Aus 131 | Overs 67 | Doherty 1*(India won by an innings and 135 runs)
Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja wrapped up the second Test within the first session of Day Four as Australia were bowled out for 131. The visitors lost eight wickets for just 57 runs as Ashwin (five for 63) and Jadeja (three for 33) spun their web around the batsmen. India, thus, took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the four-match series.
Ravichandran Ashwin got into the act as he trapped debutant Glenn Maxwell (8) in front to a top-spinner. Australia have crumbled from 74 for two to 127 for seven in 90 minutes and will be really disappointed with their collapse. This game could be over before lunch.
Aus 112/6 | Overs 49 | Henriques 0*, Maxwell 0*
Ravindra Jadeja provided Australia with a triple blow as he dismissed Michael Clarke (16), the set Ed Cowan (44) and all-rounder Moises Henriques (0) in quick succession. First, Jadeja bowled through the gates of in-form Australian captain to further dampen Australia’s fading hopes. Bowling around the wicket, Jadeja got his usual flighted delivery to pitch on middle as Clarke moved forward to defend. However, the ball took a sharp turn, went a few inches wide of Clarke’s blade and took off-stump. Then, in his next over, Jadeja bowled over the wicket to Cowan and his ball kept lower than normal. Cowan tried to cut, but bottom-edged onto Dhoni’s pads, as the ball deflected to Virender Sehwag af first slip. In the very next over, bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin, Jadeja the fielder came into play as he ran in from cover and threw directly on the stumps in swift motion to send Henriques back without scoring.
Aus 80/3 | Overs 37 | Cowan 31*, Clarke 1*
Ishant Sharma, who started proceedings on Day Four, got the vital wicket of Shane Watson (9) within the first 15 minutes of play. It was the lanky pacer’s first wicket of the series on a ball that probably did not deserve it. Ishant’s delivery strayed down the leg side, Watson tried to flick it to fine leg, found the edge and MS Dhoni took a diving catch to his left. Watson could’ve done better.
Aus 74/2 | Overs 32 | Cowan 26*, Watson 9*(STUMPS – Day 3)
India ended Day Three of the second Test firmly on top with Australia on 74 for two, still trailing the hosts by 192 runs. Ed Cowan and Shane Watson ensured that Australia did not lose any more wickets after the departures of David Warner and Phil Hughes, and have a herculean task at hand to try and save this Test on Day Four.
India picked up two quick wickets via off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. The Chennai boy bowled David Warner (26) around the legs as the Australian opener went to sweep the off-spinner bowling over the wicket. Warner would be disappointed with the mode of his dismissal, especially since he was building a good partnership with Ed Cowan. New man in Phil Hughes (0) then almost fell in the same manner; replays showed that the ball hit his gloves before going on to dislodge the bails.
Aus 53/0 | Overs 17 | Warner 26*, Cowan 17*
Australian openers David Warner and Ed Cowan brought up their 50-run partnership as they calmly went about reducing their team’s deficit. Warner looks to be curbing his usual attacking instinct and is ensuring he doesn’t throw his wicket away. Cowan is proceeding along at a slow rate as well.
Aus 30/0 | Overs 10 | Warner 18*, Cowan 2*
Australian opener David Warner started things off in his usual aggressive manner as he hit three successive boundaries off Ravichandran Ashwin in the second over of the innings. The Australians survived a couple of dropped chances in the first 10 overs, both off the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni were the culprits, although both were tough chances.
INDIA 1st Innings
Ind 503 | Overs 154.1 | Ishant 2* (TEA – Day 3)
Xavier Doherty took the last Indian wicket, that of Bhuvneshwar Kumar (10), as Australia bowled out India for 503. The hosts have a substantial lead of 266 runs with two-and-a-half days of play left.
Following MS Dhoni’s departure, India lost the wickets of Ravindra Jadeja (10), Ravichandran Ashwin (1), Harbhajan Singh (0) and Virat Kohli (34) in quick succession to the spin of Glenn Maxwell and Xavier Doherty. First to go was Jadeja; after hitting a four and a six to reach 10, the left-hander tried to smack Maxwell down the ground, only for the debutant bowler to intercept and take a superb caught-and-bowled. Ashwin, at No 8, did not last long as he edged Doherty to Phil Hughes at gully. Harbhajan then responded in his usual manner by trying to slog bowlers out of the park, but found mid-off and fell for a duck. It was Kohli’s turn to go next as Maxwell took his fourth on debut. Cowan took a one-handed blinder at backward short leg as Kohli tried to give the spinner the charge.
Ind 460/5 | Overs 140 | Kohli 14*, Jadeja 0*
Indian skipper MS Dhoni hit a quickfire 44 off 43 ball, including eight boundaries, before holing out to mid-off. Glenn Maxwell got the second wicket of his Test career as Dhoni tried to clear mid-off, but got too close to the ball and mistimed it. Xavier Doherty took the catch on the second try after the ball hit him on the chest.
Ind 430/4 | Overs 133 | Kohli 7*, Dhoni 22*
James Pattinson sent Sachin Tendulkar (7) back to the pavilion moments after lunch, but not before a long consideration of a caught-behind decision by the third umpire. Tendulkar tried to work a delivery that angled down the leg to fine-leg, but missed as the ball carried to wicketkeeper Matthew Wade. Pattinson immediately appealed for a caught-behind, and the umpire decided to check with the TV umpire. There was a slight sound as the ball went past the bat and the third umpire eventually gave him out.
Ind 400/3 | Overs 123 | Tendulkar 3*, Kohli 4*(LUNCH – Day 3)
India took lunch on Day Three 163 runs ahead of Australia with Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli at the crease. Australia would be pleased with getting the wickets of Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay, but with such a significant deficit, any hopes of a comeback from here would be severely optimistic.
A still hobbling Cheteshwar Pujara notched up his second double century of a short 11-match career, with none other than Sachin Tendulkar for company. However, he was to fall to James Pattinson soon after as he tried to pull the Australian quick over square. However, the ball took the top edge and flew to long leg where Xavier Doherty latched on to a superb catch. Pujara was gone for a superb 204 off 341 balls, most of which were scored with a limp.
Ind 387/2 | Overs 114 | Pujara 198*, Tendulkar 0*
Australia finally managed to break through the barrier of this mammoth second-wicket partnership as debutant Glenn Maxwell got his first wicket in Test cricket. Bowling around the wicket, Maxwell’s delivery took an extra bit of bounce off the pitch as Murali VIjay (167) tried to work it off his legs. However, the Indian opener was foxed by the bounce and the edge carried to Ed Cowan at leg-slip. The wicket broke an Indian record 370-run second-wicket partnership.
Ind 377/1 | Overs 114 | Vijay 167*, Pujara 190*
Cheteshwar Pujara, on 187 not out, became the second fastest Indian batsman to reach 1,000 runs in Test cricket. The 25-year-old got there in his 18th innings, which is four more than what Vinod Kambli took to reach the milestone.
Ind 350/1 | Overs 108 | Vijay 151*, Pujara 179*
Murali Vijay got to his first ever 150 in Test cricket in the first session of Day Three. The Chennai lad got there by flicking Peter Siddle off the legs wide of mid-on. He took 332 balls, including 20 boundaries and two sixes.
Ind 338/1 | Overs 104 | Vijay 146*, Pujara 172*
Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar look in no mood of relenting and have carried on from where they left off on Day Two. The run rate has dropped slightly, but the duo continue to grind the Australian bowlers, who would be readying themselves for another long day in the sun.
Ind 311/1 | Overs 93 | Vijay 129*, Pujara 162*(STUMPS – Day 2)
India are firmly in the driver’s seat and have strapped on their seatbelt tight as they took stumps on Day Two at 311 for one. Their lead over Australia is 74 runs and they have a further nine wickets in hand.
Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara are freely going about the scoring in Hyderabad, at a rate of above six runs an over. Their partnership reads 266 runs and India’s lead now stands at 63 runs. The Australians are looking listless out there. Michael Clarke has now taken the new ball and has gone back to his quicks in search of the elusive wicket.
Ind 254/1 | Overs 79 | Vijay 110*, Pujara 125*
Murali Vijay joined his batting partner Cheteshwar Pujara on the honours list for the second Test as he brought up his second hundred against Australia. Vijay, who has been really impressive and aggressive in this innings, got to three figures by charging down the track to Xavier Doherty and lofting him to the long-off fence. India’s run rate in the last 10 overs is 6.30 and they now lead by 17 runs with nine wickets intact.
Ind 213/1 | Overs 74 | Vijay 94*, Pujara 100*
Cheteshwar Pujara did not waste too much time in notching up his fourth Test hundred after tea. He took just 37 balls to race from his score of 73 at tea to 100 as he won the contest with his partner Murali Vijay on who reaches the landmark first. When Pujara was on 98, Vijay smacked Xavier Doherty for a six and four on consecutive deliveries to jump fro 80 to 90. But in the end, Pujara got there first with a late dab off Glenn Maxwell towards third man for two.
Ind 160/1 | Overs 63 | Vijay 73*, Pujara 73*(TEA – Day 2)
Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara put India in the driver’s seat as the hosts did not lose a single wicket in the second session of Day Two and took tea at 160 for one. Inda now trail by just 77 runs and will look to wipe out the deficit in the third session.
Cheteshwar Pujara reached his second Test fifty with an exquisite cover drive off debutant Glenn Maxwell, even as he is struggling with his knee. Pujara’s injury concerns with his knee are well documented and the Saurashtra batsman seems to have aggravated something there when he had to dive into his crease to avoid a run-out in the first session. He is limping while running between the wickets and seems to be in some pain. But the youngster is still hanging in with Vijay as the duo’s partnership crossed the 100-run mark.
Ind 103/1 | Overs 42 | Vijay 53*, Pujara 40*
Murali Vijay scored his third Test fifty as India continued to pick up their run rate. Vijay got there with a heave straight down the ground for six off Xavier Doherty. His half-century took 141 balls including seven boundaries and a six.
Ind 92/1 | Overs 40 | Vijay 44*, Pujara 38*
India upped the ante in the post-lunch session as Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara scored at above three runs an over, up from their innings rate of around two. The boundaries also increased; India had hit just six in the morning session, and have already hit seven within the first hour of the post-lunch session.
Ind 54/1 | Overs 30 | Vijay 29*, Pujara 11*(LUNCH – Day 2)
Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara grinded the Australian bowlers some more and took lunch with India at 54 for one in 30 overs. Just 49 runs were scored in a session where India went about at a run-rate of 1.80.
Australia’s pace attack continues to probe the Indian batsmen, but Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara are holding fort out in the middle. Vijay has struck two fluent boundaries for his 19, while Pujara is taking is time to settle in. India will hope the duo manage to take them to lunch without further damage. Australia, meanwhile, are yet to test out their two spin bowlers as we approach the last half an hour of the first session.
Ind 21/1 | Overs 9 | Vijay 12*, Pujara 0*
Peter Siddle got rid of Virender Sehwag early in the morning of Day Two as the Indian opener tried to fend a short-pitched delivery, but found the edge that carried to ‘keeper Matthew Wade. While Wade and the slip cordon immediately, Siddle looked uncertain. However, it was enough for umpire Marais Erasmus to send Sehwag packing. Just what Australia needed and the pressure is on the hosts!
Ind 5/0 | Overs 3 | Sehwag 4*, Vijay 0*(STUMPS – Day 1)
Indian openers Virender Sehwag and Murali Vijay survived the three overs hurtled down by the Australian quicks before taking stumps with all wickets intact. India have a good opportunity to take a good lead on Day Two after Australia’s collapse.
Aus 237/9 dec | Overs 83.1 | Pattinson 0*, Doherty 0*
Australia lost three wickets in a flurry, including Australian skipper Michael Clarke (91) as India went close to bowling out the visitors on Day One. Glenn Maxwell and Peter Siddle did not last long after Henriques’s fall. Maxwell was dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja after an edge was snapped up by MS Dhoni behind the sticks. Siddle was to then succumb to Harbhajan Singh after being trapped leg-before. Then, it was Clarke’s turn to go as Jadeja bowled through his gates. Clarke did not waste much time and declared Australia’s first innings.
Aus 223/6 | Overs 77 | Clarke 87*, Maxwell 4*
Ravindra Jadeja bowled Moises Henriques (5) to thwart Australia as Michael Clarke continued to run out of partners. Henriques was the star of Australia’s loss in Chennai as he scored two defiant fifties. Clarke would’ve liked if he provided some support in the middle after Matthew Wade’s departure, but that wasn’t to be.
Aus 212/5 | Overs 69 | Clarke 81*, Henriques 4*
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, after taking three Australian wickets in the first session, now decided to display his catching skills as he took a spectacular diving catch at point to send Matthew Wade (62) back. Harbhajan Singh got the wicket to his name, just as Wade looked set on a memorable ton.
Aus 164/4 | Overs 60 | Clarke 68*, Wade 55*(TEA – Day 1)
Australia took tea at 187 for four with Michael Clarke and Matthew Wade remaining unscathed in the post-lunch session. Wade joined his captain on the half-centurions list as the duo led an inspired fightback. The second session entirely belonged to the Aussies, who scored 104 runs without the loss of any wicket.
Michael Clarke continued with his sparkling form over the last 15 months as he notched up a confident half-century in the second session. Matthew Wade, meanwhile, is providing able support to his skipper and is five runs short of his own fifty. The duo now share a 101-run partnership.
Aus 107/4 | Overs 36 | Clarke 33*, Wade 11*
Skipper Michael Clarke held anchor against the storm in Hyderabad as Australia ventured on a comeback trail in the post-lunch session. While Clarke is taking care of keeping the scoreboard ticking, Matthew Wade, at the other end, is ensuring that more wickets don’t fall. Australia will need these two to bat long if they are to come back to the surface.
Aus 83/4 | Overs 28 | Clarke 20*, Wade 2*(LUNCH – Day 1)
Australia went into lunch without further damage with Michael Clarke leading from the front. India will be very pleased with themselves in this first session and will look to bowl Australia out within the first day.
Ravichandran Ashwin joined the party at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium as he got rid of Ed Cowan (19) in the 22nd over. India look in total control and still have time to pick up a couple more wickets before lunch — a scenario which would deal a major blow to Australia. Skipper Michael Clarke need some support out there from his batsmen as Matthew Wade walks in.
Aus 57/3 | Overs 15 | Hughes 19*, Clarke 0*
Just when you thought Shane Watson (23) had settled in at the crease and was playing responsibly, he tried to pull Bhuvneshwar Kumar over mid-wicket and was deceived by the bounce. The short-pitched ball bounced in line, kept low and hit Watson on his bent back leg. Umpire Marais Erasmus took his time, but Watson was plumb.
Aus 43/2 | Overs 10 | Hughes 17*, Watson 11*
Phil Hughes and Shane Watson went about steadying Australia’s ship following the early wobble. Both batsmen are connecting with the ball really well and are scoring at a rate above four runs and over. It’s been 10 overs now and, surprisingly, MS Dhoni hasn’t resorted to spin yet. That being said, both his quicks are getting good help from the wicket.
Aus 15/2 | Overs 4.1 | Hughes 1*, Watson 0*
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has two wickets in as many overs now as he trapped Ed Cowan (4) plumb in front in his third over of the day. Australia have lost both their openers and need new batsman Shane Watson to stem the leak.
Aus 14/1 | Overs 4 | Cowan 4*, Hughes 0*
Bhuvneshwar Kumar got his first wicket of his career in the third over of the day as he got David Warner (6) to cannon the ball onto his stumps. It was the perfect start that India would have been looking for. The pitch seems to be giving good early movement to the Indian quicks.
India take on Australia in the second of the four Border-Gavaskar Tests at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
News from the centre is that Michael Clarke has won the toss and elected to bat first. The pitch looks good to bat on in the first couple of days and the Australian skipper was right in giving his team the chance to make the best out of it.
Australia have given a debut to all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, and have surprisingly dropped Nathan Lyon. Australia go in with two spinners as Xavier Doherty also comes in for pacer Mitchell Starc.
So, two spinners for Australia, which seems to be the right combination on this surface. But dropping their lead spinner Lyon was something not many were expecting. Perhaps the fact that the off-spinner leaked more than 200 runs in Chennai worked against his favour.
India, meanwhile, have gone in with an unchanged side from the one that played at Chennai.