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    Default Tail rescues Australia after Indian spinners strike

    India's quest for a historic clean sweep over Australia stayed on course, as their spinners continued their dominance to take the opening day's honours in the fourth and final Test in New Delhi on Friday.





    Australia, sans injured skipper Michael Clarke , battled to 231 for 8 at stumps after opting to bat on a dodgy Feroze Shah Kotla strip.



    The visitors' total was given a semblance of respectability by a 53-run eight-wicket partnership between Steven Smith and Peter Siddle , and an unbroken 43-run ninth-wicket stand between Siddle and James Pattinson.

    Phillip Hughes, with a quick fire 45 at the top of the order, and Steven Smith, with a patient 46 in the middle, were the major tourists' contributors.
    The gutsy Siddle, unbeaten on 47 fought hard, adding crucial runs with Pattinson.

    Ravichandran Ashwin (4 for 40) was the wrecker-in-chief. He was ably supported by Ravindra Jadeja (2-34) and Ishant Sharma (2-35).

    If the first day's pitch was any indication, the match is unlikely to go into the fifth day, as the considerable wear and tear made life difficult for the Aussie batsmen, a majority of whom did not seem to possess the requisite technique to counter the questions asked by the Jadeja-Ashwin duo.

    After Ishant provided a couple of breakthroughs in the opening session, Ashwin and Jadeja ripped through the middle-order in the post-lunch session.
    From a relatively secure 94 for 2 at lunch, the visitors suddenly looked in a hurry and paid dearly for their indiscretion, losing wickets in a heap.
    Credit should also be given to India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for rotating his bowlers successfully. He frequently changed the ends from which each one of them operated, thereby making life difficult for the batsmen.

    Ed Cowan (37) did all the hard work, surviving a dangerous first session by playing and missing on a number of occasions. But just when he looked set, he went for a sweep shot and was bowled round his legs.
    Leading the side, Shane Watson was unable to impress on his Test captaincy debut. Having survived a stumping appeal in the first session, the all-rounder was dismissed by a typical left-arm spinner's delivery from Jadeja.

    The delivery pitched on leg-middle as he drew Watson forward and the stand-in captain was beaten comprehensively while trying to whip the delivery through mid-wicket.
    Matthew Wade (2) was caught by the silly point fielder to give Ashwin his second wicket, while Glenn Maxwell gave Jadeja the charge and offered a simple catch to Ishant at mid-on.
    Mitchell Johnson had no clue about Ashwin's carrom ball delivery, failing to offer a stroke thinking that the ball would spin away. To his dismay, it spun back sharply and hit the off-stump.

    From a relatively decent 106 for 2, the Aussies were left gasping at 136 for seven, and the writing was on the wall.
    However, Smith and Siddle added 53 runs for the eighth wicket to stem the rot.
    Smith hit two huge sixes off Pragyan Ojha during his 145-ball innings.

    In the morning session, Ishant wreaked havoc by picking the wickets of David Warner and Phil Hughes.
    Ishant removed Warner in his very first over with a fullish delivery outside the off-stump as Warner played away from his body with minimal feet movement.
    Although Ishant and his new ball partner Buvneshwar Kumar bowled well, it was the track, prepared by curator Venkat Sundaram, that hogged all the limelight.
    Hughes, who found some form going his way during the second innings in Mohali, took the attacking route knowing well that playing a game of survival would be difficult on this track. He hit 10 boundaries in his 59-ball 45.
    The left-hander hit some flowing cover drives off both Bhuvneshwar and Ishant. He dispatched a lot of length deliveries to the boundary but somehow never looked set, which was partly due to the nature of the pitch.
    Even some of the deliveries bowled by Ashwin rose awkwardly and frequently hit the handle of the bat.
    In fact, before his dismissal, in the 21st over, Ishant softened up Hughes with a delivery that took off from short of a good length spot and hit him flush on the grill of his helmet.
    The delivery unnerved Hughes big time and two balls later, a delivery that landed on the same spot kept low and the batsman played on.
    Cowan and Hughes added 67 runs for the second wicket, which was the lone bright spot in another disappointing show by Australia's top-order.
    Wo Acha Hay Tou Behtar, Bura Hay Tou Bhi Qabool
    Mizaaj-E-Ishq Mein Aib-O-Hunar Dekhe Nahi Jatay...!!!


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    @STUMPS - DAY 2
    India 266-8 (68.1) vs Aus 262
    Nathan Lyon struck with the last
    ball of the second day to leave
    India struggling at 266 for eight in
    their first innings.
    Lyon also completed his five-
    wicket haul to lead Australia's
    superb fightback with the ball
    after they were dismissed for 262
    in the morning session.
    Lyon registered wonderful figures
    of five for 94 in 22.1 overs to
    keep his team in the hunt.
    India got off to a good start as the
    openers put on 108 runs for the
    first wicket with both Cheteshwar
    Pujara and Murali Vijay hitting
    half-centuries but the middle
    order failed to come good.
    India also paid the price for
    tinkering with their batting order
    as Pujara opened the innings, while
    Virat Kohli was promoted to No. 3,
    while debutant Ajinkya Rahane
    slotted in at No. 5.
    Ravindra Jadeja made a good
    contribution with the bat, hitting
    43 from 49 balls.

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    Australia 51/4 (17.3 ov)
    Wo Acha Hay Tou Behtar, Bura Hay Tou Bhi Qabool
    Mizaaj-E-Ishq Mein Aib-O-Hunar Dekhe Nahi Jatay...!!!


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    Australia 262 & 94/5 (32.0 ov)
    Wo Acha Hay Tou Behtar, Bura Hay Tou Bhi Qabool
    Mizaaj-E-Ishq Mein Aib-O-Hunar Dekhe Nahi Jatay...!!!


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    Australia 262 & 164 (46.3 ov)
    Wo Acha Hay Tou Behtar, Bura Hay Tou Bhi Qabool
    Mizaaj-E-Ishq Mein Aib-O-Hunar Dekhe Nahi Jatay...!!!


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    India 272 & 51/1 (9.0 ov)
    Wo Acha Hay Tou Behtar, Bura Hay Tou Bhi Qabool
    Mizaaj-E-Ishq Mein Aib-O-Hunar Dekhe Nahi Jatay...!!!


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    wowo wat a surprising victory
    finally dhonis demand for helping pitches really paid off
    jadega took 5 wickets
    no shame, aussie wale fast pitch hi tho banate hein.

    good work indian team


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