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Friday, January 18, 2008

India and Perth turn up heat: Third Test Day 2

India 330 ( M Johnson 4/86) and 1/52; Australia 212 (A Symonds 66, A Gilchrist 55, R P Singh 4/68).

After Australia didn't take too long to clean up the Indian tail the Indian attack, led by the restored Irfan Pathan and the tenacious RP Singh, brought Australia to its knees at 3/14 (including Michael Hussey's first Test duck) and then Ishant Sharma struck twice: 4/43 (Ricky Ponting 20) and 5/61 (Michael Clarke 23).

Andrew Symonds (66/70b, 7x4, 1x6) and Adam Gilchrist (55/61b, 9x4) added 102 in their characteristic styles. But nobody else stayed long and 212 all out gave India a substantial lead which they extended to 170 with 9 wickets in hand by stumps.

India played extremely well in the heat and ought, repeat ought, to be able to win from here.


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