Australia bowled out India for 499 in the third session of the Mohali Test. India, thus, took a lead of 91 runs against Michael Clarke’s men. Australia will bat for 21 overs today.
Peter Siddle was the pick of the bowlers for Australia, taking five wickets on a pitch that refused to provide any help.
The Australian quicks fought back hard in the second session of Day Four of the Mohali Test to restrict India to 479 for seven at tea. Mitchell Starc and Siddle sparked the turnaround for the visitors soon after lunch, starting with the wicket of Vijay. Starc struck twice in an over with the second new ball to dismiss Vijay and the dangerous Indian captain MS Dhoni (0).
The industrious Peter Siddle then strode in and said 'It's my turn now'. The 28-year-old has bent his back throughout this series and has been the most hard-working member of the Australian pace attack. Even on a flat Mohali track, Siddle refused to budge from his almost clockwork-like line and length, and dismissed Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin in similar fashion and on a similar score (4).
Virat Kohli needed someone from the lower order to stick around and help him put as many runs on the board. Young Bhuvneshwar Kumar, in just his third Test, stood up to the task. The duo built a calm, watchful partnership as the Australian bowlers probed further. Eventually, in the last over before tea, Kohli flicked Smith off the legs for a single to bring up a well-deserved fifty.
In the end, the Indian lower order did not last long alongside Kohli as a Peter Siddle-inspired Australian attack bowled out India for 499 after tea. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the first to go after the break. Moises Henriques bowled a delivery that rose to the rib-cage as Bhuvneshwar tried to fend, but decided to move out at the last minute. The ball clipped the gloves and Brad Haddin took an easy catch behind the stumps.
Siddle then came in and cleaned up the Indian innings. Ishant Sharma tried to poke at a delivery outside off, but found the edge that was gloved up by Haddin again. Pragyan Ojha then fell in Siddle's next over as the Australian pacer bowled through the former's defence.
Australia trail India by 91 runs.
Brief Scores: Australia 408 (Mitchell Starc 99, Steven Smith 92, Ed Cowan 86, David Warner 71; Ishant Sharma 3 for 72, Ravindra Jadeja 3 for 77) trail India 499 (Shikhar Dhawan 187, Murali Vijay 153; Peter Siddle 5 for 71) by 91 runs.
First Published: March 17, 2013, 3:09 pm