India pegged back in Perth

A storming final session saw Australia gain the advantage at the WACA

Last Updated: 17/01/08 12:57pm

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Gone: Lee celebrates his dismissal of Tendulkar

Gone: Lee celebrates his dismissal of Tendulkar

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A storming final session saw Australia peg India back after day one of the third Test in Perth.

India had looked in control as half-centuries from Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar helped the tourists reach 177-2 at tea.

However, a four-wicket burst saw Australia finish the happier at the WACA - with Brett Lee leading the way with three wickets for the day.

Left-arm seamer Mitchell Johnson also picked up two wickets and spinner Andrew Symonds claimed one.

However the Indians will not be happy with the decision that ended the 139-run partnership for the third wicket, with Tendulkar trapped leg before by a Lee delivery that looked to be going over.

India had made a solid start as Wasim Jaffer and Virender Sehwag put on 57 for the first wicket, only for the opening duo to fall within two runs of each other.

Sehway was first to go for 29 as Adam Gilchrist snaffled the catch off the bowling of Mitchell, while Jaffer was also caught by the Aussie wicketkeeper for Lee's first wicket.


That brought Tendulkar and Dravid together - with the deadly duo frustrating the Australian attack.

The home side's hopes were not helped when Michael Clarke dropped Dravid in the slips off Lee when on 11.

And Dravid looked set to make Australia pay as both he reached their 50s by tea.

However the final session off the day saw the advantage swing Australia's way as both Tendulkar and Dravid were sent back to the pavilion.

Lee got the break through with the score on 198 as he removed the Little Master for 71 - although replays showed the delivery hit Tendulkar high on the pads.

Sourav Ganguly quickly followed for just nine after a brilliant diving catch from Mike Hussey for Johnson's second wicket.

Dravid and VVS Laxman attempted to regain the initiative with a stand of 64 before Symonds struck.

With his hundred in sight, Dravid (93) was guilty of attempting a reckless shot, with the ball looping up for Ricky Ponting to take a simple catch.

Laxman followed four overs later when Shaun Tait held the catch for Lee's third of the day.

Mahendra Dhoni and Irfan Pathan steadied the ship to help reach the close on 297-6.

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