India vs Australia 4th Day Highlights 2nd Test Cricket At Mohali

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Watch cricket highlights - Australia vs India - from the second test at Mohali on the fourth day played on October 20, 2008 as part of the Border-Gavaskar Series.

Scorelines: India 314/3 declared. Target for Australia: 516 runs. Australia at end of 4th day’s play: 141/5. Michael Clarke 42 and Brad Haddin 37 batting.
Moment of the Day: Ishanth Sharma delivery to Ricky Ponting that bowled him (six times in 5 matches has Ponting fallen to Ishanth).
Other highlights also available in the video: Sehwag-Gambhir early on, Cameron White does a Harmison with a hugely wide delivery, Hayden_Katich attack, Harbhajan Singh’s 3 quick wickets, Haddin-Clarke battle on.

Virender Sehwag (90) and Gautham Gambhir (104) ensured 130 runs were added in the morning session. The two took a lot of chancy/sharp singles early on with the Australians repeatedly missing the stumps. Sehwag nicked one off Johnson but Asad Rauf ruled him not out. There was further drama with Siddle getting Sehwag possibly LBW off a no-ball. He was out soon after and so not much for the Aussies to complain about. The morning session was one that couldn’t have been imagined a couple of months back – an entire session without Bett Lee bowling a ball. Since he was on the field throughout, the split webbing problem he has on his little finger couldn’t have been the problem.

Dhoni promoted himself to 1 down but he didn’t exactly knock the socks off the Aussie attack for the most part instead pushing quick singles on his way to 68 runs (84balls). Gautham Gambhir who’s missed out on several hundreds of late finally got one and then followed a weird period after lunch with Dhoni and Ganguly (who’d come ahead of Tendulkar) not really taking too many chances. Things drifted along without a declaration despite going past 500 and Gary Kirsten was soon fidgeting and sending drinks-messages. It was closed down finally at a target of 516.

Matthew Hayden walked out and took strike like he normally does (obviously, I mean, you don’t expect an Australian with a hangover of a decade and a half of intimidatory domination to back away from someone like Zaheer Khan, do you). He smashed the first ball he faced and continued to do so for a while – even Simon plodder Katich hit a few. In fact they raced to almost 50 runs at a runrate of 7. Harbhajan Singh with two wickets in the over before tea (both the openers – one super catch by Sachin Tendulkar) ended the good times and continued it with a quick wicket of Hussey post-tea.

The Aussies got the timing of their attack all wrong – this kind of counter-attack is what they should have launched midway through their 1st innings and not when you’re staring down 516 against brilliant bowling. Zahher Khan ran around Matthew Hayden sledge-sending him off – some of the commentators kicked up a fuss about this. While it was probably a silly thing to do, it’s payback in a way for the slap-deserving behaviour of Glen McGarth during the 1999 tour of Australia, in particular to Sachin Tendulkar (captain at the time) whom he repeatedly taunted, right in his face.

Haddin and Clarke stuck it out and Haddin in particular attacked Amit Mishra, repeatedly using his feet. Clarke after twice getting out this series (1st Test Day 1 and 2nd Test Day 2) off effectively the last ball of the day wisely stood at the other end this time around when the last over was bowled.

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