India lose four at lunch

AUSTRALIA and its four-prong page attack has demolished India in the first session of the third Test at the WACA in Perth.


INDIA 4/73

Kohli 10no

Laxman 5no

Gambhir 31

Sending India into bat on a green, bouncy WACA pitch, Australia scythed through the visitor's top order, claiming the impressive figures of 4/73 heading into the lunch break.

India's openers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir (31) had only reached the crease when Sehwag was sent back to the pavilion for a four-ball duck by Ben Hilfenhaus (2/25)

Rahul Dravid (9) was Australia's next victim, bowled by Peter Siddle (1/19), and it was not long before India was lamenting the loss of its third wicket - the prized scalp of Sachin Tendulkar.

The little master had raced to 15 runs, but the dream of witnessing his 100th century will have to wait for another date, Ryan Harris (1/17) successfully appealing after thundering a delivery into Tendulkar's pads.

Opener Gambhir was the last to fall before lunch was called, leaving VVS Laxman (5no) and Virat Kohli (10no) to pick up the pieces when India resumes after lunch.

Four-prong pace attack

AUSTRALIA'S four-prong pace attack has yielded early results in the opening session of the third Test against India

Australian selectors decided to include paceman Mitchell Starc at the expense of Nathan Lyon (12th man) after a last inspection of the WACA's green pitch before the start of play.

And the switch paid early dividends with the Ben Hilfenhaus claiming the wicket of the dangerous Virender Sehwag for a duck after only four balls.

Rahul Dravid (2no) has joined Gautam Gambhir (9no) at the crease.

Australia won the toss and sent India into bat.