Perth, Jan 14: Things did not change much as far as Indian batting is concerned. The top order crumbled yet again on Saturday as the visitors ended the second day of the third Test against Australia in Perth at 88/4 in their second innings. India still trail by 120 runs at the WACA Ground and are facing another defeat having lost the opening two Tests in Melbourne and Sydney.
[Scorecard: India vs Australia, Perth]
Australia were bowled out for 369 in their first innings.
Rahul Dravid (32) and Virat Kohli (21) will resume batting on Sunday the third day and have to bat out of their skins in order to make the Australians bat again.
No Indian batsman has managed a three-figure score so far on the tour and the batting woes have continued. Australian pacemen have been in top form and they are now favourites to push their team towards a 3-0 series victory in the four-match series.
Gautam Gambhir (14), Virender Sehwag (10), Sachin Tendulkar (8) and VVS Laxman (0) fell cheaply and India were reduced to 51/4 in 19.1 overs. However, Dravid and Kohli ensured safety till the end of the day by associating for 37 runs. India faced 32 overs in their second innings.
Left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc was the most impressive bowler for the hosts as he took two wickets for 14 runs. Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus also chipped in with a wicket apiece.
Earlier report: Australia's first innings
Good fightback from India. Young paceman Umesh Yadav took his first five-wicket haul in Tests as India bowled Australia out for 369 in 76.2 overs at tea. However, the home team is in a commanding position with a lead of 208 runs.
India took seven wickets in the post-lunch period after scalping three in the first two hours of play at WACA Ground. Yadav, playing in his fifth Test, led India's rally after a disappointing first day. India were all out for 161 in their first innings on Friday.
Yadav finished with figures of 5-93 in 17 overs while Zaheer Khan (2-91, 21 overs), Ishant Sharma (1-89, 18 overs) and R Vinay Kumar (1-73, 13 overs) also contributed. Virender Sehwag took one wicket for 20 in 7.2 overs.
After an opening stand of 214 by the openers, Australia failed to capitalise on the good start.
David Warner was the first to go in the post-lunch session, for a well made 180. The left-handed opener was caught at mid-on by Yadav off Ishant Sharma.
Warner tried to smash the ball into the stands again but the ball hit the lower part of his bat and ended up as a catch to Yadav. Warner's 159-ball 180 contained 20 fours and five sixes.
After Warner's exit, Zaheer struck two blows first sending Australian skipper Michael Clarke (18) and later adding Brad Haddin's (0) wicket. Zaheer's sustained pressure on the batsmen yielded two wickets. Both Clarke and Haddin edged to Mahendra Singh Dhoni who made no mistake on both occasions.
Haddin and Zaheer were involved in a war of words before the start of this Test. Braddin, after walking to the crease, faced his first delivery from Zaheer and was hit on the hand. The Indian paceman had few words to say to the Australian wicketkeeper. Braddin last just three balls.
After a brief partnership with Peter Siddle, Michael Hussey (14) was dismissed by Vinay for his first Test scalp. Hussey was caught at gully by Sehwag.
Then, Yadav, who took three in the morning session, clean bowled Siddle (30). The 24-year-old Yadav soon celebrated his first five-wicket returns in the five-day format when he had Ryan Harris (9) caught at squarleg by Gautam Gambhir. Harris top-edged a pull and got out. Ben Hilfenhaus (6) was the last man out, dismissed by Sehwag.
Earlier Report: Lunch, Day 2
India got their much needed breakthrough thanks to Umesh Yadav who broke the double century opening stand between Ed Cowan and David Warner.
Australia lead by 95 runs with 7 wickets in hand, David Warner passed 150 runs on Day 2.
Umesh Yadav claimed three wickets on Day 2 to restore some hope on the third Test, important wicket of Ed Cowan who looked strong along side David Warner set the foundation for Australia as they cruised past 200 on day 2.
Shaun Marsh (11) continued his poor form and was caught in the slips by VVS Laxman. Ricky Ponting (7), who scored a century in the previous Test at Sydney was bowled by Umesh Yadav.
David Warner was dropped on 126 by Virat Kohli at first slip, a simple catch which should have been taken may cost India this match as Warner smashed his second test century on Day 1.
Warner and Cowan gave Australia the perfect start with a partnership of 214 runs. Ed Cowan was bowled out by Umesh Yadav who contributed a valuable 74 runs with 10 boundaries.
Earlier on Day 1, Australia raced to 149 without loss at stumps on the opening day as Australia trailed by just 12 runs. India struggled with the bat falling 161. Virat Kohli's 44 is the highest score in the Indian innings while Gautam Gambhir and VVS Laxman pooled in a mere 31 each. Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle rattled the Indian batting line-up with Hilfenhaus four for 43, while Peter Siddle claimed three for 42.
India trail 2-0 in the ongoing four Test match series and need to win the remaining two to avoid another 'whitewash' away from home.