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Mohali Test: Jadeja's double strike turns it India's way

Last updated on: March 15, 2013 17:55 IST

The 48th over was the turning point on Day 2 in the third Test between India and Australia at Mohali, on Friday, when Ravindra Jadeja claimed two wickets off successive deliveries to peg back the tourists, who were sitting pretty after a good start.

Openers David Warner and Ed Cowan had both hit half-centuries and put on 139 runs for the opening wicket with some resolute batting while keeping the Indian bowlers at bay for more than a session-and-a-half.

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Jadeja got the crucial double breakthrough in his 10th over when David Warner was caught off an inside edge by wicketkeeper M S Dhoni, who showed great presence of mind to take the catch that popped up on the leg side.

Ravindra JadejaWarner played a good knock of 71 from 147 balls, hitting nine fours, before India finally sent him back to the pavilion after 127 minutes at the crease.

Australia were then dealt a hurting blow off the very next delivery when their captain, and best batsman on this trip, Michael Clarke was dismissed for a golden duck.

Clarke charged down the wicket off the first delivery that he faced, but was beaten by Jadeja, who got one to turn big and wicketkeeper Dhoni completed an easy stumping.

That brief moment of madness by Australia's best batsman had suddenly tilted the scales in India's favour.

Till that point in the match, the Indian bowlers had rarely threatened with the ball. That double blow turned the innings upside down.

Australia were suddenly reduced to 139 for 2, and along with it lost momentum,

India took charge from that stage by chipping away at the wickets at regular intervals.

They lost another five wickets in the session and ended the day on 273 for seven in 104 overs, giving India a slight edge at stumps on the second day.

Photograph: BCCI