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3rd Test: Warner demolishes Indian attack

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Published: Friday, January 13, 2012, 7:49 [IST]
 
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Warner blazes to 69-ball ton in Perth

Perth, Jan 13: Opener David Warner blasted an unbeaten 104 off 80 balls as Australia raced to 149/0 in reply to India's 161 on the opening day of the third Test here on Friday.

[Scorecard: Third Test; India Vs Australia, Perth]

After the pacemen had dismantled the famed Indian batting line-up it was Warner show all the way in the final session of the first day.

The left-hander, known for his aggressive strokeplay in Twenty20 matches, brought out the same game in Test cricket to entertain the home fans at the WACA. Warner's ton is the fastest by a Test opener.

Warner treated the Indian bowlers with disdain, carting them all over the park. The 25-year-old raced to his second Test century in just 69 balls. This is the joint fourth fastest in Test history.

Warner blasted 13 boundaries and three sixes on way to remaining undefeated on 104. Australia piled up 149 in 23 overs and on course to win the series 3-0.

Warner brought up his century in style by smacking debutant R Vinay Kumar for a huge six over long-on.

Warner's fellow left-hander Ed Cowan was 40 not out from 58 balls with six fours.

India's premier fast bowler Zaheer Khan went for 44 runs in his seven overs. Umesh Yadav had figures of 0-42 off six, while Vinay (0-31 off 4 overs) and Ishant Sharma (0-28 off 5 overs) also had a bad day in the field.

Earlier report: India's first innings

India's batting failures continued as they were bowled out for a paltry 161.

Already 0-2 down in the four-match series, Indian batsmen faltered yet again against the hosts' pace attack. Only bright spot on a day of gloom for the visitors was the knock by Virat Kohli who looked in good touch for his 44. This was the top score for India in a dismal batting display which lasted only 60.2 overs.

With both teams opting for all-pace attacks, the greenish WACA pitch had good bounce but it was never unplayable and required the batsmen to apply themselves and spend some time in the middle.

Swing bowler Ben Hilfenhaus was again the wrecker-in-chief with 4-43 in 18 overs. Peter Siddle took 3-42 in 12 overs while Mitchell Starc had figures of 2-39 in 12.2 overs. Ryan Harris took one wicket for 33 runs in 18 overs.

Tea Report: Day One

India lost two more wickets in the post-lunch session of the third Test against Australia in Perth to end at 144/6 in 55 overs at tea on the opening day on Friday.

After a promising start to the session, where VVS Laxman and Virat Kohli raised a half-century stand, India lost two quick wickets towards the closing stages of the session and are in danger of being bowled out for under 200.

Both wickets were taken by paceman Peter Siddle. India managed to score 71 runs for two in 27 overs in the session.

Kohli (44) looked in good touch during his knock but perished to Siddle when he drove uppishly and David Warner completed an easy catch at point.

The young batsman who was under pressure to retain his place in the playing XI, showed his talent during his 81-ball stay at the wicket. He was timing the ball well and hit some fine shots. He scored six boundaries and was involved with a 68-run fifth wicket partnership with VVS Laxman.

After the departure of Kohli, Siddle struck again by sending back Laxman (31). From 131/5, India were now 138/6 in 52.5 overs.

Laxman was cautious from the start and was determined to stay at the crease. After having done all the hard work by scoring 31 in 86 balls with five fours, Laxman played a ball outside the off-stump and got the outside edge which was gleefully accepted by skipper Michael Clarke in the first slip.

Indian captain MS Dhoni and debutant R Vinay Kumar played out the session and are together at tea with India in trouble at 144/6.

It is now left to Dhoni to stage a rally with the tailenders and ensure India reach a respectable score.

Earlier Report: Till Lunch

As has been the case during this tour, India's top order failed yet again. No Indian batsman has managed to score a century so far in the four-match Test series.

India's top four batsmen were back in the pavilion after two hours of play on the first day of the third Test between the two sides. Australian skipper Michael Clarke sent India into bat.

Australia's four pacemen utilised the conditions well on a greenish WACA pitch. Both teams have gone with all-pace attacks. There was good bounce in the wicket.

India's batting woes started when Virender Sehwag (0) was dismissed by Ben Hilfenhaus for a duck as the visitors lost their first wicket in the fourth over of the innings. It was a beautiful delivery from Hilfenhaus, which got Sehwag on to the front foot, as he poked tentatively, got an outside edge and went through to Ricky Ponting at second slip.

Another blow jolted India soon as 'The Wall' Rahul Dravid (9) was also dismissed cheaply by Peter Siddle after he was bowled for the fourth time in this series. It was his movement in the last three occasions that had rattled his stumps, but this time around, a yorker made the trick. A quicker one from Siddle has worked. The ball ricocheted off Dravid's pads and onto the stumps. Dravid's bad form continues to torment him in 2012.

Sachin Tendulkar, in search of his 100th international ton, was the next man to go. He was dismissed LBW by Ryan Harris for 15. Tendulkar had hit three boundaries before succumbing to Harris to leave India at 59/3.

Gautam Gambhir, who looked determined to play a long innings by leaving a lot of balls outside the off stump, had reached 31 when he edged a Hilfenhaus delivery to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. India lost their fourth wicket at 63. Gambhir faced 83 balls during his stay at the crease.

Virat Kohli, batting at number six and under pressure to retain his place in the playing XI, played two confident shots to the boundary and remained unbeaten on 10 at the break. VVS Laxman is with Kohli with an unbeaten 4 to his name.

Earlier, Australia won the toss and elected to bowl. With a 2-0 lead in the series, Australia would like to make it 3-0.

Australia go for an all-pace attack as left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc came in while Nathan Lyon finds no place in the playing XI.

"The pitch has got a fair bit of grass, and we decided to go in with four quicks. Bowling first today will help us win this Test match. India are a strong team, with a lot of knowledge and experience, we need to be strong this morning', said Clarke after winning the toss.

Dhoni too echoed Clarke's opinion as and said would have opted to bowl first as well. "The Perth wicket will help the fast bowlers more than spinners. We are a side that has done well in the big venues, whether it is Durban or Perth or even Barbados, we have done well on green tracks".

Team India too opted for an all-seam attack, as they included Vinay Kumar in the playing XI who replaced off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. Last time they played four pacemen was at Sydney against Australia in 1992, when India went with Kapil Dev, Manoj Prbhakar, Javagal Srinath and debutant Subroto Banerjee.

This time around, debutant Vinay Kumar is joined by Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav.

Teams:

Australia: M Clarke, B Haddin, E Cowan, R Harris, B Hilfenhaus, M Hussey, S Marsh, R Ponting, P Siddle, M Starc, D Warner

India: V Sehwag, G Gambhir, R Dravid, SR Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, V Kohli, MS Dhoni, Z Khan, I Sharma, U Yadav, R Vinay Kumar

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