India vs Australia commentary

Last updated: 5th March 2013  

Result India have won the second Test by an innings and 135 runs, which gives them a 2-0 lead in the series. Australia were dominated throughout the entire Test, but the morning session of day four showed India, through their spinners, at its ruthless best. The Australian batting lineup was shown to be deficient in the technique of dealing with the turning ball. This is something that they are going to have to work on and improve rapidly for the rest of the series. The characteristics of the pitches to come in the series will not change significantly, so unless Australia can sort out their batting woes, the results in the games to come should also follow a similar pattern. Well played India, the batting, bowling and fielding were right out of the top draw.

Over 67 - Aus 131 all out (Pattinson 0, Doherty 1 ) Ashwin is operating with Three slips which is almost unheard of for a spinner. The field clearly shows that the Indians think the outside edge isn't far away. WICKET. Ashwin picks up his fifth wicket as he traps Pattinson lbw. The Test is over as India have demolished Australia in the first session on day four,

Over 66 - Aus 131/9 (Pattinson 0, Doherty 1 ) Doherty is concentrating hard to keep Harbahajan out. The Indian off-spinner will not want to end the innings wicketless.

Over 65 - Aus 131/9 (Pattinson 0, Doherty 1 ) Ashwin is worked for the first run in 37 deliveries. The tail survive another over but are just putting off what is now a clear and comprehensive result.

Over 64 - Aus 130/9 (Pattinson 0, Doherty 0 ) Harbahajan is into the attack to try remove one of the remaining two left handed batsmen. Immediately there is turn away from the batsman, the only thing missing for Harbahajan is the edge.

Over 63 - Aus 130/9 (Pattinson 0, Doherty 0 ) Ashwin is just plugging away at his line and length, waiting for the batsman to try something. Another maiden over is recorded, the fourth in a row.

Over 62 - Aus 130/9 (Pattinson 0, Doherty 0 ) Jadeja is stringing together the dot balls. The last pair for Australia won't be able to block the whole day, so it is just a matter of time until a shot is played in anger.

Over 61 - Aus 130/9 (Pattinson 0, Doherty 0 ) Ashwin is searching for his fifth wicket of the innings, an achievement that he is used to accomplishing in his relatively short Test career. Another maiden is completed.

Over 60 - Aus 130/9 (Pattinson 0, Doherty 0 ) This match is coming to an abrupt end. Jadeja has the tail in his sights and will be looking to cap off a great performance with one more victim.

Over 59 - Aus 130/9 (Pattinson 0, Doherty 0 ) WICKET. It's Ashwin's turn to find the edge and Wade is easily taken at first slip. Doherty is the new batsman to the crease.

Over 58 - Aus 130/8 (Siddle 4, Wade 10) Siddle is rocking onto the front foot before Jadeja even releases the delivery. As soon as Siddle tries an attacking stroke, the spin beats the outside edge and the third umpire is called upon to judge whether Siddle's foot was grounded when Dhoni took the bails off. Not out is the call. WICKET. Jadeja finds the edge and Siddle is well caught at second slip.

Over 57 - Aus 130/7 (Siddle 4, Wade 10) Ashwin continues and I think Dhoni will have a tough time trying to take the ball out of the hands of these two spinners. They seem keen to cash in and pick up as many sticks as possible now that they smell blood.

Over 56 - Aus 128/7 (Siddle 4, Wade 8) Jadeja continues and India are well and truly into the Australian tail with the arrival of Siddle at the wicket.

Over 55 - Aus 127/7 (Siddle 4, Wade 7) WICKET. Ashwin has struck with his variation ball that straightens on the right handed batsman. Maxwell is trapped lbw. Siddle is the new batsman to the crease.

Over 54 - Aus 123/6 (Maxwell 8, Wade 7) Another impressive over by Jadeja builds more pressure. Something has got to give sooner or latter.

Over 53 - Aus 121/6 (Maxwell 7, Wade 7) The bowlers are really rushing through the overs, but a partnership is start starting the bud between these two young Australian batsmen.

Over 52 - Aus 117/6 (Maxwell 2, Wade 7) Wade breaks the drought by driving Jadeja through the covers for four. Australia need to start attacking because if they just block then on a pitch like this, they will get one with their name on it sooner rather than later.

Over 51 - Aus 112/6 (Maxwell 1, Wade 3) Ashwin continues as the two spinners now seem to be racing for the remaining wickets. Another maiden is negotiated by Wade.

Over 50 - Aus 112/6 (Maxwell 1, Wade 3) Jadeja is looking deadly at the moment. Another big appeal is turned down by the umpire, but a wicket seems like it is right around the corner.

Over 49 - Aus 112/6 (Maxwell 1, Wade 3) WICKET. Henriques is run out by Jadeja, you can't keep him out of the game. Maxwell is the new batsman for Australia who are now staring down the barrel of another innings defeat.

Over 48 - Aus 111/5 (Henriques 0, Wade 3) Jedaja won' be unhappy that there are two left handed batsman at the crease as there is some inviting rough to bowl into outside the off-stump. Wade is off the mark with a pull behind square for three. WICKET. Nelson has struck as Cowan is caught at slip trying to cut a ball that was too close to his bod and a bit too full. Henriques is the new batsman for Australia.

Over 47 - Aus 108/4 (Cowan 44, Wade 0) Ashwin continues and will be happy to see that there are now two left handed batsman at the crease that he can turn the ball away from. Sharp turn with the older ball now that the spinners can grip it slightly better is making life difficult even for Cowan, the set batsman.

Over 46 - Aus 108/4 (Cowan 44, Clarke 16) WICKET. Jadeja is just knocked over Clarke. A delivery finally grips and turns from the wicket to wicket line, beats the outside edge and remotes the off-stump. Wade is the new batsman to the crease.

Over 45 - Aus 108/3 (Cowan 44, Clarke 16) Both batsmen are using their feet to get to the pitch of Ashwin and working him into the gaps. Ashwin responds by dropping short and is cut for four by Cowan.

Over 44 - Aus 101/3 (Cowan 38, Clarke 15) Clarke is working Jedeja nicely and brings up the hundred for Australia with a nice clip off his pads for two.

Over 43 - Aus 98/3 (Cowan 38, Clarke 12) Ashwin is brought into the attack in place of Sharma. Clarke uses his feet well and plays will the spin to long-on for another single. The off-spinner starts well as he has already settled into a good length drawing the batsmen forward.

Over 42 - Aus 97/3 (Cowan 38, Clarke 11) Jadeja rushes Clarke who pulls away and takes a little more time to compose himself. Clarke nudges a single into the off-side which brings the left-hander onto strike and makes the bowler change his line. Jedeja doesn't adjust well as he drops short and is cut for four by Cowan.

Over 41 - Aus 92/3 (Cowan 34, Clarke 10) Sharma is looking just as dangerous as the spinner this morning. Cowan is batting well outside of his crease so that if he does get wrapped on the pads by one that stays low, the umpire might give him the benefit of the doubt when adjudging the lbw decision.

Over 40 - Aus 92/3 (Cowan 34, Clarke 10) Apart from bowling a testing line and length, Jadeja is creating pressure by getting through his overs so quickly. The batsmen don't have time to breathe before he is in for the next delivery.

Over 39 - Aus 85/3 (Cowan 33, Clarke 4) Sharma starts another over and gets a little bit of shape away from the right handed Clarke. He then manages to reverse swing the ball back into Clarke's pads and is clipped for two onto the leg-side. The combination of reverse swing and occasional low bounce are already causing problems for the batsmen early on day four.

Over 38 - Aus 83/3 (Cowan 33, Clarke 2) Jadeja continues to bowl into the rough outside Cowan's off-stump, but the batsmen are just starting to rotate the strike nicely.

Over 37 - Aus 80/3 (Cowan 31, Clarke 1) Sharma continues with his tail up after taking his first wicket of the Test. This is a vital partnership for Australia. Clarke has been far and away their best player but he will need some support from someone in the top order if Australia are going to put up a fight today.

Over 36 - Aus 78/3 (Cowan 30, Clarke 0) Cowan dances down the wicket and plays Jedeja nicely out the rough to pic up a couple of runs on the off-side. Just three come off a tight over.

Over 35 - Aus 75/3 (Cowan 27, Clarke 0) Sharma is bowling around the wicket to the left handed Cowan. The plan for the fast bowler seems to be hitting a length while holding a wicket to wicket line. The pitch is offering variable bounce and Sharma will be hoping for one to keep low and trap the batsman lbw or bowled. WICKET. Shane Watson is strangled down the leg-side as Dhoni takes a good diving catch. Australia's captain, Michael Clarke now joins Cowan at the crease.

Over 34 - Aus 74/2 (Cowan 26, Watson 9) Jadeja opens the attack from the other end and will look to spin the ball away from the right handed Watson. The Indian left arm orthodox bowler is very difficult to play as he drifts the ball into the stumps, with the odd ball turning away sharply. The natural variation is almost impossible to predict as a batsman who is in danger of both being trapped lbw and finding the edge.

Over 33 - Aus 74/2 (Cowan 26, Watson 9) Sharma will bowl his first over of the innings and the first over of day four. The big Indian quick has settled into a good line and length immediately and is making Cowan play more often than not. Sharma starts with an accurate maiden.

Greetings! Hello and welcome to day four of this second Test between India and Australia in Hyderabad, where the visitors are still 192 runs behind India's 503, and are two wickets down. What will the crumbling deck hold for Michael Clarke's men? Stick with us to find out, as the game will get going in 40 minutes (9:30am local time).

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