Mitchell Johnson Rocks India’s Top Order Batsmen

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Harbhajan struck a half century as the
Indian tail frustrated the Aussies, to reach the close at 313 for 8.

[ ], Sourav Ganguly and
Virender Sehwag all provided useful knocks of 51, 47 and 45n
respectively. Harbhajan and Zaheer Khan lead a fightback for the
eight wicket with a stand of 80, that ended just before stumps when
the off-spinner edged a rising Shane Watson delivery to wicketkeeper
Brad Haddin.

Johnson claimed the prized wickets of
three top order batsmen with an outstanding spell of pace and swing.
Brett Lee gave the Aussies a head start, when he had Gautam Ghambir
trapped plumb in front. Then it was Johnson all the way as he
dismissed Sehwag, when he slashed at a delivery and the outer edge
flew straight to Matthew Hayden at first slip.

Both openers Sehwag and Ghambir failed
to add significantly to their overnight score as Sehwag fell for 45
and Ghambir added only one run for 21.

India was in distress when Sachin
Tendulkar and VVS Laxman were dismissed in quick succession.
Tendulkar, needing only 77 runs to better Brian Lara’s world record
of the highest run getter in Test cricket, only managed 13 before he
scooped a catch to Cameron White at short cover.

Laxman was Johnson’s third wicket,
when the right hander edged Johnson to Haddin after facing 11
deliveries for no score. Ganguly, who is set to retire at the end of
the series, battled on patiently before he was dismissed for 47. The
left hander[ ], and former India captain was Johnson’s fourth.