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Aus-Ind, 2nd Test, Day 4: As it happened

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Jan 06, 2012 at 01:37pm IST

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11 a.m. Ben Hilfenhaus takes his second fifer of the series as Australia roll over India by an innings and 68 runs to win the Sydney Test, and take a 2-0 lead in the four-match series.

R Ashwin was impressive during his innings of 62 before holing out to Nathan Lyon at mid-wicket.

10:30 a.m. Offspinner Nathan Lyon gets his first wicket of the match by trapping Ishant Sharma (11) in front of his stumps.

Aus-Ind, 2nd Test, Day 4: As it happened

Sachin Tendulkar missed his 100th century yet again, falling for 80 on day four of the second Test against Australia at the SCG. (AP Photo)

The contest is all but over now.

9:45 a.m. A session which truly belonged to the Australians who are just two wickets away from victory and a 2-0 lead in the four-Test series.

India still need another 117 runs to make the hosts bat again.

9:30 a.m. The fireworks from Zaheer Khan finally come to an end. Zaheer's innings lasted 26 balls which yielded 35 runs and included five fours ans a six, before bowler Peter Siddle had the last laugh.

9:20 a.m. A few lusty hits by Zaheer Khan makes for some interesting viewing but with seven wickets down the writing is very much on the wall for Team India.

9 a.m. After terrorising the Indian batsmen in the first innings, Pattinson finally gets his first wicket in the second essay by trapping Kohli (9) LBW to a delivery that kept low.

8:45 a.m. Hilfenhaus gets into the act again to pick up his fourth wicket of the innings. There was some confusion as to whether it was a bump ball or not, but replays confirmed that Dhoni (2) had scooped the ball straight into the hands of the bowler.

8:30 a.m. Are we heading for an early finish? Now Laxman goes for 66, bowled by Hilfenhaus as he tries to play across the line to a ball that pitched on off stump and held its line.

8:20 a.m. Maybe it was too good to be true. The SCG is not going to witness Sachin's 100th ton, at least not in Tests. But what about Michael Clarke, the man who can do no wrong at the moment.

Tendulkar was definitely too late on the ball that pitched on off stump and Michael Hussey at first slip could not have asked for a simpler catch.

The champion batsman falls 20 short of the magical figure this time around.

8:10 a.m. The good news is that Tendulkar and Laxman have brought up their 100-mark partnership. The bad news is that India still trail by 200. The Very Very Special Laxman also brought up his 56th Test fifty in the second session.

7 a.m. A promising start as far as India's bid of saving the Sydney Test is concerned. Sachin Tendulkar (70*) and VVS Laxman (44*) have so far added 75 runs for the fourth wicket. The visitors scored 129 runs in the session at a healthy run rate of 4.61 per over for the loss of Gambhir's wicket.

6:20 a.m. A glance down to fine-leg gives Sachin Tendulkar his 65th half-century in Tests. Will it (100th hundred) finally happen; more importantly will India save the game?

5:40 a.m. Very much like the first innings, a leading edge once again leads to Gautam Gambhir's downfall who departs after scoring 83 off 142 balls.

The bowler to benefit is Peter Siddle as David Warner completes an easy catch at backward point.

5:15 a.m. The Indians seem to have started on the right note. Sachin Tendulkar has been positive right from the word go this morning hitting three boundaries all through the off side.

Sydney: Still trailing by 354 runs with eight second innings wickets in hand and two full days to go, occupation of the crease will be the order of day for Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men when India resume from their overnight score of 114/2, on day four of the second Test Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Friday.

It was another day of domination for the home team, led by Australian captain Michael Clarke's brilliant triple-century and his unbeaten 334-run partnership with Michael Hussey who scored his 16th Test ton, as Australia declared their first innings at a mamoth 659 for 4 on day three.

Clarke and Hussey owned the day, and didn't put a foot wrong throughout their unbeaten partnership that deflated India further. The pair started off cautiously but soon flexed their muscles to give Australia a huge lead of 468. India, in their second innings, lost the wickets of opener Virender Sehwag (4) and Rahul Dravid (29) before Gautam Gambhir (68) and Sachin Tendulkar (8) dropped anchor and ensured that the visitors didn't suffer any further blows before the end of play.

Dravid was bowled for the third time in four innings when Hilfenhaus got through his defences, while Gambhir survived a scare at the fag end of the day when Brad Haddin grassed a regulation caught-behind chance off James Pattinson.

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