India/Australia – 3rd Test (Day 3 in play)

18 01 2008

Well, India certainly appear to have Australia on the ropes. A pretty good batting performance in the first innings, coupled with a dominant bowling spell has Australia reeling with a first innings total of 212, 118 behind the Indian team.
Virender Sehwag If they can lay down the law with their second innings total, this test is theirs to win.
Jaffer yet again fell cheaply, but Sehwag finally looks dangerous.

Still, cricket’s a funny game, and anything can happen.
And if there’s a team that can make ‘anything’ happen, it’s Australia. Rest assured, this is no ‘dead rubber’. Australia are well aware of the place this game has in history, and will not lay down without a fight.

Day 3, and play resumes with India in their second innings, at 52/1.
Sehwag’s on 29, and Pathan has 2…

Game on.

Edit: ok, Day 3’s over… wrap up tomorrow, but here are the innings thus far…

India’s first innings…

India 1st innings R B 4s 6s SR
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)

Bowling O M R W Econ
B Lee 24 5 71 3 2.95 (6nb, 1w)
MG Johnson 28.2 7 86 4 3.03 (2w)
SR Clark 17 4 45 2 2.64 (1w)
SW Tait 13 1 59 0 4.53 (3nb, 1w)
A Symonds 10 1 36 1 3.60
MJ Clarke 6 1 14 0 2.33

Australian first innings…

Australia 1st innings R B 4s 6s SR
PA Jaques c Laxman b Pathan 8 13 1 0 61.53
CJL Rogers lbw b Pathan 4 9 1 0 44.44
RT Ponting c Dravid b Sharma 20 35 2 0 57.14
MEK Hussey c Dhoni b Singh 0 8 0 0 0.00
MJ Clarke c Dhoni b Sharma 23 34 3 0 67.64
A Symonds c Dravid b Kumble 66 70 7 1 94.28
AC Gilchrist c Dhoni b Singh 55 61 9 0 90.16
B Lee c Dhoni b Singh 11 43 0 0 25.58
MG Johnson not out 6 14 1 0 42.85
SR Clark c Dhoni b Singh 0 3 0 0 0.00
SW Tait c & b Kumble 8 11 2 0 72.72
Extras (b 4, lb 1, w 4, nb 2) 11
Total (all out; 50 overs) 212 (4.24 runs per over)

Bowling O M R W Econ
RP Singh 14 2 68 4 4.85 (1w)
IK Pathan 17 2 63 2 3.70 (2w)
I Sharma 7 0 34 2 4.85 (1w)
A Kumble 12 1 42 2 3.50 (2nb)

Indian second innings…

India 2nd innings R B 4s 6s SR
W Jaffer c Hussey b Clark 11 27 1 0 40.74
V Sehwag b Clark 43 61 7 0 70.49
IK Pathan c Ponting b Clark 46 64 6 0 71.87
R Dravid c Gilchrist b Lee 3 5 0 0 60.00
SR Tendulkar lbw b Lee 13 25 2 0 52.00
SC Ganguly c Clarke b Johnson 0 3 0 0 0.00
VVS Laxman c Gilchrist b Lee 79 156 8 0 50.64
MS Dhoni c Gilchrist b Symonds 38 87 2 2 43.67
A Kumble c Clarke b Symonds 0 4 0 0 0.00
RP Singh c Gilchrist b Clark 30 59 3 1 50.84
I Sharma not out 4 1 1 0 400.00
Extras (lb 14, w 5, nb 8 ) 27
Total (all out; 80.4 overs) 294 (3.64 runs per over)

Bowling O M R W Econ
B Lee 20.4 4 54 3 2.61 (4nb, 1w)
MG Johnson 10 0 58 1 5.80
SR Clark 19 4 61 4 3.21 (2w)
SW Tait 8 0 33 0 4.12 (4nb, 2w)
MJ Clarke 13 2 38 0 2.92
A Symonds 10 2 36 2 3.60

Australian second innings…

Australia 2nd innings (target: 413 runs) R B 4s 6s SR
CJL Rogers c Dhoni b Pathan 15 18 3 0 83.33
PA Jaques c Jaffer b Pathan 16 30 3 0 53.33
RT Ponting not out 24 27 2 0 88.88
MEK Hussey not out 5 16 1 0 31.25
Extras (lb 3, w 1, nb 1) 5
Total (2 wickets; 15 overs) 65 (4.33 runs per over)

Bowling O M R W Econ
RP Singh 5 1 24 0 4.80 (1w)
IK Pathan 6 1 22 2 3.66
I Sharma 3 0 10 0 3.33 (1nb)
A Kumble 1 0 6 0 6.00

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63 responses

18 01 2008
withmalice

This is where it all gets exciting. Make or break time for both teams really…
Australia have to make a strike, and early. They have to restrict the Indians to a paltry score for this innings.
India have to establish a decent enough score, yet allow enough time to dismiss the Aussies in their second innings. After India leading the first half of the test by 118 runs, eking out a draw should not be an option… for either side.

Test is due to resume at 11:30am Perth-time (a bit over 3 hours away), and we’ll be here all through the day’s play – talkin’ cricket!

18 01 2008
Alex

Man… I gotta work today. can you guys make sure you keep this updated as everything happens?

18 01 2008
withmalice

Desperate for quick wickets, game underway.

Sewhwag looks settled on 35, Pathan’s still on 7.

18 01 2008
withmalice

And no sooner spoken…
Sehwag out for 43! Then only the next over – BANG! – Dravid’s gone for 3!

Australia looking back in this…

India 90/3

18 01 2008
kapsii

man… I just went to the loo and two wickets fell… that’s wicked…
I will be leaving for office soon too, but will keep returning here…
One thing for sure, we are gonna have a result in this test match, hence the open question, what total should India be looking at?

18 01 2008
withmalice

So… let me understand: you went to the toilet… and two wickets fell.
Can you go to the office soon please! 😉

18 01 2008
withmalice

I’d say that they need a lead of around of 350.

Settling down again… a lil’… 100/3 (that’s a lead of 218).

18 01 2008
kapsii

Johnson got spanked by Pathan… oh my, Pathan has grown in confidence as a batsman… if only he could manage to generate some more pace… that would surely make him a regular… I am trying to leave for the office… but it is so hard… TV is very near to the door… every time I go there, I have to stop… 🙂

18 01 2008
kapsii

Sachin out!!! Lee bowling with venom… now I got to go… 😦

18 01 2008
withmalice

Wheels falling off the Indian innings.
Tendulkar, LBW to Lee for a mere 13 runs.
Next over, Johnson takes Ganguly’s wicket, caught by Clarke for a duck.

India lead by 243 runs. Pathan on 36, Laxman on 1.

18 01 2008
Patel

Lee is looking hungry for more… VVS n Pathan in the middle, It’s turn of VVS to step up… Let’s see how things go from here… anything above 350 should be a competitive total.

18 01 2008
withmalice

Agreed.
With the loss of wickets thus far this morning, the game certainly is hotting up.

India 130/5.

18 01 2008
Patel

Pathan was sent as night watchman and 4 top order batsmen went back to pavilion while he was around… this Indian team never seizes to amaze me.

18 01 2008
withmalice

Australia have to make another breakthrough, and soon.

18 01 2008
withmalice

India, second innings 152/5

Pathan – 44, Laxman – 15
Currently have a lead of 271.

18 01 2008
Roger

Why do you say “Australia have to make another breakthrough, and soon.” Is it an Australian blog? You can also say, “India needs to consolidate the innings and get more runs on board”.

18 01 2008
withmalice

Sorry Roger, I am Australian. This is a “blog from an Australian-living-in-Japan’s viewpoint.
But I welcome any pro-India sentiment too! And should they get victory, I’ll congratulate ’em. Just don’t expect me to cheer!

All kudos to India, they’re playing very, very well (all-in-all). But I’ll not make apologies for any of my sporting allegiances (crap… it almost seems I did in my sentence in this comment… but it wasn’t an apology!). 😉

18 01 2008
Patel

Well Don this surely does apply to me to 🙂 just replace Aus by india there and the point is more or less same 😀 … I’ve got a real good feeling about this test… Aussie fans are so gonna like the outcome of this match.. NOT!!

18 01 2008
withmalice

And they stop for lunch, with India on 158/5.
Pathan is looking good, and on 45. Not bad for a night-watchman!

18 01 2008
kapsii

Pathan is a good choice as a night watchman if he can still be called that (as a typical Indian cricket fan, I am treating him as a deity after just few good shows, I guess it is in the genes… 😉 ) … saw some of the shots he played… those were genuine cricketing shots… he has worked on his batting and it shows…
GOD… how much time before the match starts again!!!!

18 01 2008
withmalice

And they’re back into it…

Clarke’s bowling…

18 01 2008
kapsii

woo hoo… it has begun… 😀

18 01 2008
withmalice

PATHAN GOOOONE!

18 01 2008
withmalice

IK Pathan c Ponting b Clark 46

That’s a wicket we needed! Pathan out, and hopefully Laxman to follow soon. Still, that’s the damn thing about the Indian side, they bat so deep!

18 01 2008
kapsii

We need these two to put on a decent show… both are stroke makers and I just hope they make good of the conditions… even with 350, I would still feel nervous, I just pray to god the good show by Indian seamers was not just for one innings…

18 01 2008
Patel

yeah i agree with you kapsii … these two have an uphill task of putting up a total around 350 +… aussies will have 2 + days to score it / Indian bowlers would have 2 + days to kick some aussie butt!!! (They’ll have to perform at par with there 1st innings performance)

18 01 2008
withmalice

End of the 40th over.
India 166/6.

Again, batsmen settling down, and yet again – Australia need to make another breakthrough!

18 01 2008
withmalice

End of the 45th over… 182/6.
Slow now, India digging in.

18 01 2008
Stevie K

India lead by 332. This is slipping away.

18 01 2008
withmalice

Some odd stuff going on…

What’s with the 5-ball overs?

18 01 2008
anandkrishna

Hi all- just finished a series of meetings at work and am taking a teeny weeny break to catch up. Am quite disappointed at the state-of-the innings (being an Indian fan). I was hoping we’d have clocked a 350+ run lead already… but hey, credit to Australia for pegging the Indians back.

I don’t think anything less than 400 will be safe. Australia have all the time in the world, and if they dig in and just wait for the loose balls, they have the batting to score 400.

The key will be for India to post at least a 400 run lead iand then for the Indian bowlers to continue with the good swing bowling they demonstrated in the first innings (with due attention to line and length). The wind direction and intensity will make a difference, and of course, there is also the issue of uneven bounce. I was told that some deliveries are skidding through to Gilly, while some others are ballooning up to the batsmen. If the wicket is cracking, spin may play a part too. India can rely on Sachin and Sehwag to ably assist Kumble.

What does the group think the likely outcome will be?

18 01 2008
anandkrishna

5-ball overs? Sloppy umpiring again! Gosh…. wish we could clone the likes of Dickie Bird.

As Aussies, what is your take on the treatment meted out to Darrell Hair?

18 01 2008
withmalice

Hey anandkrishna…

Yup, sloppy umpiring. But hey, I hear Steve Bucknor’s available!

On Darrell Hair – do you mean ‘past treatment’?

18 01 2008
withmalice

Laxman has his 50…

India 235/6
Laxman 54
Dhoni 38

Australia had their chances earlier with a quick succession of wickets, but they really, really need to make a break-through.

18 01 2008
kapsii

And they have made a break through… make that two infact… Dhoni & Kumble out… lead 350+… might be enough might not be enough…

18 01 2008
kapsii

I don’t know if digging in is the correct approach… I think on this pitch, one has to play the natural game… have faith in one’s ability… if they start defending and playing cautiously, sooner or later a delivery could do any thing funny.
I think choosing the right delieveries to attack would be the key… all depends on Indian bowlers now… *Time to pray*

18 01 2008
withmalice

Two quick wickets to Symo!!!

Just when we needed ’em…

Dhoni falls for 38, then 4 balls later, Kumble’s out for a duck!
India stumble a lil’… 239/8!

Must. Get. Laxman.

18 01 2008
kapsii

RP Singh just hit a SIX… heard a dude say it was more like practising for the next Golf tournament than a cricket shot… but every run counts now… Aussies would be getting frustrated…

18 01 2008
withmalice

Damnit… they’re digging in AGAIN!

18 01 2008
kapsii

😀 Clarke dropped Laxman… hope he makes them pay… 😀

18 01 2008
withmalice

Sigh…
261/8, Laxman – 65, Singh – 15

18 01 2008
kapsii

lead inching, tottering, crawling towards 400… will the Indians get there???????

18 01 2008
kapsii

Guess RP Singh has a live feed of here in his brain… he hit a couple of boundaries and now lead is 403… Woooooooooooooooooooooooo 😀

18 01 2008
kapsii

50 run partnership between Laxman and Singh… this has to be frustrating for the Aussies…

18 01 2008
withmalice

And there’s a 400 run lead.
Man… thing is, I can’t “give up” and declare that we have no chance.

Because we do.

18 01 2008
anandkrishna

Yes Don- I did mean what was done to Hair last year. But that’s history…

What is your take on the current test? Is 400 or so a “safe” score (for India, I mean) given that there are signs that the wicket is crumbling? I am listening to radio commentary in India on and off and one of the commentators mentioned puffs of dust flying near the batsman. Think Kumble might relish bowling on such a track tomorrow? And do you think Australia erred by dropping Hogg?

18 01 2008
kapsii

Singh is out…
Any idea as to what was highest successful run chase on this pitch?
Cause 400+ lead is formidable… but again… so is the opponent… it would be an interesting day tomorrow… and I would be at home to watch it…

18 01 2008
withmalice

YES! Break-through!!!

RP Singh c Gilchrist b Clark 30…

1 more to go…

18 01 2008
anandkrishna

Australia has plenty of time in which to score 400+ runs to win. But at this point, every additional run being scored by India makes it that much harder for Australia. Equally, the remaining time is also enough for India to bowl the Aussies out.

It has been a while since Australia has been forced to bat the 4thy innings to save the match, and I wonder how they will rise to the occasion. I guess only time will tell…

The thing is that the never-say-die attitude of Team Australia should not be under-estimated by India. Asutralia may lose- but that is by no means a certainty. But what is certain is that they won’t go down without a heck of a fight.

18 01 2008
anandkrishna

India all out for 294, I am told. Is that right?

18 01 2008
withmalice

I think if any side can get 400, it is this Australian team. And if they can get that final out, then they should have 2 days to get it.

18 01 2008
withmalice

Laxman out… indeed – that’s right anand.

18 01 2008
anandkrishna

Kapsii- I think Australia has the record of chasing some 340 odd runs to win. Coincidentally, also against India- Bishen Bedi’s team back in 1977-78. The Aussie team then had been depleted by Kerry Packer and I think Kim Hughes was the Captain, with Andrew Hildtitch the Vice Captain.

18 01 2008
anandkrishna

Unfortunate that Laxman did not get a ton. He seems to relish playing against Australia.

18 01 2008
Patel

Target of 413 for Australia. Indeed if any team in the world that can do it, it’s Australia. 413 to get in 2 days… the remaining overs today are crucial for aussies… they can’t affordto loose any wickets atleast for today… Singh and Sharma will keep them on their toes thts for sure 🙂 … great cricket played today by both teams… exceptional target given by India… lets see Aussie reply to that shall we 😀

18 01 2008
withmalice

An awesome performance by India.
A few times there was the chance that they could crumble, but each time someone stood up & was there to settle the innings.

Really, really dangerous time for Australia: now.
A mere 40 minutes of play left… really, this is better for India than another 20 runs or so.

18 01 2008
Patel

Australia 2 wickets down…

CJL Rogers c wicketkeeperDhoni b Pathan 15 (18b 3×4 0x6) SR: 83.33
PA Jaques c Jaffer b Pathan 16 (30b 3×4 0x6) SR: 53.33

Great bowling from Pathan!!

18 01 2008
withmalice

Hell… go bath my bub, come back to abject failure from Rogers & Jaques… again.
Tolja it was a dangerous time for Australia…

18 01 2008
withmalice

And that’s stumps for the end of Day 3. A day that certainly sees India well in control of this test.
End of Day 3,
Australia 65/2
Ponting on 24, Hussey on 5.

New discussion thread/article/piece on it tomorrow… hope to see you guys here again.

18 01 2008
nishant kumar

Well..it was nice to see India perform ..A wonderful performance in the 3rd test shall put more fire to the episode of the 2nd test..What if that test was drawn or a win for india?? I What a deal for the 4th test?

18 01 2008
withmalice

Indeed nishant… awesome stuff.

I’m just hoping Australia can hold on, and take another test down to the wire…


Edit note:
put the scores thus far up in the original post.

19 01 2008
raydixon

It should be a riveting day’s play. I think Australia might fall a bit short .. by about 50 runs. Pity about that 9th wicket stand by India.

(PS: Just retrieved your comment/invite from ‘spam’ – that’s wordpress for you)

19 01 2008
withmalice

Hey Ray…

4th Day’s play chat-thread-bit to go up soonish!

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