Bowlers swing it back for Team India
There have been times when India's bowlers - the fast men in particular - have felt their batsmen often walk away with all the credit and adulation.cricket Updated: Dec 28, 2011 23:58 IST
There have been times when India's bowlers - the fast men in particular - have felt their batsmen often walk away with all the credit and adulation.
But on Thursday, if India do pull off what will surely be a tough one at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on the fourth day, they'll have to thank their bowlers for setting it up in the opening Test of the series.
For three days in a row, India's bowlers have delivered. On a dramatic Wednesday when 15 wickets tumbled, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma were at their fiery best, clocking over 150 kph at times, with Zaheer Khan his usual crafty self.
Yadav again removed the first three batsmen with pace and movement.
And together, they pulled the match towards India after their batting collapse saw the last eight wickets fall for 68 runs, undoing the overnight build-up. India, 282 all out in reply to Australia's 333, had reduced the hosts to 179 for 8 at stumps.
Australia owed their 230-run lead to two men the nation is desperate to pension off.
Former skipper Ricky Ponting struck his second half-century of the game and his century stand with Mike Hussey, unbeaten on an imperious 79, will make the difference if Australia pull off a victory, with the match looking unlikely to spill over into the final day.
First Published: Dec 28, 2011 23:55 IST