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Friday, January 27, 2012

India's muddle continues as Australia's victory draws nigh: T4D4

India 272 & 6/166 (56 ov, Sehwag 62, Lyon 3/57) need 344 runs with 4 wickets in hand to beat Australia 7/604 dec & 5/167 dec (46 ov, Ponting 60*): T4D4 at Adelaide Oval.

One moment from today's play encapsulated the gulf between the teams: Virat Kohli attempted a quick single to keep the strike from Ishant Sharma, who'd been sent in as nightwatchman (to protect no 7!), but was caught short of his ground when Ben Hilfenhaus, not everybody's (least of all my) idea of a swiftfooted and sharpthrowing fielder hit the stumps from not too far off square on.

That must have snuffed out any faint hope India might have had of saving the Test: hot day, ungainly looking fielder (though a different kettle of fish as a bowler)  throwing down the stumps from about 25 degrees. Add in Nathan Lyon's three top order wickets - Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman - and it's hard not to have a sense of a revitalised Australian cricket team sounding the death knell for a great Indian batting side.

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