Rare Waugh dismissal triggers Aussie collapse in final Test
MADRAS, India, March 19 (AFP) - Australian captain Steve Waugh was given out handling the ball as the tourists fell apart in the second morning of the third and decisive Test against India here on Monday.
Australia, resuming at their overnight score of 326-3, lost their remaining seven wickets in the space of 51 runs to be shot out for 391 just before lunch on the second day.
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh had a hand in all seven dismissals, finishing with figures of 7-133.
It was the third successive major haul for the 20-year-old, who took 13 wickets in the Calcutta Test which helped India level the series 1-1.
Opener Matthew Hayden, who made 147 on the first day, took his score to 203 before he was last man out, holing out in the deep against Harbhajan.
The left-hander hit 15 boundaries and six sixes during his eight-hour vigil at the crease.
Waugh was dismissed in the day's sixth over when he palmed off the ball with his right hand as it appeared to be going towards the stumps following an attempted sweep off Harbhajan.
Indian umpire Avi Jayaprakash, who had rejected the Indian appeal for leg-before, raised his finger as soon as the incident occurred.
Unfortunately for Harbhajan, the laws of the game do not credit such a dismissal to the bowler.
It was only the sixth instance in Test cricket, and the first since Graham Gooch was dismissed against Australia at Old Trafford in 1993, that a batsman was given out handling the ball.
Waugh's unusual dismissal for 47 saw three wickets fall in the space of 12 deliveries to reduce Australia to 344-6.
Ricky Ponting, who was padded up during Waugh's fourth-wicket stand of 123 with Hayden, was stumped by wicket-keeper Sameer Dighe off Harbhajan's first ball.
The off-spinner then trapped Adam Gilchrist leg-before for one in his next over.
Gilchrist, who bagged a king pair at Calcutta -- out first ball in both innings trying to sweep -- fell to the same stroke for the third time.
Shane Warne also went without scoring, snapped up at short-leg by a diving Shiv Das off Harbhajan.