I'll take a result pitch, either turning or seaming, over a featherbed any time.

Posted by Aaranya on (March 23, 2013, 16:58 GMT)

@Barnesy4444,@zalmaypk and alike......fine Ashwin is not great, please suggest alternative!! It is not easy to rub away his record by just one overseas tour. All Harbhajan supporters cried for 'testing' him and Ashwin in same test, same conditions. We all know the results.

Posted by CaptainKool on (March 23, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

Bad attitude shown by Patto and Warner. As 'The Wall' has said: they need to perform rather than showing aggression. Few poor lbw decisions cost India as well.

Posted by realfan on (March 23, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

come on SRT give way for new gonnabe little master..... get retirement already....... my last wish.... we have seen everything from you , everything in textbook of cricket, but we havent seen you retire... please give us the pleasure of seeing that.....

Posted by JG2704 on (March 23, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

Good fightback by Australia both with bat and ball.

What I'd like to understand - if one or 2 Aus fans could educate me - is what was the score with the 4 suspended players. Obviously 3 of them are in this particular side but did any of them actually apologise for not getting involved with the self assessment thing? Sorry if I'm out of the loop here. I read Pattinson regretted his actions but I've not read about any of the others apologising. Have they all apologised? Also what's the score with Waj? Isn't not picking him (esp when Clarke is injured) saying they're happy with the way their batsmen are performing?

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 23, 2013, 16:39 GMT)

@Dhanno: "Vindicated" ? Are you sure ? I would say PASTED. Cause the Aussies are 3-0 down and have been carted all around the park in the previous 3 games. I am not sure what vindication you are talking about. A 4-0 result is still on buddy. If a bowler like Lyon can take 5-for, just imagine what India's spinners are going to do to an average Aussie batting line up in the second innings. Besides, India can still add 30 to 50 runs more with Bhuvaneshwar Kumar at the crease. Ishant Sharma can do a Siddle along with Ojha. Australia are in for some 'hot seat' action come day 3. The match is far from over, 4-0 still on here.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

Once you replace Maxwell with a fit Clarke, this will be the best playing XI, among this particular Oz group of players. (Are there a few better players, back at home, is yet another question)

Bring on the FIFTH TEST ! (But where is it?) Very high chance that Oz team will give the Indian team a run for its money.

Posted by Vasi-Koosi on (March 23, 2013, 16:25 GMT)

Most of you folks are writing off India; we need to pay some attention to the over rate and the run rate. Fantastic for India and abysmal for Australia. Aussies have shown some fight yes, that does not mean that India is not going to fight back. Yes, India could have shown some concern to preserving wickets; some of them to real 101 mistakes; On a pitch with variable bounce, you don't play a spinner on the back foot. The pitch is good for batting if you show patience as demonstrated by all the partnerships. It is not that aggressive team that is going to win, but the team that is patient enough Give a break to Rahane; not every debut batsman produces an innings like Dhawan; that is once in a lifetime. Give him a couple of innings before judging him, the same with Dhawan;

Posted by realfan on (March 23, 2013, 16:17 GMT)

@zalmaypk dont judge people by just one away experience.... he just toured once to aus, we will see him touring to non subcontinent pitches and let us hope he plays well..... if we judge a player by just one away apperance then ajwal would not have been what he is now ( remember he took only 3 wickets at averege of 100+ in their last tour to AUS)

Posted by realfan on (March 23, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

@phunny_game i reflect your word about rahane dude...... i wonder how people look talent.... may be they want scoring right from the word go.( t20 effect may be) but i am sure that this little master ( rahane ) will replace the 1st little master ( SRT ) provided he gets half the chances got by raina....

Posted by phunny_game on (March 23, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

2 days ago everyone was saying Rahane should be played, its unfair to leave him out, he is a great talent... And after one innings, he is overrated, technically not sound, not a better choice than Raina... really?... Do u guys know how many Pujara scored in his first Test innings?... 4 runs. And now he is the pillar of Indian batting... So we have to be patient and let the guy settle in the team, and then he will do wonders for the team...

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (March 23, 2013, 16:02 GMT)

Australia has never been as awful and weak as they are now. Australians dont seem to have any intention of playing this series with full effort and commitment.

Posted by zalmaypk on (March 23, 2013, 15:57 GMT)

good match but i am surprised about the ashwin `s wickets in just 16 match.. how quickly... he successes in home condition only

Posted by Barnesy4444 on (March 23, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

Sorry, Ashwin has played only 3 tests outside India for 9 wickets at an average of 62! He still looked ordinary when not playing on dustbowls.

Posted by Over_rated_shakib on (March 23, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

Now the test match just got interesting..

Posted by Fandecricket on (March 23, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

I have no clue why Aussies are getting so excited. Ball is spinning and India has three spinners! The end result will be the same as the last three matches. We are looking at 4:0 win for India.

Posted by Barnesy4444 on (March 23, 2013, 15:48 GMT)

greatshot444, Ashwin is on the verge of 100 wickets and he's only played 16 tests. He has only played, I think 4 tests, outside of India. That was the recent tour of Australia where he took only about 6 wickets and looked ordinary!

Posted by Mr.RockOn on (March 23, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

@BBrianBlair, son you first need to learn to read and then comprehend it before commenting, sensibly of course. India is 3-0 up and may even white wash Aussies. But THIS team is not even half the team that got 0-8 drubbing in 2011-12 when not playing at home. Wait and watch when they are in SA (foreign soil). Nothing wrong in preparing the pitches to suit home team's strength, but this bowling unit has struggled to get tailenders out cheaply on regular basis in this series - at home. One series and few performance in home conditions and people like you are making them super stars. Save all this praise for another 12 months. Don't forget 1-2 lose to poms.

Barring those 2-3 big partnerships, rest has been very ordinary in this series. Still better than Aussie and that's why they are going to win this series very comprehensively.

Posted by Nampally on (March 23, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

@Dhanno: You are correct when you say that chopping the lineup back fired on India. I had the same feeling. When one regular opener is out, replace him with another, especially when there is a line up of 5 guys waiting for their turn. A common sense decision! Mukund, another Leftie, was the ideal choice. Bringing in Raina, just to bench him, was totally illogical. Yes, 2 big partnerships virtually sealed each of the 3 Tests. Aussies failed to get those big partnerships untill Test 3 with Smith & Starc & in 4th with Siddle & Smith. Even these were modest ones but that is what dictated this series. "It Ain't over till its Over" is Yogi Berra's Quote. The Aussies will fight it out, it looks. But It is still a one-inning game now. India has 3 spinners whilst the Aussies have just One - Lyon. Can he win single handedly if the Aussie batting, weak against spinners, does not show up? India will bat last on a nasty turner. Hopefully Umpires do not decide the issue with multi LBW decisions!

Posted by Barnesy4444 on (March 23, 2013, 15:44 GMT)

I don't remember India putting up a fight on any day of their recent 4 test tour to Australia. It was abysmal start to finish. So the Ozzies are in front on that one!! lol

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (March 23, 2013, 15:36 GMT)

Finally a close exciting match. There were few umpiring errors. Except for Pattison's and Tendulkar's lbw non others were howlers. Pattison was plumb on 0 . Went on to score 30 . Tendulkar was plumb on 1. Went on to score 32. So everything evens out. Looking forward to a nail biting finish.

Posted by Hindh on (March 23, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

Considering the inexperience in the INdian team Aus lost a great chance of winning the series . But I am happy that India absolutely thrashed the Aussies in 3 test matches... Even if india loose this dead rubber the B-G trophy has been secured...

Posted by samincolumbia on (March 23, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

Rahane is over rated like Jaffer...good against average attack on flat tracks, but flat footed against good pace bowling. Vijay is in the same boat. Dhawan and Pujara are long term prospects. I think Raina would have been a better bet than Rahane on this pitch. He is handy with the spin and could have gotten 50 odd or so on this pitch.

Posted by Sachin_Rahul_fan on (March 23, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

Atlast some competitive cricket by the Aussies..Nonetheless I expect India to win from here..If India can get a lead of 40-50 runs,then we are in for a very good match..I don't see Australia getting past 200 on this pitch in 2nd innings..India will win with 7 or 8 wickets down..

Posted by Ben.John on (March 23, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

With their limited resources, Australia have done well to come back in this match to have their hopes alive which made this match interesting!!! It will be difficult for India to get a significant lead in this match but not impossible. A lead of 20-25 runs will be handy and I'm looking forward to India's 2nd innings.

Posted by pull_shot on (March 23, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

@Great-shot444 indians r playing well considering 8 players out of the team didnt play atleast 20 test matches each and considering ur australia players playing in ipl for 5 years which means conditions well known to them

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

@Dhanno: Take Cook's and Petersen's run from England series. The result will be same. Same for lot of other team. Just see the top rungetter in this series. All of the Indian batsmen have contributed well. Now don't start blaming pitches or conditions. That's a lame logic. Apart from recent India series by England (I still believe, Indian team is going under transition, so not too worries), which last non-subcontinent team win series in India? Non sub-continent team will be in trouble in true sub-continent wickets and same is true for sub-continent team in non-subcontinent wickets. So when England plays Australia or SA or NZ, it's under same condition. Same for India playing SL or Pakistan.

Posted by srikanths on (March 23, 2013, 15:02 GMT)

Indian team may be 3-0 against OZ, let us not forget that we lost 2-1 to England in India and lost 4-0. to both Eng and Aus

Till 2011 with VVS , Dravid and SRT in good form (with age also on their side that time), we had competed well in OZ 2003-04,again in 2007-08, In Eng we won 1-0 and in SA we drew 1-1 . Come SA tour , I have serious fears. Amongst batsmen, surprisingly and shockingly , for all his struggles against spin ( ag e deifinitely is a factor ), he has looked quite good against pace .Pujara may be okay ,Kohli may be a bit okay , others , I have serious concerns. Murali Vijay , does not quite look tight, Dhawan, may not have a tight technique and we all know that Dhoni, it is alway s abit of a gamble. Our spin would be nothing great in SA pitches and pace is not quite there. Umesh Yadav is injury prone, Ishant has been found wanting, Bhuvanesh Kumar may do well, if he can maintain 130 s and move the ball the way he is doing now.But overall, we would need pluck and luck

Posted by phunny_game on (March 23, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

If somehow India get Warner's wicket early in the Australian innings, can't wait to see Virat Kohli's reaction. LOL.. But the behaviour was uncalled for... It is ok to show aggression, but what happened today was much more than that... Especially when Rahane was batting and after it. Things went ugly for most part of the last session. Anyway, looking forward to a gripping third day contest... If BK can strike a few blows with the bat tomorrow, who knows... :)

Posted by Thefakebook on (March 23, 2013, 14:56 GMT)

Best performance by Oz with the bowl,picking at the right time just before the Ashes!

Posted by Great-shot444 on (March 23, 2013, 14:55 GMT)

These indian spinners are over rated and very bad, its weak and young australian team who made them good,just see england who thrash them 4-0 and 2-1 even at there home. And i am sure pakistan and South Africa will thrash them also

Posted by popcorn on (March 23, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

This is a tremendous fightback by the Aussies. I predict Australia will win this Test.

Posted by bumsonseats on (March 23, 2013, 14:47 GMT)

well win 4 tosses on the belt end and be 3 - 0 down perhaps now the aus may win.i thought when the series started it would have been 2 - 2 final series score so maybe 3 - 1 you never know, the aus may find some bite. when under pressure india wobble if aus can get say 250 lead then its game on. some times you get what you so reap, making the wicket as poor as this one looks. Lyon has finally come to the party and is enjoying the wickets as much as eng spinners found. come on aussie come on will be the shout soon i expect. some may say, about time.

Posted by ram4crictheory on (March 23, 2013, 14:45 GMT)

Even though I am an Indian supporter, as a cricket lover, I am very happy to see this match the way it is unfolding. Got sick of seeing one-sided encounters. For the last three matches on this tour of Australia, I was not curious to know every minute what was happening as I can easily predict the outcome long before and was just having a glance on the TV set or cricinfo score card when there is nothing much for me to do. But this match will be a different one where I can't take my eyes of TV set and cricinfo scorecard (during power cut) unless I have an emergency work. These are the type of matches test cricket will benefit from. Well played India and Australia, gud luck for the next two days (at max) and hopefully India will come out on top.

Posted by JustIPL on (March 23, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

This test is becoming the battle of tailenders now where aussies contributed significantly and then Indians couldn't. As long as there was pace and width batsmen flourish during indian batting and then direction of attack chaged towards middle stump and use of feet became predominant. Later on, Lyon showed that he is no less than any of the indian spinners. In short if aussies would have brought spin within first ten overs of the day then India would have been in deficit for sure. Again. what determination by aussies testing their fastmen for ashes and not falling prey to the temptation of relying totally spin. It will pay off later or sure. India have been getting big scores in th first innings after getting out Aussies cheaply which has been formula for Indians but this time not much lead seems possible. Anyway, with the impression that indian spinners have left so far in this series, India are still in the game to win.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

Totally agree with See_the_obvious. The technique he showed [or lack of it] to the ball he got out explained his skills. This guy is not an opener. If he ever gets to open against the Aussies, or SA or the English/WI in their conditions, I would be very concerned for his health. A hospital visit by the end of the second over is highly possible.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 14:37 GMT)

Well... Don't know if there was an injury situation with Rahane.... Why was he batting down the order instead of an opener.... Literally Indian Cricket screwed up Laxman's career by making him play opener and I hope they are not trying to do it with Pujara.... If Rahane was going to bat in the middle, why him... Raina would have been a better dice..He could have gotten quick 40 or 50 runs which are going to make the huge difference in the game....

Posted by vpk23 on (March 23, 2013, 14:37 GMT)

When can SRT bail India out from potential trouble rather than feasting on flat tracks or much easier batthing conditions.<

Posted by See_the_obvious on (March 23, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

@ Great-shot444 on (March 23, 2013, 13:51 GMT).. Kudos to Lyon for making your breath easier!! I dont know what to call a team which gets beaten up black and blue by the hands of over rated (in your words) team. Aah.. I found out.. "The over rated Indians belted the Mostly over rated AUS through out their home series...". But one thing bro, i have to give credit to Watto for handling this team (different from clarke's approach).. atleast in the way i see it

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

Australia is still too fragile to face India on home turf. The team is re-building and time for Indian batsmen to boost up their averages and records. India will easily win this test too as the Aussies are done in by the Hindustani spinners. Average they are besides the likes of Ajmal; still the wickets will flow. Ah well, another great day for Indian fans who only care about their team winning. I can't imagine Jadeja striking terror in the Aussie ranks. Since when did he become one of India's top spinners?

Posted by ram4crictheory on (March 23, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

@Andrew Dixon, I am not whinning about the decision of Jadeja, as I know such things do happen in cricket, but I doubt if u have seen the match with your statement. It is not plumb by any stretch of imagination, hardly u can call it 50-50 hoping that the ball didn't spin, and if it spun it will miss the off stump of Jadeja by some distance. But still I thoroughly understand there is no place for word "if" for debates because once u start using it there is no end to it. We have to accept decisions made whether we like it or not.

Posted by thebrotherswaugh on (March 23, 2013, 14:30 GMT)

@Sachin O. Khairnar - a bit rich to be talking about bullying tactics - what do you call your diatribe? IND lost eight matches on the trot away from home - you must be the King of Short Memories fella (or lady). Too early to be writing AUS off - let's see in 5 years or so. IND still haven't won a series in AUS (draws don't count), so tame it down a little - wasn't so long ago that ENG beat you at home. Let's see what happens in SA - if you win there, then good luck to you (we've done it recently, most recent one was a draw, but we won the tour before after losing in AUS mainly thanks to Phil Hughes). But if you lose (which I suspect will happen, but at least you'll be competitive -as AUS was vs. SA in AUS), then you're still rebuilding. May the best team win.

Posted by Angry_Bowler on (March 23, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

So much noise for Rahane! and whining on Raina's recall. I won't be surprised this guy will turnout to be another Nohit Sharma, but I hope not. However, I will prefer Raina than Rahane even on away tours.

Posted by realfan on (March 23, 2013, 14:20 GMT)

@Great-shot444 dont worry about india, we are always down to earth when it comes to character on the field...... watch out for the discipline of aus may even have some players sacked again for their indiscipline.....

and coming to todays play, we are leading by 4 runs with 2 wickets in hand on a crumbling pitch with the wrong decisions given to us( siddle 2 times, pattinson 1 time, jadeja once)..... thats incredible achievement

Posted by kumarcoolbuddy on (March 23, 2013, 14:19 GMT)

@seniorgators, I am replying to your comment is I see you are making all fuss about only Sachin's decision who just made 32 now and deciding on your own that this is why BCCI doesn't support DRS. This says that you don't remember any of the bad decisions where India was on receiving end many many time in this series. Then it is my innocence to expect you to remember how Steve Bucknor destroyed India in AUS in 2008.

Posted by realfan on (March 23, 2013, 14:15 GMT)

@Andrew Dixon poor thing that you dont even know the difference between plumb lbw and not out...... read the cricinfo commentry before you comment....or atleast have a close look at the ball......

Posted by BBrianBlair on (March 23, 2013, 14:14 GMT)


India loses 3 wickets in succession after a 100 run opening stand and suddenly they are sub standard and pathetic ? You talk like every other team has 100 run stand for every wicket. Tailor made pitches ? Pitches are prepared according to natural condition and soil of the region and in India this is the type of pitches that you will always get. Vijay, Pujara, Dhawan, Dhoni, Kohli all have scored in this series and you say India has only one or two man wonder who will fade on foreign soil ? Lol, did you forget that it was Indian team that came closest to beating the great Aussie side of 2000s in 2004, while SA and Eng were getting whitewashed there. What is your problem daddy ? At least comment sensibly or don't.

Posted by realfan on (March 23, 2013, 14:09 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha you are mistaken mate..... its not the 10th batsman, instead he was no 6....but he gave real trashing before he got unlucky.....he may have made his maiden 100, he was looking good for at least 80...... never mind you dont even remember the tail lag due to pattinsons wrong decision..... he went on to make 30 runs.... imagine how crucial those runs can be.....

Posted by venkatesh018 on (March 23, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

This was the sort of tussle between the two sides I had hoped to see all through this series. But it took the final Test for the Aussies to know what their best playing XI was(apart from omitting Haddin). How I wished this was the start of the series (Or) it was a 6 test series like the old times!

Posted by KingofRedLions on (March 23, 2013, 13:59 GMT)

When did Tendulkar switch to playing baseball? Three strikes and he's out.

Posted by thebrotherswaugh on (March 23, 2013, 13:55 GMT)

@ srikanths - Given the amount of cricket nowadays, the pressure and constant exposure to the media, TENDULKAR is the best since Bradman, hands down. Great in all conditions, mastered Warne, and always did well in AUS. Lara was better to watch at his peak, but Tendulkar was more consistent in all forms, and he got better with age (or at least the detritus of age had less effect on him). Kallis never really got the better of Warne, McGrath, and Gillespie - Tendulkar did (as did Lara). But it's time for him to make way for the younger generation - transition phases must occur, and it's time for him to move on.

Posted by See_the_obvious on (March 23, 2013, 13:54 GMT) LOL I You started losing credibility from the end of your 3rd line..Friends, I was appalled to say least on seeing how RAHANE got out!! Ball was moving away from him and that too in leg side.. How can a genuine batsman as per his FC STATs and next SRT (per his Fan club) dare to play that, when the team needs you the most!! It is his debut and he is tensed which is acceptable. I am OK to lose his wicket but not with the way he got OUT.. Still i am seeing few comments charging the selectors & captain for not sending him as OPENER just to make the scord card start with 0/1.. I only hope he learns from his mistakes!!!

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

Poor Aussies not have guts to win the match by their caliber, so they were venting there frustration out through aggression. It was bad tactics, it will only take them more down in test cricket. Australia going West Indies way.

Posted by Great-shot444 on (March 23, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

The over rated Indians are brought down to earth

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 13:51 GMT)

Going by the way LYON got the assistance from wicket; Indian spin trio must be licking their fingers. Don't see Australia scoring many in the second inning. Mouth watering prospects of exciting test cricket ahead :)

What would a die hard fan prefer?

His IDOL continuing to play like a mere Shadow of himself or Signing off with a flurry against the opponents he has dominated all his life.

For the eyes, blessed by the majestic display in the past, can't take those LBW's and through the Gate dismissals anymore.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

Arte you guys complaining about the Jedeja decision serious. He was plum. He didnt play a shot and it hit him even in line or a few cm's outside off stump and was spinning more then enough to hit off. Most of the people whinging didnt even see it, they are just relying on whast was said on here. It was out and if there was a DRS he still would have being out so what are you all whinging about.

Posted by Anubhav-the-Experience on (March 23, 2013, 13:44 GMT)

@tfjones1978 I agree with you wholeheartedly. The current system of alternate year bilateral series is not entertaining in terms of deciding the ultimate winner.

Posted by ScottStevo on (March 23, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

@jonomakim, you're completely kidding yourself if you think Maxwell should have a future in the Aus set up as either a batsman or a bowler, on top of which for a guy who has achieved nothing he's got a big mouth shouting about himself being an x factor prior to a world cup in which you'd hardly have realised he was involved. Personally, i think this bloke should prove himself in shield before we even entertain fast tracking him into the side. Not sure who has these delusions that this guy is the future within the Aus set up, but he's nowhere near ready. As for the UAE, he did okay, he didn't set the world alight and basically had a go when batting at 7. Hardly proves that he plays spin, or anything well...

Posted by thebrotherswaugh on (March 23, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

@ssenthil - can't have it both ways buddy - either DRS or not - if not, then umpire's decision goes, you have to cop it sweet. I still remember Gillespie to VVS, plumb LBW on 130-odd, hitting middle/miidle leg stump half way up, not out, gets huge double with Dravid at other end and Singh bowls you to victory - still, the better side won on the day. You can't denigrate Pattinson - given not out and went on to occupy crease and accumulate some very valuable runs. Decisions usually even out over a series (unless you're totally one-eyed). Can AUS make more than 250+ in the 2nd innings - I'd want gopd odds to put any money on it (but hope I'm proven wrong).

Posted by Int.Curator on (March 23, 2013, 13:37 GMT)

Nothing changes, India will never win at home on un-doctored pitches. Its sad but true especially for the players that don't won't the unfair advantage..

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 13:35 GMT)

This is still looking like an Indian win.Now,my question can Australia effectively handle the spin trio of Ashwin,Ojha and Jadeja?Also,the pitch is cracking massively,so I guess this match will definitely have a positive result.As an Indian team supporter,I want the remaining Indian batsmen to play patiently by trying to steal quick singles,also they should defend the turning ones instead of going for million dollar shots.And then they must try to get a lead of 80-90 runs instead of a slender lead.And With Hughes back in form,Australia should not shy away from sending him as an opener.Also credit to Cowan,though he is not scoring any runs.He is blocking every ball and at least trying to save the game.Overall,the chances for 4-0 are very high for India.

Posted by Mr.RockOn on (March 23, 2013, 13:35 GMT)

This Indian team is way too sub standard. One or two man wonder which too will fade away on foreign soil. Most of all, this bowling contingent (well never mind this but for last donkey years) is pathetic. They are given tailor made strips and still struggle to get tail enders out - shambolic. One Lyon almost carved through this not so vaunted batting line up, can't imagine what a herd of Lyons would have done. Aussie selectors are few brain cells short that they didn't learn anything from poms - only needed two Lyons, not even two Swanns.

Yes, Tendulkar is Demi God, no - he is God. But he should retire now ..... It hurts to see him struggle against not so impressive bowling unit and that too in his own backyard and with assistance from men in white coat. It will be extremely painful to see him struggle, no fail, against SA pace battery on those green beds. What they did to Pakistan not so recently is beyond comprehension, and they even had one Saeed Ajmal.

Posted by on (March 23, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

As for India , i don't think we are going to do much better in SA unless pujara or kohli plays a career defining innings there , which is expecting a bit too much from them.. dhawan / vijay combo will not work in SA , wasim jaffer/mukund would have been better , ashwin/ojha/jadeja the main tormentors of Australia will be rendered ineffective not to forget that players like kallis , amla ,ab devilliars are good players of spin unlike Australia , and i don't see any gr8 fast bowlers going around other than the unlucky ishant and unfit zaheer khan , hope sreesanth,umesh,varun aaron gets back to their full fitness soon

Posted by IPSY on (March 23, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

Pritesh_mel, I am complaining about the so called errors that umpires make when straight forward appeals are made against Tendulkar because he gets them nearly every match he plays; and they are too glaring that observers would not question the reason why. Almost every other batsman is dead on arrival of such straight forward appeals, why he must bat four and five times in nearly every innings. That's the reason why I am not one of those who get two excited about the "quantitative" records that he has, which when constructively and objectively assessed don't really say much.

Posted by vumpire-republic on (March 23, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

You win some, you lose some when it comes to umpiring calls. Some of the comments here reminded me of some of the terrible decisions Tendulkar suffered in Australia (Bucknor, Harper spring to mind) especially during the tours of 1999 and 2003/04. I'm sure Lyon too will have things go his way on another day.

Posted by srikanths on (March 23, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

Funny aspect of Tendulkar's batting is , he appears to be much more comfortable against pace attack than against spin these days. Against spin, he started struggling in the last year and half. With age, he stopped using his feet against spin and is quite late in jamming down on balls on the backfoot.It is quite posisble that he may be okay in SA whose spin bowling is bareen and the pitches are not spiteful and helpful for spinners. Tendulkar has struggled against Panesar, swann and now Lyon. This has been the case the last year and half.These are spinners who , he would have played in his sleep a few years back. Someone who attacked and neutralised Warne,who without doubt was all time best spinner is struggling now , is purely due to slowing down with age. Ponting who was so good against pace in heydays struggled in his last two years, and he is almost 2 years younger. In all fairness, best would be for SRT to call time. People like us who admire the great man , find the strugl sad

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (March 23, 2013, 13:25 GMT)

lol @aussie fans gloating at the days play. first we are down 3 zip. So a good display when its a dead rubber doesn't mean much. if only thered been this sort of effort in the previous tests. Second india are ahead in this game already, so nothing to write home about. Lyon had 2 other tests to play like this, the pitch is assisting, and the Indians hearts are probably not in it as much with the series won

Posted by on (March 23, 2013, 13:22 GMT)

This innings again confirmed what any neutral observer knew , that sachin tendulkar has become a mere shadow of himself and should gracefully retire from international cricket , SA with their fast bowlers and green pitches will be unforgiving for sachin in current form. It will be very tough for a new player to start his career in SA but i believe rohit sharma has enough talent and the technique to come good in the long run

Posted by HiyerNHiyer on (March 23, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

Two facts the way I choose to see it.. 1) India have marginally improved and they are more effective because of their batting 2)this is one of the worst aussie teams to land on Indian shores for sometime now in terms of talent and abilities.

Aussies have been sore losers and that always shows.. they complain about everything.. the pitches the weather the BCCI wielding its strength and clout.. what is it that the Aussies were doing when they were the powerhouse of cricket.. Stop cribbing Aussies, You are neither the force you were in cricket in terms of abilities nor clout.. if you cant stand up to the BCCI please stop criticizing the BCCI.. You feel strongly about something then stand up and do something about it.

Posted by srikanths on (March 23, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

Australians with their boorish behaviour and tactics of putting pressure on umpires have always got decisions their way. The moment they had upperhand they started showing their ugly fangs . Tendulkar's decision may have been a lucky but of we rewind back to tours to OZ with WI umpire Bucknor , OZ used to get shockers. DRS is no big solution. We have seen hotspot in a spot . It has been dubious to say the least and here we are talking of neutral umpires. Let the OZ supporters face it, this has been a lousy team, lousy enough to be 3-0 against an Indian team which is close to being very ordinary. England had the capability and spinners to win here in India. OZ has neither the batting nor the spinners( Lyon this time has been an exception) Amongst the current teams SA looks the best in terms of ability to play anywhere, next England and OZ , just a team of the past. Only thing that is good about then is their pace attack. All great OZ cricketers are retired

Posted by womenlovecricket on (March 23, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

As an Indian fan living in UK - this is the kind of test I have been waiting for. No one can predict who is going to win this which makes every run and every ball count. As a female viewer with children watching I can however say that it is past time the sledging is stopped. I don't want my children to learn that sledging is acceptable behavior and that is a part of sport. It is in fact worse to see that the Australian team thinks that sledging is the way to unsettle batsmen. How about showing your talent and try and bowl them out without this ungentlemanly behavior which only shows the true personality of the sledger.

Posted by vumpire-republic on (March 23, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

Australia need to get a lead of 150+ to win this, I reckon. Question is can they get there against the Indian spinners?

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

@Meety, I think Maxwell has huge improvement in him, both with bat and ball. He is a much better bat against spin than he has shown here, you only have to have seen the UAE series last year to realise that. The main thing with his spin is that he gives it a rip, if he can keep improving he´ll be a very good allrounder.

I thought all the bowlers did really well today, there was a very clear change in direction towards attacking the stumps and sticking at it, it made all the difference! Lyon going around the wicket and pitching the ball in line with the stumps made an instant difference. Overall I think we can be satisfied that this young team has at least improved along the way here and finally we are well and truly into a match. Keep at it lads!

Posted by on (March 23, 2013, 13:12 GMT)

well played by Australia , sadly for them the fight came a bit too late in the series , also India might still come back strongly and win this one and make it 4-0 , and to be very fair i think Australia got a lot of bad calls from umpires throughout the series , bit unlucky there i suppose

Posted by PrasPunter on (March 23, 2013, 13:11 GMT)

@TheBigBoodha, @Vishnu27 and @IPSY, nice to see that there are others who think what I think . The BCCI managed to get doctored and cooked wickets, refused to use the DRS for the fear of having their "greats" getting exposed and what-not. They needed all these to beat Aus. But Aus didn't need any of these to thump india 4-0. They were given pretty sporting wickets in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide and still battered them. On any day, Aus is light-years ahead of india.

Posted by vumpire-republic on (March 23, 2013, 13:11 GMT)

Most importantly, fantastic Test match action today! And more riveting stuff to look forward to!

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (March 23, 2013, 13:11 GMT)

i honestly am not impressed by lyons 5 wickets. The series is gone, and India are probably not quite as determined as you would be with a series to win. I still think this should be the last of lyon. He couldn't bowl Australia to victory when it mattered during the aussie summer and this series. Enough is enough(11 wickets at 44, puleeze!!). Watson should have tried Maxwell and lyon in tandem more. The Indians have been using two spinners at once all through the series. Maxwell, while not great, has taken 5 wickets in two innings, may as well give him more chances to bowl.

Posted by spinkingKK on (March 23, 2013, 13:11 GMT)

I think this is the first time in this series that the Indian selectors have made an error. Instead of picking Wasim Jaffer, they have picked Raina who was never going to play the match anyway. Jaffer was in great form and it is a sin not to take a player who is in such a good form when the position was vacant. That would have also allowed Pujara and Kohli to play at their normal positions. Raina is a great player. But, this should have been Jaffer's turn. So, in my opinion, that is the reason for this even contest. Still, India is infront. Some tail-end runs tomorrow to stretch the lead past 50 would make it very difficult for the austraians. Hopefully, Kumar, Ojha and Ishant will fight it out on day3. Also, Australians have been capitulating on their second innings. Therefore, I think India are infront.

Posted by oneupnowuv on (March 23, 2013, 13:10 GMT)

tight test match but its that time when australia have faltered ie in the second innings,if india get lead of 60 thats great. Also dont expect India to falter in 2nd innings ,match is 70-30 in India's favour.

Posted by vumpire-republic on (March 23, 2013, 13:09 GMT)

Yes, Australia got unlucky with 2 decisions today, but let's not forget the ones that have gone in their favour. Eg. Clarke was out bat-pad, but not given in Chennai; he was then twice plumb LBW to Jadeja in one single over in the 2nd innings of Chennai but got lucky again. Siddle and Pattinson were lucky to get away with several close lbw calls too in the 1st 2 Tests (I mention them since their lower order runs have been significant in this series). Pujara was unlucky in the prior Test. So it's not just Indian batters & bowlers who've benefited or suffered. And anyone kidding themselves that some bad decisions are the reason for Australia being down 3-0 at the moment (losing in about 4 days every Test so far) are rather one-eyed, to put it politely.

Posted by Profkscnair on (March 23, 2013, 13:07 GMT)

Its time to bid adieu to international cricket for Sachin. The question of not being able to score a hundred is not there, it is the question of application. Even during the last test, while chasing 133, he could not deliver. He is definetly our greatest but every greatest will have to bid bye. It would be better for Sachin not to travel to South africa. It will be humiliating for him. Ideally utilise Delhi for announcing the farewell. This will prompt the entire team to win this test for him. He may be shy of 200 tests but Bradman also had 99.96 as an average and not 100. Better leave when the sun is shining bright. Allow youngsters like Tiwary, Rohit, Raina to concentrate better by giving them a feeling that they will be in the team. Sachin, its time!!!!!

Posted by aby_prasad on (March 23, 2013, 13:01 GMT)

I've also seen the Tendulkar era from the beginning. A big No to anyone who says he always got the benefit of not being out when he is out. I would go on to say he has been wrongly given out almost more number of times than most others! (even from his 2nd year in cricket onwards till about 5 years back) Yea this goes way back. it in aus, india, sharjah, s.a. , eng etc. He has been on the receiving end of bad decisions and it is funny that back then everybody knew this fact. How times have changed! Today the decision was really bad, I agree. Even so, his batting is a shadow anyways! so nothing game changing in that. Sad to see him like this, why cant he just take the writing on the wall, atleast for the image he has so painstakingly created.

Posted by Pritesh_mel on (March 23, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

@IPSY, why you guys making so much fuss about Tendulkar, When peter siddle(highest run scorer of aus line up) was not given 3 times plumb and Jadeja lbw was big blunder by umpire, particularly when he was scoring so freely.

Posted by Dhanno on (March 23, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

@jagansanthanam your argument is 2 years too old. At that time I wanted tendulkar to stay on for few tests, concentrate on longer format and relinquish mickey-mouse cricket. Sachin is good enough for 30 runs on avg and even those come courtesy to umpires. People who wanted to SRT out asked it at the start of indian season. Give Rahane/ Tiwary 10 games (2 NZL, then eng tour which would have bene difficult and finally Aus) and let them learn. The returns would have been 30 runs on avg and training for future. They have sound technique which needs honing at highest level

Reason Yuvi/ Raina have not improved after 10 years is they are'nt good enough @ test level. Any test fan has harped against their inclusion in indian squad let alone team. They have no technique/ temperament/will to be playing at tests but get back in side and help the argument you are putting forth. Point is in last 10 years badri should have been given fair run, just like for last 2 years it should been AR/RS/MT

Posted by Johnny_129 on (March 23, 2013, 13:00 GMT)

Australia copped a few bad decisions BUT that's life, I suppose.

Posted by Pritesh_mel on (March 23, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

India has good second innings batsman, Pujara, Jadeja , Dhoni and Kohli to summeraise 4-0

Posted by ssenthil on (March 23, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

@Shaggy076, Once again an Aussie fan showing his ignorance. It's not about No.4 or No.10, it's all about the person who makes the impact. Pattinson was dead duck, read here from CI,

83.1 Ashwin to Pattinson, no run, huge lbw shout. It definitely hit the pad first. Tossed up, on off, angles a little in, and would have hit middle. JP has got away with one.

This was his 5th ball of the Innings and he hasn't scored any runs. He went on to score 30 runs and more importantly 91 balls for the extended 1st Innings, which meant India have to bat on more used Pitch then 20 to 25 overs during the Pattinson stay. During the entire Aussies Innings ONLY ONE ball misbehaved but have you seen with your one eye how many balls from Johnson, Pattinson and Siddle misbehaved. How many balls Vijay and Pujara alone faced were tougher then the one ball faced by Hughes?

During the whole series India suffered many umpiring issues, so let us count???

Posted by Vishnu27 on (March 23, 2013, 12:56 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge: your words tell me everything I need to know. You DIDN'T watch any of this! Nathan Lyon bowled well today (& I actually watched the whole innings). He had Tendulkar completely baffled & he should've been out plumb LBW when on one, had your countryman not inexplicably decided it was not out. Again, as with RednWhiteArmy: you would do well to read Meety's comments below for a bit of balance & perspective. You'd be far better off fretting about losing the series to NZ, I would've thought. Deflecting your pain by making your usual inane comments about Lyon, perhaps?

Posted by Mitcher on (March 23, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

The Watson fan brigade (or the anyone but Clarke crew) might want to consider whether Watson should actually do something to deserve his place in the side before lionising his leadership.

Posted by Pritesh_mel on (March 23, 2013, 12:55 GMT)

I think warner send off to kohli was the one uninvited, anyway whether aus gets 250 or 300 in second innings which is very unlikely , but still india would kill it easily. Look at jadeja decision he was so unlucky, And how many chances peter siddle had probably at least 3 times he was plumb not given,.So all this people making fuss about Tendulakar shut up now.It would just take jadeja and pujara to finish this off....4-0

Posted by thebrotherswaugh on (March 23, 2013, 12:52 GMT)

@Meety - some very interesting figures there. We obviously need to show some patience and develop our players - forget about knee-jerk reactions. There's no substitute for experience but AUs just keep swapping & changing and wonder why we perform so badly - if you're gonna do that, just stick with a pace attack. Long way to go in this one - IND still firm favourites, but at least AUS have turned up.

Posted by aby_prasad on (March 23, 2013, 12:52 GMT)

There is plenty of wear n tear on this pitch. But I would watch a test match like this more often than completely dead tracks. In fact I dont think all the 4 test matches were on dead pitches. This one the most lively though! I'm not sure if this is 'unsafe' for players, thats the only thing that can be termed bad, if it is so!. A good fight is required to post good total here and thats that. Dont understand if it was a flat track, it would have been criticised, and this one too? At least its exciting. But its heartening that aussie fans arent speaking too much about that wade dismissal in the first innings.I was waiting to see if india can bat differently than aussies today. Nop! So its even on! Oh yea also, one match doesnt make/break rahane, give him a break. Wonder why aussie fast bowlers didnt try the short stuff esp during the opening partnership. Pujara can pull n hook but those shots cant be controlled all the time.

Posted by Jimmyrob83 on (March 23, 2013, 12:49 GMT)

Clarke goes home and Australia show team spirit. Interesting.

Posted by shrikanthk on (March 23, 2013, 12:44 GMT)

I was there for a session and a half! Good fun. Thrilling sight to see Mitchell Johnson's run-up and delivery! I guess Jadeja was a tad unlucky

Posted by IPSY on (March 23, 2013, 12:42 GMT)

The BCCI and Sachin Tendulkar's decision to reject the use of the DRS is meeting its immediate objective as we see once again today, that is, for him (via his name) to be allowed to bat four and five times in an innings; but he does not have the ability (like the super greats) in the twilight of his career to achieve the ultimate goal of scoring a single hundred in more than two years.

Posted by thebrotherswaugh on (March 23, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

@colossalcricketer - funny, I read a lot of comments saying IND would score 500+ (I expected at least 400+ comfortably). Hope AUS can conjure a miracle win to avoid the humiliation of a 4-0 drubbing (which you fellas did twice in a row, don't reckon AUS have ever done that, fingers crossed), but I seriously doubt it. All cricketing supporters have short memories! IND have thoroughly outplayed AUS in this series, but beware SA - they are #1 for a reason (they dismantled ENG at home, no matter how much 'spin' the ENG supporters wants to throw on that series I retrospect, well after the fact). Seems like the Kiwis are pretty tough at home, so at least AUS can take some heart from that. Imagine if Kohli had been dominant in this series - I still rate him your best bat, just hope he lives up to his potential, should average 53+ by end of career.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 12:27 GMT)

shane watson captaincy on aussies is more aggressive than clarke

Posted by jagansanthanam on (March 23, 2013, 12:26 GMT)

My question to those who think that Tendulkar shouldn't be in the test team to SA. Who among Tiwary, Rahane & Rohit do you think has the technique to play in those conditions. For example, I saw Sachin play down short raising balls using his soft bottom hands. Whereas, everyone saw Vijay had no clue while facing such deliveries and eventually got out to one of those short raising ones. Don't tell me, batsmen will get better only when they get an opportunity. If that is the case, why hasn't a Raina or an Yuvraj after having played almost 10 years of international cricket is still found wanting at test level. The truth is it is not going to be easy to replace Dravid, Laxman, Tendulkar and an out of form Gambhir & Shewag. Isn't the Australian batting still look unsettled after the exit of Hayden, Langer, Waugh(s), Martyn, Hussey & Ghilcrist? None of Australia's top 4 gives you any confidence. If Hussey was still playing in this team, one may have seen slightly different results.

Posted by disco_bob on (March 23, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

Good to see Lyon get something out of this tour with a deserved 5fer and Australia will have him to thank if we can win this. I said when Sachin scored his 70 at the beginning of this series that it would be his best score. Time for him to gracefully bow out otherwise it could get ugly.

Posted by Vishnu27 on (March 23, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

@athira3: absolutely atrocious decision not to give Tendulkar plumb as you like LBW when on one, dont forget. That was THE howler of all howlers! Does not get more out than that I'm afraid.

Posted by heathrf1974 on (March 23, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

Better day for Australia. The wicket is playing some tricks. Will be very tough when the Aussies bat tomorrow. If we can get over 200 that will be a fine effort, but that's a big if.

Posted by TheBigBoodha on (March 23, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

@280491991, yep it hurts when your #10 batsman gets a bad call. But I doubt India would give up the 30+ runs for SRT's wicket. Amazing what happens when the bad calls even out (almost). This whole series India has ridden doctored pitches and endless umpiring howlers, which repeatedly curtailed Australia every time they moved into a decent position. How many Australian innings were shut down after good starts by bad calls? More than I care to mention. Anyway, AUS is in the stronger position here, given that India have to bat last on this mess of a wicket. Hopefully AUS can kelp the lead to 20-30 runs. As for the sledging, they are only channeling me. ;-)

Posted by seniorgators on (March 23, 2013, 12:13 GMT)

The first lbw appeal against Tendulkar was so plumb you could almost hear the embarrasment coming through the TV from Shastri. The next two appeals were more out than about 8 of the 17 lbw's given against Australia this series. No wonder India do not want the DRS. Keep pressure on the umpires. If India had this run of decisions they would be threatening to go home like they did in Australia. There they got the neutral umpires changed which was a disgrace.Now any umpire involved in an Indian game feel this same pressure and India do not want the DRS to take this pressure off.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (March 23, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

Funny how Australia finally start displaying some spirit without Clarke the PR man at the helm. Watson handled the situation well when Warner got fired up about Dhoni repeatedly running on the pitch. @Nish_US, I thought Rahane ran into Siddle?

Posted by adityakrish7 on (March 23, 2013, 12:12 GMT)

126 runs that australia tail scored looks too crucial now..From 136/7.they managed 262. If india had bowled them out under 220,india could have got a crucial 30-40 runs lead now.This wicket will surely deteriorate ,but if aus somehow manage 250-270 in their second innings, india will surely loose this test!!

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (March 23, 2013, 12:09 GMT)

India's batsmen forgot that Lyon doesn't turn the ball and played for spin when there wasn't any: "25.1 Lyon to Pujara, OUT, timbah. Just like Siddle got out. Length ball, offbreak, outside off, Pujara does everything right in defence, but the ball doesn't turn and hits the top of off" ..Which tells us all we need to know. Again Lyon goes around the park and again there's no one else better in Aus to replace him.

Posted by colossalcricketer on (March 23, 2013, 12:06 GMT)

And lol to all those who are praising Lyon . Come on I mean that was hell of a minefield . Even more dangerous than the Mumbai minefield against England.

Posted by colossalcricketer on (March 23, 2013, 12:04 GMT)

Don't worry guys ! Aussies will fold for less than 200 & India will win ! Be optimistic ! ;) The batsman need to remain positive & attack ! :)

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 12:04 GMT)

india played pathetic cricket today !! lyon dint bowl any great deliveries he was just gud enough !! sachin was trying to be aggressive to put pressure on lyon so he dint bat wth straight bat thts why soo many lbw calls !! why in the hell did india change their batting line up ?? pujara was as gud as a wall at no.3 why to change his position and kohli's ?? rahane shd hav been opening !! i hope bhuvi bats well and atleast get a lead of 50 with his allround skills !! the best batsman thru out the series was vijay which no one expected and i hope he continues it in 2nd innings too !! i used to hate this guy before the series started but i like his determination now !! similarly jadeja in bowling he is evolving very fastly in to a great spinner !!

india shd not allow aussies to win this test and try to win the series 4-0 .india are still on 106 and aus are on 112 i guess points will be given only aftr the end of the series similarly if eng looses to kiwis then eng drop to 112 points

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (March 23, 2013, 12:00 GMT)

@AhmedEsat agree with you 100%. Lyon bowled accurately and how good was the banta today, made for a very interesting match.

Posted by Mary_786 on (March 23, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

Lyon proved me wrong, well bowled.

Posted by thebrotherswaugh on (March 23, 2013, 11:55 GMT)

Yep, BIG step up to SA in SA. Don't forget, not big turners there on the whole, so most of IND penetrative bowlers negated (as they are in AUS); Steyn & Morkel on green tops WILL expose the top order - too early to be heralding the resurgence on IND cricket - but if you keep rebuilding & show patience, you'll get there, because you've got the batting stocks. Good to see that AUS have shown some fight - but I still expect the usual 2nd innings debacle to undo all of the good work by the bowlers. At least we've competed (so far). Praying to the Almighty for a miracle win (but don't like my chances). SA are MUCH better than ENG, and ENG beat you in your own backyard recently. Ever heard of the word HUBRIS - far too early to be expecting your fellas to win vs. SA.

Posted by Srilanka-rules on (March 23, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

Atrocious decision decision against Jadeja, if was batting positively, could have given us a strong lead

Posted by PkZindabaad on (March 23, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

What a match here we are having. Australia are back to their best. If they didn't get any wicket they go back towards the berating technique and what a turn around in this match. Good to see the spirit, dish out more mouthful and give Indians more chin music. They will fumble for sure. Welcome back Aussies to where you were before.

Posted by Meety on (March 23, 2013, 11:48 GMT)

Interesting, so far Lyon in 3 Tests has 11 wickets @ an ave of 44 & S/R of 60. Panesar's first visit to India was 3 Tests, 5 wickets @ ave 62 & S/R 141. Swann'd first tour was similar to Lyon's (8 wickets in 2 tests, ave 40 & S/R 75). Very important that the NSP (whoever they'll be in the future), take Lyon next time we tour India - he'll be infinately better the 2nd time. Maybe as part of a Lyon/SO'K duo. == == == I went cold on Maxwell touring India. Primarily because I felt his batting had no real FC form behind it. I thought his bowling WOULD be helpful IF he was worth a top 6 position in the line up, (hasn't been). That said - the fact is, he has so far taken 5 wickets @ 27, with a S/R of 35. Coupled with a fairly good Shield bowling average, I wonder is Maxwell really a specialist spinner? Is he copping the same mistaken pigeon-holing that Shahid Afridi copped? (Afridi always said he was a spinner who could hit big - i.e NOT an allrounder).

Posted by batman_gothamcity on (March 23, 2013, 11:44 GMT)

What a remarkable day of hard test cricket , aussies bowling really well lyon was stand out bowling round the wicket was master stroke , pujara ,jadega and vijay batting . Two striking things first Watson captaincy bringing out the aggression in aussies which was surprisingly missing in earlier tests or was it a coincidence since it is a dead rubber and they giving it every thing . Second is India made a tactical error in changing the batting order to accomodate rahane , if he was not inclined to open they should have selected Jaffer or any other regular opener (offcourse not Gambhir) . The third day should be another great test cricket day .

Posted by baskar_guha on (March 23, 2013, 11:40 GMT)

Poor umpiring today - SRT given not out when out, Jadeja given out when missing off and Ashwin given out when missing off. Official warning being given to Siddle without an unofficial warning. Plus compete mismanagement of all the trash talking that the Aussies engaged in.

Posted by S.Seshachalam on (March 23, 2013, 11:35 GMT)

Agree with Utkarsh Singh. Keeping SRT for so long in the team has delayed the debut of many promising youngsters, Rahane, Tiwari and Rohit among them. His time is definitely up. No doubt he has contributed tremendously to Indian cricket for the last 24 he waiting to complete 25 years of his career and then call it a day!!...why do our BCCI have different yardsticks for different players...considering Wasim Jaffer was hesitated because of his age!!

Posted by realfan on (March 23, 2013, 11:35 GMT)

63.2 Maxwell to Jadeja, OUT, Maxwell takes a wicket second ball, although Jadeja is unlucky here. This one is pitched on a length, outside off, and Jadeja pads up. However, it turns only slightly, just straightens, and hits him on the pad. This wouldn't have hit the stumps

looks like AUS have another thing to forget , this decision was against india mind it.....

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

bout time Lyon showed what he can do.Just do it more often for less runs

Posted by ashishrcb on (March 23, 2013, 11:11 GMT)

Iffy decision against Jadeja, ball wld have left the off stump, Warne says 50:50 if it was an Aussie the %age would have been 10:90 favoring the batsman, anyways am gonna be in the stadium tomorrow onwards hopefully we will get a good match, result a 100% possibility now.

Posted by realfan on (March 23, 2013, 11:04 GMT)

a lead of 70+ should be enough i guess..... to finish the match in 4 days.....

Posted by binu.emiliya on (March 23, 2013, 11:00 GMT)

How well Jadeja is playing in this minefield! Good going

Posted by realfan on (March 23, 2013, 10:59 GMT)

@gsingh7 rahane has not being over hyped here..... he has been benched too long for a test debut.... if a batsmen scoring at an average of 62 in first class means he has something up his sleeve.... let him spend some time in the middle.... you cant expect every batsmen to come on debut and hit a century everytime..... he lacks confidence due to the fact that he has been benched too long..... i

Posted by ashishrcb on (March 23, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

Shaggy076 I was referring to when the Indians go overseas, they are more hard done. This series that series this decision that decision no. 4 or no.6 or for that matter no.10 any wrong decision in a competitive game is uncalled for. Am so glad the umpires are from a neutral territory or else this discussion wld have been more ballistic off and on the field.

Posted by realfan on (March 23, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

this day clearly showed how CLARKE stood on a whole new other level as a captain...... he managed the team well..... this is what we see when clarke will not be a captain...... but its a good thing unless for the acting of warner putting here..... good cricketing environment all together....

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 10:41 GMT)

"Tendulkar is just making fun of his own, he should understand this fact that his time is up and this is the perfect time for him to bid fairwell from the test ckt.He is the part of a team winning comprehensively against an arch rival team.Otherwise Iaafraid if he keeps on playing then he has to see the blazing south african attack; ; though I am not casting any doubt on his ability but I still feel that it won't be easy fir him to face those attacking pace bowlers with this sort of form he is in and being his fan I never wanna see him in that condition!"

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 23, 2013, 10:40 GMT)

ssenthill - YOur so right Austalia had a lucky decision for there number 10 batsman (However I wouldnt claim that one plumb it was marginal whether he got outside the line), India a lucky decision for there number 4 batsman and agaisnt the AUssie number 6 batsman, yes India were very hard done by. You mention the pitch got worse, were you watching the over Hughes got out this has been a rubbish track from ball 1(Im not sure it can deterioate). Im sorry that Im looking at the above circumstances with one eye thinking that we were hard done by. By the way how is your one eye?

Posted by ImpartialExpert on (March 23, 2013, 10:39 GMT)

I think the overs from 26 to 50 are the difficult ones to negotiate. It looks as the ball does not do much otherwise. Hope the teams take note of this and play accordingly

Posted by MathewsAdelaide on (March 23, 2013, 10:36 GMT)

New rules must be implemented, unnecessary appeals needs to be fined,

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 23, 2013, 10:35 GMT)

ashishrcb - Please explain "against India many more times" - You have to be kiddding right? This game is 2 against Aus and a maybe 1 against India. Lat game was about 6 against Aus - 2 against India. I am comfortable that India have outplayed us here but Im not comfortable with you claiming hardship on the account of the umpires.

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

Wade is being tested... would hate to see him get hurt with all the diving around...

Posted by crindo77 on (March 23, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

For India, the best player of short and fast bowling is still the soon to retire 40 year old, by a country mile , and then some. The sight of Vijay and Rahane, one who is touted as a 'good' player of short stuff, and the other as being 'supremely talanted', behaving like rabbits caught in lights was a painful reminder of what really is still an Achilles' heel, knee and hip as far are India's batsmen are concerned. MSD is the one other person who can give it right back, but it is a timely reminder of what may transpire in SA later this year. Rahane is now back in the same bracket as Raina, the last thing he would have wanted. Getting hit by short stuff aint rare, but appearing vulnerable is still an Indian specialty. Disappointing to say the least; and depressing. it is an important reason why India have never won Test series on faster pitches, Oz and SA. And the curator of Kotla, a big thank you, for reminding us where we stlll are.

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 10:23 GMT)

Ok, time for the tail to wag....At No 6 we've had Laxman building valuable partnerships with the lower order.... Now its time for Jadeja to show that he is on the right track to get there.......

Posted by ashishrcb on (March 23, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

Australians showing poor character. Its one thing to be aggressive but another to be abusive. The umpires are neutral and decisions have gone against India many more times then they have for the Aussies. Tendulkar needs to pick up his actor make way for some deserving youngsters. Its not first series India has refused DRS, although I think they should use it as it will be to their advantage esp overseas. Lyon has bowled well for the first time, infact first time in the series any Aussie attack looked menacing to say the least. Good to see a fight and a fight back.

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 10:15 GMT)

A good batting performance from Jadeja in these testing conditions will certainly seal his spot at least for future Home series.. and will answer quite a few questions from his doubters (I for one)....

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 23, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

@ whocares-- everyone and his dog bats first in india. watson have no say in it. u atre out of woodwork after weeks when australia were being thrashed from chennai to mohali. still aus made just 260 on the pitch were par is 400. we will see if u come back after whitewash by team india

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (March 23, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

Despite being a fan of sachin i am quite happy that he was finally given out lbw(deservinlgy to Lyon. Dont know why FFL always target him) This would also stop some whining from some Aussie fans and i wish they also remember how sachin carried himself when he was given all those shoulder before wicket and no bat pad catches in Australia(should i say those umpires too were bought by CA because any appeal against sachin used to be up held those days??)

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 10:09 GMT)

This is gripping test cricket.....sure India are down.. but I am enjoying every bit of the battle .... AUS trying everything...except may be getting physical....

Posted by whofriggincares on (March 23, 2013, 10:00 GMT)

Where are all the geniuses ( Gsingh7 and FFL) now who were saying India will knock up 600+ and waltz to victory? If they are to win from here they will have to earn it thats for sure. Watto's decision to bat first looking the right one at this stage. Sachin finally given out LBW, still cost us 30 odd runs and that could be decisive in this test.

Posted by Mitty2 on (March 23, 2013, 9:58 GMT)

This is brilliant from Lyon. I've seem glimpses of potential and general unluckiness, but this is the most consistent and all round performance he has produced to date. He's gotten tendulkar out three times now. He got dhoni dropped with one that turned a mile, and it wasn't a hard chance at all. He should already have a five for.

Siddle has been the main stand out for Australia in this series I feel. His style is so completely negated by Indian pitches (movement of the seam and pitch), but he has found a way to completely adapt to that. He has found reverse swing with a bowl that is harder to get swing with and he has found consistent pace. Johnson has bowled very very well so far and pattinson's looking very good. The three specialist pace setup to be economical and Lyon to attack is our best approach but if we went with a line up like this, we could have done so much better in the series: Warner Cowan Hughes Clarke khawaja wade o'keefe patto johno siddle Lyon.

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 9:58 GMT)


Rahane supporter.....RIGHT HERE.... I did not watch him bat in the domestic circuit.. so cannot comment whether he is hype or talent.....

My support stems from the fact that he has been a prolific run getter in the domestic setup.. and if it is the yard stick by which you stream youngsters into the side.. then he has done that part right....

My support for him gained strength...from the fact that he has been carrying drinks for over a year.. robbing him of the much needed match practice... even his prolific domestic avg went down from 68 to 62, due to his on and off presence there....

Posted by VivGilchrist on (March 23, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

Tendulkar 3/32, and he's OUT! I was wrong. Looks like three strikes for an LBW. Lyon finally looking good. If only an ex-wicketkeeper wasn't our spin bowling coach, he may have discovered this form before the 4th Test. Is anybody else wondering what might have been had OKeefe been selected to bowl in tandem with him?

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 9:52 GMT)

Ok Jadeja.. show us why you are called by ROCK STAR.... now is the time

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 23, 2013, 9:42 GMT)

lols, where are rahane supportors now?? i said earlier too he is over hyped batsmen with little defence in his armory . he will be a walking wicket like sehwag if played on green tops. why was everybody hyping him. scoring runs on dead pitches in ranji do not count. if he cant play a pie chucker in lyon how will be play ajmal and pacers like steyn. he is all pomp no show, just like big show maxwell.

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 9:41 GMT)

Time for Jadeja to show display his batting prowess.......Expecting dhoni to take the attack to AUS

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

Not much of a dream debut for Rahane... but not all stars had a great start... good luck in the second innings....

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (March 23, 2013, 9:38 GMT)

I watched the lbw decisions tendulkar survived and i would say he should have been given out on one occasion(there is bit of doubt about the height on another occasion). Time to bring DRS and the first way to convince bcci is to give the batsman an option to challenge a decision(like inside edge lbw, grounded catch and then get them slowly to use other technology options(i am not a fan of hawk eye though)

Posted by The.Pragmatist on (March 23, 2013, 9:31 GMT)

Well said whofriggincares. as a neutral watching this game it's about time someone said it. India have been dominant in this series but at the first sign of trouble the umpires have come to their rescue . Lyon is a lot better than his figures show. No wonder Sachin dislikes the DRS.

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 9:30 GMT)

The past is playing with the future in the present........good to see the international little master battling it out along with the domestic little master..:)

Posted by Shaggy076 on (March 23, 2013, 9:28 GMT)

Greatcomment GSIngh; That same pie chucker got Kohli out straight away and had Tendulkar plumb once (cant believe that one was given Not Out) and possibly out on another.

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 9:28 GMT)

Rahane should take a leaf out of the little master's book.and keep himself cool.... Indians do not respond with stares or words or physical contact.... they let their bat do the talking..

Posted by Rooboy on (March 23, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

@vivgilchrist - it's so blatant, and quite disgusting considering some of the decisions the Australian batsmen have copped, but it's par for the course. Tendulkar has a whole career of 'hometown' decisions, even with 'neutral' umpires. You have to knock all three stumps out of the ground for an appeal to even be considered. And it's insulting that he sticks to the line that he's against DRS because the technology isn't 100%. We've seen all series the real reason why he's against it. It'd be classy if he'd at least be honest about it

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 9:22 GMT)

This is good for test match cricket... closely fought matches... being an Indian supporter even though winning by an innings looks good on paper and feels good later on..... it is these close ones that keep us up on the edge of the seat....

It is 5:21 AM on the east coast, awake all night.. just thought of a coffee.. but siddle injected enough adrenaline to keep me awake for another hour.....

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

Tendulkar need not worry for a delivery like that from siddle. It will go above his head.. :-P

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

Time for the (domestic) little master to take the baton from the other little master..... We've had Sunny, then Sachin and hopefully Rahane will fit the bill...

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 9:17 GMT)

Sachin will not budge an inch, regarding his desire to play test cricket, till he reaches the milestone of 200 tests! Struggle or not, he is not bothered. Of course, in between he will give you occasional glimpses of his vanishing artistry, to keep his blind supporters to continue to be blind! Our loyalty and respect for the past is admirable, but it has crossed permissible limit quite some time ago!

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

Spoke too soon...Siddle rewarded for his hardwork....What a time for Rahane to come struggling, the batsman on the other end struggling himself.... AUS bowling with their hearts out.. pitch..well certainly not assisting the batsmen...... GOOD LUCK Rahane.. you will definitely need it a little bit..

Posted by whofriggincares on (March 23, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

The Indians have been by far the better side in this series (obviously) however the crap umpiring has made us look worse than we have been. Wade copped another shocker in the first innings and if Sachin makes a big score and takes this test away then that will be another major stuff up from the umps. Kettleborough should be fined his match payment for that refused LBW off Lyon it was plumb, as well as a few other shouts that I firmly believe would have been given if we were batting.

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

AUS missing Maxwell here..... two spinners in tandem will ask more the two batsmen are negotiating the pacers quite well.... Any update on the wellness of MAXwell?

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 23, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

warner had some joy atlast in this sapping series with kohli dismissal. although he himself have gave australia nothing but shame with his abysmal batting. hope he remains their permanent member in tests till 2017 test championship. he will then watch the series from his home with his teammates as only 4 qualify. is theire opposite award to "order of australia" ,(like disgrace of australia) he surely deserves 1. hughes deserve 2 , for that matter.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

The umpire Kettenborough not giving Tendulkar plump to Lyon clearly shows that the umpires in this series have been bought by BCCI otherwise why would d same umpire give Clarke out in d second innings of Third Test or Mattew Wade out in d first innings of this test.Both d umpires wd blindly raise d fingers when d Australians are batting but not out when d whole world n see that Tendulkar was out.

Posted by WellwisherINDIA on (March 23, 2013, 9:08 GMT)

One lucky decision is not big deal with Sachin, no other cricketer has sacrificed wickets like Sachin in the history of the game due to poor umpiring or umpiring error..

Posted by gsingh7 on (March 23, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

poor from best batsmen in sc-- pujara. bowled to a pie chucker with a straight one. next time he should play according to bowler. lyon is just dart bowler and he should be giver zero respect, hope dhoni shows him his place. sachin is looking like the legensd we all know and worship. hope he score 200 here and india please win by an innings. i got a bet going.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

Need SRT to knock a triple ton and probably break laras record of 400*; Longetivity in the game but not in the game? I have seen Sachin struggle against pace and don't think spin worries him. Wonderful chance for a series white wash against Aussies, think never been done before... Good luck finger crossed. We need that fierce tendulkar in the nineties against SA in SA.

We need you back in the ODI's atleast for some time now. Please be in the advisory copmmittie or as a batting coach whatever. Gear up pull your socks and be at it.

Posted by VivGilchrist on (March 23, 2013, 8:55 GMT)

Have I missed something? Is Tendulkar not allowed to be given out LBW?

Posted by ImpartialExpert on (March 23, 2013, 8:53 GMT)

Very good test match in progress here. Australia are doing what they used to be very good at. Building up pressure once a wicket falls. Lyon is very unlucky not to have got Tendulkar out. I think the umpire was intimidated. But Kohli's wicket needs to be looked with slow mo. I thought the ball went off the face of the bat instead of the pad. If India do not get a 50 run lead then I think we are going to lose. I think a lot depends on Dhoni. If he gets out early then we are in big trouble.

Posted by AhmedEsat on (March 23, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

Good comeback by Australia and good solid defence by India in difficult conditions.....This is why Australia needed a specialist batsman like Khawaja instead of bits and piecesT20 hackers in the team.

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

I do not think Tendulkar will make any decision on his retirement now, even though he is struggling.... I think he will see how he does at the IPL, if he is getting back his timing and confidence.. and If he cannot, then may be announce his retirement like Dravid did.... but if he can get some confidence in the next many months until the next tour.. he will decide to stay on.....

Posted by GMathews on (March 23, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

These are some tips for Sachin to make Century this time, do not look at your score board after your 60 run, or play a T20 game after your 70 run

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 8:38 GMT)

Very important for IND to bat long and get a decent first innings lead, otherwise batting 4th on this pitch is going to be very very difficult...

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (March 23, 2013, 8:37 GMT)

Great analysis Fleming_mitch… Just thinkin about all this "lack of next in line batsman" stuff , why does CA not have an Australia A team in the shield. Or just play a match between Shield winners vs The Rest…then we can have a pool\group of the potential players ready and playing as a group anyways…. I also have no doubt Khawaja should be there. Can i also say that the usage of technolgy by umpries has been very good, they have gone up when there has been a need and i am a big fan of that as DRS is not being used as a tactical tool . Lyon has started well for us, now just needs to go on. Vijay is what stands between us and getting a lead.

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 8:36 GMT)

Well its official now... The pendulum has shifted noted by Sunny... It is important that IND batsmen do not try to overcompensate and go into their shells....

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 8:32 GMT)

@Vinay Kolhatkar

While I agree that everyone else have shuffled at one time or another to keep Tendulkar at No.4.....Well he has been the team's quarterback for two decades and it was (/is) in the best interests of India to have the rest play the tackles and guards....

Posted by KhanMitch on (March 23, 2013, 8:23 GMT)

I sense a shift in the game. And valuable knocks by Smith and the tail have us back in the game. Here is an analysis of in this series of our batsman: Clarke - 6 test innings in India, 286 runs @ 47.7 Smith - 3 test innings in India, 143 runs @ 47.7 Cowan - 7 test innings in India, 241 runs @ 34.4 Henriques - 6 test innings in India, 156 runs @ 31.2 Warner - 7 test innings in India, 187 runs @ 26.7 Hughes - 7 test innings in India, 141 runs @ 20.1 Watson - 5 test innings in India, 94 runs @ 18.8 Wade - 5 test innings in India, 94 runs @ 18.8 Maxwell - 3 test innings in India, 31 runs @ 10.3 Smith has clearly done well and deserves acknolwedgement. But looking at the other batsman its hard to believe that Khawaja doesn't offer more than the other guys. Clarke and Smith are the only two that have a claim to be deserving of a spot ahead of Usman Khawaja in this fourth test, and Clarke is injured.

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 8:18 GMT)

SRT is clearly feeling the pressure.. he is either completely bogged down or trying to get out of it with unconventional shots... hope gets a grip on the nerves fast... these two should bat as long as possible.. the next few coming in are quite inexperienced and it is ideal to provide some cushion with some more runs on the board.

Posted by Mitty2 on (March 23, 2013, 8:17 GMT)

Really really well bowled Nathan. Made an imperative breakthrough with a beaut to pujara. Very unlucky to not be on 3, got tendulkar plumb and another good shout on the last bowl of the over. The quicks are bowling better as well, especially Johnson. He's beaten the bat on many occasions. Patto + johno bowling 145 with siddle 135-140.

But credit where it's due, pujara and vijay both batted beautifully, with vijay slowing down a bit because of the better bowling and both of nath's wickets.

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 8:00 GMT)

Yet again others are sacrificed for Sachin. If Pujara can move up a spot, why does Kohli have to move to 3? Everyone including VVS, MSD, and Dravid have shuffled and batted according to the team's needs. No one should be exempt.

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 7:56 GMT)

Pujara and Vijay's form compensating/balancing for the pitch and impressive bowling by AUS.. it will be interesting to see how the not-so-in-form batsman perform now....

Posted by Johnny_129 on (March 23, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

Time for SRT to deliver or retire!

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 7:52 GMT)

@RockcityGuy Nope I did not miss the one thru mid-wicket...

Taking nothing away from Vijay or that shot ...mid wicket boundaries and leg glances on pitched up deliveries do not excite me any more... every Indian batsman over the last few decades have handled them quite well...

My concern is how well they play around the offstump, because the chances of getting out are high...especially on the seaming, swinging and bouncy wickets outside of India.....

This series is won comfortably...while it is a relief.. it is time to spot any technical flaws and sort them out for future tours outside of the sub continent....

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 7:41 GMT)

@bumpu and others

I do not have anything against Vijay... Having seen so much of that un-necessary poking and prodding from Gauti and un-necessary flashing from Viru... I am just keeping my hopes in check for the away tours... and now Pujara with all his technique and temperament looks to have slight lapses of concentration now and then..

Posted by Mary_786 on (March 23, 2013, 7:04 GMT)

I believe that it is time we used the internet to allow a democratic vote to select the Test side!!! Come on CA how about allowing the fans (who actually care about legacy not profit) to put the side to a vote? If 90% of the nation disagrees with your selections and the results prove the 90% to be correct then how can the NSP retain their jobs??? Regarding the selections of this team it is clear that TV has a lot to do with contracts and the Big Bash truly was a reality TV style audition with selectors searching for actors/performers with an 'X- Factor' (i.e Glenn 'The Big Show' Maxwell) to sell to Indian TV markets. Never before have we fielded such an unworthy Test side with such little first-class form to merit selection. Is Usman Khawaja missing out simply because he doesn't "act" well enough? Does the homework/attitude stuff have to do with him needing to do better interviews?To smile more on camera? why pick Khawaja to tour at all for heaven's sake!!! Lets get our selection right

Posted by Thefakebook on (March 23, 2013, 6:58 GMT)

The only good thing for OZ fans is this torrid tour will end in just two 2 days or less, after this tour OZ will look like the weaker side in Ashes for sure, so when they do win it back it will be more sweeter.

Posted by Klgn on (March 23, 2013, 6:57 GMT)

For Aus, Eng, it's not speed bowling with 145 or 150 km/hr....all its counts is reading the batman s weakness as a bowler!!

Posted by Manu_reddy on (March 23, 2013, 6:36 GMT)

I accept d fact that vijay got most of his boundaries through edges but unlike warner he was playing them with softhands n balls ll never carry to d slips if d batsmen play with softhands on any kind of surface..

Posted by RockcityGuy on (March 23, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

@nish US...quite obviously you missed that beauty of a drive through midwicket...:-)

Posted by zarasibaat on (March 23, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

That's why I said that Clarke was responsible for the defeat in last test. If he had drawn last test ll give a lot of confidence to the players because a draw is much better than loose a match. But after the match Clarke said "that is the way Australian play". Mr. Clarke that was a bad way to play. You put your team in a white wash situation and team's morale is very low. And what management is showin by not playing Usman Khwaja???

Posted by bumpu on (March 23, 2013, 6:27 GMT)

@Nish_US. You seem to be having a thing against Vijay. Give the guy a break. He has just scored 167 & 153 in two previous tests. A few nicks are part of an opening batsman's life. However. buckling down and showing the will to fight it out is more important. I think Vijay has showed that in ample measure in the last four innings. If he fails outside the sub continent then condemn him but until then give him his due.

Posted by Powersss on (March 23, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

On Home soil most teams looks threatening, but the English team has shown that a right combination of youth & experience can topple a good team in their den. Without Ponting & Hussey, the Aussies look toothless. The Indian youth has put in a good performance, but experience will b most essential (Tendulkar) in Foreign Soil (South Africa). Else the tale of Aussies in India, will be the case of the Indians there. It's a team that performs & not an individual & the right combination is always required. Indian selectors are doing a great job as of now, hope the Aussies too in the future don't axe off experienced players in haste. The form is temporary, but class is forever.

Posted by josethekochite on (March 23, 2013, 6:17 GMT)

same story going to happen again. But some shots by Vijay is very poor...

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

All fours scored by Vijay have been from the edges today...

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

Siddle looks more threatening with his impeccable line and length, Johnson mixing it up, pattinson swinging.... AUS bowling showing some bite.. and the pitch helping the cause as well......good to see IND batsmen battling it out

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 5:39 GMT)

Aussies now bowling the stares and words at indian batsmen

Posted by forbskin on (March 23, 2013, 5:36 GMT)

could not agree with cricketstarbest more. I want Australia to buck the trend but cannot see anything other than a second innings collapse and a whitewash. Our middle order is just too brittle.

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 5:36 GMT)

Those nicks from Vijay, playing away from the not inspire enough confidence for those away tours.. that India should start preparing.... otherwise these 3-0s or 4-0s at home will not matter much

Posted by   on (March 23, 2013, 5:26 GMT)

I'm left very unimpressed with Australia's top order and their batting display.Cowan first of all,playing a sweep shot when a straight bat is necessary,Watson second played a terrible shot hitting across the line and out stumped,Maxwell third trying to hit the ball out of the ground.I remember Damian Martyn being dropped from the team for a lot of years for a shot like that.To top it all off Steve Smith, Peter Siddle,James Pattinson and Nathan Lyon showed what a little amount of batting prowess and a lot of concentration,application and a good amount of gritty fight can do.I know we're thin on the ground for talent,but please a bit of pride in the baggy green and respect for the Australian cricketing public,currently this is humiliating and it ain't gonna get better soon with the attitude our players have

Posted by Dhanno on (March 23, 2013, 5:13 GMT)

This is a good total on this surface, it showed australia's fight. Sad one of the top order bat didnt stay long enough with the tail to post even better score. But this is something to work with for siddle/ pattison. It could also help that india are changing their batting order. The 2000's yet again. Make a good number 3 open, bring a promising #5 up to 3 or bring the newcomer at 3 (although he can very well open). This can easily backfire if Australia strike early.

Difficult to understand what selectors were thinking while replacing dhawan. They initially wanted Gambhir in. Would that mean he would have opened and Rahane missed out yet again ? Then they bring in Raina, middle order guy. Dont include him in XI (def he is not good enough). But they chop the whole order, and bring in Rahane at 3 or 5.

Posted by Resultpredictor on (March 23, 2013, 5:12 GMT)

This match is going the same way as other matches. Australia all out for below par score, India taking big lead and Australia collapsing in second innings. Finally India winning the match easily. Congrats India for whitewashing Australia.

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 4:58 GMT)

Do not force a Dravid onto Pujara..... Do not disturb Pujara..... He is just settling into his No.3 slot..

Posted by Nish_US on (March 23, 2013, 4:55 GMT)

Pokin and prodding back... this is what I am worried about Vijay outside the subcontinent

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