India put Australia under pressure

Updated: 19 October 2008 14:58 IST

Defending 469 runs, Indian bowlers reduced Australia to 102 for 4 at the close of second day's play in Mohali. Debutant Amit Mishra picked two wickets.

New Delhi:

India dominated the second day of the Mohali Test as they outperformed the Australians in all departments of the game. After putting 469 runs on the board in their first innings, Indian bowlers reduced the tourists to 102/4 at the close of the day's play.

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra made an impressive debut with two important wickets while pace duo of Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma picked one wicket each.

Mishra removed Simon Katich and Michael Clarke. After losing Matthew Hayden and Ricky Ponting, Katich added 45 runs before Mishra bowled him for 33 runs. The Haryana leggie pitched the ball just outside the off-stump which came in and took the inside edge of the Australian's bat before crashing into the leg-stump.

After Katich's exit, Clarke combined with Mike Hussey (37*) and added 40 runs for the fourth wicket. Mishra struck again on the last ball of the day and trapped Clarke for 23 runs.

Zaheer clicked in his very first over of the match and removed opener Hayden for zilch. A good length delivery from Zaheer swung back in and clipped the bails to give his side the first breakthrough.

Soon after the tea, lanky speedster Ishant caught Australian skipper Ponting plumb in front of the wicket for just 5 runs. Ponting, who was troubled by the 20-year-old pacer Down Under earlier this year, succumbed to him for the second time in this series.

Earlier, India were bundled for 469 runs in their first innings. While Sachin Tendulkar (88) and MS Dhoni (92) missed out on their centuries, Sourav Ganguly got his 16th Test hundred.

Dhoni missed his ton by eight runs as Peter Siddle got him for 92 runs. Debutant bowler finished with three wickets, as did Mitchell Johnson.

Though, Dhoni missed out on his second Test hundred, but it was an aggressive knock from the captain that featured 8 fours and 4 sixes. Dhoni joined the former skipper Ganguly after night watchman Ishant Sharma's dismissal and added 109 runs for the seventh wicket.

Ganguly gave away his wicket to Aussie spinner Cameron White soon after he completed his century. White pitched in a short one outside the off-stump and Ganguly, standing on leg stump, could not control his shot as he reached out and lofted it to find Brett Lee at long-off.

The Prince of Kolkata, who completed his 7000 Test runs on the opening day, resumed from his overnight score of 54 and got his 16th Test hundred on Saturday. This was also his second hundred against the World Champions. His last century against them came in Brisbane when he led India Down Under in 2003-04.

Bangalore Test heroes Zaheer and Harbhajan Singh could not impress with the bat. Harbhajan (1) failed to read White's delivery that straightened after pitching and hit the off-stump. Zaheer was run out as Dhoni went for an unwanted single.

Siddle struck early on Saturday morning and dismissed Ishant for 9 runs. Siddle pitched in a short one rising up to Ishant's ribs that took an upper edge of the bat to find Simon Katich at leg gully.

Also read:

Match report: Mohali Test, Day 1

Sachin Tendulkar becomes highest Test run-getter

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