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Australia end day with a fightback

cricket Updated: Jun 07, 2012 17:16 IST

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Both Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir continued to increase the lead as India applied pressure on the Australian team. Gambhir also reached his 50 as both the batsmen were on the aggressive from the beginning. The Australians on the other hand were trying everything to break the partnership. India were 158/0, with a lead of 359.

Virender Sehwag, fell short of a hundred on his 30th birthday as he was dismissed by Peter Siddle on 90. Sehwag and Gambhir gave the Indian team a solid base to build on the lead. India were 198/1. The new man in was skipper MS Dhoni, who looked to score quickly and put pressure on the Australians.

Gautam Gambhir scored his second Test hundred and the first against India. He then fell shortly after reaching the mark. Trying to increase the tempo of the innings, Gambhir was caught at mid-off. India lost its second wicket. The new man in was Sourav Ganguly. India were 224/2.

MS Dhoni took the responsibility of scoring quickly as he smashed a quickfire 50 to take the Indian lead pass the 450 mark. India were 277/2.

India have made a strong statement as they declared at 314/3, setting Australia a target of 515. The target does look unachievable and India does have time to bowl out the Australians and seal the win.

The Australian opening pair of Matthew Hayden and Simon Katich got the Australians got off to an explosive start as both the batsmen cleared their intent and scored freely. Hayden, who is yet to fire in the series, was looking threatening as muscled his way to 28, before being dismissed by Harbhajan Singh, who caught him in front.

Harbhajan then got Katich in the same over. Katich went for an ambitious drive, only to get an outside edge and was caught brilliantly by Sachin Tendulkar at point. Australia went into tea at 50/2.

Harbhajan was again in the act as he caught Hussey plumb in front of the wicket and Australia lost their third wicket. They were 52/3.

Ishant Sharma again got his man as he dismissed Ricky Ponting with a beautiful in swinging delievery that rattled the stumps of the Australian skipper. They were 52/4.

Sharma had his tail up as he dismissed Shane Watson, as he caught him right in front of the wicket, hitting him on the back leg and Australia lost its fifth wicket. They were 58/5.

The pair of Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin made a fightback from the Australians holding the fort till the end of days play. Both the batsmen played steadily and scored singles at regular intervals. Australia ended the day on 141/5.