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Day 4

3979dThe Bulletin by Dileep Premachandran at the WACA

Inspired India end Australia's streak

No overseas team, barring legendary Caribbean sides, had won in Perth since 1985-86, and given what transpired in Sydney a fortnight ago, India's convincing 72-run victory at the WACA will surely go down as their finest Test win

3978dPeter English at the WACA

Australia fined for slow over-rate

Ponting will have to pay about A$2500 while his team-mates were hit with a punishment of 10% of their fees as Australia were deemed to be two overs short of their target

3979dPeter English at the WACA

Australia's cracks finally exposed

The end of the era came quickly. An Australian unit that seemed unbreakable over the past 24 months had actually been admirably masking the dints

3979dSambit Bal at the WACA

One hour that shook Ponting

Irrespective of what has gone in this series and what lies ahead, Ishant Sharma's mesmeric spell to Ricky Ponting will remain one of the highlights of this series, and will be remembered for years to come

3979dSambit Bal at the WACA

A great rivalry revived

It would be ridiculous to suggest that a new world order is upon us but one thing has been re-established at Perth: Australia v India is the Test rivalry of the decade

3979dPeter English at the WACA

'We just weren't good enough' - Ponting

Ricky Ponting refuses to believe Australia's global domination is over after their record-equalling winning streak was ended in Perth

3979dNagraj Gollapudi at the WACA

Standing up for tradition

Cricket is about tradition for the WACA members who line up for hours to secure their favourite seat at Perth Tests

Day 3

3981dThe Bulletin by Dileep Premachandran at the WACA

India build platform for upset win

If Australia are to go where no Test team has gone before and win 17 games in a row, they'll have to pull off the second-highest run chase in the history of the game

3980dPeter English at the WACA

Slow over-rates could cost Australia a world record

Off-field factors are not supposed to impact on Australia's performance, but the lingering cloud of slow over-rates finally became a severe issue and the fall-out could cost them a world record

3979dSambit Bal at the WACA

Bowlers set up a fitting finale

After three days of swinging fortunes, this gripping, exhilarating Test is now poised for a grand denouement and if you love Test cricket that's what you would wish for irrespective of who wins

Day 2

3981dThe Bulletin by Dileep Premachandran at the WACA

Inspired India take control

RP Singh takes four wickets as India dismiss Australia for 212 and take a lead of 118 in the third Test at Perth

3980dSiddhartha Vaidyanathan at the WACA

Laxman shows very, very steely side

Instead of a rubber-wristed masterclass, the crowd was treated to a workmanlike knock from VVS Laxman which showcased his gritty side

3981dSiddhartha Vaidyanathan at the WACA

India's young fast-bowling trio have a field day

India's rookie fast bowlers got the better off the most formidable batting line-up, with RP Singh taking four wickets and Irfan Pathan and Ishant Sharma two wickets apiece as Australia were bowled out for 212

3979dSiddhartha Vaidyanathan at the WACA

Smells like team spirit

Instead of a rubber-wristed masterclass, the crowd was treated to a workmanlike knock from VVS Laxman which showcased his gritty side


Attack hurts Australia

Waugh's over-confidence led to his team's streak of 16 ending in Kolkata in 2001, similar over-confidence from Ponting's side could have the same result in Perth in 2008

3980dSambit Bal at the WACA

India turn the tables

It was a day when bowlers were rewarded for their skills and another set of modern batsmen was found wanting against a rare, but thankfully not extinct, bowling art: swing bowling

Day 1

3983dThe Bulletin by Dileep Premachandran at the WACA

Late wickets give Australia the edge

India's batsmen dominated the first two sessions, but Australia fought back tigerishly in the final session to redress the balance

3981dPeter English at the WACA

Pitch was off the pace

For all the predictions of damage from Australia's four fast men there was not much blazing fire

3982dSiddhartha Vaidyanathan at the WACA

The power of three

Years from now Perth might be remembered as the city where Rahul Dravid recovered from his toughest phase in Test cricket. Back to his favourite No. 3 position, his value as the side's cushion was evident

3982dPeter English at the WACA

Lee picks the right gears

As a young bowler Brett Lee did not understand why it was necessary to pace himself, but over the past two years he has worked on picking the moments to go flat-out

3982dSiddhartha Vaidyanathan at the WACA

All too quiet on the Western front

It's been a tumultuous week but the events on the first day of the Perth Test, for most of the morning at least, were disconcertingly slow

3982dCricinfo staff

Riding the bounce

Plays of the day from the opening day of the third Test in Perth

3981dSambit Bal at the WACA

Finally, cricket returns to centrestage

After the misery of Sydney, Perth provided an enthralling and rewarding day of Test cricket when the focus returned to the contest between bat and ball



New life for a young rivalry

Australia v India has, over the last decade, grown into cricket's premier face-off, and on the evidence of the current series there's plenty to come

3981dPeter English at the WACA

'It will come down to mental pressure' - Gilchrist

India hold a 170-run lead after two days and the vice-captain Adam Gilchrist was trying to avoid thinking of the potentially huge numbers that the home batsmen could face in the second innings

3981dSambit Bal at the WACA

The master of nuances

Anil Kumble's 600 wickets are just rewards for a cultured practitioner of a unique art

3978dPeter English

Clark says defeat will spur Australia

A hurt Stuart Clark believes the Australians will use the pain of defeat as a spur for the series-deciding Test in Adelaide on Thursday

3977dCricinfo staff

Tait expects to be dropped

Shaun Tait concedes he has little chance of playing his first Test at his home ground in Adelaide after a disappointing performance in Australia's loss to India at the WACA

3977dJenny Thompson in Adelaide

'We have to move forward' - Hussey

Michael Hussey had taken a typically level-headed view of Australia's defeat in Perth, saying they had to lose at some point and that the players have taken it in their stride

3977dCricinfo staff

Buchanan believes Australia were distracted

John Buchanan says Australia will head into the Adelaide Test with "clearer minds" after their record-equalling winning streak ended at the hands of India in Perth

3978dSiddhartha Vaidyanathan in Perth

India prosper from Lillee's advice

Venkatesh Prasad has revealed his chat with Dennis Lillee played a part in India's historic win in Perth

3978dSiddhartha Vaidyanathan in Perth

Ishant savours spell to Ponting

Ishant Sharma is happy that Anil Kumble had faith in him and said it was his "rhythm" which earned him the reward of getting Ricky Ponting twice

3981dSiddhartha Vaidyanathan in Perth

Kumble joins 600-wicket club

Anil Kumble dismissed Andrew Symonds on the second day of the Perth Test to become the first Indian bowler to take 600 Test wickets

Australia 4th innings Partnerships

1st21CJL RogersPA Jaques
2nd22RT PontingPA Jaques
3rd74RT PontingMEK Hussey
4th42MEK HusseyMJ Clarke
5th18A SymondsMJ Clarke
6th50AC GilchristMJ Clarke
7th2B LeeMJ Clarke
8th24MJ ClarkeMG Johnson
9th73SR ClarkMG Johnson
10th14MG JohnsonSW Tait