Australia calmly piles on runs as India fumbles catches on day three

2013-03-05 00:00

Australia calmly piles on runs as India fumbles catches on day three

AUSTRALIA were 74 for the loss of two at stumps on the third day of the second Test against India in Hyderabad yesterday, needing another 192 runs to make the hosts bat again.

Opener Ed Cowan was on a very circumspect 26 off 100 deliveries and Shane Watson had nine when the players left the field for the day. The visitors started quite briskly in their second innings, with especially David Warner showing intent in reducing the sizeable 266-run deficit sooner rather than later.

He took 12 runs off Ravichandran Ashwin’s first over — the second of the innings — and survived a dropped chance off Bhuvneshwar Kumar when Virat Kohli missed one in the slips three overs later.

India’s first innings centurion got caught between taking the chest-high catch the normal way or via the reverse cup, and in the end did neither.

Within three runs, Kumar was at the receiving end of another fielding fumble when Mahendra Singh Dhoni missed an inside edge off Cowan who at that stage had faced 25 deliveries stuck on nought.

But, once their nerves settled, the visitors calmly took the score to 55 before the sweep shot became the undoing of south-paw Warner (26). Coming over the wicket, off-spinner Ashwin pitched it outside off, Warner missed with his sweep and the ball turned to take the leg stump.

New man Phil Hughes inexplicably also tried the sweep shot against Ashwin, who used the same angle, but the left-handed batsman missed it and was rapped on the glove only for the ball to roll onto his stumps.

Cowan and Watson survived the last 30 minutes to see India’s lead dip below 200.

Earlier, Australia’s spin twins, Glenn Maxwell and Xavier Doherty, ripped through the Indian lower order to dismiss the hosts for 503 at tea — their last six wickets falling for 43. — SuperSport.

SCORES IN BRIEF

Aus 237/9 dec and 74/2 (2/42)

Ind 503 (Pujara 204, Vijay 167, Maxwell 4/127)

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