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    47.2 Cowan is finally gone, caught off the pad of Dhoni by Sehwag at slip. Flat, shortish, Cowan goes to cut, but the ball skids on, takes a healthy edge, which hits Dhoni's pad just above the knee roll, the plateauish region from where it bounces to slip where Sehwag is alert. Cowan doesn't look pleased. Is he just disappointed or did he want the umpires to take a look at the replay to see if it bounced off the ground? I won't analyse facial reactions 111/5
    19.6 the change of angle works for Ashwin. Warner tries to sweep it as this is pitched outside leg, but it is that awkward sweeping length between the too full and lenght region. Warner misses, and the ball turns to hit the prone leg stump. Dhoni's reaction suggests it was his idea to get Ashwin to move over the stumps 56/1
    23.3 Australia are sweeping themselves out of the Test. That angle is working like a charm. Tossed up outside leg, Hughes looks to sweep, but he has got too far across, and is hit on the glove, and the ball rolls onto the stumps. Ashwin can't believe Hughes has taken the bait too 56/2
    34.6 strangle down the leg side. First wicket of the series for Ishant Sharma. A length ball, down the leg side, Watson thinks he can get four, but he ends up playing it too fine, and Dhoni takes a nice catch diving to his left 75/3
    45.4 what a ripper. Clarke has done everything right with this, but the off stump is flat. On a length, dipping on him, pitches middle, Clarke moves forward to defend, and the ball turns past the bat and flattens the off stump. Jadeja has bowled Clarke twice in this match. Clarke is a bit stunned. Unlike Henriques in the first innings, Clarke was playing straight here 108/4
    58.1 falling like nine pins here. Will Australia declare now? Tossed up wide outside off, Wade pushes in hope, gets a soft edge, Sehwag accepts it with glee at slip 130/9
    48.1 can't keep Jadeja away. Now he has ripped the stumps out with a direct hit from cover. It's a bad, bad call from Australia. Pushed off the back foot towards cover, Wade calls Henriques for one, Jadeja swoops in fast, and even despite a fumble Jadeja has run him out by a mile. That throw is a rocket. That throw is going fast even in slow-motion replays 111/6
    54.1 that's plumb lbw. Carrom ball. Lovely use of it. Using it for the lesser batsmen and not for the top order. Anyway this wicket was a-coming. Maxwell has hardly looked assured. This drifts in towards the pads, is full, and Maxwell thinks he can flick it square. He has not read the ball at all. It pitches, turns the other way, and hits the back pad in front of middle and off. Very good use of the variation: sparing and against a lesser batsman 123/7
    57.6 Jadeja and Dhoni can do no wrong, and the Indian fielders are falling over each other to claim catches. Don't forget Dhoni's pad, though. Flat ball, outside off, turns away, takes the edge, hits Dhoni's glove and then the pad, and the ricochet is going to Sehwag at slip but Kohli from gull plucks it in front of the senior Delhi batsman 130/8
    66.6 it's all over at the HCA Stadium. Ashwin gets five. Full, straight and flat. Beats the inside edge, it is deemed to be going straight on to hit the stumps. Pitches in front of leg, does it straighten enough? Dharmasena thinks so 131/10
    not out
    13 (b 7, lb 6)
    131 all out (67 Overs, RR: 1.95, 237 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-56 (DA Warner, 19.6 ov), 2-56 (PJ Hughes, 23.3 ov), 3-75 (SR Watson, 34.6 ov), 4-108 (MJ Clarke, 45.4 ov), 5-111 (EJM Cowan, 47.2 ov), 6-111 (MC Henriques, 48.1 ov), 7-123 (GJ Maxwell, 54.1 ov), 8-130 (PM Siddle, 57.6 ov), 9-130 (MS Wade, 58.1 ov), 10-131 (JL Pattinson, 66.6 ov)
    B Kumar6.04701.1600
    R Ashwin28.0126352.2500
    Harbhajan Singh10.071001.0000
    RA Jadeja18.083331.8300
    I Sharma5.02511.0000

Close of Play

  • Sat, 2 Mar - day 1 - India 1st innings 5/0 (M Vijay 0*, V Sehwag 4*, 3 ov)
  • Sun, 3 Mar - day 2 - India 1st innings 311/1 (M Vijay 129*, CA Pujara 162*, 93 ov)
  • Mon, 4 Mar - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 74/2 (EJM Cowan 26*, SR Watson 9*, 32 ov)
  • Tue, 5 Mar - day 4 - Australia 2nd innings 131 (67 ov) - end of match

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