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Aus vs India: As it happened

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Jan 26, 2012 at 01:12pm IST

Australia Second Innings

12:25 p.m. Stumps! Australia stutter at 50 for 3 after choosing not to enforce the follow-on. But a first innings lead of 332 negated that as India stare at chasing a huge target after capitulating for 272 despite Virat Kohli's maiden Test century.

12:18 p.m. Another wicket falls! This time it's Cowan, who shuffles across to an Ashwin delivery that drifts in. He missed and the ball hit his leg adjacent to the stumps. Australia 40 for 3.

Aus vs India, 4th Test, Day 3: As it happened

India were bowled out for 272. Aus didn't enforce follow-on and reached 50/3, extending the lead to 382.

Ed Cowan lbw b Ashwin 10 (27)

12:15 p.m. Shaun Marsh's bad patch continues. Zaheer Khan traps him right in front before he could open his account. Australia 40 for 2, lead by 372.

Shaun Marsh lbw b Khan 0 (4)

12:10 p.m. Warner falls! The Australian opener failed to keep an on-drive down and Ashwin took a smart return catch to his left. Australia 39 for one, lead by 371.

David Warner c & b Ashwin 28 (39)

Noon: Speedy start by Warner and Cowan, scoring at four runs an over. Fours overs left in the day and Australia now lead by 369.

11:45 a.m. Do you think Australia are still suffering from the horrors of Kolkata in 2001? May be that's why they haven't enforced the follow-on.

11:32 a.m. Australia's second innings begins with a lead of 332.

India First Innings

11:22 a.m. All out! India have capitulated for 272 and now trail by 332. But Australia haven't enforced the follow-on. Kohli the last man out after scoring 116. Hilfenhaus got him out lbw. Siddle was the chief tormentor with figures of 5 for 49.

Virat Kohli lbw b Hilfenhaus 116 (213)

11:15 a.m. Out! Ishant bowled by Hilfenhaus! He wasn't hanging about out there but played one shot too many after getting a few streaky but useful boundaries for India, who are now 263 for 9 now.

Ishant Sharma b Hilfenhaus 16 (23)

11:02 a.m. Kohli's maiden Test century! What a moment for the youngster! Deserves every bit of that celebration. Standing tall among the ruins but truly the find of the tour now! But follow-on stares India in the eye at 241 for 8.

10:43 a.m. Double strike! Siddle claims Ashwin lbw and Zaheer caught-behind off consecutive balls. India 230 for 8. Will Kohli remain stranded in the 90s? India 230 for 8.

Ravichandran Ashwin lbw b Siddle 5 (9)

Z Khan c †Haddin b Siddle 0 (1)

10:40 a.m. Kohli survives a close lbw shout at 91. Hasn't added a run yet after tea. Nervous 90s. India 230 for 6.

10:11 a.m. Saha is bowled! Harris breaks the Indian wicketkeeper's resistance in the last over before tea. He left a ball that moved in after pitching just outside off to peg the off-stump back. And with that, umpires called tea. India 225 for 6, trailing by 379 runs.

Wriddhiman Saha b Harris 35 (94)

9:55 a.m. New-ball taken by Australia. India 220 for 5 and Kohli 13 short of his maiden Test hundred.

9:45 a.m. Virat Kohli and Saha bring up the hundred-run partnership. This is the third century partnership for India in this series. Both batsmen have complimented each other very well.

9:35 a.m. It's been raining fours in the last 15 minutes, other than a six from Kohli. India have crossed 200 and Kohli is into the 70s. It's 201 for 5.

9:20 a.m. Clarke is warming up. Looks like we will see spin in tandem with Lyon bowling from the other end.

9:10 a.m. Clarke is getting a little frustrated by this resistance but Kohli is going from strength to strength. Boundaries coming relatively regularly. Finally some fight shown by the Indians. It's 171 for 5.

8:55 a.m. Fifty for Kohli, off 100 balls. The fourth of his career. He is showing some fight out there along with Saha, who has so far kept the Aussies at bay. India 159 for 5.

8:40 a.m. Kohli and Saha are treating the bowling on its merit but not missing out on runs off loose deliveries. Positive resumption after lunch. India 143 for 5.

8:25 a.m. India's struggle resumes after lunch. It's 130 for 5 and Kohli the only hope left.

7:30 a.m. Lunch! India 122 for 5, still trailing by 482 runs. Kohli fighting a lone battle at 21, Wriddhiman Saha on 5.

7:15 a.m. Lyon dismisses Laxman! A lazy attempt at a cut shot, ball takes the edge, Haddin completes the catch and Laxman starts walking! It's 111 for 5.

VVS Laxman c Haddin b Lyon 18 (43)

7:05 a.m. At 109 for 4, India still trail by 495. Will they be able to avoid the follow-on and subsequently an innings defeat?

6:52 a.m. India's 100 comes up in the 41st over.

6:40 a.m. There is a discernible silence in the ground with India losing two wickets, especially Sachin Tendulkar. It's 93 for 4.

6:25 a.m. Gambhir out! Siddle strikes again! The Aussie speedster bangs it in and the steep bounce has Gambhir hopping as the ball hits him on the glove and lobs up for Hussey to complete a fine diving catch. India 87 for 4.

G Gambhir c Hussey b Siddle 34 (94)

6:12 a.m. Out! Tendulkar sent back by Siddle! He pushed hard at that one away from his body as Ponting takes the catch centimetres above the ground. Tendulkar is asked to wait but that's only to check the no-ball. The catch is clean. India 78 for 3.

Sachin Tendulkar c Ponting b Siddle 25 (69)

6:05 a.m. The pitch is playing true, best day for batting perhaps. It's up to the Indians now to make full use of it.

5:50 a.m. India have reached 68 for 2 and haven't looked in any major trouble so far.

5:40 a.m. Tendulkar begins with a classic flick to the square leg boundary off Hilfenhaus. The crowd is already counting.

5 a.m. Happy Republic Day to those in India and Happy Australia Day to those following our coverage Down Under.

As India celebrates it's 63rd Republic Day, 11 of its men fight it out Down Under to avoid the ignominy of a series whitewash.

At 61 for 2 and still 543 behind Australia, India will look to its stalwarts Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman to thwart the Aussie juggernaut that is threatening to inflict another innings defeat and celebrate the 124th Australia Day in style.

But the crowd will fill the Adelaide Oval for one other reason on Thursday. Sachin Tendulkar will have another crack at scoring his 100th century and what better occasion to do that in his last Test in Australia.

Day 2 Round-up

India lost the wickets of Virender Sehwag and Rahul Dravid to slip to 61 for 2 at stumps on Wednesday, trailing the hosts - who declared their first innings at 604 for 7 - by 543 runs. Gautam Gambhir (30) and Sachin Tendulkar (12) were on the crease for the visitors, who face a mountain to climb in the remainder of the Test.

Earlier on day two, Ricky Ponting (221) and skipper Michael Clarke (210) hit double centuries to pile on the agony for India, who now need a sterling performance from their stars to avoid another embarrassing whitewash overseas.

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