David Warner celebrate after scoring a 69-ball hundred on Perth test took Australia less than three sessions to seize control of the Perth Test. After they send home India for 161 just later than the tea break, David Warner (104*) cracked the fourth-fastest hundred in Test history, adding up 149 unbeaten runs with fellow opener Ed Cowan (40*). The chance pair was untroubled all over the last session against a harmless-looking Indian bowling attack in spite of the situation at WACA offering plenty of bounce, seam and swing during the day.
Warner, one of the faces of Australia’s new making of Test cricketers, smashed 13 fours and three sixes en route to his 2nd Test100, leaves Australia a small deficit of 12 runs and India stare at their seventh immediately defeat overseas. Since Cowan wicket in the Sydney Test, India have now accepted 771 runs for one wicket – a stunning statistic that illustrate the difference between the two sides. Out swinger Ben Hilfenhaus and 2nd-change Peter Siddle stayed true to their fast form with the ball, taking seven wickets between them, stretch their series tallies to 19 and 14 wickets, in that order.
Captain Michael Clarke elected to bowl as both side choose to play four pacers each. The home teams recall left-armer Mitchell Starc in spinner Nathan Lyon’s place, while Ryan Harris replaces the upset James Pattinson. India had Vinay Kumar in R Ashwin place.Despite Australia missing the penetrative ability of Pattinson, Harris claims the big wicket of Sachin Tendulkar (15), which despite another constructive start, fell LBW after one of the many sight-screen related distraction.
Virat Kohli, who was probable to make way for Rohit Sharma for this Test, top-scored with 44 brilliant, runs. But both he and VVS Laxman fell earlier than tea, having worked very hard for their 68-run stand. Siddle dismissed both. Kohli fell to the uppish drive to point, leasing his intolerance and greenness shine through with the release. Laxman was trapped at slip.
YET ANOTHER COLLAPSE
it took Australia 20 delivery to get going. Hilfenhaus bowled a beautifully-shaped out swinger to Sehwag. It started from outside leg-stump, landed around off-stump and constant moving away as it took the edge from Virender Sehwag’s (0) forward shifty. Rahul Dravid, whose defensive skills have come under question this series, was bowled for the fourth time this series. Siddle slip him a Yorker that deflects off his pads to the stumps. During his 35-ball stay Dravid rarely looked relaxed.
Tendulkar, however, didn’t look to have such problems. With a firm push down the ground and another through extra-cover, he fast moved to 12 and 13 balls. At this point, there were numerous stoppages due to movements around the sightscreen. Harris made the most of Tendulkar’s faltering deliberation. Where he should have offered a directly bat, Tendulkar tried to flick away an in swinger and was caught plumb in front. Six balls later, Gambhir, look his stanch best, hung his bat outside off over again and edged Hilfenhaus to Brad Haddin.
As has happen many times in England and Australia, Dhoni came out to bat with his team in tatters. He and the tail folded fast, with India behind their last six wickets in the space of 30 runs. With their lead all but gone, India needs a miracle or five to avert another defeat.