Umesh Yadav bowled his heart out

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 15, 2012 04:43 hrs

There was a lot of talk going on ahead of this tour that this is India's best chance to beat the Australians at home. There were reports on how this Indian team is better on paper. But unfortunately cricket is played on the field and right since the start, I didn't believe that this would be an easy series for India and always believed they would struggle, especially after we saw what happened in England.

The sides led by Sourav Ganguly in 2003-04 and Anil Kumble in 2007-08 showed spirit and put on great shows against formidable Australian sides but overall, despite of their recent success, the Indians have a history of struggling in alien conditions.

It was pretty evident that India would be at unease in Perth but I didn't expect a whitewash of this sort and we almost saw a Test match getting over inside two days. The Australian bowlers stuck to their task and once again put their team on top.

Indian batsmen were out in the pavilion itself

The batting performance was below par to be honest if we take out David Warner's sensational knock. It is always great to have someone in the side who can play such breathtaking innings having such an impact on the opponent that it virtually shuts out them out of the game.

When he started his cricket, not many could have foreseen him as a Test batsman but in a short career, he has scored two tons and both of them will be remembered for the character he showed. He almost pulled off a win against New Zealand and this knock was brutal to say the least, one of the best certainly.

So barring his opening stand with Ed Cowan, the Australian batting lacked the resilience, especially in the middle order. However looking at it now, it wouldn't have much of an impact on the match. Warner's knock gave the hosts too much time in the game and given that fact, it would have been good for someone like Shaun Marsh to get some runs behind him.

Umesh Yadav bowled his heart out and Indian bowlers restricted the hosts to a lead of 208, which was reasonably a good job especially after the pounding they got on Day one. However their batsmen once again let the bowlers' efforts down by another ordinary outing. The task is daunting for India and with the way they have played so far, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if we see Australia reclaim the Border-Gavaskar trophy with a 3-0 win on Day three.

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