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Perth Test, Day 2: As it happened ...

Vineet Ramakrishnan/Zeenews Sports Bureau

Perth:3.33 p.m. Over 33 Kohli, Dravid holding fort- It had to be the old warhorse, Dravid (32)and the young gun, Virat Kohli (21)holding fort at Perth on Day 2, but India are definitely staring down the barrel for a 7th lose in a row on foreign soil. India at stumps on Day 2 were: 88/4.

2.33 p.m. Over 19 Laxman manages a duck - VVS Laxman’s batting woes in Australia continued as Ben Hilfenhaus scalped Laxman for nought. Laxman did not move his feet and a thick outside edge was well taken in the third slip by Shaun Marsh. Another failure for VVS, will there be another chance for him?

2.21 p.m.Over 16 Sachin misses 100th 100 by 92 runs- Post lunch, it had been bowlers all the way and Mitchell Starc produced a near perfect delivery, pitching in line; swinging in a fraction to trap Sachin Tendulkar LBW for 8 runs and leave India reeling at 42/3. The decision though, was a marginal one as the hawk-eye, in the replay showed the ball swinging a bit away from the leg stump.

1.56 p.m.Over 11 Sehwag disappoints yet again-As has been the case, one Indian wicket follows the other, within an over after Gambhir’s dismissal, Sehwag was also sent packing by Peter Siddle for 10 runs. It was rising delivery, Sehwag tried to play on the back foot but the ball deviated a bit, taking the edge to keeper Haddin. India 25/2

1.50 p.m.Over 10 Starc scalps Gauti - For 10 overs, both Gambhir and Sehwag were playing the waiting game and treating the ball on its merit, but a bowling change in the form of 6’5’’ Mitchell Starc did the trick as Gautam Gambhir was sent packing for 14 runs. It was a vicious bouncer; Gauti tried fending it away but to no avail.

1.10 p.m.Over 1 Edgy start - Gambhir got a leading edge off the last ball of Ryan Harris’s first over to open India’s account in the second innings.

Post Lunch Session

From 214 for 0 to 369 all out, is in no way a batting collapse but the positive from this for Team India is that the bowlers once again have given the visitors a chance in the this Test similar to what they did in the first Test at MCG.

Umesh Yadav made the difference and also made the most out of the bowling friendly pitch taking his first five-for. He finished with 5 for 93 and the wickets of Ricky Ponting (bowled), Peter Siddle (bowled) and Ryan Harris (short length) showed the skill and talent the rookie possess to be a genuine threat if he gets favourable conditions.

For Australia, it as a David Warner show in the first innings but losing their 10 wickets for 155 is reminiscent of their mini collapses they had in the later part of last year against South Africa and New Zealand.

Nevertheless, India won a session for the first time in the match and if Sehwag’s ego isn’t hurt from what he saw from Warner, nothing will hurt him again ever. Sehwag had tried to be defensive in the first innings.

12.50 p.m. Over 76 Aus all out for 369- It was just a matter of time before Ben Hilfenhaus tried a big shot and he did that against Sehwag only to be holed out at long-on by Kohli. With that, Aus were all out for 369 with a lead of 208.

12.38 p.m. Over 73 Umesh gets a five-for- Umesh Yadav’s effort ball hurried on to the Ryan Harris as the rookie pacer completed a five-for. Aus 357/9

12.19 p.m. Over 68 Umesh keeps it full and straight-Peter Siddle 30 (31) played an enterprising innings but he was helped along the way by the Indians bowlers who pitched the ball on his pads and finally it took Umesh Yadav to bowl full and straight and scatter the stumps of Peter Siddle. Aus 343/8

12.09 p.m. Over 67 Vinay scalps Hussey- The ball was short and wide, Hussey went for a full blooded square cut only to find the hands of Virender Sehwag at backward point. The bowler Vinay Kumar got his first Test wicket in the process.

11.37 a.m. Over 60 Zaheer strikes again - Brad Haddin-Zaheer Khan, was another sub plot brewing up on the sidelines and when the under fire Australian deputy walked in to face Zak, he was greeted with a nasty delivery. Haddin fended it off awkwardly and Zaheer had a few words of wisdom for the keeper.

Next over Zaheer picked up the tentative Haddin who got stuck in the crease poking a short of length delivery to Dhoni for a duck.

11.28 a.m. Over 58 Zaheer strikes-Triple centurion from the last match Michael Clarke, was undone by Zaheer Khan when the captain put forward a gentle prod playing inside the line of the ball to keeper Dhoni. Aus 301/5.

11.09 a.m. Over 55 Danger man Warner goes-Even before Ishant had the ball in his hand, Warner and the Delhi boy had a spat on Friday and whenever Ishant came into bowl, Warner reminded him of the spat with a huge hit. It happened yesterday, it happened today morning and after lunch also Warner did the same to Ishant. But Warner played a shot too many as he was holed out at long-on for a spectacular 180 trying for another huge hit past the boundary ropes.

10.50 a.m. Over 51 : Two back to back boundaries off Ishant Sharma in 51st over took Australia`s lead past 100 over India.

10.42 a.m. Over 49 : Play was resumed after lunch with Ishant Sharma bowling the first over to Warner, but Warner decided not to go for any big shots against the lanky pacer.

Morning Session

David Warner had started off in his usual fashion and by the end of the session Australia had scored a healthy 107 runs at a run-rate of over 4. But, the only thing in the entire match so far that went in India’s way was Umesh Yadav’s triple strike. David Warner, after getting a reprieve on 126 by Virat Kohli went into lunch unconquered on 156 of 136 deliveries with Michael Clarke batting on 3 runs.

Umesh Yadav scalped Ed Cowan first to break the opening stand of 214 and then got rid of Shaun Marsh (11) and Ricky Ponting (7) in quick succession. Ishant Sharma had started off the proceeding on a positive note but Dhoni throughout the morning session was a bit defensive hesitating to go all out. He kept changing his slip fielders and even had just two in the early hours of the day.

Warner on the other hand, was a bit more subtle and far more determined to stay on the pitch for a big one.

9.53 a.m. Over 46 Warner reaches 150 - If brute power dominated Warner’s innings, the foundation of the solid knock was the running between the wickets. Whenever he ran, he tried to put the bowlers under pressure and even for his 150, Warner pushed hard for a three.

9. 42 a.m. Over 44 CLEAN BOWLED !!! - Yadav did all the damage in the morning session and a perfect in-swinger from the rookie had Ricky Ponting beaten all ends up. Yadav had been the most spirited of all the bowlers and a 146 kmph delivery was just too good for Ponting to negotiate.

9. 32 a.m. Over 42 Marsh’s batting woes continues- Umesh Yadav ran in hard and the in second ball he clocked 145 kmph but an inside edge to the boot earned Marsh a boundary; but the last ball of the over was a bit short of length going across Marsh and the leftie nicked it two second slip where Laxman took a sharp catch. Marsh made 11 runs.

9.16 a.m. Over 39 Vinay hits the crack- Quickie Vinay Kumar was introduced into the attack and bowled his first ball at a speed of 123 kmph. But the medium pacer hit a crack on pitch and the ball nipped back in sharply to hit Warner’s elbow. Game was stalled for a bit while the leftie was attended to.

9. 12 a.m, Over 38 Umesh Yadav strikes - Finally, India’s tactics of going round the wicket paid off with the wicket of Ed Cowan (74). The ball angled in, took the inside edge as Cowan was pushing forward only to see his stumps disturbed. Aus 214/1.

Over 34 Warner gets reprieve-On 126, David Warner looked tentative and a rare nick to first slip was squandered by Virat Kohli. Sharma and Khan had been bowling the right length consistently for the last four overs and Warner had few misses but Warner got a life.

8:45 a.m. Over 33 Sehwag into the attack- It was an interesting move to get Sehwag looking at the way Warner was hammering his way. But also hints at the lack of option for Dhoni. What is an Ojha or Ashwin had been in the team.

Over 29 Very first ball, Ishant came round the wicket and SMACK !!!, brute force from Warner straight over the bowler’s head. These are the kind of shots that could puncture the confidence of any bowler.

8:25 a.m. Over 28 Cowan`s fifty-Ed Cowan guides one to third one nonchalantly and before one can notice Cowan had reached his fifty in 79 balls.

Over 26 Aus 161/0- And with thickish outside edge, Warner got his first boundary of the day and with that Warner-Cowan leveled Team India’s score.

Over 23: For a change, MS Dhoni gave Ishant Sharma the new ball first up and he started off well hitting the right length early.

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