India vs Australia 2nd Test Highlights 3rd Day's Cricket At Mohali


Watch online cricket highlights - Australia vs India - Third Day's play from the second test match played at Mohali on 19th October.

Scorelines at end of day’s play: Australia 268 all out. India: 100/0 – A lead of 301.

Mike Hussey after getting yet another fifty was snared by Ishanth Sharma who had a brilliant morning session with Zaheer Khan. Amit Mishra in the company of Harbhajan Singh went on to create selectorial scratching of heads for the next test with 5 wickets in his debut innings.

Australia reached where they did only because of a cool partnership between Shane Watson (78) and Brett Lee (35). Sourav Ganguly was lucky on the 1st day when Rudi Koertzen didn’t even bother to call for the third umpire for a stumping appeal. Koertzen returned the favour today by dismissing a plumb LBW appeal to Watson quite early on. Though Lee and Watson played good cricket with a few attacking shots thrown in, what Australia really needed was a counterattacking knock like Adam Gilchrist's 100 (83 balls) in 2001 when Australia were 99/5 in the company of Matthew Hayden.

There was entertainment provided by Zaheer and Ishanth having a go at Brett Lee – it kind of petered out after Lee blew Ishanth a soothing kiss and played a super straight drive.

Most of you will remember Amit Mishra from the IPL when he took a hattrick and was used in important situations by Sehwag. It remains to be seen how he goes when someone attacks him (if and when the Aussies do so) – Piyush Chawla is already a longtime prospect – Mishra’s next few games will decide who eventually takes over from Anil Kumble. My only worry is if they decide to play 3 spinners in the next game, a batsman (most likely VVS Laxman) will be replaced – and VVS without a chance to have a go at Australia could be VVS over. Ideally, they play Kumble without Mishra – he’s obviously gonna be around in the selectors’ minds whenever a place arises – sort of like Steve Waugh insisting on Shane Warne for World Cup ‘99 despite Stuart Macgill’s brilliance in the preceding tour (West Indies, I think).

Virender Sehwag and Gautham Gambhir – possibly the most attacking opening partnership in world cricket today came out to a defensive field by Ponting, with a runs-saved-is-match-gained credo floating around. I guess the thinking was to dry Sehwag out of this innings, but it didn’t really work cos Sehwag and Gambhir will get boundaries anyhow and run singles really well. When you’re staring down a 201 run deficit you might as well go for wickets – the Australian bowling was once again disappointing. I don’t know – I wonder sometimes why I’m not gloating considering the traumatic 3-0 1999 series – I guess I’d rather see India win a close series rather than a lackluster Brett Lee. Only a fool however, would bet against an Australian cricket team this early though.

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