Day 3: Aussies in control despite Kohli's ton

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Published: Thursday, January 26, 2012, 8:31 [IST]
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Aussies way ahead despite Kohli's 116

Adelaide, Jan 26: R Ashwin and Zaheer Khan gave India early breakthroughs leaving Australia 50/3 as India trail by 382 runs at the end of Day 3 of the fourth and final Test in Adelaide.

[Scorecard: India vs Australia, Adelaide]

Ashwin was first to strike dismissing David Warner(28) who tried to work a full delivery towards the leg side, but ends up getting the leading edge for a simple catch back to Ashwin.

Shaun Marsh (0) could be playing his last innings for a while after being duck-out for the third time in this series. Zaheer Khan's full length delivery crashed Marsh's pad right in front of the off-stump.

Opener Ed Cowan (10) was dismissed by Ashwin while trying to work the ball towards leg side, missing it completely and hits him in front of middle and leg.

With Australia ahead by 382 runs, India will have to produce something magical to win the Test or save in the next two days.

India's first innings report:

A brilliant innings by Virat Kohli smashing his first ever Test hundred scoring a magnificent knock of 116 in Adelaide. Kohli and Wriddhiman Saha scored the third hundred-run partnership this series. Kohli now has 278 runs in the series, the most by an Indian.

Peter Siddle destroyed India's batting line-up claiming five-wickets. Post tea, Siddle striked twice in an over dismissing R Ashwin and Zaheer Khan.

R Ashwin (5) had been trying to work the ball around but missed it on this occasion with Peter Siddle's delivery crashed into the pad in front of middle and leg stump, umpire had no doubt about that. Zaheer Khan (0) was caught behind by Brad Haddin after playing a lazy shot.

India struggled to avoid follow-on despite Kohli's ton and a hundred-run partnership with Wriddhiman Saha. India trail by 332 runs as the Aussie skipper Michael Clarke did not enforce the follow-on.

Earlier Report: Tea

Ryan Harris bowled out Wriddhiman Saha (35) just before tea, breaking a hundred-run partnership between Virat Kolhi and Saha.

Kohli and Saha scored the third hundred-run partnership for India in this series. Kohli scored his fourth Test fifty after lunch, his second half-century of the series.

India need something miraculous to avoid the follow-on needing 180 more runs, trailing by 379 runs at tea. India were struggling at 122/5 at lunch.

Earlier Report: Lunch

India were in serious danger of facing a follow-on as Peter Siddle claimed two quick wickets of Sachin Tendulkar (25) and Gautam Gambhir (34), followed by Nathan Lyon dismissing VVS Laxman (18).

India's poor batting performance continued in this Test losing their top order below hundred runs. Nathan Lyon had VVS Laxman caught behind by Brad Haddin just before lunch. Laxman suffered yet another failure on the tour.

Peter Siddle has been destroying India's batting line-up throughout the series and never disappointed here claiming two important wickets of Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir in a span of nine runs.

Tendulakar was first to depart after a decent start when he tried to drive the ball towards cover with an open face, the ball pitched up draws him forward, gets the edge and a low catch for Ponting at second slip.

Gambhir was caught by surprise with a bouncer from Siddle which popped in the air towards gully for a good diving effort from Michael Hussey.

Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir started Day 3 in reply to Aussies mammoth total of 604/7, but despite the best batting line-up, India struggle to score trailing by 482 runs.

Day 2 report: India vs Australia, Adelaide


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