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India on top after a formidable start

cricket Updated: Oct 19, 2008 17:42 IST

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The Australian batting order suffered heavily in the second day as their four top order batsmen returned back to the pavillion. Michael Hussey was fighting a lone battle as he went past yet another 50. But he was not able to convert that start onto a big score as he edged an Ishant Sharma delievery to Dhoni as Australia lost its fifth wicket. They were 130/5.

India were maintaining pressure on the Australians as Harbhajan Singh dismissed Brad Haddin, who failed to read the wrong one and the ball rattled his stumps. Australia lost their sixth wicket. They were 155/6.

Amit Mishra was justufying his selection in the Indian team as he again got in the act and dismissed Cameroon White with well disguised wrong one, that went through the gap between the bat and the pad. Australia lost its seventh wicket. Australia were 169/7.

After picking up three quick wickets, the Indian bowling has failed to make any heavy inroads as Shane Watson and Brett Lee are taking the Australian innings closer to avoid the follow-on. Watson, who has already crossed the 50 mark was looking very good as he punished every poor delievery. Australia were 238/7.

Harbhajan Singh finally broke the threatening partnership as he removed Brett Lee, who edged the ball to Rahul Dravid at first slip. Australia were 240/8.

Mishra captured a five wicket haul on his debut as he dismissed Shane Watson and Paul Siddle in quick succession as Australia fell just two runs short from avoiding the follow on. They were bowled out for 268.

The Indian batting pair of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir lead a solid opening stand to get the side off to a decent start. Both the bastmen added valuable runs to the lead and continued to score freely. India were 48/0.

Both the openers remained unbeaten as they piled up a 100 run partnership to get India a solid base for a big lead. Virender Sehwag, continued his run of good form as he smashed another 50. India were 100/0.