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Watch the Delhi test: highlights of Day 4 - Australia vs India - from the Feroz Shah Kotla as part of the Border Gavaskar Trophy Series.
Scoreline: Australia: 577 all out – Michael Clarke 112, Cameron White 44. Sehwag 5 wickets, Anil Kumble 3 wickets. India 43/2, Gambhir, Dravid batting.
Brief Highlights also available in the videos: The Indian bowling was pretty good to start with, but horrible cricket for the rest of the day ensured Michael Clarke got a 3-lives century - the lives not really taking away from his determination. But from the Aussie perspective, it was a brilliant performance to bat out 180 overs and get to 577 after the Mohali incident. Virender Sehwag was brilliant whenever he came on and got his 5 wickets himself (4 bowled, 1 LBW).
The biggest miss came in the first 15 minutes when Ishanth Sharma put down Michael Clarke off Mishra. Shane Watson played a frustrating but skilful third-man kind of knock (like he did at Mohali) to the pace bowlers but kept trying to play Sehwag back and in front of the offstump – no surprise that Sehwag got one to turn sharply and take the leg stump. Anil Kumble returned to the field with an eleven-stitched left hand – nothing serious was happening for a while for him. An instinctive effort to save a shot played towards him knocked off the strapping and the murmurs began to grow on air that Mishra be given a second spell. Within a couple of deliveries he had Haddin stumped and Kumble’s 80 over wicketless drought was finally over. It’s such a tough time for Kumble currently – Mishra was good at Mohali; Dhoni as captain had everyone salivating, his shoulder is messed up, his finger took a pounding that could see him out of the Nagpur test. But just to see him pull 3 wickets today, whatever the future holds for him, was pretty cool. There was just enough there to suggest that Kumble the bowler is not yet done. Especially the last skied catch which he insisted on taking himself.
Clarke got two lives in the 90s off Sehwag – first off Laxman and then Mishra. All things depressing about Indian cricket in the ‘90s and early 2000s were on offertoday - the only difference being the players didn’t look too miserable and tense about it.
Before start of play I’d speculated on the two obvious results – an India win, a draw and a third possible one of White blasting quick runs and Australia winning – time seemed the key thing to get India all out and hence the need for quick runs by the Australians. But there was this phase midway through the lunch session and just after tea, when Australia without even blasting it around looked like they could win, simply because of the mood around the Indian field. It became worse when Ishanth Sharma after two days in the field came out with 4 overs remaining like an ascetic lamb-to-the-slaughter and was promptly short-balled out. This after Sehwag had come out blazing. Brett Lee was searing in his evening spell and all the momentum of the Mohali test and this test until today has gone Australia’s way.
Unless, India play blistering cricket in tomorrow’s morning session and then declare.
Foreplay: Michael Clarke and Shane Watson looked nervy during the closing minutes of play on the third day yesterday against spin. They will have now 3 spinners (with Kumble expected to return and Sehwag bowling beautifully) to counter on a Day 4 pitch. The morning session could well decide if this test turns into a draw or a win for India (unless of course, Cameron White comes in, smashes 150 off120 balls, India gets bowled out for under 100 and Australia chase it down tomorrow).
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