Gautam's knock lifts India to 114/2

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Published: Thursday, January 5, 2012, 8:03 [IST]
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India trail by a mammoth 354 runs

Sydney, Jan 5: Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar ensure no further damage is done, as India score 114/2 at stumps on Day 3 of the second Test at Sydney on Thursday.

Finally Gautam Gambhir is back amongst runs, hits a fabulous fifty marking his 19th Test fifty as he scored 68* at the end of play on Day 3. After a long time, looked like the batsman we knew as he was defending and driving the ball with assurance.

Dravid (29) and Gambhir (68*) added 82 runs for the 2nd wicket before Hilfenhaus dismissed Dravid to cause serious trouble for India. Trailing by 354 runs with 8 wickets in hand, Sachin Tendulkar and Gambhir have a tough task at hand as they resume play on Day 4.

[Scorecard: Second Test; India Vs Australia, Sydney Cricket Ground]

Sehwag (4) missed out again, as he attempted a wide delivery to be dismissed by Hilfenhaus.

Hilfenhaus dismissed Sehwag while he cracked the wall and the backbone of India's innings as the visitors trail by 354 runs.

Earlier in the day, Aussies made 659/4 before declaring their first innings but that came only after registering quite a few records at SCG. Clarke's triple ton, Ricky Ponting's 40th Ton,  Mike Hussey's 150* all were indeed magnum opus innings, as Aussies posted a mammoth 659/4.

Michael Clarke scores maiden triple century, becomes the first Australian captain to have registered a triple ton, highest score by an Australian at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday. Finally the declaration has come after Mike Hussey posted his 150*, as the hosts scored 659/4 at Drinks on Day 3. Aussies lead by 468 runs.

Michael Clarke and Hussey's partnership was the highlight of the first session on Day 3 as Aussies post 583/4 at Lunch on Day 3.

Resuming play from 482/4, the duo added  runs in the first session, as Clarke (329*) scored his first triple century while Hussey, who returned to form in this series remains unbeaten on 119. The duo have already added 334 runs for the 5th wicket and going strong every session.

During his knock of 329*, skipper Michael Clarke also broke the record for the highest individual score at the SCG and recorded the best score by an Australian captain in Australia as he went past Sir Don Bradman's record of 270.

Hussey's effort was also equally important as he was looking out for an opportunity to silence the critics and what better can he expect from Indian bowlers, as they gave him enough room to get back to form. His century knock included 16 boundaries and a six.

Earlier on Day 2, Ponting scored his 40th Test century to mark his return and now, its Hussey. Leading by 392 runs, Aussies are waiting for Clarke's triple ton, while Indians are waiting for the moment of declaration, which isn't hard to predict.

The only difference between yesterday and today with the seamers was that they were bowling more around the off stump and less on the pads.

Though they blocked the run flow in the first session, there wasn't much for Indian bowlers as they had a decent session on Day 3. Nothing much to be said about Indian bowling.

With three more days left, a defeat seems to be inevitable. Though Sydney pitch does not have much for the bowlers, it worked for Australia on Day 1 as the Indian team was bundled for 191. Forget bowling, Team India had not performed well with the bat too.

Though they showed some signs of regrouping in the second innings, as Gambhir played a fine knock, the duo need to do something something extraordinary in order to survive on Day 4 and keep the hopes alive.


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