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Saturday, March 23, 2013

India take narrow lead in teeth of Australian fight back: T4D2

India 8/266 (66.1 ov, Vijay 57, Pujara 52, Jadeja 43, Lyon 5/94) lead Australia 262 (112.1 ov, Siddle 51, Smith 46, Hughes 45, Ashwin 5/57) by 4 runs with 2 1st inns wkts in hand: T4/4 D2/5 at Delhi.

A tightly contested day's Test cricket on a wearing pitch.

Murali Vijay 57/123b (8x4) and Cheteshwar Pujara 52/76b (5x4) kickstarted India's reply to Australia's Peter Siddle 51/136b (4x4) boosted 262 with a 108 run opening partnership in 25.1 overs.

Once Nathan Lyon was introduced, a tad belatedly, into the attack his improved accuracy coupled with the assistance he derived from the pitch put the brakes on India. Sachin Tendulkar benefited from an umpire's lbw howler to make 32/53b while Ravi Jadeja hit out for 43/49b to take India close to a first innings lead, which they duly achieved, leaving the Test up for grabs.

The result will depend on how the respective attacks perform from here. Nathan Lyon's 22.1-3-94-5 showed that he's learned from the onslaughts on him earlier in the series, though Ravi Ashwin ( 34-18-57-5 in Australia's innings) and his colleagues will deploy their considerable talents to contest Australia's hopes of salvaging a win from this Border- Gavaskar trophy losing series.








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