2014-15 Commonwealth Bank Series | 2nd Test
Australia v India
From the GABBA
STUMPS – DAY 3
India won the toss, elected to BAT first.
India 408 (109.4) & 1/71 (23)
Australia 505 (109.4)
India trails by 26 runs, with 9 wickets in hand.
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Good evening everyone. Welcome to the GABBA, for our continuing coverage of the 2nd Test between Australia and India, and what a compelling day of cricket we’ve seen here, and what a match we’ve got on our hands with 2 days to play.
Australia started the day at 4/221, and when India claimed the wickets of Mitchell Marsh and Brad Haddin within the first hour, India had the ascendancy, and the momentum, but a GABBA record 7th wicket partnership between Mitchell Johnson and Steven Smith changed all of that, and swung the momentum back Australia’s way!
Smith was brilliant in notching up his 2nd century of the series, and was eventually dismissed for 133… after three innings, 337 runs, India finally got the wicket they so desperately sought.
Mitchell Johnson’s 88 was entertaining and aggressive, but the contribution didn’t stop there, with all of the tail, Hazlewood, Lyon and Mitchell Starc all notching up handy runs, Starc a half-century, all of which ensured Australia had a first innings lead of 97 runs.
Mitchell Marsh | b Ishant Sharma | 11 (34) | FOW 5/232 (57)
Haddin | c Pujara, b Aaron | 6 (12) | FOW 6/247 (61.1)
Johnson | c Dhoni, b Ishant Sharma | 88 (93) | FOW 7/395 (87.1)
Smith | b Ishant Sharma | 133 (191) | FOW 8/398 (87.6)
Lyon | c Rohit Sharma, b Aaron | 23 (23) | FOW 9/454 (96.2)
Starc | b Ashwin | 52 (59) | FOW 10/505 (109.4)
Hazlewood | not out | 32* (50)
Sharma and Yadav each picked up 3 wickets for India, but they didn’t come cheaply… both were carted to all corners of the GABBA, conceding over 100 runs each.
India went out to bat in the second innings looking to clear the deficit, and it started well with Murali Vijay firing early, but it didn’t last long, as Mitchell Starc cleaned up his stumps, and he was gone for 27.
From there, Pujara and Dhawan were left to steer the ship, which they guided safely to stumps, to remain 1 down, but still 26 runs behind.
Vijay | b Starc | 27 (39) | FOW 1/41 (10.3)
2 days to play, and all results possible… this is a cracking series. We love our Test Match Cricket, more so when it’s holding our attention from first til last like this one is.
More from the GABBA tomorrow. Goodnight!
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 19, 2014