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India in control of second test with Australia after Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar take three wickets each

India in control as Jadeja and Kumar blow Australia away in Hyderabad


12:16 GMT, 2 March 2013



12:16 GMT, 2 March 2013

India are in control of the second Test against Australia, who made 237 for nine declared in Hyderabad.

Part-time spinner Ravindra Jadeja picked up three wickets, while in his second Test Bhuvneshwar Kumar also took three, with Michael Clarke's 91 keeping the Australian innings together.

The visitors once again turned to their skipper after slumping to 63 for four, with the 31-year-old putting on 145 with Matthew Wade for the fifth wicket.

Three wickets: India's Ravindra Jadeja (left) had Australia in a spin on the first day of the second test in Hyderabad

Three wickets: India's Ravindra Jadeja (left) had Australia in a spin on the first day of the second test in Hyderabad

Second Test, Hyderabad

Australia first innings
237 for 9 declared (85.0 overs)
Clarke 91, Wade 62
B Kumar 3-53, Jadeja 3-33

India first innings
5-0 (3.0 overs)

However after Wade went for 62, the lower order failed to fire as Australia lost their final four wickets for just 29 runs.

And with little chance of numbers 10 and 11 James Pattinson and Xavier Doherty adding to the total Clarke brought them in so his bowlers could take advantage of conditions for the final three overs of the day.

However India were untroubled and finished five without loss.

Australia made two changes from the side which lost the opening match in Chennai with Glenn Maxwell making his Test debut coming in for Mitchell Starc, while Xavier Doherty replaced Nathan Lyon. The home side were unchanged.

After the visitors won the toss, Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled David Warner (six) with a delivery which cut back into the left-hander, then trapped Ed Cowan (four) lbw with a ball which may have pitched outside leg stump.

That left Australia 15 for two, with Phil Hughes and Shane Watson at the crease.

pair effected a mini-recovery, with the left-hander playing some
eye-catching late drives off the back foot, but Watson (23) then fell
lbw attempting to pull a ball which kept a little low with the score on

Hughes (19) followed,
caught behind at the second attempt by Mahendra Singh Dhoni off the
bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin, before Wade and Clarke began the
Australian recovery.

Clarke looked comfortable at the crease, with a well-placed clip for four between two fielders indicative of his current form.

was less fluid, but equally determined, digging in at one end while his
skipper totted up the runs at the other as they moved Australia to 129
for four midway through the afternoon session.

Important innings: A 91 from captain Michael Clarke saved Australia from a humiliating total

Important innings: A 91 from captain Michael Clarke saved Australia from a humiliating total

Wade's confidence grew and when new bowler Jadeja came on to bowl, the wicketkeeper had no problem in hitting him back over his head for four.

After facing 95 balls, Clarke brought up his 26th Test half century with a single in the 48th over, edging his side closer towards 150.

On 52 India missed their best opportunity to dismiss Clarke as the skipper inside edged on his pad with the ball dropping to a diving Cheteshwar Pujara who got his fingers under the ball, but could not hang on.

Wade reached his half-century in the 55th over as Australia batted themselves back into the game.

Australia started the third session much as they ended the second, as the duo moved the score past 200 in the 65th over.

They could add just eight however before the hosts made a much-needed breakthrough. Wade cut one which was possibly too close to his body and was caught by Kumar at point for a 116-ball 62.

A sixth wicket did fall when Jadeja got one to turn away from Moises Henriques, who, playing to leg, missed the ball completely as it clipped the top of the stumps.

At 217 for six and with debutant Maxwell at the crease, the pressure once again was on Clarke.

He continued to bat sensibly, but his partner at the other end would make just 13 before he edged to Dhoni behind the stumps.

Peter Siddle was then soon walking back to the pavilion as he was caught on the crease by a low one from Harbhajan Singh for a 14-ball duck, leaving the visitors 236 for eight.

Clarke finally departed looking to up the rate with the tail, swinging across the line to Jadeja whose delivery kept low and hit the stumps.

India had little to worry about for the final three overs, with a Virender Sehwag boundary through gully off Siddle the highlight.

Pakistan beat India in Chennai thanks to Nasir Jamshed century

Dhoni heroics not enough as Jamshed ton gives Pakistan lead over India in one-day series



14:33 GMT, 30 December 2012

Man-of-the-match: Jamshed

Man-of-the-match: Jamshed

Nasir Jamshed struck an unbeaten century as Pakistan claimed a six-wicket win over India in Chennai to take a 1-0 lead in the one-day series.

The 23-year-old opener hit 101 from 132 balls as Pakistan reached their target of 228 for the loss of four wickets and with 11 balls to spare.

Younis Khan made 58, putting on a third-wicket stand of 112 with Jamshed, while Shoaib Malik contributed an unbeaten 34, sealing victory with a four.

India, playing their first match since the one-day retirement of Sachin Tendulkar, made 228 for six and the 'Little Master' proved a predictably tough act to follow.

The top five scored a combined 18 and only a magnificent 113 not out from captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni made their total remotely competitive.
Junaid Khan did most of the damage to the top order and finished with four wickets for 43.

Pakistan's chase got off to the worst possible start though as they lost the wicket of Mohammad Hafeez first ball, Bhuvneshwar Kumar's delivery taking out the off stump as the batsman failed to offer a shot.

Azhar Ali became Kumar's second victim when he had him caught by Rohit Sharma at square leg for just nine as Pakistan reached 21 for two.

Jamshed stood firm throughout a tricky period, though, and, with Younis getting comfortable at the other end, brought up his half-century with a flicked single.

Younis reached his 50 in more spectacular style, hitting Suresh Raina for six.

India finally made a breakthrough when they removed Younis, the dismissal confirmed by the third umpire.

Defiant knock: Dhoni rescued India's innings

Defiant knock: Dhoni rescued India's innings

Ashok Dinda delivered a low full toss and Ashwin took a low catch, replays showing he had got his hands under the ball in the nick of time.

With Younis gone for 58 off 60, Pakistan were 133 for three, but Jamshed remained a consistent presence at the other end.

Misbah-ul-Haq was beaten by a slower delivery from Ishant Sharma for 16, but India were dealt a blow when Virat Kohli appeared to hurt his knee in a fall when his back foot slipped as he came into bowl and he had to limp from the field.

And, with the victory target in sight, Jamshed and Malik guided the visitors home.

Earlier, India had a captain's innings from Dhoni to thank for rescuing them from a desperate position.

Khan ripped through the top order to leave the hosts on 29 for five in the 10th over.

Virender Sehwag (four) misjudged an attempted a push to cover to become Junaid's first victim, bowled between bat and pads.

Fellow opener Gautam Gambhir fared little better as he went for eight in the next over, this time Mohammad Irfan taking out the batsman's middle stump.

Out of nick: Sehwag went for just four

Out of nick: Sehwag went for just four

Junaid took two more scalps in quick succession, deceiving Virat Kohli, bowled off an inside edge, with a fuller-length delivery for nought and then dismissing Yuvraj Singh for two.

The onslaught continued in the 10th over, Rohit Sharma (four) expertly snapped up by Hafeez at third slip, again off the bowling of Junaid.

That brought Dhoni to join Raina in the middle, and the pair steadied the ship with a stand of 73.

Dhoni survived a scare on 17 when he punched a Hafeez delivery straight to Misbah at mid-wicket, but the Pakistan skipper could only palm the straightforward chance over his head.

The pair dug in stubbornly, but with only the second ball of the batting powerplay Raina (43) was removed by Hafeez, bowled off the pads, as Pakistan made another breakthrough.

Dhoni then brought up the 200 with a boundary off Irfan and from the next delivery another four saw him pass 7000 runs in one-day internationals.

Irfan took some late punishment as Dhoni lofted him over cover for six to bring up his century, while at the other end Ashwin finished unbeaten on 31.

Graeme Swann excels for England – Top Spin at the Test

Swann bags himself a new rabbit on day of toil for Bresnan



21:14 GMT, 15 November 2012

When Gautam Gambhir was bowled by Graeme Swann, he became his official Test bunny.

Gambhir, Swann's first Test victim in Chennai in 2008, has now fallen to him six times in Tests.

Like Gambhir, the four men whose wicket Swann has claimed five times are all lefties: Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Marcus North, Rangana Herath and Devon Smith.

Bunny Swann has the making of Gambhir

Bunny Swann has the making of Gambhir

But Swann also bagged three half-decent right-handers – Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli.

Bresnan stumped by blitz

It was a chastening day for Tim Bresnan, selected ahead of Monty Panesar. He was treated harshly by Sehwag, who scored 36 runs from the 29 balls Bresnan bowled to him, including 14 in three balls: a drive through extra cover, a whip wide of mid-on, then a murderous straight six.

Only Stuart Broad escaped serious punishment at Sehwag’s hands, conceding 18 runs off 28 deliveries.

India v England – pictures

We are unable to carry live pictures from the First Test in Ahmedabad due to a dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and international news organisations.

The BCCI has refused access to Test venues to established picture agencies Getty Images and Action Images and other Indian photographic agencies.

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Sehwag finding his feet

For Sehwag, his 23rd Test century was only his second against England in 23 attempts — a record that includes six ducks. He now averages a modest 31 against them, 20 fewer than his overall average and lower than against any other Test nation.

The innings also came in the nick of time. His previous Test hundred was two years ago against New Zealand — also at Ahmedabad.

Pujara enjoys a game of patience

India's No 3 Cheteshwar Pujara looked the part in his first Test innings against England, patiently battling through a tight post-tea spell from Swann and Jimmy Anderson. But 24-year-old Pujara, from nearby Rajkot, is used to playing the waiting game.

On Test debut, against Australia at Bangalore in October 2010, he had his pads on in the pavilion for six hours and 22 minutes while Murali Vijay and Sachin Tendulkar put on 308. Pujara was out third ball.

Trott eases quicks' burden

Some questioned why Jonathan Trott was fielding at slip when he dropped Kohli on four off Swann after tea.

But England had always planned for him to replace Anderson in that position off the spinners because they don’t want their attack leader to be mentally exhausted in this heat. Trott is a regular in the slips when he plays for Warwickshire.