India vs Australia Third Test: Cricket live scores, updates

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    India v Australia

    PCA STADIUM, MARCH 14-18, 2013

    3rd Test - IND v AUS

    Australia 1st Inn 408 All Out
    India 1st Inn 499 All Out
    Australia 2nd Inn 223 All Out
    India 2nd Inn 4/136
    Australia won the toss and elected to bat
    India won by 6 wickets
    India Over:33.3  RR:4.06
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    MS Dhoni* 18 28 3 0 64.29
    RA Jadeja 8 5 2 0 160.00
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    MA Starc* 10.3 1 51 0 4.86
    PM Siddle 11.0 2 34 1 3.09
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    Last Wicket: Tendulkar, 21 (RO Warner)
    Current Partnership: 20 runs, 8 balls, RR:250.00

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    A controversy-hit Australia look to overturn a 2-0 lead against India when the two teams meet in the third Test match of their series at Mohali. We’ll have live coverage throughout day one from 3.00pm AEDT.

    Join The Roar’s live coverage of day two HERE:

    What seemed like a longish break between two Tests that Australia would use to prepare and mull over a few changes transformed dramatically when coach Mickey Arthur announced on Monday that four squad members were banned from the third Test match.

    The reason for their axe – a non-completion by Saturday night of what has been termed as a self and team-improvement exercise – was almost disbelieving at first but as more details came out of the closet in the couple of following days, Arthur and captain Michael Clarke were afforded a lot more leeway from the angry fans.

    It may have been a culture-building move but suddenly, the suspension of Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson, Usman Khawaja and James Pattinson leaves Australia with only 11 fully fit players from the original squad with Brad Haddin joining them only on Tuesday.

    Things have come to such a head that if the injured Matthew Wade is declared fine by the medical staff just before the toss, Haddin might still play as a pure batsman.

    Without Watson and Khawaja at the top, Clarke will now be expected to bat higher than his favourite number five but the exact position hasn’t been revealed yet. A lot will depend on how the management perceives Phil Hughes’ batting travails, and consequently whether he will be pushed down to four.

    It is numbers five to seven which are a tad hazy at the moment as Steve Smith could join the playing 11 as a specialist batsman now that Watson’s out of contention. Reports online suggest that Glenn Maxwell could be the spinner to miss out.

    Interestingly what this ‘line-in-the-sand moment’ has done for the Indian selectors is to take the heat off them with respect to the sacking of Virender Sehwag.

    Sehwag’s loss of form notwithstanding, there were a few experts who had questioned his exclusion but all that took a back-seat thanks to the fire that raged in the Australian camp.

    Sehwag’s replacement is a fellow Delhi opener Shikhar Dhawan, who has shown good recent form that includes a century in a warm-up game before the start of England’s tour of India.

    Dhawan will make his Test match debut after having played six limited-overs internationals.

    The rest of the side could continue being the same despite doubts over the participation of Cheteshwar Pujara whose knees continue to attract injuries like honey entices bees.

    He was hit in by one of the net bowlers at one of the training sessions but has now been deemed fit to play in the Test.

    The other issue could have been related to the Indian bowling line-up which has seen Ishant Sharma continue to struggle with the ball.

    Sharma’s overall bowling average of 38.52 is hardly par for the course but his last five wickets have taken him four Tests and cost him 56 runs apiece – a damning stat by any stretch.

    Harbhajan Singh may not be a match-winner on his own these days but he has shown that odd spark in the series so far but it is difficult to predict if Pragyan Ojha gets an opportunity ahead of him.

    The pitch at Mohali has a lot more bounce and carry for the bowlers than other tracks in India but captain Clarke has already stated that it may not play too differently from the previous two surfaces.

    Live coverage of the game begins from 3.00pm AEDT and you can add your opinion in the comments section below – join The Roar’s live coverage of day two here.

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    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 10:27pm | ! Report

      I was just reading a few of our comments from the last Test and this is what I had written about Phil Hughes in my wrap-up:

      “Phil Hughes has scores of 19, 0, 6 and 0 in the four innings he has played here and itโ€™s not different for him than it was for Shaun Marsh in that home series against India couple of seasons ago. He could also make his way out unless something drastic transpires between now and the start of the third Test.

      Drastic is an understatement I guess!

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 6:39pm | ! Report

      That’s that then, we will have to make do with a four-day Test match – of which a few more overs could be lost because of rain in the upcoming days.

      That said, we will have an early start on all the remaining days and and the game will be extended by half hour too – so a total of 15 overs extra each day.

      What this means that up to 60 overs of the lost time today can be covered but it will also means that I will be working over-time ๐Ÿ˜‰

      So will be back tomorrow with the live blog of this third Test match, on what will hopefully be a much sunnier and less rainy day at Mohali in Chandigarh.

      Edit: And yep, to add to this live blog, there will also be a live radio-like stream here: so do join in!

    • Columnist

      Geoff Lemon said | 6:37pm | ! Report

      No play for the first day is a bit of an anticlimax, but we’ll be calling the second day live on Roar Radio, starting from 14:30 tomorrow afternoon.

      Join myself, Glenn Mitchell, Andy Lane, Cam Rose, Paddy Effeney and the rest of the team – check in on The Roar to find the link to our player, or go to

      • Roar Guru

        Rellum said | 7:06pm | ! Report


      • Roar Guru

        JGK said | 7:06pm | ! Report

        Nice one.

        Hopefully the IT Nazis at work won’t block it.

      • 7:11pm
        Lancey5times said | 7:11pm | ! Report

        Australia’s best day of the tour so far

      • Roar Pro

        boes said | 9:09pm | ! Report

        Great work guys. Look forward to the broadcast. I expect you’ll get a good following.

    • 6:34pm
      hammertime said | 6:34pm | ! Report

      Hughes has scored well for Australia. he’s battling this tour but I think he’s better than just a club player. Maybe a district one?

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 6:32pm | ! Report

      Okay this is bad news for sure. The first day’s play has been called off, at as early as 1 pm local time, 3.5 hours before the actual scheduled close.

    • 6:26pm
      cuzza said | 6:26pm | ! Report

      starc, smith henriques and hughes, how lucky are they, second grade club cricketers representing australia.

      • 8:48pm
        MrKistic said | 8:48pm | ! Report

        I see India still haven’t named a team. We should have done the same thing… who’s to say Wade wouldn’t have been fit to bat by tomorrow? Rather him than Smith.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 6:23pm | ! Report

      Among all the reactions from ex-cricketers related to the four-player ban, here’s one I had earlier missed. Former Australian captain Kim Hughes had this to say:

      “If Shane Watson has to think about his position, that tells you more about him than anything else and maybe we’re better off bringing forward a younger kid that wants it.

      “I’d give him the marching orders tomorrow. He spends more time being rotated than a rotisserie, he gets paid millions of dollars and sure, his wife is having a baby, but if that’s the way he’s thinking then he should go and play IPL. The sooner we get rid of him the better if he is having to think about it, and he’s the vice-captain.”

      • 6:45pm
        Red Kev said | 6:45pm | ! Report

        We do need to get rid of Watson, nice to see a ex-cricketer not talking him up for once.

    • 6:10pm
      hammertime said | 6:10pm | ! Report

      Just while we wait I would like to comment on the use of the word ” homework” as derogatory term that seems to belittle an important part of the game today. It occurs to me that the coach and captain were looking for something / anything that could help them find a competitive edge. surely this is important and good player management. I know plenty of teams and companies whose staff and players appreciative this kind of support. It validates their opinions and helps them focus.
      “homework ” seems deliberately trite and infintile.

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