India vs Australia Second Test day four: Cricket live scores, updates
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Could Phil Hughes be Australia's next key batsmen? (AP Photo/Chris Crerar)
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India v Australia
RAJIV GANDHI INTL. STADIUM, MARCH 2-6, 2013
2nd Test - IND v AUS
|Australia 1st Inn||9/237|
|India 1st Inn||503 All Out|
|Australia 2nd Inn||131 All Out|
|Australia won the toss and elected to bat|
|India won by an innings and 135 runs|
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|Last Wicket:||Pattinson, 0 (LBW:Ashwin)|
|Current Partnership:||1 runs, 53 balls, RR:1.89|
Australia need to bat out the fourth day and then some more if they want to go into the third Test against India with a chance of still winning the series. We’ll have live coverage from 3.00pm AEDT.
India had a chance to bat Australia out of the second Test but instead a startling middle-order collapse saw them lose nine wickets for 116 runs.
Centurions Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara propelled India to 1/387 before Xavier Doherty and Glenn Maxwell combined well to pick up the rest.
Still, the hosts went into the second Australian innings with a lead of 266 runs, huge in the circumstances.
A couple of catches went down early in the Australian reply with both Dave Warner and Ed Cowan the beneficiaries of the Indian largesse.
The pair added 56 for the opening wicket before R Ashwin shrugged off a poor start to dislodge the partnership.
Warner fell sweeping to the off-spinner, before Phil Hughes’ miserable run in India continued as he was bowled without scoring. Hughes’ stroke wasn’t too different from the manner in which Warner got out – bowled around his stumps to an attempted sweep.
What this could do is set about some wariness in the incoming Australian batsmen and stifle their attempts to sweep the Indian spinners.
On a track where scoring runs hasn’t been the easiest, this could potentially take one scoring shot away from the visitors’ repertoire.
India will do well to not consider this a done deal. Much like the Vijay-Pujara stand, it will require Australia one long enough partnership to bring them back with a knocking chance of at least saving the game.
Australia will look at Faf du Plessis for inspiration, a South African batsman who batted 376 balls in the Adelaide Test last year to guide his side to safety.
If one of the Australian batsmen can stick around like him and the others can bat around him, the visitors could build on the good couple of sessions they had on the third day.
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