India vs Australia
India have timed their chase well and end this Test with a six wicket victory. There have been a few promising performances by individuals in the Australian team, but in these conditions, the team is just not as strong as the Indian unit. India take a 3-0 lead in the four match series with one still to be played. All that Australia have to play for in the last match is pride, and they may be an even weaker side than they are now with their leading batsman suffering from a back injury. India will be delighted with the series win, but they will feel that the job is not done quite yet. They suffered a 4-0 whitewash recently in Australia and they will be looking to return the favour in the fourth and final Test which will be played at Dehli.
Over 34 - Ind 136/4 (Dhoni 18, Jadeja 8)
Jadeja's attitude has rubbed off on Dhoni who hits a tired Starc for censecutive fours. Dhoni hits the winning runs with a pull over square-leg for four. India win by 6 wickets.
Over 33 - Ind 124/4 (Dhoni 6, Jadeja 8)
WICKET. Tendulkar is run out by Warner and India still require another 17 runs for victory. Siddle now has the new man, Jadeja in his sights. The Victorian quick looks like he is enjoying every second of this contest. Jadeja goes over mid-off and collects four runs off just his second delivery faced. Jadeja stands tall and flat bats another four straight down the ground. He has just broken the back of what was becoming a tight chase.
Over 32 - Ind 116/3 (Dhoni 6, Tendulkar 21)
Starc continues as the two big quicks from Australia are putting in a huge effort. Tendulkar finds himself on strike for the first time in a while and cracks a boundary straight down the ground. The momentum is just starting to shift back India's way.
Over 31 - Ind 111/3 (Dhoni 6, Tendulkar 16)
Siddle is charged by Tendulkar, as both batsmen are now showing the intent needed to chase down the target. Dhoni is really struggling as he is getting stuck on strike and is finding it difficult to even make contact. The atmosphere is starting to get tense and it seems that something has to give. Dhoni finaly lays bat on ball and collect two runs to end the over.
Over 30 - Ind 108/3 (Dhoni 4, Tendulkar 15)
Starc is bowling well but it doesnt look like he has enough gas left in the tant to bowl out the rest of the overs from this end. Dhoni is starting to feel the squeeze as he is moving around the crease in an attempt to create a run scoring opportunity.
Over 29 - Ind 106/3 (Dhoni 2, Tendulkar 15)
Siddle is really getting the ball to talk and is making life difficult for the batsmen. He will fight as hard as he can for the remaining seven and a bit overs. India will have to go out and win this Test because it is not being given to them.
Over 28 - Ind 105/3 (Dhoni 1, Tendulkar 15)
Starc is now also getting the ball to reverse swing. Tendulkar plays a streaky shot down to third-man and gets off strike. It would not be surprising to see Dhoni attack and end this game as soon as possible.
Over 27 - Ind 103/3 (Dhoni 0, Tendulkar 14)
Siddle is brought back into the attack in place of Lyon. There is reverse swing straight away and a big lbw shout is turned down by the umpire. WICKET. Kholi flicks the ball into the leg-side with the swing and i caught at short mid-wicket. Dhoni is the new man at the crease.
Over 26 - Ind 103/2 (Kholi 34, Tendulkar 14)
Kholi finally beats the ring of cover fielders as he hits a Starc delivery at the top of its bounce for four runs. The Indian's require just another 30 runs to win this Test.
Over 25 - Ind 98/2 (Kholi 29, Tendulkar 14)
Lyon drops short and is flat batted through wide long-on for four. That poor delivery has just release the little bit of pressure that a few good overs had started to build.
Over 24 - Ind 92/2 (Kholi 24, Tendulkar 13)
Starc is hitting the pitch hard, but the ball is dying as it hits the surface. The slow nature of the pitch is making it difficult for stroke making. The batsmen seem to be in control of the required rate and look unphased by the recent string of dot balls.
Over 23 - Ind 92/2 (Kholi 24, Tendulkar 13)
Lyon is given another over and is worked into space expertly by the Indian batsmen. Lyon completes a far more consistent over and as a result only leaks three runs.
Over 22 - Ind 89/2 (Kholi 23, Tendulkar 11)
The final hour of the Test has started and thus India have a minimum of 15 overs to scored the 45 runs they require for victory. Starc is back into the attack after the spinners have been put to the sword. Starc starts his new spell well, going for just one run off the over.
Over 21 - Ind 88/2 (Kholi 22, Tendulkar 11)
Tendulkar has looked aggressive from the moment he walked to the middle. The prospect of winning a Test against Australia gets even the most experienced player's blood pumping. The little master gets down on one knee and paddles Lyon through leg slip for a boundary. Lyon is then lofted over the top for another two runs. Tendulkar wants to end this contest in a hurry.
Over 20 - Ind 80/2 (Kholi 21, Tendulkar 4)
The arrival of Tendulkar at the crease has raised the intent of the batsmen. Kholi takes the risk and hits Doherty for four through mid-wicket out of the rough. Another two runs ends the over which the batsmen will be happy with as they are on track to chase the runs down.
Over 19 - Ind 74/2 (Kholi 15, Tendulkar 4)
WICKET. Lyon has been brought into the attack and has struck immediately. Pujara misses a straight one and it out lbw. Tendulkar comes to the crease and the crowd would love nothing more than seeing the little master hit the winning runs. Sachin is off the mark straight away with two runs behind point.
Over 18 - Ind 70/1 (Kholi 15, Pujara 28)
Doherty continues with the negative line around the wicket. If the batsmen want to score, they are going to have to take a risk and play out of the rough. For now, the batsmen are not willing to take a risk and are happy to defend. Doherty finally misses his line and length, allowing the batsman to free his arms. Kholi picks up four runs through point.
Over 17 - Ind 66/1 (Kholi 11, Pujara 28)
Starc is coming back into the attack as Siddle takes a well deserved rest. The Australian's will keep at least one quick bowler going until the last hour is called because the long run-ups that the quick bowlers take, will allow Australia to bowl fewer overs and therefore apply pressure via the run rate that India need to score at to will the match. Its a very clever ploy by Clarke, as a draw is probably as good as it could get for his team. The over is ended with a wonderful drive for four by Pujara.
Over 16 - Ind 61/1 (Kholi 10, Pujara 24)
Doherty is coming over the wicket to the right handed batsmen now. He is aiming for the foot marks outside the off-stump. It's quite a negative line and it is very difficult for the batsmen to score out of the rough.
- 14th - 18th Mar 2013
- Australia won the toss and elected to bat.
- Punjab Cricket Association Stadium
- A S Dar and R A Kettleborough
india BATTING CARD
|Pujara||lbw b Lyon||28|
|Kohli||c Hughes b Siddle||34|
|Total||33.3 Overs||136 - 4|