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India 45-0 in second knock after follow-on


CALCUTTA, March 13 (AFP) - India began a long haul for survival in the second cricket Test here on Tuesday after being made to follow on 274 runs behind Australia's first innings score of 445.

Openers Shiv Das and Sadagopan Ramesh comfortably played out 12 overs to take India to 45 for no loss in their second knock by lunch on the third day.

Left-hander Ramesh hit six boundaries in his 30, while Das was unbeaten on 14.

Earlier, India added 43 runs to their overnight score of 128-8 before being dismissed for 171 an hour after the start.

Venkatsai Laxman hit 33 of those runs before he was last man out for a defiant 59, studded with 12 boundaries.

The stylish Hyderabad batsman hit six fours past the spread-out field on Tuesday to offer the first glimpse of a fight by the home team's batsmen.

Glenn McGrath, who trapped Venkatapathy Raju leg-before in the day's second over, finished with superb figures of 4-18 from 14 overs.

Venkatesh Prasad helped Laxman add 42 for the last wicket before Laxman was caught in the slips off leg-spinner Shane Warne.

Prasad remained unbeaten on seven.





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