India vs Australia: 2nd Test, Day 3 - As it happened...

Zeenews Sports Bureau


Hyderabad: Updates from Day 3 of the second Test being played between India and Australia at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad.



AUSTRALIA (2nd innings) Score: 74/2 (Trail by 192) II Overs: 32 (Cowan 26*, Watson 9*)

End of Day 3

STUMPS: India end the day on top once again. Some counter-attack from the Aussie batsmen after their spinners finally got India's middle and lower order out quickly might have helped, but losing two wickets has kept them on the backfoot, against the Hyderabadi wall.

Cowan and Watson will have to play for a long time tomorrow if the Aussies want to avoid losing this. They still trail by 192 runs and we have 6 sessions of play left with a minimum of 180 overs, most of them by the spinners.

Pujara and Maxwell will cherish this day as both did exceedingly well, while the former scored his 2nd Test double ton so early in his career, Maxwell picked up 4 wickets and should / could have had more.

That's it from us for now, join us for live text updates from tomorrow's play after 9.30am IST.


AUSTRALIA (2nd innings) Score: 66/2 (Trail by 200) II Overs: 28 (Cowan 21*, Watson 8*)

Australia now trail by 200

The batsmen have been under the cosh here as the spinners look increasingly likely to take more wickets. Jadeja had a good shout for lbw against Watson turned down and the runs are tough to come by. India's good over rate means that, in spite of the allotted overs for the session being completed, they'll sneak in a couple or so more.


AUSTRALIA (2nd innings) Score: 56/2 (Trail by 210) II Overs: 24 (Cowan 19*, Watson 0*)

Ashwin gets Hughes this time

OUT! And now Hughes departs, in similar style to Warner's dismissal. Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V: "The ball was pitched on leg stump and Hughes (not Warner obviously) tried to sweep it but the ball" fondled his gloves and nestled itself between leg stump and mid stump. Nail 2 of 10 delivered. Ashwin on a roll here, as Watson walks in.

Hughes b Ashwin 0 (9b)


AUSTRALIA (2nd innings) Score: 56/1 (Trail by 210) II Overs: 20 (Cowan 19*, Hughes 0*)

Ashwin gets Warner

OUT! The ball was pitched on leg stump and Warner tried to sweep it but the ball turned and uprooted his leg stump. First breakthrough for India. Hughes comes in. Nail 1 of 10 driven right into the coffin.

Warner b Ashwin 26 (56b)


AUSTRALIA (2nd innings) Score: 52/0 (Trail by 214) II Overs: 16 (Cowan 17*, Warner 25*)

Australia reach 50 without loss

Warner steps out and lofts one back over Ashwin's head for the first six of the innings to bring up the 50-run opening wicket stand. Intriguingly, Merv Hughes, in the stands, catches the ball in the stands. What are the odds of that? Good start by the Aussies meanwhile, as Bhajji and Ashwin bowls from either end.


AUSTRALIA (2nd innings) Score: 25/0 (Trail by 241) II Overs: 8 (Cowan 1*, Warner 18*)

Both openers dropped

DROPPED! Much as that sounds like a selection headline that could have preceded the Indian squad's second Test, it's actually the Aussie openers who have survived a couple of scares.

Both were off Kumar as he first got Warner's outside edge and Kohli at gully grassed a tough chance. Then he got Cowan's inside edge and Dhoni put down a tough one to his right, after he was moving the other way.

The openers living dangerously, but Indians could be made to regret those dropped chances. There have also been a few lively lbw appeals from Ashwin's end, but they were rightly turned down by the ump. Meanwhile, Cowan has finally gotten off the mark.


AUSTRALIA (2nd innings) Score: 16/0 (Trail by 250) II Overs: 2 (Cowan 0*, Warner 12*)

Warner starts attackingly

Ashwin starts from the other end and Warner really goes after him early on, smashing him for three fours. Attack to counter by the Aussies!


AUSTRALIA (2nd innings) Score: 4/0 (Trail by 262) II Overs: 1 (Cowan 0*, Warner 0*)

The Aussies start their second innings

Cowan and Warner are in and Kumar, the last man dismissed, starts the proceedings. Four leg byes in that over as the batsmen are yet to get off the mark.


INDIA (1st innings) Score: 503/10 II Overs: 154.1 Lead by 266 runs

Kumar is stumped!

TEA: India are all out here as Kumar steps out to Doherty again, but this time he misses and Wade has a stumping to his name. A bit of a collapse by the Indian batting order, but I do think they were trying to push the scoring. Four wickets for Maxwell and three for Doherty means India finish with a lead of only 266. I say 'only' as opposed to what could have been had the others chipped in with runs too. Time for tea then as the jittery Aussie batsmen will now have to play on this turning pitch. Could this be their comeback to the 2001 Eden Gardens comeback by Team India? We'll find out after some brew and grog. And soda-water, apparently!

Kumar st Wade b Doherty 10 (18b)


INDIA (1st innings) Score: 503/9 II Overs: 153 (Sharma 2*, Kumar 10*)

India reach 500

Play will be extended by half an hour in this session because India are 9 down. Meanwhile, Kumar is batting very well, even hitting a four right back over Doherty's head to bring up India's 500.


INDIA (1st innings) Score: 491/9 II Overs: 150 (Sharma 0*, Kumar 0*)

Kohli goes, Maxwell gets his 4th!

OUT! Virat Kohli is out now as India are folding like a poor poker amateur with lame cards. Kohli fends an of-spinning ball to the left of leg slip where Cowan takes a sharp, clean catch. Ishant Sharma walks in and the declaration won't happen it seems. Maxwell has, meanwhile, picked up his fourth wicket!

Kohli c Cowan b Maxwell 34 (92b)


INDIA (1st innings) Score: 489/8 II Overs: 149 (Kohli 32*, Kumar 0*)

Bhajji departs

Kohli is running out of partners as Harbhajan Singh disappoints once again, this time with the bat. He's tried to smash Doherty through Maxwell at mid-off. No fumbles, second attempts and all - he takes it cleanly and Bhajji has to go. The versatile Bhuvneshwar Kumar walks in and is technically sound at once. Very impressive.

Harbhajan Singh c Maxwell b Doherty 0 (6b)


INDIA (1st innings) Score: 488/7 II Overs: 148 (Kohli 31*, Harbhajan 0*)

India's lead goes past 250

Kohli nudges it around to take India's lead past 250. While Maxwell has been impressive, he has been expensive. His figures read: 23-1-119-3, with an economy rate of 5.17. But the wickets will give him confidence going forward into the final two Tests, if he plays them.


INDIA (1st innings) Score: 485/7 II Overs: 146.1 (Kohli 28*, Harbhajan 0*)

Ashwin goes

OUT! Ashwin departs early as Doherty finally gets one. The ball turned and bounced and Ashwin only managed edging it to slip, as the Aussies celebrate another quick wicket. The Indian innings winding down in a hurry, but these are signs of concern for the men from down under. Surely if Doherty is getting the ball to do all that, Ashwin's going to really trouble the batsmen! Bhajji is the new man in.

Ashwin c Hughes b Doherty 1 (5b)


INDIA (1st innings) Score: 485/6 II Overs: 146 (Kohli 28*, Ashwin 1*)

Jadeja dismissed

OUT! Ravindra Jadeja was looking to smash it around, even lofting Maxwell for a straight six. But he went for one too many, too soon, too often and whacked one straight back to Maxwell who could only deflect it up at the first attempt, before turning around and diving spectacularly to grab it in the second go to take his third wicket. Ashwin walks in and is dropped at forward short leg right away. Good bowling by Maxwell here.

Jadeja c & b Maxwell 10 (13b)


INDIA (1st innings) Score: 474/5 II Overs: 143 (Kohli 28*, Jadeja 0*)

Dhoni perishes!

OUT! Dhoni hits one straight to Doherty at mid-off. The pace of the ball pushes it through his fingers, but it hits his chest and he grabs it on the second take. Maxwell gets his second of the game. Dhoni goes while trying to smash it around. A good cameo from the captain. Jadeja, Sir Jadeja, is the new man in. Kohli is, suddenly, looking far more aggressive. The lead is 237 now which is exactly as much as the Aussies managed in the first innings.

MS Dhoni c Doherty b Maxwell 44 (43b 8x4 0x6)


INDIA (1st innings) Score: 456/4 II Overs: 138 (Kohli 11*, Dhoni 43*)

India go past 450

Dhoni nudges a short and wide ball from Maxwell to the backward point boundary to take India past 450. The next ball is flicked past slips for another four behind the wicket. He's going at over a run-a-ball at the moment - 43 off 41. Kohli, at the other end, is crawling along at 11 off 51. The lead is 219 runs as the players grab some much-needed hydration. Coffee machine time for me...


INDIA (1st innings) Score: 445/4 II Overs: 135 (Kohli 9*, Dhoni 34*)

India take their lead past 200

Dhoni...guides (that's the best word for it, I think) the ball though gully for 4 to take India's lead to a commanding 200 runs. A couple of balls later, he pulls a shorter Siddle delivery for another 4. When it comes to run-flow, Kohli is like the Atacama desert at the moment while MSD is like the nearby Pacific Ocean. That makes the Indian team Chile, oddly enough. Bizarre Geography lesson eh?


INDIA (1st innings) Score: 426/4 II Overs: 131 (Kohli 6*, Dhoni 18*)

Dhoni starts attackingly

Dhoni began with a flurry of fours off Doherty and MSD does want to attack, but it's been a bit of a slow passage of play. The lead is now a commanding 189 though!


INDIA (1st innings) Score: 404/4 II Overs: 124.4 (Kohli 4*, Dhoni 0*)

Sachin is out!

OUT! After a quiet first over after lunch, Sachin steers Pattinson's short and wide ball to the backward point fence. The next ball sees Sachin try to play one off his pads, and he edges the ball to the keeper. Replays are run, the third umpire is consulted, and it looks like Wade's taken a sharp catch and Sachin should be gone. And has been given out. Big early wicket or Australia here. Captain fabulous Dhoni walks in as India stutter ever so slightly.

Tendulkar c Wade b Pattinson 7 (15b)


INDIA (1st innings) Score: 400/3 II Overs: 123 (Kohli 4*, Tendulkar 3*)


The first session of Day 3 has also belonged to India as they've stretched the lead to 163 runs. There are two new batsmen at the crease, but Pujara and Vijay made the most of their hundreds, making it, as some ads would put it, 'large'. Time for some honey chilli potatoes, masala noodles and a plate of momos. Join us in half and hour or so, after lunch.


INDIA (1st innings) Score: 400/3 II Overs: 122 (Kohli 4*, Tendulkar 3*)

India reach 400

Maxwell has bowled well in this spell, apart from that poor first over, but Sachin and Kohli are both off the mark now. While Sachin is slightly lucky to sweep a Maxwell ball for a couple, Kohli cover-drives a slightly over-pitched ball for four. Last over before lunch, we think, as India reach 400.


INDIA (1st innings) Score: 393/3 II Overs: 121 (Kohli 0*, Tendulkar 0*)

Pujara goes after scoring 200

OUT! And now Pujara departs, hooking a short ball from Pattinson who gets his well-deserved wicket too. The ball went down to fine leg where Doherty took a smart catch diving forward. Two new batsmen at the crease now as Australia may sense they could restrict the damage with a few quick wickets. Kohli is the new man in.

Pujara c Doherty b Pattinson 204 (341b)


INDIA (1st innings) Score: 392/2 II Overs: 119.1 (Pujara 203*, Tendulkar 0*)

Pujara reaches his 200!

That's surely the final nail in Australia's coffin. Stats show India has won every time Pujara has scored a 200. He gets to his second double hundred by dirty-dancing down the track and hitting it for four between deep midwicket and long on. Sachin congratulates him and there could be no better feeling for a young Indian cricketer, could there!?


INDIA (1st innings) Score: 387/2 II Overs: 118 (Pujara 198*, Tendulkar 0*)

Murali Vijay departs

OUT! Maxwell exults as the excellent Murali Vijay departs. The ball bounced and spun in on him and he only managed deflecting the ball to leg slip where Cowan took it safely and gratefully. The 370-run partnership is finally broken after more than 7 hours. Sachin Tendulkar is the new man in, as the crowd's volume just gets much, much louder!

Murali Vijay c Cowan b Maxwell 167 (361b)


INDIA (1st innings) Score: 378/1 II Overs: 115 (Pujara 191*, Vijay 167*)

Pujara into the not-quite-as-nervous 190s

The gritty Pujara has now moved into the 190s which isn't hyped to be 'nervous' quite like the 90s have been. He didn't look nervous even in the 90s for that matter, so the cliche doesn't hold as true for him! Siddle and Maxwell bowling in tandem as the lead is now 141 runs. A silent last couple of overs as well.


INDIA (1st innings) Score: 376/1 II Overs: 113 (Pujara 189*, Vijay 167*)

Pujara crosses 1000 runs in Test cricket

Pujara moves steadily closer to his second double century, as the number-crunchers keep throwing more stats our way, leading to more frequent updates. My aching fingers would like to inform you that Pujara has become the second fastest Indian batsmen to reach the 1000 Test runs landmark. He's done it in 18 innings. The chart has a funny sense of irony though as topping it is Vinod Kambli who achieved it in 14 innings. Pujara is far from a cricketing legend yet, it seems. Let's hope he keeps it up. The lead is now 139 by the way.


INDIA (1st innings) Score: 373/1 II Overs: 112 (Pujara 186*, Vijay 167*)

The partnership is now worth 350

Debutant Maxwell replaces Doherty in the bowling attack, presumably to reach taht 100 himself. The Indian duo look to go after him at immediately, grabbing 10 in the over, with two lovely fours by Vijay. The two have now put on 356 runs after coming together with the score at 17/1.


INDIA (1st innings) Score: 363/1 II Overs: 111 (Pujara 186*, Vijay 157*)

Highest Indian 2nd wicket partnership

Vijay and Pujara now hold the record for the highest ever second wicket partnership by an Indian pair. Their undefeated 346 beats Gavaskar and Vengsarkar's phenomenal 344* against the then-dominant Windies at Kolkata in 1978. The lead, for those who really dont' want to calculate it, is now 126 runs.


INDIA (1st innings) Score: 361/1 II Overs: 110 (Pujara 185*, Vijay 156*)

Century for Doherty

Poor young Doherty is the latest in a long line of Aussie spinners who have achieved pointlessly unenviable landmarks. He has now conceded over 100 runs in this innings, brought up with a sharp cut for four by Pujara. His pitiable figures now read: 35-11-104-0. He has been acceptably economical, but he hasn't had to deal with someone like Dhoni blasting him about. Yet.


INDIA (1st innings) Score: 350/1 II Overs: 108 (Pujara 179*, Vijay 151*)

India get past 350

The runs have been coming easy after a quiet first five overs this morning. Their eyes in, mind in and bats well tapped, the two have pushed India past 350 ater Pujara punishes Doherty's short and wide ball to the point boundary. Australia, meanwhile, are praying for a wicket here; they certainly don't seem to be bowling for one!


INDIA (1st innings) Score: 345/1 II Overs: 107 (Pujara 175*, Vijay 150*)

Vijay reaches his 150

Murali Vijay has crossed another milestone as he scampers through for a quick single to bring up his 150. He's really making his time at the crease count. Meanwhile, as an important footnote, India's lead stretches to 108.


INDIA (1st innings) Score: 332/1 II Overs: 102 (Pujara 172*, Vijay 140*)

Vijay beats his personal best

Murali Vijay has really made his determination and hardwork count as this is now his highest individual score in Test cricket. He brings it up, ironically enough, by edging a slower ball through the vacant slip region for four. His previous best was 139. A few boundaries coming in now.


INDIA (1st innings) Score: 321/1 II Overs: 98 (Pujara 165*, Vijay 135*)

Triple-century partnership comes up

India have started the day slowly and steadily, zoning in again and getting back in touch. Sensible play by the pair who have now put on over 300 runs together! It's the second time, incidentally, that Vijay has been involved in a 300-run partnership, or so I hear the commentator announce! Just one boundary in the 5 overs so far, by the way, thanks to a glorious cut shot by Vijay off Doherty in this last over.


INDIA (1st innings) Score: 311/1 II Overs: 93 (Pujara 162*, Vijay 129*)

DAY 3: India will be looking to pile on the runs and bat the Aussies out of the match. If the batting line-up performs the way it has been so far against the Aussies, we expect India to take a big lead and declare around tea-time today, giving their bowlers enough time to exploit the pitch on the final two days and carve out back-to-back wins. But let`s first find out what`s happened in the match so far.


It has been a rather one-sided couple of days as India have dominated in all departments. After Australia ended their innings or a meagre 237/9 (yes, they did declare) on Day 1, collapsing from a respectable 208/4 to their eventual total within 17 crucial overs, India began circumspectly.

Sehwag, once again, departed early on Day 2, caught behind for 6 off Siddle. Murali Vijay, who has also been under immense pressure to perform, dug deep as he and Pujara ground out a tough first session that yielded just 49 runs.

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The two, having played themselves in arduously and determinedly, began to open up a little in the second session, notching up 106 runs in the 30 overs. Both batsmen had crossed their 50s and were looking strong as the Aussie bowling looked insipid, uninspired and unimpressive.

The third session saw Pujara go after the bowling and Vijay had his patch with a flurry of boundaries and a six as the pair piled on the pressure on the men from down under. They both reached their hundreds confidently and Pujara even smashed a six later in the day to bring up his 150. The duo smashed 151 runs in the final session as India ended the day at a dominant 311/1.