India vs Australia Cricket Series 2008-09
India vs Australia Third Test at Delhi
IND v AUS, 3rd Test, Delhi, Day 4: India drew with Australia
Nov 02, 2008
India captain Anil Kumble retired with his side still leading Australia 1-0 in the series after the third test ended in a draw on Sunday.
Legspinner Kumble declared India's second innings at 208-5 shortly after tea and then opened the bowling in his farewell to the game.
When the match was halted 15 overs early, and a draw inevitable, Australia was 31-0 chasing a target of 245.
IND v AUS, 3rd Test, Delhi, Day 5: India 613 for 7 dec & 208 for 5 dec drew with Australia 577 & 31 for 0
IND v AUS, 3rd Test, Delhi, Day 4: Australia fight back against India
Nov 01, 2008
A gritty century from vice-captain Michael Clarke and two late wickets erased Australia's fears of defeat in the third cricket Test as the visitors ended the fourth day just 79 runs behind India.
Part-time offspinner Virender Sehwag broke through for his maiden five-wicket haul, but Clarke's stout resistance in his knock of 112 meant it would be difficult for either side to manufacture a result on the final day.
The hosts took a 36-run lead when it dismissed Australia for 577 - its highest total in India - late in the afternoon, but lost Virender Sehwag and nightwatchman Ishant Sharma in reaching 43-2 at stumps.
Sehwag was bowled by Brett Lee for 16 before Sharma (1) popped a catch to Ricky Ponting in the next over from Stuart Clark. Gautam Gambhir was unbeaten on 21 at stumps while Rahul Dravid was on 5.
IND v AUS, 3rd Test, Delhi, Day 4: India 613 for 7 dec & 43 for 2 (13.0 overs) v Australia 577 (179.3 overs)
IND v AUS, 3rd Test, Delhi, Day 3: Sehwag takes three wickets for India
Oct 31, 2008
Part-time offspinner Virender Sehwag took three crucial wickets Friday as India maintained its dominance over Australia, which registered 338-4 at stumps on the third day of the third Test.
Sehwag, who was bowling instead of the injured Anil Kumble, broke through late in the day to remove Michael Hussey after ending the strong resistance of Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden.
Australia's batsmen fought to stay in touch with India, but were left with plenty to do over the remaining two days to save the game and stay alive in the four-match series.
Hussey collected 53 before being bowled by Sehwag after Ponting, Hayden and Simon Katich made useful half-centuries to prevent a disaster in reply to the host's imposing 613-7.
At stumps, Australia was still 74 runs short of avoiding the possibility of a follow-on - with vice-captain Michael Clarke (21) partnered by Shane Watson (4).
IND v AUS, 3rd Test, Delhi, Day 3: India 613 for 7 dec (161.0 overs) v Australia 338 for 4 (105.0 overs)
IND v AUS, 3rd Test, Delhi, Day 2: Gambhir and Laxman put India in control
Oct 30, 2008
In reply to India's first innings 613 for 7, Australia were 50 for 0 at stumps on Day 2 of the third Test at Feroz Shah Kotla.
Openers Matthew Hayden (16) Simon Katich (29) weathered the early storm cautiously.
At stumps on Day 2, Australia trailed the Indian score by 563 runs with the pitch showing some signs of breaking up which was evident from Indian captain Anil Kumble getting the ball to turn and bounce.
Earlier, VVS Laxman notched up his second double century as India declared their first innings at 613 for 7.
Kumble declared as soon as Laxman reached his double century with 16 overs remaining in the second day's play. Laxman's fabulous innings was studded with 21 fours and this is the fifteenth time that two double centuries have been scored in the same innings of a Test match.
IND v AUS, 3rd Test, Delhi, Day 2: India 613 for 7 dec (161.0 overs) v Australia 50 for 0 (15.0 overs)
IND v AUS, 3rd Test, Delhi, Day 1: Gambhir shines for India
Oct 29, 2008
Opening batsman Gautam Gambhir struck a career-best unbeaten 149 to propel India to 296-3 on an ill-tempered first day of the third Test against Australia here on Wednesday.
Gambhir put on 130 runs with Sachin Tendulkar (68) and also shared 139 runs with Venkatsai Laxman (54 not out) for the unbroken fourth wicket after the hosts were reeling at 27-2 in the morning session.
The opener, who bettered his previous-best knock of 139 against Bangladesh, was involved in verbal sparring with the tourists, who must avoid defeat here if they are to keep alive their chances of retaining the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
They trail 1-0 in the four-Test series after losing the previous match in Mohali by 320 runs. The opener in Bangalore ended in a draw.
Tensions between the two teams came to the boil when Gambhir apparently elbowed Shane Watson while taking a second run after the all-rounder seemed to mutter something to the batsman.
The left-hander, who has hit 20 fours and a six in his 285-ball knock, also became involved in a spat with part-time bowler Simon Katich, forcing umpire Billy Bowden to intervene.
Laxman, playing his 99th Test, batted with composure amid all the action around him, reaching his 36th Test fifty.
Tendulkar made a fine 68 with 11 boundaries before edging behind to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin off Mitchell Johnson (2-69) in the last over before tea.
Tendulkar, 35, looked in sublime touch during his knock, whipping Cameron White past extra cover and following it up with a slog sweep over midwicket to force the leg-spinner out of the attack.
The star batsman reached his 51st half-century with a four off Stuart Clark, who conceded just 29 runs off his 21 overs but failed to take a wicket.
The hosts lost in-form opener Virender Sehwag (one) and the usually dependable Rahul Dravid for 11 after Anil Kumble won the toss and elected to bat on an easy-paced track.
IND v AUS, 3rd Test, Delhi, Day 1: India 296 for 3 (89.0 overs) v Australia
IND v AUS, 3rd Test, Delhi: India look to seal series in Delhi
Oct 29, 2008
With the Australians stripped off their cloak of invincibility and squirming in an unfamiliar rut, a domineering India sniff an opportunity to seal the four-match series at their happy hunting ground when the third Test gets underway at Delhi on Wednesday.
India's thumping 320-run win in Mohali was a rude jolt to the Aussies, for whom, winning so far was just a matter of habit. It was the manner, and not merely the margin, of defeat in Mohali which punctured Australia's aura of invincibility and suddenly the world champions looked as fragile as any other team.
In contrast, India's brusque openers and the middle order batsmen have blunted the Australian attack with disdain while their brash leather-flingers ran through the Australian batting order like knife through butter.
Rattled by the Mohali mauling, Australia decided to take a couple of days' off, purportedly for an introspection, and even though they believe the grey areas have been addressed and the mistakes would not recur, Ferozeshah Kotla's tremendous bias towards the hosts is the sort of statistics, which is least likely to amuse the Aussies.
India have won the last seven Tests here in a row and the only time Australia managed to win here was way back in 1959 when Richie Benaud used to skipper the side. Mark Taylor embarked on a similar mission in 1996 but was sent packing within four days before a seven-wicket defeat was shoved down the visitors' throat.
India Team (from):
Anil Kumble (Captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, V.V.S. Laxman, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma.
Australia Team (from):
Ricky Ponting (Captain), Matthew Hayden, Simon Katich, Michael Clarke, Mike Hussey, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin, Cameron White, Jason Krejza, Brett Lee, Mitchell Johnson and Stuart Clark.
IND v AUS, 3rd Test, Delhi: Spin masterclass for Aussies ahead of India cricket Test
Oct 28, 2008
Australia were taking some late lessons in spin bowling as they head into the third Test starting here on Wednesday, desperate to draw level with a resurgent India.
The tourists trail the home side 1-0 in the four-Test Border-Gavaskar series, an unusual situation for the world's top side, after they were thumped by 320 runs in the second Test in Mohali.
Australia's batsmen failed to come to terms with India's combination of spin and swing and the bowlers also struggled, conceding 469 runs in the first innings and 314 in the second.
In a bid to turn the corner, the tourists have turned to Indian spin legend Bishen Singh Bedi.
Rookie leg-spinner Cameron White, who has four wickets in the series so far, was spotted chatting with Bedi in the nets on Sunday.
Off-spinner Jason Krejza, yet to get a look-in after going wicketless in a warm-up game, also took tips from Bedi, who bagged 266 wickets from 66 Tests with his deadly left-arm spin.
Australia's spin options are limited but the home side have the opposite problem, grappling with an abundance of riches after debutant Amit Mishra's seven-wicket haul in the Mohali game.
Mishra, who played only because leg-spin veteran Anil Kumble pulled out on the morning of the game with a shoulder injury, will have to wait to know his fate as Kumble, 36, has declared his fitness and willingness to play here.
Kumble's record at the ground he has 55 wickets at a rate of just 15.41 in six Tests including 10 in a single innings against Pakistan in 1999 -- could turn the scales in his favour.
Groundsman Radhey Shyam Sharma has promised a pitch that will suit Kumble's style of bowling.