Live Cricket: India vs Australia 3rd Test 2013 Live Score Day 3
2013 India vs Australia Live Score: Mohali Test, Day 3
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R Ashwin opens the proceedings of the day. On strike is Mitchell Starc and the southpaw safely negotiates the first five while off the sixth, he steals a single to keep the strike. Partnering him from the other end is Ishant Sharma who has two wickets to his name. Sharma tries to intimidate Starc with a bouncer but the batsman sends the message loud and clear. OK not loud but it is clear that he won’t be bogged down by short stuff as he pulls it away for a boundary. Starc shows his prowess with the bat as he flicks Ashwin for another boundary to deep backward square leg boundary in the next over that fetched them five runs. Smith, who has been a mute spectator to the proceedings, scores a boundary off Ishant in the next. It turns out to be a good over fetching them eight runs. Indian skipper MS Dhoni takes the new ball after 108 overs, throws it to his new ball specialist Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Four runs from his first over of the morning. So, the shimmering rock is in the hands of Sharma. Can he get the breakthrough? His first ball hits Smith on the pads. Bat was involved and umpire rightly turned it down. Smith then asserts himself with a brilliant boundary down the ground off an overpitched delivery. A double off the next brings up the 300 and fifty-run partnership. Six runs from the over.
AT STUMPS: Australia began well with the opening pair of Ed Cowan and David Warner adding 139 runs for the first wicket on Day 2. However, their middle order once again crumbled and even Michael Clarke, their pillar of hope, failed as they lost three quick wickets in the space of 12 runs. Cowan and Warner slammed half-centuries before being dismissed by Ashwin and Jadeja respectively. Their skipper made first ball duck while Phil Hughes could only add two to his total. Pacer Ishant Sharma took two wickets in 21 overs. Steven Smith is still at the crease with 58 along with Mitchell Starc.