New Delhi:Leg-spinner Amit Mishra made an impressive Test debut with a five-wicket haul to bundle Australia for 268 runs in their first innings in Mohali and gave India an upper hand in the match.
In reply to India's 469 runs, Australia needed at least 270 runs to evade the follow-on but the debutant wrapped them 2 short of the target. However, captain MS Dhoni did not impose it. To add to the agony of the Australians, Indian openers Virender Sehwag (53*) and Gautam Gambhir (46*) put on a 100-run partnership at a brisk rate to take their lead to 301 runs. In the process, Sehwag also got his 15th Test fifty.
Amit Mishra, who came in place of injured Anil Kumble, troubled the opponents and became the sixth Indian bowler to get five wickets on debut. The Haryana leggie dismissed Simon Katich and Michael Clarke on Saturday while his other three victims on Sunday were Cameron White, Shane Watson and Peter Siddle.
5 or more wickets in debut innings for India
|S Abid Ali||6-55||136||Aus||1st||1st||1967-68||Adelaide||9.17||22.67|
|VV Kumar||5-64||227||Pak||1st||5th||1960-61||Delhi(Feroz SK)||12.8||45.4|
Shane Watson, who opened the day with Mike Hussey, made 78 runs before the leg-spinner dismissed him. He played some glorious shots to get his maiden Test fifty. He pitched the ball on the leg stump, pushing Watson on the back foot. The ball kept low and hit him on the pads. Siddle did not last long and was stumped by captain MS Dhoni.
After Hussey's dismissal on the Sunday morning, Watson kept losing partners from the other end and draw was looming large before Brett Lee came onto the crease. He added 73 runs with the pace spearhead for the eighth wicket. Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh broke the partnership by dismissing the latter for 35 runs. Lee fell prey to a typical spin-slip dismissal. He came on the front foot to defend and the ball took an outside edge of his bat before landing in the hands of Rahul Dravid at first slip.
4th innings score in India by visiting team
|WI||276-5||W||5 wickets||1||1987-88||Delhi (Feroz SK)||276|
Australia resumed the third day's play with their overnight score of 102/4. Indian pacer Ishant Sharma struck to send Hussey back in the pavilion soon after he completed his half-century. The ball took an outside edge of Hussey's bat after angling across and wicketkeeper Dhoni took a simple catch. Before falling, Hussey made 54 runs with the help of seven 4s.
Harbhajan dismissed wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin for 9 runs. A flighted delivery from Bhajji deceived Haddin and hurtled the off-stump. Cameron White was done by Mishra's trusted googly. The ball landed on the off-stump and straightened to hit the stumps.
Match report: Mohali Test, Day 1
Match report: Mohali Test, Day 2