West Australian Cricket Association Ground (WACA), Jan 17th.
India versus Australia, 3rd test.
At the culmination of the 1st day’s play, India had seen themselves to a very respectable 297/6. Playing well, Tendulkar scored 71, and Dravid missed out on a century by a mere 7 runs. The wicket has proved to be no where near as fearsome as was expected, with only Brett Lee performing any where near expectations. The much-touted Tait, has not shaken off erratic performances of the past, and really has to step up if he has any dreams of remaining an Australian test cricketer. Clark’s done well, and is unlucky not to have wickets. 37 Extras to this point in time is way too many, and the Australian side will have to tighten that up considerably.
Whilst India will be happy with their score, they will be unhappy with the performance of their highly-regarded batsmen. Jaffer failed yet again (16), and Ganguly couldn’t reach a double figure score (9). The performances by Sehwag (26) and Laxman (27) were only marginally better.
Today, the Indian tail kept wagging, with Dhoni making 19, and Pathan 28, before they both fell.
Update… final scores for India’s first innings:
India 1st innings
|W Jaffer||c Gilchrist b Lee||16||53||2||0||30.18|
|V Sehwag||c Gilchrist b Johnson||29||58||6||0||50.00|
|R Dravid||c Ponting b Symonds||93||183||14||0||50.81|
|SR Tendulkar||lbw b Lee||71||128||9||0||55.46|
|SC Ganguly||c Hussey b Johnson||9||12||2||0||75.00|
|VVS Laxman||c Tait b Lee||27||56||3||0||48.21|
|MS Dhoni||lbw b Clark||19||52||2||0||36.53|
|IK Pathan||lbw b Johnson||28||44||4||0||63.63|
|A Kumble||c Rogers b Clark||1||6||0||0||16.66|
|RP Singh||c Hussey b Johnson||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|I Sharma||not out||0||5||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||(lb 19, w 9, nb 9)||37|
|Total||(all out; 98.2 overs)||330||(3.35 runs per over)|
|B Lee||24||5||71||3||2.95||(6nb, 1w)|
|SW Tait||13||1||59||0||4.53||(3nb, 1w)|