India vs Australia Day 3 Highlights Delhi 3rd Test Cricket | Ponting Hayden Hussey Sehwag

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Watch cricket highlights - Australia vs India - Third day's play from the 3rd Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi.

Scoreline: Australia 338/4 – Ricky Ponting 87, Matthew Hayden 83, Michael Hussey 53, Eye-Sore 64. Virender Sehwag: 3 beautiful wickets. There was a bee-attack just after lunch that sent everyone on the field sprawling – ya, seriously – bees. Look out for umpire Aleem Dar’s pose.

Brief Highlights also available in video: The speculations on this blog at the end of the 2nd day yesterday sort-of/didn’t-exactly work out. Eye-sore added another 30 unconvincing runs and though Hayden got an 83, it wasn’t exactly the big knock expected. Someone must banged the words use-your-feet into plodder Katich – problem was he took it literally and jumped about like he was using red-hot spikes turned inwards. And met his end doing just that. But not before glaring at Amit Mishra which was about as threatening as his words yesterday when Dhoni was plundering him.

Matthew Hayden’s knock was an assured kind of knock with the rare forcing shot. Ricky Ponting played a focused sort of knock with some super patches in between. Though he (and this applies to the other batsmen as well) wasn’t truly convincing against the spinners, his intent and nimble feet worked for him. A stark contrast to his terrible outing in 2001.

Good luck follows good intent and as you will see in the videos, the Australians had the luck, but if you can end the day with just 4 down and around 300 runs scored, you’ve had a good day.

Anil Kumble was put out for most of the day with a cut left little finger (sustained attempting what would have been a spectacular catch), and this meant that Sehwag got a lot of bowling. He was introduced just before lunch and bowled a magical over to Hayden and was later responsible for the remaining 3 wickets. All must-watches - especially Hussey's. Super bowling by Sehwag today.

Ponting had a tough time during the later spells of Zaheer Khan and Ishanth Sharma, but he stuck it out and as I said earlier, there were some really cool patches in the midst of the grit. What was cool about his 87 was the fact that every time Mishra or a spinner gave him the creeps he’d step down or do something to counter it soon enough. Hussey was out a little too late in the day for his liking and it will still take some doing by the Aussies (Clarke and Watson batting - Clarke having a nervy last ball of the day, yet again) on the 4th day tomorrow to really get out of this one.

Fore-Play: Australia resume at 50/0. Hayden was looking the most comfortable he has through this series, but it still is a huge task ahead.

Update: Gautham Gambhir has been suspended for 1 game for the elbow incident with Shane Watson, with a 24 hour period to appeal against the suspension. Watson loses 10 per cent of his match fees. At the risk of sounding like a whiner, as Sunil Gavaskar has been saying for years now, Indians always get the knuckle-rap. Glen McGrath often taunted Tendulkar, right in his face (the '99-00 tour in particular), Dion Nash once pushed Tendulkar and Watson on this occasion had a raised arm in Gambhir's face as he ran the first run. If you take a look at the video, you'll see how the Aussies kept having a go at Gambhir - it had started during the Bangalore Test on the 5th day with India looking to save the game - a few of the close-in fielders trying to stir up Gambhir. Unfortunately for Gambhir, he's the one visually looking the worse; so he pays the price.


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