Clark removes Laxman, Tendulkar to boost Aussies

Published: Sunday, January 6, 2008, 11:11 [IST]
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India lose key wickets in 333-run chase

Sydney: Stuart Clark claimed the key wickets of V.V.S. Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar to give Australia a chance of their 16th consecutive Test victory against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

India were 79 for three at tea and battling to avoid defeat after being set 333 runs to win and square the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy series.

Clark captured the wicket of first innings century-maker Laxman for 20 with the fifth ball of his second over.

The seamer got one to nip back and keep low trapping Laxman leg before wicket playing back on to his stumps.

Dravid had a life on 18 when he was dropped by Andrew Symonds, deputising for Matthew Hayden at first slip off Mitchell Johnson.

But Clark struck again with the crucial scalp of Tendulkar in his fifth over for 12.

Tendulkar, who came to the crease with his SCG average at a stunning 326 runs from six innings after his unbeaten 154 in the first innings, tried to get his bat out of the way only to deflect it on to his stumps.

The small SCG crowd cheered and clapped 'The Little Master' all the way off the arena in recognition of his farewell Test at the famous ground.

Opener Wasim Jaffer continued his dismal run of scores in the series with a four-ball duck to pace spearhead Brett Lee in the first over of the innings.

Jaffer was snapped up by Michael Clarke at third slip and his Test place is now in jeopardy after scores of 4, 15, 3 and 0.

Australian skipper Ricky Ponting called a halt to Australia's second innings at 401 for seven leaving India a minimum of 72 overs to go after the runs.

Mike Hussey remained unbeaten on 145 off 259 balls with 16 fours when the declaration arrived.

It was the West Australian left-hander's eighth Test hundred and boosted his average to 84.8 in 20 Test matches.

Symonds helped himself to 17 runs off one RP Singh over before he was caught by wicketkeeper Mahendra Dhoni's outstretched right glove off Singh for 61 off 100 balls.

Adam Gilchrist played a selfless innings throwing away his wicket for one off four balls. Gilchrist was caught in the deep by Yuvraj Singh to give Kumble his fourth wicket.

Brad Hogg came and went after two balls for one in the pursuit of quick runs, caught at slip by Rahul Dravid off Harbhajan Singh.

Anil Kumble finished with 4-148 off 40 overs and now has 599 Test wickets, while fellow spinner Harbhajan Singh took 2-92 off 33 overs.

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