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India moved closer to winning the third Test and sealing the Border-Gavaskar Trophy as another abject batting display against spin had Australia losing five wickets before lunch on the final morning in Mohali.
Phillip Hughes, who battled his way to 69, was unlucky to be given lbw by Aleem Dar when the ball looked to be missing leg stump, but the rest of the batsmen looked bereft of ideas as the tourists slumped to 170/8, a lead of just 79 over India.
It was Pragyan Ojha who began the procession of wickets in the seventh over of the morning. Nathan Lyon had moved to 18 when he pushed forward in defense but was beaten by the turn and the fine nick was comfortably taken by Dhoni.
Michael Clarke, battling his balky back, came to the wicket and took Australia into the lead by clipping Ohja to the onside for four, but it was clear from his stiff running between the wickets that he was in some discomfort. He battled gamely to add 30 with Hughes, whose method of ongoing back as far as he could in the crease to combat the turn was working well.
Dhoni brought on Ravindra Jadeja and was rewarded when the left-arm spinner had Clarke caught at short leg for 18 – an inside edge looping to Pujara off the pad. It was the fifth time in six innings in this series that Jadeja had dismissed Clarke.
Australia were then rocked by two quick wickets. Dar’s poor decision accounted for Hughes to give Ashwin his first wicket of the innings, before Jadeja showed off his fielding prowess by diving full length to his left to snare Moises Henriques off his own bowling to reduce Australia to 126/7. Having made two half-centuries in the first Test. Henriques has made 0, 5, 0 and 2.
There was no promotion for Mitchell Starc after his 99 – Peter Siddle was the next man in – and he decided there was no point in hanging around, hitting Ashwin down the grounf for four and then lofting Ojha for six over long-off. It was not an approach conducive to a long innings and two balls later Ojha knocked over Sidde’s offstump with another peach that turned past the bat and sent Australia further into the abyss.
Starc and Haddin provided late resistance, adding 27 together so far, but unless they can bat through the entire second session, India should head to Delhi up 3-0 in the series.