Australia rout India again, win series 3-0

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Published: Sunday, January 15, 2012, 10:27 [IST]
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India humiliated again in Perth

Perth: Jan 15: There seems to be no end to India's woes Down Under. India yet again surrendered without a fight. Australia won the third Test by an innings and 37 runs to clinch the four-Test series 3-0.

[Scorecard: India vs Australia, Perth]

The final Test starts in Adelaide on January 24.

As has been the case throughout the tour, Indian batsmen, barring Virat Kohli, were sent packing cheaply by the Australian pace attack.

Kohli, who top scored in the first innings with 44, was again the stand-out performer with a fluent 75, his career best. He was the last man out as India lost inside three days, being bowled out for 171 in their second innings. They managed just 10 runs more than what they had scored in the first innings on the first day at the WACA Ground.

The end came rather soon in the post-lunch session with India's last four wickets tumbling for no run. The final four batsmen were dismissed at the same score of 171. The innings lasted 63.2 overs.
After having gone to lunch at 165/6, India managed to stay at the crease only 3.2 overs in the second session where the visitors' tailenders were bounced out.

Paceman Ben Hilfenhaus took two wickets in two balls dismissing R Vinay Kumar (6) and Zaheer Khan (0). Ishant Sharma (0) denied Hilfenhaus the hat-trick but was out two balls later. Both Zaheer and Ishant fell to bouncers.

Peter Siddle finished off the innings when he had Kohli caught behind by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin as India folded up for 171 sparking huge celebrations for the home team and their supporters.

David Warner picked up the Man-of-the-Match award for his blistering 159-ball 180.

Hilfenhaus had four wickets to show while Siddle had three. Mitchell Starc took two and Ryan Harris one.

Earlier Report: Lunch, Day 3

India looked steady on Day 3 as Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli (69) fought hard to put India up front, but to no use as Rahul Dravid was bowled by pacer Ryan Harris.

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was dismissed by Peter Siddle with a great catch by Ricky Ponting at second slip. Dhoni's poor run continued scoring only two runs.

Rahul Dravid was again bowled out with a full length delivery that swung in to rattle the stumps. Dravid started well on Day 3, managed to score a gritty knock of 47 runs with the help of eight fours.

Earlier during the Day, Virat Kohli scored his third Test fifty with the help of eight fours, Kohli and Dravid resisted the Aussie attack who added a crucial 88 runs for the fifth wicket to lead India's battle to save the third Test against Australia.

India's chances look bleak as batsmen failed to click once again, India trail 2-0 in the Test series and are staring at yet another defeat.

Earlier report: Day 2


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