Sehwag smashes fifty, India 92/2 at tea (Second Lead)

January 27th, 2012 - 1:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Virender Sehwag Adelaide, Jan 27 (IANS) Virender Sehwag threw his wicket away after making a quickfire 62, leaving India at 92 for two in their second innings at tea on day four of the fourth Test against Australia here Friday. Australia set the visitors a 500-run victory target.

Sehwag took the Australian bowlers to task for his second fifty of the series before miscuing a juicy full toss of Nathan Lyon (1/27) to give a high catch to Ricky Ponting at short cover.

Sachin Tendulkar (7) and Rahul Dravid (19) now have an enormous task of saving the game. Australia declared at 167 for five in their second innings shortly after lunch, setting India a massive chase for an improbable win.

The highest successful chase at the Adelaide Oval is 316 for six by Australia against England in 1902. India scored 445 against Australia in 1978 for the highest fourth innings here till date but still ended up losing the match by 47 runs.

India once again lost an early wicket by losing Gautam Gambir (3) in the fifth over, caught behind off a Ryan Harris (1/11) delivery that moved just enough to take the edge straight into the gloves of wicket-keeper Brad Haddin.

The way Sehwag was batting, it gave India hope of a fight-back. He lived dangerously early on his innings, slashing hard in the air on a number of occasions to get the lucky boundaries. But Sehwag looked at home every time he played from the back foot. His entertaining 53-ball knock included 12 fours.

Out-of-form Dravid had to work hard for every run while Tendulkar made his intent clear by hitting Lyon over mid-wicket to get off the mark.

Earlier, Australia were 154 for five and extended their lead to 486 runs at lunch. They batted for only three overs post the break as an agitated Michael Clarke called Ponting (60) and Haddin (11) back to the dressing room.

Resuming their second innings at 50 for three, Australia made 104 in the morning session for the loss of Clarke (37) and Mike Hussey (15). Ponting continued his good form with an unbeaten fifty.

Ponting and Clarke once again got a partnership going until the skipper was adjudged caught behind off Umesh Yadav (1/23) to a dubious decision. Though there was a definite sound, replays showed it did not come off Clarke’s bat, leaving Australia at 111 for four.

Ponting was fluent in his innings, hitting five boundaries including a slog-sweep off Ravichandran Ashwin (2/73). Hussey looked good too before he was dismissed leg before off Ishant Sharma (1/27), making it 147 for five.

-Indo-Asian News Service

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