India in trouble at tea

India have slumped to 4 for 95, still 303 runs behind Australia's first innings total of 398, at tea on day two of the third Test in Nagpur.

The tourists took 2 for 60 in the session, with spinner Shane Warne striking on only his second delivery when he had VVS Laxman caught by Michael Clarke in the gully for 13.

Fast bowler Jason Gillespie picked up the other wicket, trapping star batsman Sachin Tendulkar in front for 8. For up to date scores, visit our live scorecard.

Rahul Dravid has compiled a painstaking 19 from 119 Golden Goose Sneakers balls for India, and he his batting with Mohammed Kaif, who has managed 15.

Skipper Adam Gilchrist brought Warne on 35 overs into the home side's innings and he duly dismissed Laxman to put the Indians well and truly on the back foot .

Earlier, Gillespie trapped Tendulkar who had returned to India's line-up after recovering from an elbow injury, taking the place of injured captain Sourav Ganguly.

He came to the wicket with his side at 2 for 34 but he and Dravid only managed a partnership of 15 before a Gillespie delivery which nipped back in brought about his downfall.

It was Gillespie's second scalp, the South Australian paceman also having had Akash Chopra caught by Warne in slips for 8 before lunch.

Glenn McGrath, playing his 100th Test, had Virender Sehwag caught behind after the cavalier opener had plundered 22 from just 20 balls, including 16 runs thumped off Gillespie's very first over.

The dismissal was Gilchrist's 250th in Tests and it was a fine catch, the keeper taking Golden Goose Sale it AFL-style high to his right.

The Indian innings began with a maiden bowled by McGrath to Chopra, the veteran pace bowler probing in customary fashion just outside the off stump.

But then Sehwag took on Gillespie, belting him for four boundaries in his first over - two through the covers, one over gully and another out to midwicket.

That prompted a lengthy conversation between stand-in skipper Gilchrist and the South Australian, ending with Gillespie giving his captain the thumbs-up.Clarke misses tonEarlier, Michael Clarke just missed out on his second Test century, last man out for 91 as India fought back to take Australia's last three wickets for just 35 runs.

Indian pacemen Zaheer Khan and Ajit Agarkar did the damage. Zaheer removed Gillespie leg before wicket for 9 and his new ball partner had Michael Kasprowicz caught behind for a duck.

Clarke was then caught by Parthiv Patel to give Zaheer his fourth wicket of the innings.

The Indians took the second new ball in the first over and Zaheer was immediately able to get the ball to jump off a length, taking Clarke on the gloves before deflecting into his midrift.

In the next over he produced a delivery which straightened and had Gillespie trapped plumb in front.

Kasprowicz scored 92 - his highest first-class score - the last time he Golden Goose Sneakers Sale batted at Nagpur during a tour match in 1998.

But this time he lasted just three balls before nicking an Agarkar outswinger to wicketkeeper Patel. The keeper has been in poor form during the series, but had no problems gloving the catch.

McGrath, a noted bunny with the bat, began his innings in fine form, pulling a ball to the boundary before cover driving for three. He moved into double figures with another pull shot, finding the boundary at fine leg.

But alas, his promising knock was nipped in the bud when Zaheer produced a rising ball outside the off stump which Clarke only managed to edge to Patel.

Damien Martyn was the hero for Australia yesterday, making 114.

On the negative side of the ledger, Darren Lehmann tore his hamstring during his innings of 70 and may not be able to bat again in the match.

The Australians are considering sending him home for treatment and have called Brad Hodge back into the squad as cover.

 

Hodge and Shane Watson were on their way back to Australia from Nagpur yesterday when the call went out to Hodge to return.