A major reason for India's poor showing on tour has been the inability for the openers to provide starts. Partnerships of 22, 17, 0, 18, 4 in India's first five innings clearly highlights the problem at the top.
Trailing Australia by 208 runs, the opening pair of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir showed a little resistance early in the innings. Gambhir was not at all convincing as he edged deliveries through the slip cordon and struggled to time anything on his pads, but by seeing more than 10 overs it appeared he and Sehwag were at least attempting to lay a platform. In the tenth over, a single dabbed to the off side by Sehwag to India's total to 23 without loss, their best opening partnership of the series.
But any hopes of a revival were dashed early into the 11th over, when Mitchell Starc bounced the ball in and had Gambhir fending and edging low to Michael Hussey at gully. Inevitably, a collapse followed. So much for raising hopes.