Delhi Test heads for a draw, India 99/4 at lunch

Published: Sunday, November 2, 2008, 12:24 [IST]
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New Delhi:  Australia wrecked Indian top-order with two dismissals to leave the hosts at 99 for four with the home team leading by 135 runs at lunch on the fifth and final day of the third Test here today.

Tendulkar, who had scored a breezy 68 in the first innings, was batting on 24 with VVS Laxman (6) at lunch after Australia was dismissed on 577 yesterday.

India lost Rahul Dravid (11) and opener Gautam Gambhir (36) in the morning session that saw the home team scoring just 56 runs in 27 overs.

Resuming at overnight score of 43 for two, India lost Rahul Dravid early as a full length delivery from Brett Lee was dragged on the stumps by the batsman.

Dravid, who hasn't had any good scores in the series so far, apart from the lone half century that he scored in the first Test at Bangalore, could make only 11 in the 37 balls that he played which had two hits to the fence.

Lee and Stuart Clark, who started the proceedings this morning, bowled with a lot of venom and tested the batsmen with some short balls as the two bowled six maidens in the first nine overs of the day between themselves.

However, Gambhir and Tendulkar countered the Australian bowling well to take the total to 93 before the former was adjudged leg before to a delvery which looked to be going down the leg-side.

Mitchell Johnson bagged the left-handed opener's wicket to get his maiden wicket of the innings.

Gambhir and Tendulkar added 40 runs for the fourth wicket before the first innings double centurion's 107-ball stay came to an end which also had five fours in it.

On the last day of the Test, Lee came out all guns blazing and his fiery bowling figures read two for 41 off his 13 overs as he also accounted for Virender Sehwag (16) last evening.

Meanwile, Tendulkar was looking to play the ball on its merit and some free-flowing strokes off his bat were enough to indicate the form he was in. The master blaster played some beautiful cover drives and then whiped the ball off his legs as he reached 24 off 66 balls with two boundaries.

Australia, however, preferred part-time spinners - Simon Katich and Michael Clarke - over leg-spinner Cameron White who was not given the bowl at all in India's second innings so far.


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