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2nd Test: Australia vs India at Sydney Cricket Ground | Match Report
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Matches - Reports Thursday, 05 January 2012 13:19
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Day 1 : Choosing to bat first, India hoped to make amends to their previous performance and put the Aussies on the back foot. But things started disastrously as Gambhir edged the 3rd ball of the day to the slips. Soon after that Siddle had Dravid out bat-pad and when Pattinson has Sehwag out for 30, India were in trouble at 55/3. Laxman’s poor series continued as that became 59/4. Kohli and Sachin put together a partnership and just when it seemed like Kohli was well set he fished at one and was out for 23. MSD and Sachin were the last batting pair and both looked very comfortable but Pattinson got Sachin to play on for 41. MSD and Ashwin then put together an aggressive partnership as India inched toward 200 run mark. Hilfenhaus then picked two in two and Siddle claimed Umesh as his 100th scalp as India folded for 191 with MSD 57*. Zak had Australia in trouble right away as he picked up Warner and Marsh off successive balls as Australia slid to 8/2. That soon became 37/3 when Zak trapped Cowan for 16. However Ponting and Clarke saw off the India attack for remaining overs, batting confidently in this while. Australia ended day 1 at 116/3, in good command.

Day 2 : Ponting and Clarke continued to dominate the bowlers right from start. Indian bowlers helped them by bowling either short or wide or full on the pads. They raced past their fifties as runs came easy. Clarke notched up a century and Ponting survived a run out chance to score his first century in a long time. That missed run out was the only chance that Indians had since morning. After their centuries, they continued on and looked set to record a triple century stand before Ponting slashed Ishant to point to end his knock at 134. Any hopes of further in roads evaporated as Michael Hussey settled quickly and once again with poor line and length there was no way of picking up wickets. Clarke raced past his highest score of 151 and as he closed in on an elusive double century he offered a catch to Ishant who couldn’t hold on to it in his follow through. That was the last whiff Indians had as Clarke went on to score an impressive double century. By the end of the day Clarke had managed to even score 250 and Hussey was comfortably past his fifty. Australia ended the day at 482/4 and their lead of 291 means that only one result seems possible from here. India needs a miracle.

Day 3 : Indian bowlers’ nightmare continued on day 3 as Clarke and Hussey continued to accumulate run at a fast clip as indiscipline continued to dog the Indian attack. No chances were created as Hussey reached his fifty and Clarke went on to score a triple century. Australia eventually declared half way through the post lunch session after Hussey notched his 150. Australia was 659/4, ahead by 468 runs, and they were unbeaten on 329 and 152 respectively. When India came out to bat it was clear they were batting to save the Test. All eyes were on Gambhir as his place in side was under threat and he started off with two boundaries off his nemesis Pattinson. Sehwag too started off with a four but was soon caught brilliantly by Warner as he slashed at one from Hilfenhaus. Dravid walked in and held up one end as Gambhir continued to bat positively till tea. Post tea Dravid opened up and unraveled some beautiful shots before inexplicably going back in his shell and his ultra defensiveness cost him his wicket as Hilfenhaus snuck one through his defense to bowl him for 29. Sachin and Gambhir then saw off the day but not very convincingly as Sachin nearly played on and Haddin dropped Gambhir on 66. At the end of the day India was 114/2 with Gambhir (68*) and Sachin (8*) holding up the fort.

Day 4 : India started day 4 more confidently as Sachin and Gambhir looked very assured in the middle. They added fifty runs for the day and Gambhir looked set for a century but once again his tendency to play across the line while closing the face of the bat led to his downfall as he was out for 83. VVS joined Sachin is what could have been a decisive inning in his career. They put together a century stand as they both notched up fifties. Things were looking much better for India before Sachin suddenly went in to a shell as only a few overs were left before the new ball was due. And that proved to be his undoing. With just 3 balls to go before new ball, he edged one off Clarke that looped off Haddin to Hussey. Sachin was out for 80 and that ended India’s hope of saving the match pretty much. The new ball did the damage as expected. Hilfenhaus first removed Laxman for 66 with perhaps the best delivery of the series and then caught MSD off his bowling in a freakish dismissal off a yorker. Pattinson then trapped Kolhi, who was looking in good touch, with one that kept low and suddenly it looked as if it would be over soon. But Ashwin batted brilliantly and with good support from Zaheer, Ishant and Umesh helped India not only cross the 300 run mark but also touch 400 before being bowled out. Ashwin was the last man dismissed for 62, fittingly by Hilfenhaus who finished with 5 wickets as Australia won by an innings and 68 runs.

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