India vs Australia Live Streaming 1st Test Day 3, Ind vs Aus 2013
A host of exciting possibilities await the third day of the first Test here in front of an expected packed house on Sunday.
India are 198 runs short of matching Australia's first innings total, but have seven wickets in hand with Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli holding fort.
In his 195th Test, Tendulkar (71, 205 mins, 128 balls, 6x4s) is just 29 runs short of his 52nd century and Kohli completed his six half-century (99 mins, 84 balls, 7x4s) as India reached 182 for three wickets on Saturday, replying to Australia's 380 on the second day of the encounter at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
Tendulkar and Kohli will resume their 77-run partnership on the third day, considered the best indicator of the direction in which a Test is headed.
Australia batted for over two hours and 38 overs on the second day as captain Michael Clarke, unbeaten on 103 overnight, stretched his knock to 130 (323 min, 246 balls, 12x4s, 1x6) and his eighthwicket partnership with Peter Siddle (19) to 54 runs.
Clarke, who got a life at 39 on Friday, was again dropped by Cheteshwar Pujara at silly point off left-arm spinner Ravindra Jajeda at 128, but the lapse didn't prove costly.
Jadeja was finally rewarded when Clarke failed to get to the pitch of the ball while hitting out and gave debutant Bhuvneshwar Kumar at long-off his first catch in Test cricket.
Kumar, however, went wicket less in 13 overs, as was Ishant Sharma in 17. Off-spinner R Ashwin accounted for his counterpart Nathan Lyon to finish with seven wickets for a career-best innings performance (7-103).
Harbhajan Singh bagged a solitary wicket, of Siddle, in his 100th Test, and would dearly hope for a better output in the second innings.
India had a disastrous start as Murali Vijay, beaten by sheer pace, and Virender Sehwag, batting for the first time in spectacles on a ground where he scored a triple century five years ago, were back in the dressing room with only 12 runs on the board.
James Pattinson accounted for both the openers. With his early dismissal, Sehwag, after a long time, slipped below the 50-run career average mark. Cheteshwar Pujara and Tendulkar, however, denied any more success to the fourpronged pace attack that tried to bounce the Indians out.
They batted sensibly, and at times innovated, in their 93-run partnership that helped India come back into the contest.
Pattinson, who bowled his six overs in two spells of three each, generated good pace off a pitch that provided little assistance or encouragement to pacers.
He also brought the end of Pujara as a ball kept low and the batsman later admitted that he lost sight after it came into him after pitching.
At 105 for three, Tendukar's ardent fan Kohli joined his hero, and the large crowd suddenly got excited.
Tendulkar, fresh from his century in the Irani Cup against Rest of India, was watchful as usual while Kohli, nimble on his feet, hardly hesitated in using them and playing his favourite cover drives. DURING the course of his knock, which he launched with successive boundaries off Pattinson, Tendulkar completed 7,000 runs in India.
Also, he now has 3,500 runs against Australia alone. In the list of most Test runs against a particular country, he is now only behind Don Bradman (5,028 against England), Jack Hobbs (3,636 against Australia), and Allan Border (3,548 against England).