Australian tight bowling restricting free-flowing Indian batsmen

Indian batsman VVS Laxman hit a boundary off Nathan Lyon’s first over on Friday – his first in the ongoing Test series Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Sydney: Jan 6, 2012

Indian top-order batsman VVS Laxman, known for his natural stroke making, hit his first boundary of the series on fourth day of the second Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

Laxman hit his first four with a wristy stroke in off spinner Nathan Lyon s first over on Friday. Moreover the unusual fact about the boundary was that I was off the 61st ball the stylish batsman had faced in his innings.

The Indian batsman went on to score 66 runs before being dismissed by Ben Hilfenhaus.

By and large, many Indian batsmen have been not been at their best in the ongoing series. India found themselves buried under the weight of Australia’s 659 for four declared after themselves collapsing to 191 in the first innings.

Ultimately, the team lost by an innings and 68 runs on the fourth day itself to be down 0-2 in the four-match series.

Later a disappointed skipper MS Dhoni blamed his team’s shambolic first-session batting collapse and the monumental triple century by his Australian counterpart Michael Clarke for the humiliating innings and 68 runs defeat in the second Test on Friday.