Bowlers led by spinners give India the edge

Published: Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 11:15 [IST]
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India in firm control as Aus struggle

Bangalore: The Indian bowlers have managed to restrict the Australians to 202 for the loss of seven wickets as play has been called off on day 4, in the second Test match between the two sides in Bangalore.

The spinners led by Pragyan Ohja has been exceptional with their line and length and has done most of the damage in the Australian batting. Harbhajan Singh has complemented Ohja very well and provided him good support to put the Indians at a strong position ahead of the final day.

India vs Australia, 2nd Test - Scorecard

Ricky Ponting was the only batsman who offered some resistance and scored a valiant half century(72 off 117 balls) before he was trapped lbw by pacer Zaheer Khan towards the close of play.

The opening duo of Shane Watson(32) and Simon Katich(24) had taken Australia off to a decent start with an opening stand of 58. However, Pragyan Ohja tricked Watson to trap him lbw to provide the first breakthrough for India. Then very soon in the following over, Harbhajan Singh got the wicket of Simon Katich, caught behind the wicket by keeper Dhoni.

Michael Clarke who has had a rather ordinary run of form in the series so far, fell cheaply after adding just 3 runs to the Australian total.

Ponting and Mike Hussey(20) did restore the Australian innings after three quick wickets. The duo put on a partnership of 61 runs for the fourth wicket before Hussey was trapped lbw by Ohja.

Harbhajan soon followed it up with the wicket of first innings centurion Marcus North(3). North was clean bowled by the off-spinner.

However, Ponting once again tried to restore the Australian innings with Tim Paine at the other end. They did manage to put together a promising partnership of 50 runs for the sixth wicket. However, just when it looked like the Aussies will end the day on a strong note, Zaheer Khan struck a major blow to claim Ponting's wicket. He trapped Ponting lbw. Then, S Sreesanth followed Zaheer's footsteps and got the wicket of Tim Paine in the very next over.

The Australians are in deep crises at this stage of the game and will be hoping to get a considerable lead and save the match.

They have a lead of 185 runs with three wickets left.

Earlier in the first session of play, Australian bowlers had done well to pull their side back in the game and restrict the Indian innings to 495 allout.

Tendulkar(214) had struck his sixth double century in his Test career to further the problems of the tourists and had helped India cross the Australian first innings total.

Peter George however, got the unlikely breakthrough for the visitors. He bowled Tendulkar out, while the latter was trying to drive him but just managed to find the inside edge of his willow onto the stumps.

Then soon after Tendulkar's fall, the Indians lost track of their innings completely.

Harbhajan Singh didn't last long as he handed an easy catch to Ricky Ponting off the bowling of Shane Watson.

Then Peter George followed it up with his second wicket of the day. Zaheer Khan replacing Harbhajan just managed to spoon the ball to Michael Clarke off the bowling of George, just lasting nine deliveries.

Captain Dhoni(30 off 87 balls)who was running out of partners was the the next man to depart off the bowling of Hauritz.

Then Hauritz followed it up with the final wicket of S. Sreesanth just three deliveries later to wrap up the Indian tail.


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