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Mitchell Johnson haul helps Australia gain advantage

First Test, Mohali (day three, close)
India 405 v Australia 428
Match scorecard

Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina
Tendulkar and Raina put on 124 for the fifth wicket

Sachin Tendulkar and Suresh Raina put on 124 before Australia's Mitchell Johnson wrapped up India's innings for 405 on day three of the first Test.

The hosts lost a clutch of late wickets to trail by 23 runs on first innings in Mohali, with left-arm paceman Johnson taking an excellent 5-64 in Mohali.

Tendulkar played superbly before trying to work spinner Marcus North through the on-side, only to fall lbw for 98.

And Raina was one of six men dismissed after tea, going lbw to Johnson for 86.

India suffered something of a collapse when, at 354-4, they looked certain to establish a healthy lead over the Aussies.

And it was Johnson who inspired Ricky Ponting's men in a match that had already seen him hit a quick 47 and account for India's openers late on day two.

Rahul Dravid fell after lunch for 77 after India had resumed on 110-2. He built India's innings carefully early in the day, going from 21 to 62 in the first session, the hosts only losing night-watchman Ishant Sharma who played no shot to an inswinging delivery from Doug Bollinger, and was bowled.


Left-arm seamer Bollinger, hoping for a strong performance in India to reinforce his chances of an Ashes place, also took the only wicket to fall in the afternoon with a fine delivery.

Sent down in the channel on off-stump and shaping away late, the ball lured Dravid into a cover-drive which the 37-year-old right-hander could only edge to wicketkeeper Tim Paine.

By then, Tendulkar was playing some fine shots through the covers off the seamers, and looked assured as he fetched off-spinner Nathan Hauritz from outside the off-stump for easy runs through the leg-side.

At tea, India were 280-4, with Tendulkar on 64 and the 23-year-old Raina, in his fourth Test innings, setting his stall to make 26.

They opened up in the final session, though Raina was fortunate to survive a straightforward stumping opportunity off North on 47, before Mitchell Johnson misjudged a chance at mid-on when the left-hander attacked Hauritz.

It's going to be difficult to bat on this wicket but we have some quality batsmen in our side

Mitchell Johnson

Tendulkar moved from 85 to 96 in the space of four deliveries from North, including a fine paddle sweep for four and a thunderous blow over mid-off.

But North stuck to his task well, and in his next over spun a ball into Tendulkar's pads as Test cricket's multiple record-holder looked to whip him through a gap on the leg side.

The wicket provided an important boost for Australia, and Johnson kicked off a new spell with two wickets in two balls as outside edges from Mahendra Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh were snapped up.

The luckless Hauritz saw Shane Watson spill a simple catch with Zaheer Khan on four, before bowling the tail-ender in his following over for his first wicket in 29 overs.

VVS Laxman appeared at number nine with a sore back and a runner, and was caught at slip off Hauritz after Johnson had trapped Raina lbw with reverse swing.

Johnson said Australia would aim to bat for the whole of Monday and pin the hopes on the wicket deteriorating "completely" by the time they come to bowl for a second time.

"It's going to be difficult to bat on this wicket but we have some quality batsmen in our side and hopefully, they won't let the Indian spinners settle down," he added.

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