New Delhi:After bundling Australia for 577 runs, India made 43 runs at the loss of 2 wickets taking their lead to 79 runs on Day 4 of the third Test in New Delhi.
India lost opener Virender Sehwag and night watchman Ishant Sharma in quick succession at the beginning of their 2nd innings.
Centurion Michael Clarke (112) made every possible effort to keep India at bay as Australia managed to add another 239 runs to their overnight total of 338.
Earlier, India skipper Anil Kumble wrapped up the Australian first innings by taking the final wicket of Mitchell Johnson (15).
With overnight total of 338/4, Shane Watson and Michael Clarke resumed batting for their side in the morning session. Clarke looked comfortable with his bat while Watson still depicted the 10 per cent fee fine hangover.
On an eventful Day 4, India part-time bowler Virender Sehwag took his first 5-wicket haul while Oz vice-captain Michael Clarke hit 8th Test century. Sehwag now becomes the only cricketer to have hit two triple centuries with a five-wicket haul.
Local boy Sehwag achieved his feat by dismissing Cameron White (44) with a swift delivery. While, lucky Clarke completed his 3rd Test hundred against the hosts after surviving easy catches by Laxman and Mishra when he was on 90 and 94 respectively.
Earlier in the day, much-awaited wicket success for India skipper Anil Kumble came in the form of Brad Haddin (17) to reduce Australia to 436/6 at lunch. Haddin played a poor shot, failing to judge the direction of the delivery as Dhoni, not missing the opportunity, stumped his bails off.
Riding high on 3-wicket haul on Friday, Sehwag clinched Watson's wicket as his 4th victim and first for the day.
Vice-captain Michael Clarke superbly batted since morning with extreme caution to avoid the regular fall of wickets taking into consideration Australia's position. He hit some beautiful strokes on and off the ground and rose his well deserved century at the stroke of tea. Australia were then 535/7.
Cameron White was next in the queue for Sehwag. The offie pitched a fast tricky ball that sneaked in through the edge of the right-handed batsman's blade to the stumps. Brett Lee was the next man in to accompany Clarke at the crease. But Lee's (8) outing in the middle was cut short by Kumble who trapped him in front of the stumps.
Mitchell Johnson joined Clarke. But soon after Clarke's marvelous knock, the party got over with Amit Mishra's delivery that fetched India their ninth wicket for the day. Zaheer Khan caught the danger man as he tried to loft it out of the boundary.
And then, Johnson was but of course deprived of Clarke's inspiring support and gave away his wicket to frustrated looking Kumble who completed his three wickets tally for the day.
Match report Day 3