Sunday, October 3, 2010
zaheer_khan.jpgStarting the day at a wobbly 224/5, Australia finished with a solid looking score of 428 thanks to a resolute 92 from wicket-keeper Tim Paine, who was well supported by Mitchell Johnson (47). The Australian innings gained speed after a slow start to the day and some vital contributions from the lower order helped Ricky Ponting's men post a challenging total on the board.
India's reply was equally strong though, thanks to a speedy fifty from Virender Sehwag, and had it not been for his wicket late in the day, India would have finished with a clear edge. Mitchell Johnson's dual strikes to claim both openers left India at 110/2 and the game tantalizingly poised, with the famed Indian middle order looking to chip away at the Aussie score come Sunday.
The impressive Zaheer Khan began proceedings for India in the morning and with Ishant Sharma unavailable to bowl having spent most of yesterday away from the field, Harbhajan Singh supported Zaheer from the other end. The Australian plan was simple; to try and occupy the crease for as long as possible while trying to inch closer to the 400-run mark without exposing their tail too early in the process.
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