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Aus-Ind, 3rd Test, Day 2: As it happened

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Jan 14, 2012 at 04:36pm IST

India second innings:

3:30 p.m. It's stumps and at the end of the day, India still trail Australia by 120 runs with six wickets in hand. Dravid (32*) and Kohli (21*) are the batsmen at the crease at the end of the day.

3:20 p.m. The 30th over of the innings bowled by Siddle is a maiden and Dravid and Kohli are probably playing for stumps now.

Aus-Ind, 3rd Test, Day 2: As it happened

Gautam Gambhir plays a shot during his innings. (Getty Images)

3:05 p.m. Dravid and Kohli seem to be stringing together a partnership but it's still very much in its early stages.

2.45 p.m. Another sorry batting display by India! Like other occasions in the series, India's top order crumbles once again. Gambhir, Sehwag, Tendulkar and Laxman depart in quick succession to leave India in dire straits.

VVS Laxman c Marsh b Hilfenhaus 0 (9)

2:30 p.m. Mitchell Starc gets two wickets in two overs. And this time it is the big wicket of Sachin Tendulkar, who is trapped in-front by a delivery which swung in sharply before hitting Tendulkar's pads. The Little Master doesn't look happy with the decision before making his way to the pavilion.

S Tendulkar lbw b Starc 8 (16)

2:05 p.m. Indian openers depart! After the dismissal of Gambhir, who is caught in the gully by Hussey off Starc, Sehwag also perishes, edging Siddle behind the wickets.

V Sehwag c Haddin b Siddle 10 (28)

G Gambhir c Hussey b Starc 14 (37)

1:35 p.m. Gautam Gambhir has hit three boundaries square of the wicket on the off side while Sehwag, too, gets himself going with a typical slash outside his off-stump.

1:20 p.m. Gambhir and Sehwag begin India's second innings on a positive note after they dismiss Australia for 369.

Australia first innings

1:00 p.m. India come back strongly on day two to dismiss Australia for 369 but the visitors still trail the hosts by 208 runs. Umesh Yadav gets his first five-wicket haul, while Zaheer chips in with two. Ishant, Vinay and Sehwag get one wicket each.

B Hilfenhaus c Kohli b Sehwag 6 (9)

R Harris c Gambhir b Yadav 9 (17)

12.30 p.m. Hussey is followed back to the pavilion by Siddle, who is cleaned up by Umesh Yadav. It's Umesh's fourth wicket.

P Siddle b Yadav 30 (31)

12:15 p.m. Vinay gets second time lucky! After his close leg-before shout was rejected by umpire Aleem Dar in the earlier over, the medium-pacer gets Mike Hussey caught at gully by Sehwag.

M Hussey c Sehwag b Vinay Kumar 14 (29)

11:52 a.m. Hussey is once again looking solid at the crease, driving and cutting with ease. He has been well supported by Siddle, who seems to be more confident with the bat than vice-captain Haddin.

11:35 a.m. India strike with three quick wickets after lunch, getting rid of Warner, Clarke and Haddin. Ishant gets the dangerous Warner, while Zaheer accounts for the in-form Clarke and out-of-form Haddin.

B Haddin c Dhoni b Khan 0 (3)

M Clarke c Dhoni b Khan 18 (38)

11:15 a.m. Ishant finally gets his man! After being hit for two sixes, Ishant gets Warner caught by Umesh Yadav at the long-on fence. The fielder takes a fine catch running backwards. Warner bludgeons 180 off just 159 deliveries.

D Warner c Yadav b Sharma 180 (159)

11.05 a.m. Warner has had enough of Zaheer. Caring a little about the movement Zaheer is getting, Warner launches a six off the bowler over the extra cover region and follows that up with a thunderous cut off the back foot. The little dynamite is racing towards his maiden double century.

10:52 a.m. Zaheer beats Warner again! The left-armer is the only bowler who has troubled Warner so far in his innings. He does that again after lunch, asking questions of Warner outside his off-stump.

10 a.m. Australia go to lunch at 256 for 3, with David Warner not out on 156 and Michael Clarke on 3. India conceded 107 runs and took three wickets in the session's play.

9:50 a.m. Now Ponting goes! Umesh Yadav is on a roll. After dismissing Cowan and Marsh, the Indian speedster bowls Ponting through the gate, leaving Australia at 242 for 3. In the meantime, Warner completes his 150 off just 128 deliveries.

R Ponting b Yadav 7 (6)

9:37 a.m. Umesh Yadav strikes twice in quick succession. After bowling Cowan through the gates, Yadav gets Marsh caught at second slip to VVS Laxman.

S Marsh c Laxman b Yadav 11 (19)

9.22 a.m. Having flopped in the first two Tests of the series, the pressure will be on Shaun Marsh to vindicate the selectors' faith by coming good in this innings. He gets off the mark by glancing a single off Vinay Kumar and follows it up with a boundary in the mid-wicket region off Yadav.

9:10 a.m. Umesh Yadav provides India with the first breakthrough by going through the defences of Ed Cowan, who made 74 off 120 balls. Australia lose their first wicket at 214.

E Cowan b Yadav 74 (120)

9:05 a.m. At the first drinks interval of the day, Australia are 209 for no loss, leading India by 48 runs.

8:50 a.m. Kohli drops Warner! A half-hearted effort by Kohli, who is strangely standing at first slip in place of regular catcher Rahul Dravid, gives the dangerous Warner a life.

8:45 a.m. Despite playing four fast bowlers, MS Dhoni brings Virender Sehwag as a first change bowler on day two. In that case, it would be better if India had gone with a spinner instead of four pacers.

8:40 a.m. Warner is toying with the Indian bowling, hitting lofted shots for boundaries every over. He also crosses his previous best 123 not out against New Zealand at Hobart in the series preceding the Indian one.

8:25 a.m. Cowan brings up his half-century in 79 deliveries, while Warner has started his innings where he left on day one, hitting the bowlers over the top. He has already hit a four and a six off Ishant Sharma.

8.15 a.m. Australia once again make an aggressive start. Both the overnight batsmen, David Warner and Ed Cowan, look up for stealing singles and are also getting occasional boundaries. Aussies are now leading India.

7:30 a.m. Hello and welcome to our live coverage of day two of the Perth Test between Australia and India. The sun is beating down at the WACA Ground here and it is supposed to be the best day for batting, although David Warner with his scintillating hundred on day one showed that there are no demons on the pitch. It could well be the day when Australia pile on the runs and send Indians chase leather throughout the day.

Day one summary:

David Warner blasted a 69-ball century to steer Australia to 149 without loss at stumps on the first day of the third Test against India in Perth, trailing by only 12 runs. Warner scored the joint-fourth fastest century in history of Test cricket with a massive six off the bowling of the debutant Vinay Kumar.

India's batsmen produced another awful first-innings display as they were dismissed for just 161 by Australia's quicks shortly after tea. Not a single Indian batsman managed to get a half-century as Ben Hilfenhaus was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets and Peter Siddle along with young Mitchell Starc picked three wickets each to destroy India's batting line-up.

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