Australia lose 9 wickets for 189 in 2nd innings

Ishant Sharma grabbed three big wickets in two overs to end Australia’s early flourish in the opening Test against India on Monday.

The visitors were strongly placed at 87 for no loss after an interesting half-century from opener Shane Watson (56), but slipped to 100-3 in their 2nd innings at lunch on the 4th day for an overall lead of 210.

India were bowled out for 405 in their first innings on Sunday in reply to Australia’s 428.

Fast bowler Sharma removed Watson and skipper Ricky Ponting (four) in his first over of the second spell and nearly got a third wicket when he had Michael Clarke caught by Virender Sehwag at short mid-wicket.

But it was declared a no-ball after on-field umpire Billy Bowden of New Zealand consulted TV umpire Sanjay Hazare.

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