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Australia faces follow-on threat, 268/9 at lunch

Published: Saturday, October 4, 2008, 12:25 [IST]
 
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Hyderabad: Board President XI spinners Piyush Chawla and Pragyan Ohja struck early blows on Saturday as they shared five wickets between themselves to reduce the Aussies from their overnight score of 191-4 to 269-9. While Hussey was waging a lonely battle, the Australians were struggling to reach the follow-on mark of 306. Aussies were struggling for 269 for 9 at lunch break. Hussey-Clark partnership has so far added 50 runs with former on 96, nearing a well deserved century.

Resuming from 191/4 in reply to BP XI"s imposing first innings score of 455, Brad Haddin was the first man to depart when Patel, off Ojha, stumped him even before he could add to his overnight score of 34. Australia lost three wickets in thirty minutes of play in the morning session.

The Australians" innings run rate has been less than 2.75 runs per over – a clear indication that their batsmen have struggled against the spinners. Michael Hussey proved to be the only batsman who was able to negotiate Ojha and Chawla with conviction.

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