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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Warner bats on but other wickets fall...on both sides: T3D2

India 161 & 4/88 (32ov) trail Australia 369 (76.2 ov, Warner 180, Cowan 74, Yadav 5/93) by 120 runs with 6 second innings wickets in hand  T3/4 D2/5 at WACA, Perth.

A more modest day's play today as India reached for the towel it threw in on D1, bowled Australia out for only 369, then dropped it again as the top batting folded once more to the tenacious home attack.

So much has happened in only two days, though not much of it has benefited India. Only Umesh Yadav's almost run a ball 5/93 and some combative overs from Zaheer Khan which disposed of Australia's middle order cheaply gave India a still far away glimmer of hope. But it was no more than that as the first wicket, Ed Cowan's, fell at 214. His 74/120b (10x4) seemed a side dish to David Warner's masterly 180/159b (5x6, 20x4) yet it turned out to be by far. The second highest score of the innings, well ahead of Peter Siddle's 30, the next best.

Even so, this Test must surely end tomorrow, with Australia 3-0 up and only a dead rubber to play in the oddly scheduled (Tuesday - Saturday) Adelaide fixture.


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